Well it’s actually a little past the middle of the year, but nonetheless, it’s time to evaluate the talent and see how they figure-in to future plans. I’ll get into more detail in the post-season evaluations.
Markeith Cummings (Grade: C): It’s tough to give a low grade to a player who contributed so heavily in both wins this year. The problem? There are only two wins to speak of. Cummings was made a captain last year, and is now coming off of the bench due to a variety of reasons. If the points don’t lead to wins, does the scoring matter? I would much rather have a player who averages 10 points, is balanced across the board, plays solid defense and makes his teammates better.
Aaron Anderson (Grade A-): Anderson has done everything the coaches have asked for and then some. He plays hard and is one of the leaders of the team. The only reason I am giving him an A- instead of an A, is because he has missed far too many easy buckets this year. He also couldn’t convert on a second free throw which would have lifted KSU to victory in one of the overtime contests.
Andrew Osemhen (Grade B): Osemhen has really improved his game, and is now a contributor. He’s not starter quality, but he won’t have to be next season. He’ll be the perfect player to pull off the bench and put in for 10 minutes a game. I would like to see better rebounding numbers…he hasn’t pulled down more than five in a game.
Brandon Dawson (Grade C-): Dawson hasn’t improved enough since last season, and is only playing by necessity at this point. He is a defensive liability without a true position, and won’t see meaningful minutes next year.
Delbert Love (Grade B-): Love has similar numbers to last season, but his shot has been wildly inconsistent. The loss of Spencer Dixon has hurt him this year, but the addition of another point guard next season should cause an uptick in his percentages. As a team captain, he will figure heavily into the rotation in 2013-14.
Myles Hamilton (Grade B): It’s hard to judge freshmen because there are no past collegiate seasons for comparison. I’ve seen the natural ability that Hamilton possesses, and with his work ethic to fix a few areas of his game, he will turn into a very good player.
Nigel Pruitt (Grade B+): Pruitt gets a B+ instead of a B for exceeding my expectations. He still has a lot to work on (which I will touch on after the season), but the potential is crystal clear for the newly turned 18 year old. He has gotten better as the season has moved on, which is what I am looking for.
Jordan Montgomery (Grade B): Montgomery started off the year slowly, and found himself confused and overwhelmed defensively, which caused him to get in foul trouble before he could even break a sweat. Things have slowed down for him over the past few weeks, and he is starting to show me that he has a bright future at KSU. I am looking forward to seeing if he (and Pruitt) can keep up this pace, or exceed it.
Yonel Brown (Grade C-): As you guys may know, I hyped up Brown to start the season so I had very high expectations going in, but unfortunately, he hasn’t come close to them. I have not seen enough from Brown in any aspect of his game to say that he has a big-time future at KSU. In my opinion, the ceiling we are looking at is a quality backup point guard as an upperclassman. I don’t expect Brown to play more than token minutes next season.
Kris Drees (Grade Incomplete): The walk-on is over-matched athletically but seems be in good position on defense. He has more value as a practice player. I would guess that he will be invited back next year.
Three redshirt players. Willy Kouassi, Bernard Morena and Nate Rucker (Grade A+): My reasoning? I just wanted to give an A+. These three will be starting next season or at least playing very heavy minutes.Follow @KSUOwlHowl