Dave posted his superlatives yesterday. Here are mine.
Leading Scorer – Ovie Soko
The Dukes will have three players who command the basketball on their 2013-14 squad. I suspect Tra’vaughn White and Derrick Colter will cancel each other out a little at guard, but Ovie Soko provides the best scoring option in the post. I think he will lead the team in points and rebounds per game but all three could finish in the 13-15 range.
Best Defender – Jeremiah Jones
Jeremiah works harder than anyone on the team defensively. He’s solid on or off the ball and can get after it on the glass. I think people underestimate what we have in Jeremiah for the future and if his ball handling and scoring improve, he could develop into an 12 point, 5 rebound, 3 assist guard before it’s all over.
Top Freshman – Jordan Robinson
I could easily go with Isaiah Watkins here, but thanks to familiarity, I defaulted to Robinson. I don’t think Robinson will light the world on fire his first year, but he could be steady and contribute in ways that you won’t see in the box score. Relative to most freshman big men, he has a great deal of polish at both ends. He struggled at times over the summer, but Robinson doesn’t create a lot for himself. Players who rely on their teammates often struggle with the selfishness of the Pro-Am. When he did get opportunities, he finished well. At the very least, he should become a second big man who will make defenses pay for concentrating too much on Soko.
Breakout Candidate – Tra’Vaughn White
It seems off to call White my breakout candidate given that he led all of junior college in scoring last year, but I believe he could have an impact similar to Rhode Islands’ Xavier Munford. White should provide a second play making option to complement Colter and a dangerous weapon off the drive. In terms of talent, White compares well to Colter. White looks like the better finisher, but Colter sees the floor and passes better from what I’ve seen.