Rice: Goodman could see increased role with Dejean-Jones injury

Freshman brings offensive, defensive intensity

Before Bryce Dejean-Jones broke two bones in his left (non-shooting) hand at Thursday’s team workout, the sophomore transfer from USC was expected to play big minutes on the wing and provide the Rebels with scoring punch. But now that he’s likely sidelined for 4-6 weeks, other players will have to step forward and fill the void.

Coach Dave Rice thinks freshman forward Savon Goodman could see an increased role in Dejean-Jones’s absence.

“Savon is someone who could be the beneficiary of some of Bryce’s minutes,” said Rice. “Savon played some 4 for us in Canada, but we’ve been playing him a lot more at the 3 in workouts. He’ll have an opportunity to earn additional minutes.”

Goodman, a 6-foot-6 slasher from Philadelphia, has impressed on both ends of the floor over the summer. He may not be as polished as Dejean-Jones at the offensive end, but Rice likes the all-around game he brings to the table.

“We’re very happy with what we’ve seen from Savon,” said Rice. “He plays extremely hard, and I’ve always believed that playing hard is a skill. He’s a terrific rebounder and he runs the floor, and he’s a slashing wing player who can get to the basket, get fouled and get to the free throw line.”

Goodman averaged 26.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a high school senior last year.

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