At times, Sean Sellers was the best player on the floor. At others times, he struggled to get going.
He played well in big time games. Sellers dropped 26 when the Cards visited #25 Utah to open last season, 22 in a monumental game versus IUPUI in Indianapolis and 19 versus eventual MAC champion Buffalo. But if there was one thing he struggled with, it was consistency.
Sellers managed 5 points or less five times last season, including a string of two-point performances versus James Madison and San Diego State.
Sellers finding a rhythm could be the difference between a Ball State club that contends with the conference's best, and one that dwells in the cellar once again.
Listed as a forward, Sellers usually occupied the 2 or 3 slot when on the floor, and used his ability to shoot from outside to his advantage all season long. He finished third in the MAC in three point shooting percentage at 43.7 percent.
Overall, Sellers' 12 points per game, 2.9 rebounds and 81.1 percent free throw shooting was good enough to allow him to walk away with the MAC's Freshman of the Year honor.
His performances at Utah and IUPUI quickly made him Ball State's go-to in the clutch. Early in the season, he was called on when the Cards were down by three at Valpo, and made a game-winning triple to beat Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, one of Ball State's two conference victories in 2015.
Sellers is now the most important piece of a Ball State back court that is expected by many to take the MAC West by storm. He is joined by #21 on our list, Jeremy Tyler at the point.
Sellers attended Greensburg high school in Indiana, and won two straight class 3A state championships in his junior and senior years of high school.
Sellers will be tested by some of the nation's best small forwards throughout the 2015-16 season. Early on, he will be matched up with Valparaiso's Alec Peters when the Crusaders visit on Nov. 28. Last season when the two met at the ARC in Valpo, Sellers put up 22 on one of the country's best mid-major players.
In the end, a consistent Sellers may be the key piece to a successful Ball State team, and one that exceeds expectations to challenge for more than just a spot in Cleveland, but for a conference title.