CARROLLTON, Ga. - Basketball season is ready to begin for the University of West Georgia, as this weekend the West Georgia Wolves will open the year with the GSC/SIAC Challenge, facing the Miles Golden Bears on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., followed by the Tuskegee Golden Tigers on Sunday at 2 p.m. This year’s challenge will be hosted by the Lee Flames in Cleveland, Tenn.
Last Time Out
West Georgia finished up the preseason with a solid performance at Division I Kennesaw State. The Wolves had two exhibition games this year, facing off at home in the first preseason exhibition in school history with a 116-81 victory over Carver. On Sunday at Kennesaw State, Vinko Glavan nearly had a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds to lead the UWG effort, where the Wolves trailed by just six points with three minutes to play.
Six Different players scored in double-figures against Carver on last week, and two more scored in double-figures against Kennesaw State on Sunday. West Georgia’s leader in scoring had 15 points in both preseason exhibition games, with freshman Greg James leading the way against Carver and junior Karlos Odum putting up 15 against Kennesaw State.
Outside the Arc
West Georgia was 16-for-53 from the three-point line in the two exhbiition games, led by Reeves, who was 4-for-8 over the two contests. Aren Ulmer was 2-for-2 from beyond the ar against Kennesaw State on Sunday, scoring nine points in the loss. Against KSU, the Wolves were 6-of-18 in the first half, but 2-for-11 in the second half.
On the Boards
Karlos Odum and Greg James each had seven rebounds to lead the effort iagainst Carver and both were strong again at Kennesaw State, with Odum pulling down six boards and James with seven again. Junior big man Vinko Glavan was the leader at KSU, picking up 10 rebounds, and he had 15 total boards over the two games.
Moving the Ball Around
Three differernt players were standouts for the Wolves in assists in the two games, with Jack Shaughnessy dishing out eight against Carver for the top total in preseason. Steven Ross added five assists against the Cougars to add to the total. Junior Aren Ulmer led the way at Kennesaw State with seven assists and he added points as well.
Returners in 2017-18
West Georgia has just two returners for the 2017-18 season, with only one who played during the 2016-17 season. Aren Ulmer, a junior guard from Hayward, Cal., led the team in assists last season as a sophmore and is the lone returner who played. Freshman Ray Reeves was on the team last year, but redshirted.