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Mick Cronin | Jarron Cumberland very similar to Sean Kilpatrick

Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin speaks with Cincinnati Bearcats guard Jarron Cumberland (34) during the first half of the American Athletic Conference championship game between Cincinnati Bearcats and SMU Mustangs on March 12, 2017, at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. SMU defeated Cincinnati 71-56 and wins the American Athletic Conference Championship. (Photo by M. Anthony Nesmith/Icon Sportswire)
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Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin loves Sean Kilpatrick as much as any player he’s ever coached, and the current Brooklyn Net may be cut from a similar cloth as sophomore Jarron Cumberland.

“They’re very similar,” Cronin said Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast. “The thing to remember is that Sean was older. He went to prep school and then he red shirted. But Jarron is similar to him in the sense that he doesn’t lack confidence. He’s going to keep playing and keep shooting regardless of what happens. He has a strong sense of belief.”

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Cumberland averaged 8.3 points last season as a freshman, when the Bearcats won 30 games as well as a game in the NCAA Tournament.

The Bearcats are currently ranked No. 9 in the FanRag Sports Preseason Top 25.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.



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