Yohanny Dalembert is Done for Good
After a rough start in OOC play (understatement), we’ve been relatively pleased with JMU’s .500 record in CAA play. And with UNCW coming to town later this week, the Dukes have an opportunity to pull off the biggest win of Lou Rowe’s young career. They’re going to have to try and do it without Yohanny Dalembert unfortunately. The school announced yesterday that YoYo has been shut down for the season due to an undisclosed illness. Boo.
It goes without saying, that the most important thing here is Dalembert’s health. And it’s a pretty devastating that the senior’s career is ending this way. We hope that he quickly recovers from whatever is ailing him. But this also sucks as a JMU hoops fan. It really, really sucks.
Dalembert was pretty raw when he arrived at JMU. He was one of those guys who came to the game relatively late in life, playing seriously for the first time as a high school student. Even as a senior, he lacked the consistency to be a truly dominant player. But at his peak, he was a definite difference maker in the CAA. He was also my personal favorite player on JMU. He was a good rim protector and had a surprisingly refined post game at times. I also found him to be an excellent passer out of the block. When he was playing well, he was one of those guys who could reach double figures despite not even attempting 10 field goals. Efficient and strong. He’ll definitely be missed.
YoYo’s departure creates a big void for the Dukes. Paulius Satkus has been playing great this season, and JMU will need that to continue. Head Coach Lou Rowe will also need Tom Vodanovich, Ivan Lukic and Dimitrije Cabarkapa to elevate their play. It’s actually a big opportunity for the Serb, who hasn’t seen much playing time in the CAA portion of the season. It’s a big opportunity for all three players.