it’s a little dead on here, so i thought i would get some discussion going. for each player, what would you consider to be a very successful individual season? i mean this in terms of relatively realistic projections based on their skill set. here are my thoughts:
davis-first team all conference(possibly 2nd bc evans at rice shoots more and plays the same position and has less weapons around him). significantly improved defensive skills and consistently having 3 or less turnovers per game. i believe he could make himself into an nba player this season. also, improved three point shooting.
obogozue- 2nd. or 3rd. team all conference. consistency. continuing his play from the end of last season into next season.
white-2nd. or 3rd. team all conference. i think he has the skills for first team but we have a lot of weapons in the backcourt, so that may limit his numbers a bit. improvement with off the ball defense. three point shooting is there but an improvement in his dribble drive game would make him very difficult to guard.
van hook- improved ball handling skills. this could limit him as a liability being a small four, and make him a tough matchup, with the ability to take bigger guys off the dribble. improving as a three point shooter to about 35% from three.
benas- toughness. 3rd. team all conference. i dont project that he will make any all conference team, but he has the skills to be the third best center in the league if properly coached and if he improves in a few areas(namely heart and toughness). improvement on defense. he will probably never be an all defensive team player or hakeem as a shotblocker but he could be solid in those areas.
jackson-conference freshman of the year(or all conference team bc he will not likely play a ton of minutes). averaging 12ppg. and 3 assists per game. limiting turnovers as the season hits the halfway point. solid, consistent defensive effort.
washington-5-7 rpg. 8-9 ppg. very good passer. good defender who can give us 0.5 bpg.
bergang- flashes of skill. i dont expect, even if he surpases my expectations, him to be a consistent weapon. i just want to see games where he shows us what he is capable of. if he has a few games where he gets hot from three, with a couple of midrange jumpers and an occasional dunk, i’d consider it a good season for him. not to be too much of a liabliity on defense. some post skills.
price- solid play. not expecting him to be all conference or nba good but 7-8 ppg. and 4-5 rpg. is reasonable. decent defender. 40% from three is doable for him. the ability to play a couple of positions and to guard wings reasonably well.
ajukwa- all defensive team. need him to be the lockdown defender on the team. from what i read about his team at clemson, that appears to be where he excels. lockdown the other teams best backcourt player. guard 1-3 and get a decent amount of steals. 30-35% from three is doable.
murphy- 4-5 ppg. give us depth. 35% or higher from three. he is known as a pretty good three point shooter, so i think that is reasonable. i think he might have limitations that davis and jackson dont have but he might be a better shooter than them so if he could be a zone buster, that would be great. don’t be a liablity on defense. improve as the season goes on and dont look overwhealmed by division one basketball. i dont mean that as a slight(he had some good offers). dont turn the ball over a lot.
garvin- make us daydream about how could he can be in 2017. show us that big time athletisism. be a lockdown defender capable of guarding small forward and power forward. showcase your ballhanddling. i believe that he could be the steal of the newcomers. improve his post skills during the season. 30% from behind the arc. one or two plays per game that make us go “wow”.(also should have written that for jackson). possibly all rookie team.
aube- continue doing what you do. he has some skills. hopefully he doesnt have to play more than 5-10 mpg. but when he is in, continue playing good defense and an occasional block or bucket here and there would be helpful.
please note that these are my expectations for if these guys play their best. i am not saying that this is what i expect, although i think that these are reasonable goals.