With the shocking news that freshman hybrid forward Jesse Chuku will not be playing this year, per the article posted on www.lehighsports.com, the Lehigh frontcourt takes a significant hit prior to the season even starting. After graduating three frontcourt members from last year’s Championship team, in Hamilton/Adams/Maneri, Lehigh brought in the aforementioned Chuku and his classmate Justin Goldsborough to help out the frontcourt. Jesse and Justin, alongside with sophomore Conroy Baltimore, were set to be the frontcourt depth behind senior starters Gabe Knutson and Holden Greiner. Many fans of the program had high expectations for Jesse to make an impact in the frontcourt from day one, and with Jesse now sitting out his freshman year, the frontcourt depth is down to just two scholarship players. Lehigh, more then ever, needs Baltimore and Goldsborough to fufill their large potential that we outlined a few weeks ago in our season preview of the frontcourt:
On Baltimore – “The NY native is a 6’6 forward with a long wingspan who posted strong rebounding statistics in limited minutes last year, recording 49 rebounds (25 offensive) in 142 minutes. Lehigh does not need Conroy to contribute much on the offensive end, because this team should put up points in droves, but in order for Lehigh to be as successful as they were last year they will need Conroy to develop into a rebounding machine and defensive stopper to help alleviate pressure from Gabe and Holden.”
When announcing Lehigh signed Goldsborough the good Dr. described Justin as having “excellent length and size” and who “is a defensive presence immediately upon entering our program with his shot blocking and rebounding ability”.
Lehigh will need both Baltimore and Goldsborough to contribute significantly from day 1 this year to help out Gabe and Holden on the defensive end of the floor with their defense and rebounding skills.