Despite dislocating his ankle, Jarred Guest is primed to have a solid junior campaign, but his minutes will likely hold steady because of the addition of Terrance Shannon. When he doesn’t foul, he plays solid defense and he is a great rebounder, but his role will again be limited because of VCU’s insane depth.
- 10.5 MPG, 2.1 PPG, 2.5 RBG
Jarred Guest has the tools to be a rebounding machine, but he fouled 8.6 times per 40 minutes this season. The fouls limited his ability to build any momentum, and his role was limited until the end of the season. He finally started putting the pieces together, including a six-rebound performance against Massachusetts and a six-rebound performance against Akron.
Jarred Guest’s role for the Rams is still very unclear. With added strength and a year of experience, the long athletic forward could see his minutes increase during his sophomore campaign. Guest was a perfect 6-6 at the free-throw line last season and has also proven that he has a smooth jumper. Still behind Reddic and Haley in the depth chart, Guest will have serious competition for minutes.
Room for improvement: Playing time. Whether he needs to practice harder, improve his defense, or pray that the Rams blow-out a team by 20-points, Guest needs experience in games.
Key stat: In only 10 minutes, Guest scored six points and grabbed six rebounds against Hofstra last season in his first significant minutes as a Ram. The ability to impact a game in short spurts could earn him minutes as a sophomore.
Even with the loss of Heath Houston to injury, Guest never saw the minutes some thought he would. Despite needing to bulk-up, Guest proved to be a capable rebounder in his limited minutes. Guest also went 6-6 from the charity stripe against Hofstra. Not many freshmen, much less big men, can drain freebies like that during their first extended minutes in a college game. If history tells us anything, Coach Smart likes confidence.
Highlight: Guest scored six points (6-6 FT) and grabbed six boards against Hofstra on January 2nd.
Photograph courtesy of VCU Athletics.