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DDN: Raiders still have unclaimed starting spot with opener looming

Andy Neff

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Wright State coach Scott Nagy has had five weeks of preseason practice — along with all of those structured, staff-run summer workouts — to come up with a fifth starter to play beside his star-studded returning quartet.

But with just a few days to go before the opener against Lake Erie College on Tuesday, he’s still sifting through his options.

That’s not necessarily a bad sign. The Raiders have been recruiting at a higher level than their Horizon League peers, and they have no shortage of candidates for that spot.

“There have been discussions (among the coaches) of 11 different guys in the starting lineup,” Nagy said. “We’re probably going to rotate eight, so three guys we’ve discussed as actually starting for us probably won’t play much.

“The guys know” how competitive it is. “I’ve talked to them about it. Trying to get all that figured out is what we’re working on.”

A name that keeps popping as the fifth starter with post Grant Basile, wings Tanner Holden and Tim Finke and point guard Trey Calvin is one that’s familiar to only the most ardent Raider supporters.

“A guy nobody talks about who has done a really good job for us is Andy Neff,” Nagy said of the walk-on from Oakwood.