CARROLLTON, Ga. - The Dave Moore era officially begins on Friday evening, as his West Georgia Wolves head to Cleveland, Tennessee for the Gulf South/Sunshine State Conference Classic to open the 2018-19 season. The Wolves will take on Palm Beach Atlantic in the first game under Moore, with tipoff between UWG and the Sailfish set for 6 p.m.
The expectations for leadership rest on four seniors in the 2018-19 season, specifically at the guard position with four-year starter Aren Ulmer and preseason All-GSC Marquill Smith. Ulmer has 230 career assists and was among the best in the nation last year, averaging 5.0 assists per game. Many of those went to Smith, who led the Gulf South Conference in scoring in 2017-18, averaging 23.1 points per game. The Wolves will lean on Smith’s ability to get into the lane and shoot from long range, as he had 20 points or more in 18 of West Georgia’s 27 games last season.
PLAY IN THE PAINT
West Georgia was solid in the paint against Georgia in the exhibition game last week, especially with newcomer Gerald Blount. The junior transfer from St. Joseph’s had a strong performance against the Division I opponent, hitting 5-of-13 shots from the field for 12 points and pulling down seven rebounds as well. Blount had one block in the game and hit a three-pointer as well.
ULMER AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
The leader for the Wolves against Georgia last week was senior point guard Aren Ulmer, who worked extremely hard for head coach Dave Moore in his big stage debut. Ulmer led the Wolves with 14 points and was second on the team in rebounds with six. The senior added two assists, one steal, and connected on eight free throws in the contest. Ulmer averaged 5.0 points and 5.0 assists per game last season and also pulled down 3.3 rebounds per game as a junior.
ON THE BOARDS
In the middle, Moore has several options, with Division I transfer Gerald Blount leading the way. A transfer from St. Joseph’s out of the Atlantic 10, Blount is a 6-6 forward who works hard for rebounds and to get points in the paint. He will join returning senior Karlos Odum, who transferred to UWG from Division I North Florida last season. Odum averaged 9.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season but will move into more of a power forward position this year.