COVENTRY — There’s no question Coventry senior guard Nate Stitchell is the Oakers’ best and most indispensable player.
It also comes as no surprise that the Oakers will only go far in the Division I tournament and the Open tournament as Garrett Douglass’s outside shot and Aaron Greenwood’s inside game will take them.
But, what may come as a surprise to many followers of the Oakers, is that freshman center Sean Roles could be the Oakers’ wild card. Roles, a gifted 6-foot, 4-inch pivot player helped the Oakers defeat Johnston in the CCU Holiday Classical final before making a difference in Coventry’s D-I win over Mt. Pleasant last Friday night.
“I know what I can do for this team,” Roles said after the win over the Kilties. “I just try to do the best at it every game.”
Coventry coach Tom Campbell is well aware of his responsibility when it comes to developing Roles as a player not just for this season, but for his entire career.
While it would be easy for Campbell to throw Roles out on the court for extended minutes, he knows he must develop the freshman the right way. Campbell believes there’s no sense in harming Roles’ future just to improve the chance of winning one game.
“Sean Roles is going to be a very valuable player here and he gave us some very valuable minutes tonight,” Campbell said after the Mt. Pleasant game. “Stitchell really likes having him in there. He’s a freshman so we have to make sure we do right by him. We have him for four years.
“We want to make sure he develops the right way. I think he’s coming along at a good pace right now and we want to continue that. His minutes will continue to go up and down.”