Posted by Sparky
on 5/1/2022, 11:06 am, in reply to "Re: Lineup
While Murray and Slater sometimes shared the PG duties, Murray brought the ball upcourt when he was in the game about 80% of the time (in my estimation). Murray was brilliant in his first year at the Beach, he will start.
Tsohonis was the backup PG at both Washington and VCU. At Washington, in the Pac12, he averaged 10.4 ppg in only 20 minutes. Some that I have read about him suggests he was not starting because of defense being suspect. I He also shot 40% from three as a frosh, and about 37% in each of the last two years. Plus he is 6'3" (listed) so his size helps. I think his three years of D1 experience in high end leagues makes him a starter.
Tone Hunter is our PG of the future (on paper). He was the frosh of the year in one of the highest level JC leagues in the country. He can score and distribute. But, his outside shooting is suspect (26% from three). Further, he has no D1 experience. My guess is that for him to start, he will have to play so well that Monson has not choice. But, he seems uber talented, and can apparently score going to the hoop as he averaged 18ppg despite that poor 3 point shooting.
Of course, Jason Hart Jr could have something to say about playing time. I put him last of the 4 because he is a true freshman and while his HS numbers were solid, they were not spectacular. On paper, it looks like Murray and Tsohonis will be our starters to me this year, with Hunter and Tsohonis next year and Hunter and Hart after that. But of course, it does not happen on paper. Players get hurt, sometimes eligibility issues happen, attitudes can impact playing time, ability to defend will be important and is harder to see in the stats.
Additionally, Monson has often played 4 guards at the same time, particularly in the BW games.
PG - Hunter, Hart Jr.
SG - Murray, Tsohonis, Rotegaard
SF - Jones, A. Traore, George
PF - L. Traore, A. Traore, Ngoyi, Yan
C - Stroud, Polynice, Ngoyi
Hunter was a standout juco PG for a natíl power, rated highly out of HS.
He and Hart Jr. could be a dynamic PG pairing.
Murray was normally a SG this past season.
Tsohonis, Jones, and A. Traore can all play two positions.
All four post players can likely play either spot.
Could be a fun season by league play again.
Will likely need the non-league season to allow the 7 newcomers time to gel with the returning players.
Must coach pressure defense from the first full day of practice forward, utilize the athleticism and post position length, and make it fun like this past league season.
It will be a solid lineup for the Big West. I think AJ George will get playing time and will do well. His senior year of HS he average 24 points and 8 boards in a shorter HS game (32min). It's going to be competitive to get game minutes next year.
Looking at the depth chart, here is what I see. Several of our players are able to play multiple positions, so I may list them under more than one slot.
PG: Murray, Tsohonis, Hunter, Hart
SG: Jones, Tsohonis, Hunter
SF: Jones, Rotegaard, A. Traore, George
PF: A. Traore, L. Traore, Stroud, Ngoyi, Rotegaard
C: L. Traore, Polynice, Stroud, Ngoyi, Yan
Not having seen most of these guys play, but knowing the value of at least some experience, potential starting lineup:
PF: A Traore
C: L Traore
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