UTSA coach Steve Henson: ‘The cupboard is not bare’

In discussing how the UTSA Roadrunners will move forward without seniors Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace, the top two scorers in school history, Coach Steve Henson has expressed optimism about the nucleus of his team for next season.

The Roadrunners will return big men Jacob Germany and Adrian Rodriguez, forwards Cedric Alley, Jr. and Eric Parrish and guards Jordan Ivy-Curry and Erik Czumbel, all in the playing rotation from a team that finished 15-11 and 9-7 in Conference USA.

Henson is also high on freshman Lachlan Bofinger, who played limited minutes behind Alley and Parrish.

“We do return some really good players, three guys who have started a ton of games for us, played significant minutes off the bench, and/or started games,” Henson told Andy Everett on the coach’s radio show Monday night. “So the cupboard is not going to be bare.

“We’re really excited about the kids we signed early.

“A couple of high school kids. A couple of junior college kids. Got another commitment about a month ago from a Texas kid, we’re very, very excited about. We can’t talk about him (by name) because he hasn’t signed. But he’s a high-level athlete who’ll really come in here and help us.”

UTSA announced in November the signing of four players:

Aleu Aleu, a wing player, 6-8, 185, from Austin High School and Temple Community College

Guard Dhieu Deing, a guard, 6-5, 175, from High Point, N.C. Central High School/USC Aiken and Dodge City, Kan., Community College.

Azavier Johnson, another guard, 6-5, 185, from Las Vegas, Nevada’s Faith Lutheran High School.

Also, guard Lamin Sabally, 6-7, 180, from Berlin, Germany and Bella Vista, Ariz., Prep.

“They’re going to be good players,” Henson said. “All pretty good athletes. There’s some length. Some size there. All of ’em would be guys who can play multiple positions.”

The Roadrunners were knocked out of the C-USA tournament quarterfinals by Western Kentucky, 80-67, last Thursday night.