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Vandals hoops missing the point

As the Idaho men’s basketball team braces for a new season, there are two glaring concerns for the Vandals:

Who replaces the leadership of point guard Landon Tatum?

Can someone fill the shoes of sharp-shooter Deremy Geiger?

"I really can’t tell you," said head Don Verlin during the Western Athletic Conference preseason teleconference on Wednesday.

Coming off a season in which Verlin led the Vandals to their most wins (19) in 21 years, Geiger - who led the team in three-point shooting (.439) - and Tatum - who led the team in assist - both graduated last spring.

Eleven days into fall camp, Verlin says the team is still searching for their replacement.

"Obviously losing Landon and Deremy is a big loss to our program," Verlin said. "Both those kids logged a lot of minutes the last two seasons."

"Landon Tatum had 155 assists last year and was probably one of the best leaders we’ve ever had here. Deremy was shooting the ball so well from behind the arc last year - losing those two guys is obviously a big concern."

The likely candidates are untested, but Verlin remains hopeful.

"I’ve like how the kids have came in and embraced competing and fighting hard everyday to try and earn that position," Verlin explained.

The group includes senior Mike McChristian - who moves from small forward to the point position - along with Robert Harris, Jr. and Denzel Douglas - two junior college transfers.

"I think we’ve got three really good candidates, but all really inexperience. If there is a concern on our basketball team at this point, its at the point guard spot," Verlin said.

"I really believe the University of Idaho will go how it’s point guard play goes."

— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)