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Previewing the Puerto Rico Tip-Off field

A look at team's key players in this years Puerto Rico Tip-Off

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For analysis on our first round opponent, check out our College of Charleston Scouting Report.

Texas A&M

2014-15 Results: Beat Northwestern State 109-68
Lost: Fabyon Harris: 6.3 PPG last season.  Harris is the only player the Aggies lost from last year who averaged over 20 minutes a game.

Key Players:
Jalen Jones: Transfer from SMU where he averaged 13.4 PPG, 4.1 RPG.  Scored 16 points on 6-8 shooting in only 13 minutes while also pulling down 5 rebounds in victory over Northwestern State.

Kourtney Robinson: 9.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 58.5% from the field last season.  He has now been a starter for two seasons who will need to step up his scoring even more this season.  Scored 10 points with 4 rebounds in first game of season.

Alex Caruso: 9.0 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.6 RPG, 33.3% from three last season.  One of the best unknown guards in the SEC who lead the league in assists last year.  Only scored 2 points in opening game, but registered 8 assists with 5 rebounds.

Alex Robinson: Ranked 63rd in ESPN’s top 100 and a 4-star recruit as a 6'1" guard.  Only scored 1 point in his debut but pulled down 7 rebounds.

Dayton

2014-15 Results: Beat Alabama A&M 76-52

Lost: Two main rotation players from a team that made it to the Elite Eight last year:

  • Devin Oliver: 11.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG in just under 30 minutes a game.
  • Vee Sanford: 9.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG in just over 20 minutes a game.

Key Players:
Jordan Sibert: 12.2 PPG, 42.6% from three last season.  A big time scorer who was once at Ohio State. Only scored 9 points in first game of the year on 3-12 shooting.

Dyshawn Pierre: 11.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG last season.  Coach Archie Miller says that he may be Dayton’s most gifted player.  Scored 16 points on a perfect 6-6 shooting in the season opener while also pulling down 9 rebounds.

Scoochie Smith: 3.6 PPG, 2.0 APG last season.  Started to start at the end of the season and coach Archie Miller is very high on him.  Filled up the stat sheet with 9 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds in victory over Alabama A&M.

Potential Final Opponents

New Mexico

2014-15 Results: Beat Idaho State 79-55
Beat Cal State Fullerton 67-59

Lost: Three main rotation guys

  • Cameron Baristow: Led the team in scoring last year averaging 20.4 PPG shooting 55.6% while also pulling down 7.4 RPG.
  • Kendall Williams: Averaged 16.0 PPG while also dishing out 4.9 APG
  • Alex Kirk: A 7-footer who averaged 13.3 PPG and dominated the glass averaging 8.7 RPG.

Key Players:
Hugh Greenwood: 6.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.4 APG in over 30 minutes per game last season.  Coach Craig Neal describes him as "the glue guy" for the team, but will be looked more for scoring.  Has filled up the stat sheet in their first two games, averaging 9.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG, and 4.5 APG.

Cullen Neal: The son of the head coach.  7.1 PPG, 35.9% from three last season.  Was one five players to play in all 34 games for his father.  Has been the main scorer so far this season, averaging 24.5 PPG while shooting 8-15 from three.

Obij Aget: Extremely tall at 7’1".  Only averaged 6 minutes a game last season, but was behind multiple big men.  Has contributed well so far, scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds against Idaho State, and 7 points with 6 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton.

Boston College

2014-15 Results: Beat New Hampshire 58-50
Lost to UMass 71-62

Lost:

  • Ryan Anderson:14.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG last season.  Transferred to Arizona
  • Joe Rahon: 9.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.2 APG last season.

Key Players:
Oliver Hanlan: Did it all last year, averaging 18.5 PPG with 3.4 RPG and 2.9 APG.  He is the guy for Boston College and will do most of the scoring again this year.  Has averaged 17.5 PPG in the Eagles’ first two games but has not shot well, going a combined 11-30 from the field.

Aaron Brown: A grad student transfer from Southern Miss where he averaged 9.9 PPG and 4.3 RPG in his final season. A 6-5 wing who will try and help Hanlan in the scoring department.  Scored 21 points in victory over New Hampshire even though he went 0-7 from three.  Had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in loss to UMass.

Lonnie Jackson: Another guard for BC who averaged 7.0 PPG while shooting 37.9% from three last season.  Adds a world of experience as he has started 55 games in his college career.  He has been injured so far this season, missing the first two games of the season, but is optimistic to be back for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

George Mason

2014-15 Results: Lost to Cornell 68-60
Beat Princeton 63-60

Lost:

  • Sherron Wright: Led the team in scoring last season averaging 15.6 PPG with 3.2 RPG.
  • Byron Allen: Second on the team in scoring last season averaging 15.4 PPG with 3.9 RPG and 3.0 APG.

Key Players:
Patrick Holloway: Averaged 8.7 PPG while shooting 41.1% from three.  He has the potential to be an extremely dangerous scorer if Coach Paul Hewitt can get him the ball in the right spots.  Scored 22 in the loss to Cornell and 19 in the victory over Princeton.

Jalen Jenkins: Averaged 7.2 PPG while leading the team in rebounds with 6.0 per game last season.  Could be a big time player for the Patriots if he keeps his motor up.  Averaging 8.5 PPG and 5.5 RPG in his first two games

Marquise Moore: The point guard for George Mason, worked his way into the lineup last year as a freshman averaging over 20 minutes per game.  The team’s best defender.  Filled up the stat sheet in the loss to Cornell, scoring 8 points with 7 assists and 6 rebounds.  Scored 11 points in the victory over Princeton.

West Virginia

2014-15 Results: Beat Monmouth 64-54
Beat Lafayette 83-56

Lost: Two very talented players to transfers

  • Eron Harris: One of West Virginia’s best players from last year who transferred to Michigan State.  Averaged 17.2 PPG while shooting 42.2% from three last season
  • Terry Henerson: Averaged 11.7 PPG last season and was one of team’s better perimeter players.  Transferred to NC State.

Key Players:
Juwan Staten: Leading scorer from last year averaging 18.1 PPG while also pulling down 5.6 RPG and dishing out 5.8 APG.  He is a member of the all-conference team and was earned spot on the all-defensive team last season.  Already producing at a high level in the Mountaineers’ first two wins.  Scored 20 points with 5 rebounds in win over Monmouth, and scored 10 points with 8 assits in win over Lafayette.

Devin Williams:  Team’s leading rebounder from last season averaging 7.2 per game while also scoring 8.4 PPG as a freshman.  He will anchor the frontcourt, and if he can be more consistent, Coach Bob Huggins thinks he has the ability to be a very special player.  Has dominated the glass in the first two games, averaging 13 per game, including 12 offensive rebounds against Monmouth.  He has also scored 15 points in both victories.

Jonathan Holton: A JUCO transfer who also played at URI as a freshman where he averaged 10.2 PPG.  He will give help at the wing position as he adds much needed athleticism.  After a 2 point performance against Monmouth, he turned it up against Lafayette scoring 18 points while ripping down 15 rebounds.

Check back on Friday to see a Scouting Report on who the Huskies take on next!