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Recon: La Salle


Well, another season has flown by. It seems like just yesterday the Flyers were in Puerto Rico and I was furiously scanning Mrs. Archie’s Instagram account for some accidentally exposed nip. Now? Your Flyers are 23-6 and a virtual lock for the NCAA Tournament. It’s inexplicable, kind of unbelievable, but here we are.

We all agreed (this includes TMan) that consecutive NCAA appearances was the next logical step in building this program. Mission accomplished. Anything this team achieves in addition to a tournament trip is just icing on the cake. If UD bows out early next Friday in the A10 tourney? Oh well. If Dayton gets blown out in the first round of the NCAA tournament, so what? (Unless that opponent is Xavier, then you are by all means permitted to have a permanent sour taste in your mouth and throw wet toilet paper at passing cars)

A regular season title would be nice, as it comes with some pretty nice swag. Seriously, how pumped would Dyshawn Pierre be walking around with one of these jackets on, “Regular Season Co-Champion” embroidered over whatever Canadians have in place of their hearts?


In all honesty, I’d rather the A10 grant Davidson the title of sole champion if UD and the Wildcats finish tied for first place (this should be obvious considering Davidson molly-whopped Dayton in their only meeting this season). The image of thousands of white-haired gentlemen walking around with “Regular Season Co-Champion” tshirts next season gives me pause. I don’t cotton to it, not one bit.

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La Salle is running on fumes. Losers of six of their last eight games, including defeats against both Saint Louis and Fordham, Dr. John’s misery will be put to rest soon. It is clear that La Salle’s 2012-13 tournament run was a mere aberration, the cruel fate of so many mid-majors that experience success in March. Not to pour too much salt into the Explorers’ festering wounds, but the team looks like it will be on even worse footing next year as Steve Zack and Jerrell Wright will both run out of eligibility at the close of the season, leaving La Salle’s frontcourt dangerously undermanned. If Dr. John had any offers after the 2013 season, he should have taken them. Last year’s La Salle club was a severe disappointment, this year’s team was completely invisible.


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Jerrell Wright • F (6’8″/245) • Sr.
12.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 52% fg

Got them tortoise shells on.

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Jordan Price • G (6’5″/220) • So.
17.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg

The Auburn transfer could score twenty-two a game next year. Will have the opportunity to shoot it every time down the floor.

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Steve Zack • C (6’11″/245) • Sr.
8.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.7 bpg

Actually turned out to be a serviceable player. Our apologies, Steve.

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Khalid Lewis • G (6’3″/185) • Jr.
6.1 ppg, 2.1 apg

The preeminent selfie scowl.

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Cleon Roberts • G (6’5″/175) • So.
9.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg

Cleon is a Greek name.

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Amar Stukes • G (6’2″/180) • Fr.
5.5 ppg, 1.4 apg

Could be the next La Salle guard that ends up killing Dayton at some point.

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D.J. Peterson • G (6’6″/195) • Sr.
2.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Probably the most photographed player after La Salle beat Ole Miss in the second round of the tournament. So he’ll always have that.

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Johnnie Shuler • G (5’11″/170) • Fr.
2.1 ppg, 6.0 mpg

Johnnie is a shy guy.

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Ain’t no reason not to win this game. Flyers roll, 77-65. Everything will be alright in the end, Dr. John.



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