The coaches were asked during UVM’s Basketball Media Day who they thought would be most likely to have breakout seasons. With no hesitation, Mike Lonergan and Sharon Dawley pointed to a pair of post players.
Lonergan singled out Evan Fjeld. The 6-foot-8 forward from Durham, N.C., averaged 4.6 points and 2.6 rebounds last season. Lonergan anticipates those numbers — as well as his 14.3 minutes a game — more than doubling. Fjeld is expected to fill the void left by the graduation of Colin McIntosh, a 1,000-point scorer.
“I think Evan — with Colin graduating — with his hard play and substantial minutes will be the best player in his position,” Lonergan said. “Evan shot 61 percent last year and had a great year; this year, he’ll be able to play a lot more minutes. He’s worked harder in the offseason than he ever has. I think he can have an all-conference type of season.”
On the women’s side, Dawley lauded the potential of Alissa Sheftic, a 6-foot-3 senior center from Essex. The 17.7 min utes, 4.5 points and 3.8 rebounds she averaged last season are exp ected to swell.
“I would say Alissa Sheftic is going to impress people this year,” Dawley said. “Shes’ a know name; she’s started the last couple years, but her game has really gone to another level now.”
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