29 October 2007

Stetson Men's Basketball Preview

After another disappointing season, the Stetson University men's basketball team will look to rebound in 2007-08.

The Hatters return all but one of their players after an 11-20 campaign, having lost only PG Gabe McMillen (graduated, now playing for ADT Taragona in Spain).

McMillen will be difficult to replace; he led the team in minutes played, steals, and assists, and was second in scoring. A.J. Smith, who played 15.4 minutes per game in 06-07, will probably be called upon to fill McMillen's shoes.

If any improvement is to occur, the Hatters will need to improve their efficiency both offensively and defensively. Stetson shot only 41.5% from the field (and only 33% from three-point range) last season, while they let opponents shoot 47%.

Sophomore SG/SF Garfield Blair will look to lead Stetson towards the top of their division; he averaged 13.2 points and 5.7 rebounds with more than a steal per game as a freshman. Blair's accurate shooting (49.5%) is welcome, but he must look to cut down on his turnovers (2.6 per game) if he wants to become a more significant threat.

In the post, junior C Tim Lang's improvement will be crucial to the team's success. The 6'9", 250-lb Australian showed flashes of talent at times last season, blocking almost a shot per game and coming seond on the team in rebounding, but foul troubles and inexperience limited him to less than 20 minutes per game.

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