The week thus far has been a blast. We have talked with coaches, play-by-play voices and now we have an insider. GCU insider Paul Coro came on the Straight Outta WAC podcast to talk about the Lopes, the culture, Jovan Blacksher Jr., Holland Woods and Bryce Drew.
In just his second season at GCU, Drew is once again showing what a quality coach he is. The Lopes are 10-2 overall, have arguably the best win in program history, and the second best win in the WAC in 2021-22. GCU is 27-9 since Bryce Drew took over last season. And the Lopes are led by junior guard Jovan Blacksher Jr. who is quietly putting his name out there for WAC Player of the Year. Paul Coro discusses what makes Blacksher Jr. so special and how his game has changed since coming to GCU prior to the 2019-20 season.
Coro also discusses the role of Arizona State transfer Holland Woods. Woods is the second leading scorer for GCU, right behind Jovan Blacksher Jr. Had Woods not missed the Wyoming game, perhaps the Lopes would be 11-1 rather than 10-2. Either way, the Woods-to-Blacksher Jr. combination is paying dividends for the Lopes.
Coro also discusses the culture and change of play GCU has installed this season. Last season, the Lopes could lean on their big men in Asbjørn Midtgaard and Alessandro Lever. However, in 2021-22, the Lopes are a little more guard oriented and get up and down the floor a little quicker.
One thing Coro does talk about is the relationship of Oscar Frayer and Sean Miller-Moore. You need to listen to it as it is more impressive than typing it out.
Voice of the Lancers
Braiden Bell, Voice of the Lancers, came on this episode. There wasn’t much of a preview of any game as the Lancers won’t play a conference game this week. CBU was slated to play Seattle on Saturday night in Riverside. However, due to Covid protocols, Seattle had to postpone its first two WAC games. CBU is looking to get a game on the schedule. But that is still unknown at this time.
But, Bell has a different plan in place if there is no game this weekend. You will have to listen to his plans with his family.
In this segment, we talked about head coach Rick Croy and his staff who find the right fits to come to Riverside. Think Gorjok Gak, Brandon Boyd, Milan Acquaah, Ferron Flavors Jr., Dan Akin, Chance Hunter and more. It’s about finding the right guy, not necessarily the best guy at CBU. And it has worked since joining the DI ranks in 2019.
It’s a good segment for a good episode so make sure you give it a listen.