University of North Florida Ospreys
Head Coach: Matthew Driscoll (Year 4)
2011-12 Finish: 5th in the Atlantic Sun. (10-8 conference, 16-16 overall.)
New Additions 2012-13
|Fr.||F||Cameron Naylor||6-7||175||Jacksonville FL||Providence HS|
|Fr.||G||Beau Beach||6-8||195||Ponte Vedra FL||Ponte Vedra HS|
|Fr.||G||Ray Rodriguez||6-1||180||Miami FL||Hialeah Gardens HS|
|Fr.||G||Aaron Bodager||6-5||195||Oviedo FL||Hagerty HS|
|Fr.||G||Jibril Smith||5-11||165||Orlando FL||Olympia HS|
|Fr.||F||DeMarcus Daniels||6-7||190||Ashburn GA||Turner County HS|
Roster Breakdown: North Florida returns their top four leading scorers from last season, including one of the best shooters in conference history, Parker Smith. Unfortunately for North Florida, that is where the good news ends, as they have six true freshmen on the roster to go along with their four proven returning players, and that is not the best mix. They will need for their young players to grow up fast.
Biggest Loss: Matt Sauey averaged over 20 minutes per game for the Ospreys over the course of the past four seasons. Not only do they lose a solid contributor, they lose much needed size and shot blocking.
Impact Freshmen: The three freshmen with the biggest immediate impact should be forwards Demarcus Daniels, Beau Beech and shooting guard Cameron Naylor. Naylor has the most upside of the three but we think that they will all contribute this year in some form whether it be earned or by necessity.
Ray Rodriguez should also get playing time this year, splitting point guard duties with Will Wilson. We don’t think Rodriguez will have much of an impact.
Breakout Star: Travis Wallace, a local product from Campbell High School in Marietta Georgia, averaged 11 points on 51% shooting in 20 minutes per game last season. He is a strong athletic player with a lot of upside who needs to see an increase in minutes. He will form a nice 1-2 punch with Parker Smith.
Analysis: North Florida returns a strong foundation, and will likely be closer to the top than the bottom of the Atlantic Sun if they can get some immediate production out of at least three of their freshmen, but they lack quality point guard play which could be their downfall.Follow @KSUOwlHowl