Friday, October 28, 2016

Cleveland State's starting lineup for season opener still undecided, Gary Waters says

Cleveland State coach Gary Waters says there is an open competition with 10 players competing for starting spots. 
With just over 15 day remaining before their 2016-17 season opener, Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters has yet to determine his starting lineup.

"It will probably be at the end of next week before I make that final decision (on the starting five)," Waters said after CSU's Green and White scrimmage on Saturday. "We have about nine guys that can be starters."

The nine in contention for starting spots include Jibri Blount, Jamarcus Hairston, Demonte Flannigan, Rob Edwards, Kenny Carpenter, Gavin Peppers, Kash Thomas, Bobby Word and Anthony Wright.

Derek Sloan has also joined the conversation.

"The one that has really played well is Derek Sloan," Waters said. "He has been added to the process."

Last week, Waters said that Peppers was the "frontrunner" for the starting point guard competition, with Thomas and Carpenter also in the mix.

The starting two guard competition is between Edwards, CSU's leading scorer last year at 12.4 points per game, and Word, an Oral Roberts transfer.

The competition for the small forward/wing includes Wright, Sloan and Carpenter.

And Blount, Flannigan and Hairston are competing for two frontcourt positions.

"We really haven't had starters yet," said Waters. "Each Saturday we have had a scrimmage game and I change (the lineups) around because I want to see what they look like together."

On Saturday, Edwards, Flannigan, Sloan, Carpenter and Thomas played on the white team, while Peppers, Wright, Blount, Word and Hairston were on the green squad.

The starters should be in place for CSU's lone exhibition game of the season on Nov. 7 against Tiffin.

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