Sunday, February 15, 2009

Freshmen carrying load for basketball Commodores

How young is Vanderbilt's basketball team this season? Well, five of the seven players with the most playing time in yesterday's beat-down in Knoxville were freshmen.

Brad Tinsley led all players with 36 minutes. Two upperclassmen — Jermaine Beal (31) and A.J. Ogilvy (27) were next in minutes, followed by four more freshmen: Steve Tchiengang (25), Jeffery Taylor (20), Lance Goulbourne (20) and Festus Ezeli (14).

Tchiengang and Ezeli would have likely played more if each hadn't rang up four fouls.

That's Tchiengang pictured above, just one of the many Dores taken to school Saturday by Tyler Smith.

Sophomore Darshawn McClellan was next with 12 minutes, followed by Charles Hinkle with 10. So six of the nine main guys on Saturday were freshmen.

Is there another team in America who plays as many frosh?

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