Starting on Saturday, Hustle Belt shootyhoops coverage begins in full force. We will begin our top 15 players countdown. A few days later we will begin our team previews, both leading up to the start of the season. I can’t wait.
However, I start the season with a heavy heart. Like any list of that type, there are a lot of players that probably could be on our top 15 that aren’t. I decided to compile a list of players that didn’t make the list. Even then, I probably will miss a few.
- Trey Moses, Ball State Cardinals: Last season he averaged 9.2 points per game, 8.3 rebounds, and even 2.3 assists. Moses does everything you want a center to do, including over a block a game. With the departure of do everything teammate Franko House, there is a good chance he’ll gobble up even more rebounds. With the departure centers of Marin Maric, Steve Taylor Jr. and others in his own division, and Antonio Campbell, Isaiah Johnson, and others in the East, there is a good chance he will score a lot of points, too. I fully expect to be kicking myself all season long for leaving him out of the top 15.
- Eugene German, Northern Illinois Huskies: The 6 foot tall native of Gary, Indiana, showed flashes of brilliance early in his freshman year last season. By the end, he was making a case to be in the this year’s top 15, including a career high 27 point performance against Toledo. 2 of the other 4 leading scorers have left the Huskies, paving the way for German to have a breakout season.
- Adonis De La Rosa, Kent State Golden Flashes: The Brooklyn big man was impressive enough to earn a scholarship to Saint John’s, but things didn’t work out. Now at Kent State, the sky is the limit. His stats weren’t particularly impressive last season, but the upside is tremendous. We might still be a year away from seeing what he can really do, though.
- Seth Dugan and/or Drake LaMont, Western Michigan Broncos: LaMont was coming off injury and Seth Dugan was just a sophomore last season. Both split time to be a fairly effective center for the Broncos, helping Western Michigan finish the regular season with 8 straight wins. If either of them manage to get major minutes, I fully expect them to average 16 points and 8 rebounds.
- Reggie Jones, Western Michigan Broncos: The 6’6 sophomore guard from Marion, Indiana, is a special talent. At times he is an effective scorer, including a career high 26 against Miami. He hit 5 assists a couple of times and 8 rebounds a few times, as well. Once he figures out his niche’ with the team, I expect him to become a star. With the departure of Tucker Haymond, I have a feeling he’ll find that niche’ this season.
I am going to stop the list now even though I could keep going. Last season, the MAC was loaded with great big men. This year, they are loaded all the way around. With football season in full swing and basketball season about to begin, this truly is the best time of the year.