After taking the Big Orange fan base by storm last season, rising sophomore PG Santiago Vescovi should have a HUGE year. In only 19 games played, Santiago averaged 10.7 points and 4 assist with only having a few practices before inserting himself in the starting lineup right before the LSU game. Santiago had his freshman bumps, but lets be honest, he didn't have all the help needed for a pass-first point guard.
With incoming freshmen Jaden Springer, Keon Johnson and former 5 star transfer Victor Bailey Jr, the help is finally in Knoxville for the team's point guard. Oh, before I forget, you've also got John Fulkerson and Yves Pons returning to the team! You may ask, how does this help Vescovi? With the game that the new comers have, most defenses will have to collapse due to the team attacking the rim so it'll leave Vescovi wide open on the 3 point line. Last season, Vescovi averaged 36% from 3.
Due to this years team being so athletic, I can already tell you that there will be a lot of running. Faster offense and more fast break chances mean Vescovi will have plenty of chances to make some more flashy assists like last season. Santiago should be a lot more comfortable not being the primary focus in the back court with new additions to the team.
Lastly, Vescovi has been adjusted to Barnes system for over a year now. With Vescovi being in the States for a little while, he's adjusted to the culture of American basketball. Santiago will be one of the many vocal leaders on this team and should have major influence
this upcoming season.
It should be an exciting season for the basketball team, hopefully if fans are allowed in Thompson Bowling you'll go out and support the big orange!