Friday, November 13, 2009
2008-09: 27-11, 10-8, NIT
Key Losses: F Jamelle Cornley, G Danny Morrissey, G Stanley Pringle
Key Freshmen: G Tim Frazier, G Jermaine Marshall
Projected Starting Five:
Talor Battle, Junior, Guard, 16.7 points per game
Chris Babb, Sophomore, Guard, 2.8 points per game
David Jackson, Junior, Forward, 4.5 points per game
Jeff Brooks, Junior, Forward, 3.3 points per game
Andrew Jones, Junior, Forward, 6.2 points per game
This team is essentially Talor Battle, and then everyone else. The junior guard is on the Naismith Award Watch List for 2010 after an impressive ’09 campaign, and is the only member of the team who averaged more than 7 points per game last season. Danny Morrissey, PSU’s sixth man from last year is gone this year, leaving a big hole in the backcourt for sophomores Cammeron Woodyard and Chris Babb to fill.
PSU is bringing back three players who started at least twelve games last season, and 6-9 sophomore Andrew Jones should step up to lead the group. Jones averaged 6.2 ppg and 5.8 rpg in his freshman year, and PSU will need him to become a consistent scorer for the team to succeed in the coming season.
Player to Watch: Talor Battle, 5-11 PG, 16.7 ppg 5.0 apg in 2009. See above. He’s nasty.
Prediction: I’m saying they make it to the Big Dance this year. They got screwed last season - this is their year.