I remember when Voldy Gerun committed to Portland just about two years ago. I had just started writing for WestCoastConvo, and this was my first “big” story. The 6’10” big man was an intriguing prospect for the Pilots. It’s rare that Portland gets transfers from a power 5 conference, and while his stats at West Virginia were lackluster, his highlight tape, and stats from European competition was extremely impressive.
In his junior season, Voldy came off the bench, playing back-up to Pilot great Ryan Nicholas. He had a season high 12 points vs. Southern Utah, but his role was small, averaging about 11 minutes per contest.
His senior season, he stepped up into a starting role, starting 30 of Portland’s 33 games. He averaged 8.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 24.3 minutes per game. He scored 21 vs. SIU Edwardsville and also led the team in rebounds in that game. Voldy proved he could score in bunches, but faded in some games and wasn’t as consistent as many would have liked.
But overall Voldy was a fantastic addition to this team. There were times this year when his toughness and intensity really showed up when the Pilots needed it most. When he was sick during the WCC Tournament, he gutted it out and played in their win vs. Saint Mary’s. The bottom line is that the Pilots will miss Voldy. I’m sure the staff tried to petition the NCAA for another year of eligibility but no dice, and that leaves the Pilots a tad thin in the front-court.
We wish Voldy the best of luck in what comes next for him and will be paying attention to see where he lands.