Akron, OH –In the “Kings” backyard last night, University of Akron rolled over Western Illinois 73-49. The Zips are on a three game win streak and improved their record to 6-2. Akron is second in the MAC in three pointers made (57), and they did not disappoint last night, hitting on 13-of-29 attempts.
Kwan Cheatham Jr. led the three point barrage hitting on 5-of-7 attempts. He led the Zips with 15 points, five rebounds, and two blocks in twenty-three minutes. Kwan is a 6’9”, 230 pound sophomore who plays like a stretch four. As Coach Keith Dambrot stated “Kwan is a diversified big man that has unlimited upside. He has the skills of a guard and the strength of a power forward.” Kwan has a soft three point shot. In addition, Kwan showed the ability to protect the rim, when he blocked a fast break lay-up from the Leathernecks. Finally, he showed the ability and interest to play with his back to the basket, even though the offence features the center to occupy this position.
Coach Dambrot calls on Pat Forsythe to play the post position. Forsythe led the Zips in two pointers made, shooting 6-of-8 from the field. Pat is a 6’11”, 245 pound junior center. He came into the game leading the team with 5.1 rebounds per game, but only pulled down two rebounds last night. He has a strong back to the basket game. This was most evident by his multiple drops steps, and soft hooks shots going right or left. In addition, Pat can stick the 15 footer with regularity. Pat runs the floor well and works hard to establish good low post positioning. Pat has average jumping ability, however, he is long and has shot blocking ability.
Western Illinois fell to 2-4 on the season, and to the bottom of the Summit League standings. The Leathernecks’ best player is Garret Covington, the third leading scorer in the Summit League at 16.3 points per game.
Covington is 6’5”, 180 pound sophomore guard. Garret has a long wing span and a muscular/athletic build. At half time, Covington was 1-of-3 shooting with two points and one rebound. He struggled to have an impact in the game, and forced a low percentage turn around fade away shot. The second half he was more assertive, and finished with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting including 2-of-5 from behind the arc. Garret has above average speed and quickness, and is an outstanding defender. He is a very strong defender off the ball and is not easy to screen. He is a player to watch develop over the next two years.
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