This is Phil Martelli's 19th season as St. Joseph's head basketball coach and as he remembers he has never given a freshman as much defensive responsibility as he does to 6-foot-6 forward DeAndre' Bembry.
Most of the time Bembry will cover the opponent's top offensive player, regardless of size. That was the case in Saturday's 75-64 win over La Salle, when Bembry covered point guard Tyreek Duren, who was limited to nine shots.
"I would say DeAndre' has probably had the most significant defensive role of any freshman I have had," Martelli said.
One of the reasons Bembry has been so successful in this role is that unlike many college (or NBA) players, he relishes the chance to defend.