This is not the same Radford squad that earned an NCAA tournament bid two seasons ago. Far from it, actually. After finishing last season 19-12 and being bounced from the Big South tournament by Winthrop, the Highlanders lost a lot of experienced players.
Entering this season, fourth-year Coach Brad Greenberg was charged with replacing 81.1 percent of the team's rebounding and 76.8 percent of its scoring from last season. As one might imagine, the challenge has proved difficult. The Highlanders -- who will play Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday night -- have struggled mightily on the offensive end and are off to a 2-5 start that included a 59-52 loss Saturday to Garner-Webb.
As a team, Radford is shooting 36.5 percent from the field, 27.4 percent from three-point range and 60.5 percent from the free throw line. The Highlanders are averaging 16.1 turnovers per game and own a -3.0 rebounding margin.
Radford is led by sophomore guard Gorkem Sonmez (6-foot-5, 215 lbs.), who is averaging a team-high 10.9 points per game. He is shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three-point range.
The Highlanders' starting lineup against Garner-Webb featured four underclassmen and a junior college transfer. Junior forward Johnathan Edwards (6-foot-8, 205 lbs.) spent the past two seasons a Tyler (Texas) Junior College. He is averaging 8.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.8 percent from the field.
Manning the frontcourt with Edwards is redshirt freshman forward Tolga Cerrah (6-foot-9, 215 lbs.), who is averaging 4.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He is shooting 38.5 percent from the field.
Rounding out the backcourt alongside Sonmez is sophomore guard Blake Smith (6-foot-4, 175 lbs.) and freshman guard Jareal Smith (6-foot-3, 190 lbs.). The two players are not related. Blake Smith has tallied a team-high 11 steals and is averaging 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 29.6 percent from the field.
Jareal Smith is averaging 6.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 32.0 percent from the field.
Radford's primary backcourt reserves are senior guard Jeremy Robinson (5-foot-10, 170 lbs.) and sophomore guard Evan Faulkner (6-foot-1, 175 lbs.). Robinson is averaging 5.3 points per game and shooting 30 percent from the field. He owns a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Faulkner -- the only Radford player aside from Sonmez who frequently attempts three-point shots -- is shooting 22.6 percent from beyond the arc. He is averaging 7.1 points per game.
The Highlanders' frontcourt reserves are led by redshirt freshmen forwards Tommy Spagnolo (6-foot-7, 210 lbs.) and Jamal Curry (6-foot-8, 190 lbs.). Spagnolo is averaging 5.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field. Curry is shooting 27.8 percent from the field and is averaging 1.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.