Additions and Subtractions is the latest A10Talk series taking a look at new and departing players in each of the Atlantic 10 programs. Today we start by examining the roster change-ups for the Davidson Wildcats.
Jón Axel Guðmundsson, G (6-4, 175 lbs)
It’s no secret that Bob McKillop enjoys structuring his teams with foreign players; just look at the five international students on the 2015-16 Davidson roster. Guðmundsson, however, could be the best find yet. The German-born Iceland citizen has played for the Icelandic national team since he was 15 years old and most recently had competed the last two years professionally in the Iceland Super League. There, he averaged 15.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG and 5.3 APG, leading his team to multiple Icelandic and Cup Championships.
It’ll be interesting to see how Davidson utilizes Guðmundsson’s talents this season. He could be a strong backup point guard for Jack Gibbs if McKillop decides not to redshirt him for this coming season. Still, whenever he sees the court for the first time, Guðmundsson will have the opportunity to be a major impact player.
KiShawn Pritchett, G (6-6, 200 lbs)
Pritchett, a hometown talent from Lake Normal High School, was forced to redshirt his freshman season at Davidson due to a knee injury sustained during his senior year workouts. While he was kept sidelined for all of 2015-16, Pritchett should be ready to go for October’s preseason practices and promises to be an active part of the lineup in his first college season. At the shooting guard position he brings added depth and will have the chance to develop behind the lead of upperclassmen Rusty Reigel and Jordan Watkins. He may not see a ton of PT, but Pritchett could be an active contributor in years to come.
Dusan Kovacevic, F (6-10, 230 lbs)
Kovacevic, a Serbian national, was a redshirt freshman last season but now enters his first year of eligibility for the Wildcats. While rather unknown in the Western basketball world, reports from 247Sports that Kovacevic could be “an upper level three-star prospect” along with “a high skill set which could flourish under Bob McKillop”.
Obviously the size here is a standout, but it should be interesting to see how this guy develops over the course of the next four years. Much remains unknown, but Davidson may have stuck gold if Kovacevic turns out to be a force in the middle in a conference full of elite athletes.
William Magarity, F (6-11, 240)
The lone transfer this season comes after spending two years playing at Boston College. Magarity, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, presents serious size in the post and will have the opportunity to impact the game as a key rim protector. This not to mention he brings some ACC basketball experience to this Cats team. He has already been named one of the captains for the 2016-17 season, which says a lot about the job he has already done to influence the younger players. It’s very possible that he sees sizable minutes this coming season.
Brian Sullivan, G
Beyond the fact that he was the best three-point shooter on the Wildcats roster, Brian Sullivan played the most minutes per game of any Davidson player this past season. During his senior year, Sullivan played 37.1 MPG and averaged 14.2 points, good for third most on the team. There’s no doubt that the Cats are going to miss his veteran leadership and big game experience; Sullivan seemed to be able to step up in key moments when his team needed him the most (sorry, St. Bonaventure). Luckily, Davidson has depth at the shooting guard position so they’ll be able to farm out some more PT to the younger guys in the lineup. Still, losing a three-year starter is never easy.
Jordan Barham, G
Despite the fact that he worked in a reduced role this past season, Jordan Barham was an active contributor on both ends of the floor, shooting an efficient 52.9% from the field and grabbing 3.7 rebounds per game. This not to mention the fact that his freakish athleticism brought Davidson some attention on the national level with his participation in the NCAA Slam Dunk Contest (which you can watch here for enjoyment purposes). Barham may not have been an all-conference caliber player, but it’s never easy replacing a pure athlete, of which he is one.