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Old 11-09-2012, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dribs and drabs

Iíve been keeping my usual close eye on every team through the preaseason. Hereís some thoughts and observations as the season gets set to begin.

LEAGUE

*The A-10 doesnít have a clearly identifiable team that looks prepared to make deep postseason run (chance at Elite 8). All our best teams have obvious weaknesses, at least on paper, to start the year.

That said, I like Temple, VCU, SLU and St. Joeís Ė in that order.

PLAYERS

*Frosh power forward Jalen Robinson at DAYTON has been extremely impressive in the preseason. Big, strong, can score some inside, and seems to have some inside nastiness.

*Combo forward Andre Marhold looks ready for a breakout season at Duquesne. The Dukes are going to get beat up some, but the 6-7 Marhold could be a poor manís Damian Saunders this year. Very athletic, strong for his size, quick to the ball.

*Lot of buzz around redshirt frosh Jeff Short at Fordham, but I like sophomore WG Bryan Smith. Every time he had a great game the Rams won. Needs more of them.

*Soph combo forward John Kopriva at GW isnít flashy or super athletic, but heís always productive. One of those guys who doesnít look like a basketball player. He just finds a way to help his team.

*Sam Mills at LaSalle is one of my favorite players to watch. Unsung hero of the team. One of the leagueís best perimeter defends but he also shot 40%-plus on treys. Ultimate glue guy.

*Bigmen Jerrell Wright (LaSalle), Cady LaLanne (UMass) and Derrick Williams (Richmond) are set for breakout years. All three are strong and physical, horses inside with good interior skills. Williams can also step out and drop the treyball.

*Jesse Morgan is about to show the rest of the league that heís one of the better 2-guards. Probably the best defender on UMass, backs up Williams at point and heís a darn good shooter and scorer, too.

*Juco transfer Xavier Munford is generating a lot of talk at Rhody. Aggressive wing guard who could end up being of the teamís top scorers.

*Richmond has a ton of guards who can play, but they need someone to help Williams inside. Keep an eye on Wayne Sparrow, a 6-3 shooting guard who had a fine preseason.

*Ronald Roberts at St. Joeís is the most exciting player in the league to watch outside of Chaz Williams. Some of his throwdowns have a Jerome Lane quality to them. Explosive!

*Forward Dwayne Evans is an everyman for St. Louis. He will do a lot to help fans forget about Brian Conklin. Evans wonít score as much but he does pretty much everything well. Rugged rebounder and excellent post defender.

*Will Cummings is a big key for Temple. Hardly played as a frosh, but heís the only speedy guard on the team. Owls can win even if he doesnít come on strong, but they will be much better if Cummings makes the usual sophomore leap under Dunphy.

*VCUís Juvonte Reddic might be another budding frontcourt star in the A-10. Super athletic and packed on lots more muscle. He is the key, IMO, for VCU in its attempt to win the A-10 in its first year. He might be the best two-way bigman in the league.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tay Jones (SJU) suspended for 3 games (Wheeling-Yale-Notre Dame) for unspecified violations of community standards(??)-privacy issues, of course. Extremely thin at the guard spot, plus takes out your leader scorer. Ouch. Is this a drib or drab?
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Very excited to see what Munford and Malesevic can do on the scoring end at Rhody. Two years ago, Malesevic shot incredibly well (except at the line): 51% FG, 46% 3FG, 54% FT.
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Glad someone beside Dayton fans has seen Jalen Robinson and sees his talent. Yes, it was against D2 teams, and yes he will have his ups and downs as a freshman, but his talent is real. He has All League written all over his game. And perhaps sooner rather than later.
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What? Duquesne has a good player?! Rejoice!
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What? Duquesne has a good player?! Rejoice!
Just ask Fordham fans how much one good player gets ya.
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What? Duquesne has a good player?! Rejoice!
Better than BOnas. We apparently have neither dribs nor drabs.*



*No word on if we have any odds or sods.
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I had SJU beating ND. Without Jones I don't see it. If A-10 players are not getting injured they are doing stupid things. Geez.


Feel free to add more dribs and drabs for Bona or anyone else in this thread. I'd be curious to know which whose your favorite player on another team, or which player you dislike the most but would take in a nanosecond on your team.
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*Frosh power forward Jalen Robinson at DAYTON has been extremely impressive in the preseason. Big, strong, can score some inside, and seems to have some inside nastiness.
Whoot-whoot!
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Conger is the man this year. He'll average close to 17ppg. That being said, I'm most excited about Ndoye having a breakout year. He'll have some tough games here and there, but by the time he is a senior he is going to be a force to be reckoned with.
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Conger is the man this year. He'll average close to 17ppg. That being said, I'm most excited about Ndoye having a breakout year. He'll have some tough games here and there, but by the time he is a senior he is going to be a force to be reckoned with.
I think Kloof is going to have a big year and I really hope Simmons does. He deserves it.

As for players I'd like to have...definitely Aiken (no slight on our big guys).
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La Salle is a sleeper this year. They're going to be a formidable squad. Lots of talent.
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La Salle is a sleeper this year. They're going to be a formidable squad. Lots of talent.
La Salle is only a sleeper for those not paying attention. If La Salle is not within a game of the conference champion then I will forever consider La Salle an A10 failure.
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La Salle is only a sleeper for those not paying attention. If La Salle is not within a game of the conference champion then I will forever consider La Salle an A10 failure.
Agreed. Unfortunately they don't get a lot of the press many other members enjoy. I wouldn't be surprised if they won the league.
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Terrence Williams looked like a new player tonight. He has definitely improved over the offseason. 19 points and 10 rebounds.
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