Big East Basketball: Fantasy Preview

    
October 30th, 2009

This is the 4th of six fantasy stats projections for BCS conference starters. One of my favorite series of the year, and a helpful guide when drafting for fantasy college basketball leagues. For an idea of whether I know what I'm talking about, check out last year's Big East Stats Projection. As always, some teams were nailed better then others.. UCONN, for example was almost shockingly spot on, while Rutgers was a bit off.

 

Keep in mind stats are highly dependent on minutes, and freshmen are obviously the hardest to predict. I try to note places below where other starters not listed may emerge or where competition for major minutes exist. Stats are listed by ppg, rpg, and then apg.

 

BIG EAST: PART ONE

 

CINCINNATI

G Deonta Vaughn - 14, 5, 4
G Cashmere Wright - 10, 3, 5

F Lance Stephenson - 14, 6, 2
F Rashad Bishop - 8, 5, 3
F Yancy Gates - 13, 7, 1

Notes: Wright returns after missing last season from injury and should be able to put up solid assist numbers with Vaughn & Stephenson alongside.

 
UCONN

G Kemba Walker - 13, 4, 4
G Jerome Dyson - 15, 4, 3 
F Stanley Robinson - 14, 8, 2
F Gavin Edwards - 8, 6, 1
C Alex Oriakhi - 4, 5, 0

Notes: UCONN's 3 main scorers could all approach 15 ppg. Until Ater Majok arrives (and if he's healthy), Oriakhi or Charles Okwandu will get the start.  Neither of them  should be terribly productive.

DEPAUL

G Jeremiah Kelly - 7, 2, 4

G Will Walker - 14, 4, 3

F Eric Wallace - 8, 4, 1

F Tony Freeland - 9, 5, 1
F Mac Koshwal - 16, 10, 2


Notes: Koshwal averaged 12 & 10 last year, but underachieved in my opinion. He could/should be even better. Eric Wallace is a transfer from Ohio State who averaged 1.8 ppg in limited duty as a freshman.

GEORGETOWN

G Chris Wright - 12, 3, 5
G Jason Clark - 8, 4, 2
F Austin Freeman - 14, 5, 3
F Holl Thompson - 10, 5, 1
F Greg Monroe - 16, 9, 3

Notes: Monroe almost nailed my 12 & 8 prediction from last year, and should take another step forward this year. Thompson is a freshman who will contribute immediately.

LOUISVILLE

G Peyton Siva - 8, 2, 4

G Edgar Sosa - 12, 2, 4
G Jerry Smith - 11, 3, 2
F Terrence Jennings - 11, 8, 1
C Samardo Samuels - 16, 8, 2

Notes: Jennings only averaged 12 mpg last year, but should see his minutes and production soar. Sosa only averaged 7 ppg last year but should get many more chances to score.

MARQUETTE

G Maurice Acker - 5, 2, 3
G Dwight Buycks - 12, 3, 3
G/F Jerome Maymon - 7, 6, 1
F Jimmy Butler - 10, 5, 1
F Lazar Hayward - 17, 10, 1

Notes: Buycks is a Juco transfer who should be the 2nd option behind returning forward Lazar Hayward. Jimmy Butler is an underrated performer who will hold his own in the starting five.


NOTRE DAME

G Tory Jackson - 13, 5, 7
G Jonathan Peoples - 7, 4, 2
G Ben Hansbrough - 10, 5, 4
F Tyrone Nash - 8, 7, 1
C Luke Harangody - 24, 11, 3

Notes: Ben Hansbrough comes over from Mississppi State and he can pass the ball well and rebound. Notre Dame's lack of depth is troubling and none of the reserves should be fantasy contributors.

PITTSBURGH

G Ashton Gibbs - 10, 2, 4
G Jermaine Dixon - 12, 4, 3

G Brad Wanamaker - 9, 5, 2
F Gilbert Brown - 10, 5, 2
F Dante Taylor - 12, 6, 1

Notes: Familiar names are gone, but Pitt has some talent. Taylor should be one of the league's top freshmen.

 

..Continue to Part Two (Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, USF, St. John's Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia)