Stetson University Hatters
Head Coach: Casey Alexander (Year 2)
11-12 Finish: 8th in the Atlantic Sun. (6-12 conference, 9-20 overall.)Follow @KSUOwlHowl
|Fr.||G||Logan Irwin||6-0||180||South Whitley IN||Whitko HS|
|Fr.||G||Brian Pegg||6-7||205||Clearwater FL||Faith Baptist Christian|
|Fr.||G||Tanner Plemmons||6-2||185||Franklin NC||Rabun Co. HS|
|Fr.||F||Leke Solanke||6-6||215||Nigeria||Marquette Catholic HS|
|So.||C||Kyle Sikora||7-0||243||Key Largo FL||Oakland University|
|Jr.||G||Hunter Miller||6-2||185||Nashville TN||Florida Gulf Coast|
Roster Breakdown: Stetson returns their top six players for the 2012-13 season, so that is certainly good news for them. They brought in six new faces, but we are unsure if Kyle Sikora has to sit out a season after transferring from Division I Oakland.
Biggest Losses: The two biggest losses, Patterson and Thompson were marginal role players at best. Patterson regressed severely under new coach Casey Alexander. Stetson will be much better now that they have brought in a pair of new point guards.
Biggest Addition: At first glance it would seem that the 7-0 243 pound transfer would be the biggest addition, both literally and figuratively, however we beg to differ. Hunter Miller is a transfer from Florida Gulf Coast, and the Hatters currently lack a point guard so he will bring experience and also fill a need.
Miller never stood out while at FGCU and put up pedestrian numbers, but sometimes it takes a new system, a change of scenery and a redshirt year to put things together.
Impact Freshman: The 2012 freshman class seems quite mundane. They brought in Brian Pegg who is the younger brother of star center, Adam. The younger Pegg had eight low-major offers before choosing Stetson, and he seems like a good player to develop for future years. They also brought in Nigerian native Leke Solanke who is new to the country and is high on athletic ability but low on skills right now. Tanner Plemmons is a good addition on paper as a sharp shooter who can handle the ball.
For our impact freshman, we are going to pick point guard Logan Irwin. Irwin was recruited by Coach Alexander while he was an assistant at Belmont so it makes sense how he ended up a Hatter. Like Hunter Miller, Irwin fills the position that Stetson desperate needs right now and it is the one that could make or break the team. Irwin had interest from Belmont, Kent. St, Nebraska and other Division I schools but Stetson was the only offer when he made an early committed before last season. We’ll post highlights of Irwin at the bottom of the post.
Breakout Star: Chris Perez transferred from Liberty after an average freshman year, redshirted for a season and then he because one of Stetson’s finest players. He has already “broken out”, but the 6’3″ guard averaged 13.5 points per game last year and we believe he can push that up to 16 and make a run for the All-Atlantic Sun second team.
Analysis: Stetson lost a few key players last year during the transition from Coach Derek Waugh to Coach Alexander, but regardless of that they underachieved tremendously. Coming from Belmont, Alexander likely wanted a high paced offense with inside/outside ball movement and a lot of threes. The main problem was that Stetson didn’t have a point guard to facilitate the offense which led to them leading the A-SUN in turnovers. If either Miller or Irwin can step in and take care of the ball while running the team efficiently, the then Stetson has a chance to finish in the top five this year.Follow @KSUOwlHowl