Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 10/31/12
Vol. 1 Vol. 2 LaDontae Henton (Sophomore, Providence): Henton is a very versatile player. In addition to averaging 14.3 points per game last season, the 6’6” forward is very strong down low (averaged 8.6 rebounds as a freshman), and is excellent from behind the ark, hitting nearly 40% of his 3-pointers. With a season of experience under his belt, Henton has the ability to be a double-double machine, and with the help of stud point guard Vincent Council, get Providence out of the Big East cellar. Eli Carter (Sophomore, Rutgers): Carter is another sophomore who excelled in his first year of college ball. Carter averaged 13.8 points last season for the Scarlet Knights, and at times looked like a future Big East Player of the Year (i.e. his 31-7-7 in an upset OT win against then #10 Florida).  With a year of experience and Kansas State transfer Wally Judge in the mix, Carter should make less poor shooting decisions, and improve on his freshman campaign. Chaz Williams (Junior, UMass): Watching Chaz Williams play last season must have made every Hofstra fan sick to their stomach. In his first season for the Minutemen, the former Hofstra star averaged 16.9 points, 6.2 assists, and an unbelievable .419 3-point percentage. He also led UMass to a deep NIT run, averaging 21.8 points in the tournament. If UMass makes any noise in March, Williams will be the reason why. Alex Len (Sophomore, Maryland): While many Maryland fans are still disappointed in losing out on the Harrison twins (from the Class of 2013), they should shift their attention to the 7’1” Ukranian. According to Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon, Len gained around 30 pounds in the offseason, and is a much different player than the one who averaged 6 points as a freshman. The Terps will look to have Len shoot 3-pointers, while becoming a force down low as well (with blocking shots his specialty). In addition to his basketball skills improving, Len’s English improved as well, which will make communicating on the court easier. All of his hard work this offseason will likely make Len a double-double machine and a future 1st-round draft pick. (Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/terrapins-insider/post/marylands-alex-len-ready-for-sophomore-season-aftergrinding-all-summer/2012/09/26/64abae52-07ea-11e2-9eea-333857f6a7bd_blog.html) Jamelle Hagins (Senior, Delaware): Hagins had a memorable junior season for Delaware. The big man averaged a double-double of 12.4 points and 11.1 rebounds, and became Delaware’s all time leader in blocked shots. His stature (6’9”, 225 pounds) might make it difficult for him to succeed as an NBA center, but Hagins has a strong mid-range jumper as well, which could lead to NBA success as a power forward. -Hollenberg
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