Forwards: The front court has been continued to be one of the best defensive duos in the Catholic League. Led by Colgate-bound senior David Krmpotich, who put up eight blocks against Roman and four more against Bonner, and junior Shane Stark, the pair has shown that guards and big man should show caution when driving to the lane. After struggling to get his own the past few games, Krmpotich finally broke free for 21 points against Bonner, showing that he still is a player to be considered a threat. On the season, Krmpotich is averaging 11.4 ppg while Stark is chipping in 6.8 ppg, but is contributing immensely on the defensive end.
The Bench: The Explorer bench has been filled with role players that are willing to be called on at any point during the game. Sophomore Jarrod Stukes has been a big contributor off the bench, stepping in a guard that needs a rest. Against Bonner he put up a season high nine points, using his small size to get to the basket and get fouled (5-for-5 from the free throw line). If Stukes continues this new aggressive trend, he will develop into another asset for the Explorers. Seniors Matt Dessner and Charlie Hemcher have put in valuable time as well adding in more defensive options for Coach Dempsey. Sophomore Matt Paulus has also been able to step in as another three point threat.
Forwards: With 6'10" Temple-bound senior Ernest Aflakpui out for the season, there was some question whether Carroll would struggle without him. Then people remembered UNLV-bound senior Derrick Jones. The highly athletic senior stands at 6'6" and is the definition of a problem for any team he goes up against. Jones plays well above the rim and has become an internet sensation after shutting down the City of Palms Classic dunk contest with some high flying acrobatics. The forward also had interest from top NCAA teams like Kentucky, Kansas, and UConn and his decision was broadcast live on ESPN. Through league play, he is averaging 16.9 ppg and a highlight reel every game. Along side Jones is sophmore David Beatty who has stepped up in place of the injured Aflakpui. The 6'4" Beatty has shown to be a consistent player on both ends of the ball averaging 11.4 ppg.
The Bench: Carroll does not go extremely deep into the reserve, but one player has stepped up multiple times. The 6'2" junior guard has come off the bench and made big contributions multiple times throughout the season. Off the bench he is averaging 6.8 ppg. Beyond that, sophomore Jesse McPherson has come off the bench to make some defensive contributions.
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