Ron Giplaye

Ron Giplaye, 6’6″ 230 lb PF

Ron’s College Stats

Prior to ETSU

  • Ron Giplaye’s physicality and upper body strength have always been his biggest assets. He’s added even more muscle to his frame this fall and now boasts a powerful, college ready body. Pound for pound he’s one of the best rebounds you’ll find….    ~ESPN Insider
  • “He’s a big body and should definitely help us on the interior…He played in the Big East, so he obviously has high-major talent. His greatest strength is his ability to rebound and defend the post.” ~Coach Bartow
  • “He has muscles in places most people don’t even have places…He’s a very strong physical player. He went to Wilmington (Del.) High School and transferred to Notre Dame Prep. “He’s a power player, good athlete, plays hard around the rim, very strong and  physical.”  ~Recruiting Analyst Tom Konchalski


  • Providence College: Averaged 6.5 mpg, 1.5 ppg, 1. 8 rpg
  • Notre Dame Prep: 18 ppg & 13 rpg

Former Buc Comparison: Dillion Sneed

Ron GiplayeMost Buc fans remember Dillion Sneed, the bruiser from Chicago via Colby Community College who led the SOCON in rebounding in 2005 (9.5 rpg & 9.7 ppg).  In his two years with the Bucs, Sneed established himself as a ferocious rebounder and a tireless worker on the glass.  Like Sneed, Ron Giplaye arrives at ETSU with the reputation of a superb rebounder and a gritty post defender.

Anticipated Role: Although Giplaye will have to sit this year due to mandated NCAA transfer rules, he will undoubtedly bring toughness and intensity to practices.   This year’s frontcourt players will have the opportunity to practice everyday against Giplaye, a player who has played against the nation’s premiere post players in the Big East.  Giplaye has defended future NBA big men. His experience defending the nation’s best cannot be overstated.

At first glance, Giplaye’s modest production at Providence may seem unimpressive.  However, when one considers these numbers in the context of the Big East, these numbers carry greater significance.  Consider, for example, that Giplaye guarded 7′ 280 lb Andre Drummond of UCONN–the number one prospect in the class of 2011 and the number 9 pick in the 2012 NBA draft.   Even when Ron Giplaye wasn’t guarding NBA lottery picks, he still guarded forwards from Georgetown, Syracuse, Pitt, Louisville, West Virginia, etc.  On the other end of the floor, he had to score on these guys.  Giplaye’s numbers belie his ability and potential.

Giplaye’s toughness, relentlessness, rebounding, and defense will help anchor a formidable frontcourt in 2013-14. His skills will blend well with the versatility of KGG, the athleticism of Lester Wilson, the length of John Walton, and a similarly relentless Hunter Harris.

In conclusion, although Ron Giplaye will not play this year for the Bucs, he will still serve a very critical role for this year’s team.  In addition, Giplaye can use this year to improve his offensive skills.