Depth, athleticism key for Bobcats entering 2017-18

Georgia College F Isaac Thomas throws down a dunk during Thursday's evening practice at the Centennial Center. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA -- Georgia College Head Men's Basketball Coach Mark Gainous typically plays with a short bench.

A grind-it-out style always allows Gainous to play usually a seven to eight-man rotation. This year, the Bobcats are quicker, more athletic and contrary to years past, have strength in numbers.

"Well I think we have good depth," Gainous said at Thursday's evening practice. "I think we'll have the best depth we've had here the last four years for sure."

That depth matches young talent that flourished a season ago. Experience from last year's 15-13 team is expected to mesh well with a new crop in Milledgeville.

"We have our top six scorers back from conference play and we have the seven freshman to go along with those guys so I think we'll have good depth," Gainous said. "I think we'll have good athleticism. We're just a work in progress."

Leading the charge for the Bobcats is former PBC Freshman of the Year Isaac Thomas. As a sophomore, the forward paced Georgia College with 10.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

The Bobcats open the season Nov. 10 at home against DII power Queens.

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