CARROLLTON, Ga. - The 2019-20 West Georgia men's basketball season begins on Friday at 7:30 p.m., as the Wolves take on the Embry-Riddle Eagles in the first game of the 2019 GSC/SSC Challenge. As uwgsports.com continues to preview the upcoming season, today we look at the frontcourt.
A leader returning for his third season in the fold at West Georgia is senior Karlos Odum. Last season, Odum averaged 10 points and 4.7 rebounds per game through the first three games, including putting up a near double-double against Embry-Riddle with 10 points and eight rebounds. But in the fourth game of the year, the Lakeland, Fla. native went down with an Achilles injury, sidelining him for the remainder of the season.
On the transfer front, former high school teammates Seth Brown-Carter and Kovi Tate will reunite on the UWG roster this season. Both averaged more than 13 points at their respective schools last season, with Brown-Carter putting up 13.7 points per game at Gordon State and Tate scoring at a 13.6 ppg rate for North Greenville. Brown-Carter can play on the outside and get to the hoop while Tate is a solid paint player who averaged 8.6 rebounds per game for the Crusaders last season.
Redshirt freshman Tommasso Gini was on the team last season but did not play, and with a 6-8 frame and solid skills both inside the paint and out, Gini will be a solid contributor for the Wolves in the coming season. He and true freshman Keshawn Heard will be counted on for solid minutes this year. Heard, a player from a top program out of Ohio, has the potential to be a force for the Wolves in the paint throughout his career. Freshman Charlie Crafton from nearby Bremen will provide quality depth in his first season of collegiate basketball this season.