“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better best.”
I’m going to kick off a new short series that Steve, Rogabee, and myself are going to do over the next few days. We’re looking at the men’s basketball team and trying to decide where the superlatives will be in a few different categories – scorer, defender, freshman, and breakout player. I have the dubious distinction of going first, so I’m sure that my partners in crime will write this up better than I with the ability to learn from my mistakes!
And so, without further ado…
Dave’s 2013 Basketball Superlatives:
Leading Scorer: Derrick Colter
Colter is not a traditional point guard similar to the way that Jackson was not a traditional point guard. I don’t like player comparisons, but he’s certainly closer to an Ajax type than, say, Martin Osimani who was a quarterback on the court.
Oh, he’ll get assists and in bunches, but he will also make things happen on his own. I like the flexibility that his willingness to shoot and distribute brings to the table and it will reward him yet again as the leading scorer of this team.
I’ll also go off the board and say that Colter will not only be the next member of the 1000 point club (perhaps obvious), but also that he will pass up every member who joined during the last 13 years.
Best Defender: Ovie Soko
Soko will be up there with Saunders and James in terms of the defense that he will provide. We saw flashes of this in the intensity that he brought to summer league. His athleticism and speed will fit well in the system that Ferry likes to run, and Soko has the experience and the skill to be in position, block shots, and come down with rebounds.
If we had an “all-around player” category, Soko would be my pick. We don’t, so Best Defender fits him best in my eyes.
Top Freshman: LG Gill
I have a hard time with this one. The pro-am isn’t the best measure of what’s going to happen, as it’s basically street ball. Plus, this year not everyone participated. I have to have an answer, though, so I’ll dig deep.
Duquesne’s top newcomer will be Gill. Call it a hunch. I like the combination of size and shooting ability that he brings to the team, and he could create some matchup issues for opposing teams depending on whether he sees time at the 3 or the 4. I like his upside a lot and think that we’ll see some good things from him. I’m also impressed with his rebounding ability and that should lend itself to the brand of basketball that Ferry wants the Dukes to play
Breakout Candidate: Jerry Jones
Jones has been something of an enigma and has always seemed on the verge of something big, never quite getting there. He has provided good play during his minutes so far in his career and also has seen improvement. Still, the big things haven’t come. I think this is the year where this changes.
JJ will embrace his role as a senior on this team and average at least 10 points and 4 rebounds per game to become a leader on the court. The potential has been there, and we have seen these flashes of brilliance before. This is the time when consistency becomes central for him.
Ok! That’s it for me. Steve and Rogabee will bring you their own superlatives over the next two days – stay tuned!