“...We should be a ton more physical,” Verlin said. “We should be a lot bigger and a lot more physical than we’ve been any year since I’ve been here, even when Marvin (Jefferson) was here. This team has the opportunity to own the paint ...”and
"... He’s [guard Deremy Geiger] worked really hard on his shot this summer — shot up a million shots. He’s feeling a lot more comfortable,” Verlin said. “He’s gotta shoot the ball for us. He’s going to be our No. 1 perimeter threat ...”The Vandals were out-boarded by a mere 27 in conference play during 2010-11 so a 'guessstimate' is that Verlin's expectations are winning the overall rebounding matchup by a 5-10 margin per game. Such physicality also applies to inside scoring plus the # of free throws attempted.
As for Geiger, he shot 32% overall and 31% overall on 159 three-point attempts last season (32% and 25% in WAC action). He possesses some elements of creative ability which is not a strong suit in this season's Vandal backcourt so a winning-his-position output each contest is critical for Idaho to finish in the upper half of the WAC. In 20 minutes against Evergreen State (albeit not a true challenge), Geiger shot 0-2 from the floor, with no threes attempted. He was credited with five assists.