NEW YORK – Teams will certainly be on guard when playing against La Salle’s men’s basketball team this year. Coming off a 21-13 season that included a bid to the NIT, the Explorers provide tremendous depth in the backcourt.
Yes, they have to replace Earl Pettis, who averaged 15.4 points, but Virginia Tech transfer Tyrone Garland, a 6-1 junior from Bartram, becomes eligible following the fall semester.
“The guards are clearly the strength of our team,” La Salle coach John Giannini said during Atlantic-10 media day at the Barclays Center, which will be home to the conference tournament.. “We think we have good young big guys with Jerrell Wright and Steve Zack, but I think we have a group of guards I wouldn’t trade for anybody.”
In addition to Garland, those guard include Ramon Galloway (14.1 ppg.), Tyreek Duren (13.2 ppg.), Sam Mills (team-high 35.6 minutes per game, 10.6 ppg.) and sophomore D.J. Peterson.