Big Suprise From David Pellom at Practice (Friday's Practice)

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The George Washington transfer David Pellom is known for his rebounding and scoring ability. He proved that during his junior season as he averaged 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. For a big man, he produced very well and can bring a lot to the Tigers this upcoming season. But what happened at practice may surprise some people.

During practice, Pellom was driving to the lane and went up high. For a moment, you didn’t know if he was going to lay the ball up or dunk. Well, his one-handed dunk turned some heads during practice and his teammates were like ‘Wow!’

Memphis season opener against Austin Peay is only a month away and Pastner hopes that he will get great production from Pellom.

“David Pellom had a really good practice,” said Pastner. “He does his job. He’s a dirty-work guy, vocal and keeps good energy.”

Pellom was already the center of attention before he got to Memphis. With the junior year he had, that was good enough. Unfortunately, he had to sit out the following year with a wrist injury.

Pellom showed the coaching staff and his teammates that he’s capable of being a highlight reel at times.

“”He told me he’s in the best shape he’s ever been and the most athletic he’s ever been,” said Pastner. “I think Memphis strength and conditioning coach Frank Matrisciano has done a very good job with him, plus the amount of running we’ve done with the way we play.

“The other thing is he’s been well coached at GW and he knows the game. That’s a credit to those coaches at George Washington.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein mentioned Pellom as one of the top transfers during the offseason and he will be one of the difference makers for the Tigers. He shouldn’t be overlooked.

“Josh Pastner has assembled a team loaded with talent, but he doesn’t have many players like Pellom, who can effect the game without scoring,” Rothstein wrote. “A pit bull in every sense of the word, this fifth-year senior will add some much needed intangibles in Memphis’ first year in the American Athletic Conference.”

What a lot of people don’t know is Pellom was about to transfer to Drexel before Memphis came after him. Pastner has given him a leadership role and hopefully he can help out the freshmen class that includes Austin Nichols and Dominic Woodson.

“Coming to this conference, I think me bringing my leadership, being a fifth-year guy, is going to help me out a lot,” said Pellom. “At GW I was a rebounding guy, and the only thing I can do is carry it over from what I did my junior year.

“Pastner tells me during practice, ‘always be talkative. Keep pushing the young guys. Hustle.’ He’s big on 50-50 balls, so every time a ball is on the floor I always try to get after it.”

The Tigers will now get ready for Memphis Madness this Friday. Starting Saturday, Memphis will have two-a-day practices.

“The morning session will be cerebral, putting in some plays offensively and covering some defensive stuff, and in the evening will be practice,” said Pastner. “I think we’re getting better.”

I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.

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