Daily Hampshire Gazette writer Matt Vautour spent some time with Tyler Bergantino earlier this week and talked about his role on this year's team, his timeline at UMass and how his body has changed over the course of his career.
AMHERST -- Few players in college basketball are as secure in their specific role as Tyler Bergantino.
Barring an injury, the 6-foot-9 Floridian is unlikely to unseat Cady Lalanne as the starting center and as it is looking less and less likely that either freshman Malik Hynes or Rashaan Holloway gets eligible, there's nobody else on the roster physically capable of taking his backup spot.
"I was about 250 and solid. Now I'm back to 235, trying to get lean muscle," Bergantino said. "I worked on my body over the summer. I'm more explosive, I'm faster. I'm in better condition. I think that's what my game was really lacking the past couple years. My problem was knowing how hard to go at the tempo we would play."
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