If you watched Memphis Tigers games last season, there was no way to avoid wondering if junior forward Tarik Black would be able to play the entire game.
Black was whistled for at least four fouls in seven of the Tigers’ first 11 games. During the 12th game of the season, coach Josh Pastner decided to add forward Ferrakohn Hall into the starting lineup beside Black to help keep him out of foul trouble.
It hurt the team last season every time Black got into foul trouble because he was the only post threat the team had. That should not be a problem this season. The team now has three post threats.
It has been reported that 6’10 senior center Stan Simpson has easily been the team’s most improved player this offseason — a credit to Pastner and the Tigers’ big men coach, Jimmy Williams.
Shaq Goodwin, a 6’9 freshman forward, is still learning and adjusting to the college level. However, he will be able to help Black in hi-low sets because of his passing skills and soft shooting touch.
“We need to use our strengths, and that is our post players. Our only true post scorer last year was Tarik, but with the way Stan is playing right now and Shaq,” Pastner said to the Commercial Appeal.
Last season, Black broke a school record by shooting nearly 69 percent from the floor which contributed to Memphis being ranked sixth in the country in field-goal percentage.
Look for the Tigers to feed the ball to the post a lot more this season.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery