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My Projected Logistics for Next Year

With all the talk about next year, I figured I would post my thoughts. Note: title inspired by the recently absent Austin Montgomery

Here's the roster breakdown.

Point guard

Projected Depth Chart-

  1. Peyton Siva
  2. Elisha Justice/Russ Smith                                                                                               

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The breakdown- Peyton Siva became a secondary leader in the second half of the season. We saw him blossom in games such as the first UConn and first WVU game, being the clutch player. He was very vocal and a great driver. He averaged 10 ppg and 5 assists last season. I would figure those to go up to about 14 and 7 this year, minimum (points). I have a feeling one of the two backups will transfer, but who knows. Russ Smith is a tenacious defender who fits well into our system. Justice quarterbacks the offense. I like Smith but am neutral toward Justice. I don't like how he does not seem to like driving into lane. He often looked overmatched, especially on D. Advantage, Russ.
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Shooting Guard

Projected Depth Chart-

  1. Wayne Blackshear
  2. Chris Smith
  3. Mike Marra
  4. HENDO!
  5. Mark Jackson Jr.

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The Breakdown-
Dudes a beast. I think a talent like him HAS to start. I like Chris Smith and all, but Wayne has more size which will help us with our, uh, problem (say it, Carolina Cardinal). Chris Smith did keep us in a lot of games last year with his great ability to get to the rim or take a pull-up jumpshot. But at the tail end of the season, not including the Morehead State debacle, he lost his confidence and just at times would not shoot. We may need him back on track, especially if Wayne is a *gasp* bust. Marra is a streaky shooter who would either go for 16+ (S Bama, Marquette, etc.) or shoot 0-10 (UNLV). He was the best player on the team until the UNLV game (I'm looking at you, 922. http://www.cardchronicle.com/2010/12/7/1862821/a-bridge-year-too-late). Hendo is, well, Hendo.
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Small Forward

Projected Depth Chart-

  1. Kyle Kuric,
  2. see shooting guards,
  3. Angel Nunez                                                                                    

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The Breakdown- All I really need to do is talk about Kyle, because our shooting guards are pretty much interchangable with this position. As you know, Kyle was a great three point shooter last year, being by far our most efficient player, and quietly our best down the stretch (http://www.cardchronicle.com/2011/3/3/2028189/kuric-has-quietly-been-our-best#storyjump). What I am interested in is if he can make his game more well-rounded. He showed that late in the season. He began to drive more and shoot more mid-range jumpers. He also was our leading rebounder in our last ten games.
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Power Forward
Projected Depth Chart-

  1. Chane Behannen/Rakeem Buckles/Jared Swopshire
  2. Steven Van Treese

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Breakdown- I see a revolving door. Three talented players, three good rebounders, one very good shooter, two power players. It's a nice problem to have. Judging from Rick Pitino's past, I believe Jared Swopshire will start from day one. I believe he may let Chane get some experience and then start, or stick with Swop if he does not pan out. You may be wondering, why am I not including Rakeem Buckles in the conversation? ACL injuries are tough to get over. The staff should treat the injury with caution. We don't need him blowing out his knee again next year. If he gets healthy quickly, he will start about a quarter of the way in, or halfway through the nonconference. But who knows, we have lots of good players at the position, so the starter will be very good.
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Center
Projected Depth Chart

  1. Terrence Jennings
  2. Tony Woods
  3. Gorgui Dieng
  4. Zach Price

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The Breakdown- LOADED. Boom. Lots of talent here. At the end of last season, TJ morphed into a double-double guy. I really like his post moves and baby hook. He fits perfectly into an up-tempo style. No reason not to start him. Tony Woods and Gorgui Dieng are interchangable. I can't tell you much about his game, but I can say that he is loaded with ability, for he was a five-star out of high school. Gorgui looks like the second coming of Hashem Thabeet, though he is still raw and learning the game.
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For next season, I am calling a 27-4 record, finishing second in the Big East to Syracuse, and winning the Big East tournament. I also am for once thinking of an undefeated nonconference. I doubt this happens because of the classic Pitino clunker, but next year seems like our best shot. Records, predictions, as always are welcome.

GO CARDS.
Note: I am not calling us losing to SU at any point, but I believe a clunker at the end costs us the regular season crown.

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