A Gym Rat’s Notebook: 2005-06 Preview: Frontcourt Adds New Faces

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After a 2004-05 season that saw a football player moonlighting as a critical
off the bench role player down the stretch for a first division ACC team, one of
the first priorities of Head coach Seth Greenberg and his assistants was to
replenish the front line for this season with additional bodies, and especially
size.

In 6-8 Forward/Center Cheick Diakate and 6-7 Forward Terrance Vinson, the
Hokie staff found two players who can hopefully provide the depth that was so
sorely lacking lack season, when Jeff King meandered over from Lane Stadium and
became a trusted member of the playing rotation in February. The Hokies had
hoped to have a third frontcourt freshman this season, but 6-9,230-pound Hyman
Taylor has run afoul of team rules, and the program has announced that he will
transfer out.

Despite
these new faces, the player that might be looked at as having the best
opportunity to shape the season’s fortunes for the Hokies just might be a
player that was on last year’s roster, yet only logged 155 minutes to go along
with a robust 1.0 scoring average and 1.2 rebounds per game. All of this, while
accumulating 8 DNP’s (Did Not Play) during the course of the season.

7-0 sophomore center Robert Krabbendam was looked at as something of a
wildcard prior to last season, and it appears that he has yet to fully escape
that same designation this season, if only for a slightly different reason.
Krabbendam, while showing that he was skilled enough last year, proved to lack
the strength necessary to make much of an impact. After adding thirty pounds of
muscle to his frame during the off-season, the early word from pre-season
workouts was that Krabbendam was playing like a much different player.

However, Krabbendam now goes back into that questionable and uncertain
category due to a knee injury that he suffered

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