Coach Mick Cronin has big plans for Cumberland. Next season he’ll tailor the offense more to the 6-foot-5 player by implementing screens like he did with Sean Kilpatrick. It’s part of a personnel-adapted affront in which UC will retain its defensive tenacity but exhibit more speed, with more pick-and-roll on offense. Cumberland’s versatility last season was underscored by his 40.1 percent shooting and perimeter daggers in an average of 28.9 minutes. He parlayed his court vision into a team-second 2.9 assists and one steal per game.
“Jarron, he’s a problem. He can score, he can pass, he’s a very intelligent defensive player. Now for me it’s just transitioning him into where he realizes that he’s got to play well for our team to win. That the other guys aren’t there. He’s got help on this team but they don’t have the experience his help had last year. That’s my job, helping him slide over into the starring role,” Cronin said.
Cumberland isn’t the loudest of leaders – he leaves that to Trevon Scott – but he conveys his messages to teammates just the same. He lives with junior college transfer Rashawn Fredericks and freshmen LaQuill Hardnett and Logan Johnson and has spent summer nights explaining the finer points of Cronin’s instructions.