|Posted by Brian Dickmann on November 14, 2016 at 2:40 PM|
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Green Bay Phoenix head coach Linc Darner has said multiple times already this season that he loves the depth of his team, but that depth means minutes could be at a premium for some players towards the bottom of the roster.
This raises the question on if it makes sense for one or two players to possibly redshirt this season – sitting out the season from game action while still participating in practices and workouts.
According to Scott Venci of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Phoenix coaching staff does indeed plan to redshirt sophomore guards Anthony and Avery Brown this season. The duo from Clermont, Florida played sparingly last season as freshman and likely would see even less minutes this year as the guard depth chart actually gained a player, adding Warren Jones and Trevor Anderson but losing Carrington Love.
“We are looking at the future with them…I think a year of redshirting could do them wonders,” Darner told the Press-Gazette. “They are both excited about it. I guess time will tell if this was a good move or not. Next year at this time will they go from what they weigh now to 10 or 15 pounds heavier?”
Anthony Brown (6’1”, 160 lbs) played the larger role of the two last season, appearing in 29 of Green Bay’s 36 games including starting five. He saw his minutes dry up towards the end of the season, however, and didn’t play more than 7 minutes in any game after Green Bay’s 99-66 win over Chicago State on January 19th. He averaged 2.6 points in 11.2 minutes per game
Avery Brown (6’2”, 165) played a total of 81 minutes last season, appearing in 15 games. He scored 28 points total during his limited minutes.
The Phoenix will feature prized freshman Trevor Anderson at point guard along with seniors Warren Jones and Tevin Findlay as well as junior Khalil Small, all of which are able to play both guard spots. Charles Cooper will also likely play shooting guard against taller lineups.
“We have a lot of guys to try to play, and them playing five, six, seven, eight minutes a game, right now I thought that redshirting would be better and they both agreed with it,” Darner said.
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