Scouting the underclassmen: Rashawn Rembert
Patience must be Rashawn Rembert’s virtue. As is almost always the case at ETSU, there is a cupboard full of talented shooting guards. While Rashawn could get significant playing time or maybe even a starting position with teams around the conference, this season he will be battling all-conference candidates Dubose, Jones, and Cooley, as well as the sharpshooting Stramaglia for playing time.
Rembert came to ETSU with the reputation as a big, strong, athletic shooting guard. His college-ready size and overall skill level attracted as many as 11 offers, with at least a dozen or so additional schools showing interest. ESPN Insider said this of Rembert in 2010:
Rembert is a true shooting guard that is also a very good athlete. He spots up in transition and can catch lobs when he is ahead of the pack. He can make open threes with needed time and space. Rembert has a good mid range game as well.
Fortunately for Rashawn, a precedent exists for players who initially played sparingly, but were later rewarded for their patience and perseverance. Most notably, perhaps, was Zakee Wadood, who as a freshman, averaged 9.0 mpg en route to becoming one of the nation’s elite defenders and one of the best ETSU players of all time. Of recent vintage, Tommy Hubbard also got very limited freshman minutes. (6.2 minutes over 19 games). But like Tommy, Rembert has a physical, athletic 6’4” body, and the basketball pedigree to make the kind of leap forward that Tommy did in his sophomore year. Also like Tommy or Micah Williams, needs to find a way to score effectively on the D1 level. But there is no reason he can’t become the kind of strong college player that they were. If Sheldon Cooley can make himself a 3 point shooter, so can Rashawn. Cooley, Dubose and Jones all graduate this year. Next year it will be up to Rashawn, Petey and Mario at guard. As for this season, Rashawn provides the dimension of size at shooting guard, which could prove useful depending on the matchup.