Despite Wojcik’s departure, Spartans still primed for big season

By Kavin Mistry (@kavinm95):

San Jose State men’s basketball coach Dave Wojcik announced his resignation from the program yesterday in order to focus on his family.

Despite all this, the young talent provides a very enticing destination for a big name coach looking for a new start.

Led by dominant scorer Brandon Clarke, his supporting cast put the Spartans back on the radar of teams in Mountain West last year after putting together one of the best seasons SJSU fans have seen in some time.

Now with the development of these young players and the new crop of freshmen arriving for the 2017-18 season, the Spartans will take the next step toward a Mountain West title.

But this title run has taken two hits this summer with Wojcik leaving and the dismissal of guard Terrell Brown. SJSU will have to rely heavily on senior Jalen James and sophomore Isaiah Nichols at the point guard position, along with any freshmen who come in this year.

The biggest key will be Clarke and Ryan Welage. Clarke developing his shot and scoring rate like he did last year will be crucial through conference play. Welage will have to be the guy the Spartans can turn to when Clarke struggles or defenses adjust to him to be able to be a knock down shooter to keep the offense moving.

SJSU will need to find Wojcik’s replacement soon in order to allow time for the new coach to get adjusted to the young roster in San Jose.

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