Nate Culuko, 3rd Assistant Coach (Practice)
James Madison had as good a record as us during pre-conference play, but I think we played tougher competition. Charleston started out great with 6 wins in their first 7 games (with wins against some top-flight competition) but then won just 2 of 6 against less-talented opponents. After a slow start Drexel won 4 of their final 5 pre-conference games.
I think we’re ready for Colonial Athletic Association play. 8 of our 11 games were on the road and we still came away with an 8-3 record, winning all 3 of our home games and 5 of 8 on road while playing a more competitive schedule that in previous seasons. Our RPI ranking (#21) is a bit high It likely will slide lower as the season progresses due to the CAA’s fairly low prestige level.
Leading scorers: C Donny Flint-13.6 ppg, SG Dominick Collins-10.9 ppg, SF Wayne Burrough-10.3 ppg, PG Shaun White-10.2 ppg, PF Deon Penn-9.9 ppg.
Leading rebounders: C Donny Flint-9.2 rpg, PF Deon Penn-6.1 rpg, SF Wayne Burrough-6.0 rpg.
Assist Leaders: PG Shaun White-4.7 apg, SG Dominick Collins-2.8 apg, C Donny Flint-2.2 apg.
Shaun White is performing much better in all aspects of the game than Matt Faust at PG.
Dominick Collins and Ryan Taylor are performing pretty equally at SG.
So we’re going to start and play White at PG, start Collins at SG but move him over to PG as much as possible when we have to give White a breather, and increase Taylor’s minutes at SG. Faust and Copley Dwiggins (who has done pretty well in the limited minutes he’s gotten thus far) will get a few minutes at PG and SG, respectively.
At SF Wayne Burrough is significantly outplaying sub Ross Davis (Davis is hitting a high percentage of his shots but has backed off putting up the ball, instead feeding it to others so getting quite a few assists). We want to continue to give Davis minutes in hopes he picks up his offensive productivity.
Deon Penn and Jason Vickers are both playing well at PF with Penn the much better rebounder and Vickers the better shooter. Penn will continue to start with Vickers coming off the bench to fill in at PF (and also at SF).
Donny Flint is dominant at C. Jason Miner is doing well on the boards but his shooting eye has been off. So we’ll continue to play Flint at much as he can with Miner coming in when Flint’s fatigued or gets into foul trouble. Deon Penn can shift over to C if necessary also.