Reviewing the USF MBB roster as it stands today

Posted: April 22, 2014 in Basketball

Coach Antigua has a lot of work to do to fill a vacant roster (Picture credit: http://www.gousfbulls.com)

News came out today that John Egbunu, an AAC all rookie team performer in his first year at USF, would be transferring out. It marks the 5th player to leave the program since coach Stan Heath was fired just a few months ago. The roster at this stage is very thin and after breaking down the numbers, it isn’t much better.

Egbunu joined Javontae Hawkins, Musa Abdul-Aleem, Zach Leday, and Josh Heath in leaving the program. Joey Knight also mentioned that senior guard Shemiye McLendon would not be returning either for 2014, making it 6 players to leave the program. Its a large number of players, especially with Egbunu leading the way. But by looking at the stats, the returning squad gets even thinner. Here is what I mean.

Here are some stats for the players leaving:

John Egbunu – 7.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 31 starts

Musa Abdul-Aleem – 4.1 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 3 starts

Javontae Hawkins – 3.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0 starts

Zach Leday – 3.5 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 16 starts

Josh Heath – 2.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 4 starts

Shemiye McLendon – 2.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 16 starts

So to start with, it means a group of players with a combined 70 career starts are now gone, leaving a squad of players entering the 2014 season with a lot of inexperience. Combined, they averaged a combined 24.2 PPG. While that number seems low, factor the team averaged just 65 PPG and the combined total leaving averaged about 38% of the scoring from the season. While the entire team struggled to score and the group leaving didn’t do a whole lot to help, they were still all contributors. Factor in the top two scorers from last year’s team, Victor Rudd at 16.1 PPG and Martino Brock at 9.5 PPG, means the returning group is losing 49.8 PPG, 76% of their total offense.

So what does the roster look like right now, well here it is.

Corey Allen Jr. – 6’1″ 152 lbs. – Senior Guard

Jake Bodway – 6’2″ 191 lbs. – Redshirt freshman guard

Dre Clayton – 6’6″ 245 lbs. – Redshirt freshman forward

Anthony Collins – 6’1″ 175 lbs. – Senior guard

Jordan Omogbehin – 7’3″ 315 – Redshirt junior center

Chris Perry – 6’8″ 266 lbs. – Sophomore forward/center

Bo Zeiger – 6’6″ 198 lbs. – Redshirt freshman forward

Two incoming players:

Troy Holston – 6’4″ 170 lbs. – Shooting guard – Freshman

Dinero Mercurius – 6’4″ 180 lbs. – Shooting guard – Freshman

At the moment,this returning roster is thin. The returning group that actually played was just Allen, Perry, and a few games from Collins, a grand total of just 25.1 PPG combined. The team only has 3 forwards returning and 1 center, leaving the front line thin as ever. Bodway (walk-on), Clayton, and Zeigler didn’t get a minute, joining Holston and Mercurius with tons of inexperience entering the 2014 year.

So what does this mean? It simply means that Coach Antigua and his staff have a big uphill battle to climb and a lot of holes to fill in a short time. They need another forward, a center, another point guard and a few prayers that no one else leaves (Collins is a rumor, just a rumor out on the internet).

At this point, the 2014 season could be a long one unless the Bulls are able to recruit a lot of talent that can step up right away and fill all the holes that have been left behind.

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