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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 12:16:37pm
Subject: Post by WH From A10 Board - A-10 Rookie Class And All-newcomer Team
A-10 Rookie Class And All-newcomer Team
The latest A-10 class, on paper, seems very strong. It has plenty of future starters and several likely stars. It’s mostly guard heavy, at least in terms of immediate impact players. There’s some talented bigmen, but they will need more time to develop.
Below is my All-Rookie Team with other players to watch. I base my picks not on who the most talented players are, but who’s likely to get the minutes to produce right away. Some of the players I left off my list are less likely to get the minutes or might not be physically ready to contribute right away.
Rookie of the Year
Ron Roberts (6-7, 205), St. Joseph’s - Former St. John’s recruit is physically capable to be a force inside in his first year. Other Hawks frosh may have more talent, but he fills a huge need.
Juwan Staten (5-11, 189), Dayton – Best point guard recruit in the A-10 since Jameer Nelson. He might not be as good as Jameer in his freshman season, but Staten is ready to start from day one.
T.J. McConnell (6-0, 165) Duquesne – Slightly built combo guard just finds a way to score. And it just so happens that the Dukes badly need a shooting guard with deep range.
Rob Loe (6-11, 235), St. Louis – Billikens’ top rated recruit from New Zealand will be thrown into the fire now that Willie Reed is gone. He has the size to compete in the A-10 and is a good outside shooter.
Tyreek Duren (6-0, 180), LaSalle – Top point guard from Philadelphia will probably run the show in his first year. He’s a good all-round athlete and floor leader.
Other freshmen to watch (in no particular order):
Derrick Williams, Richmond - He is a load inside at 270 pounds and could be an answer for the Spiders’ rebounding woes.
Jordair Jett, St. Louis - Somebody has to run the offense with Kwamain Mitchell out. Jett, a well regarded recruit, is the only other true point guard on the roster.
Cole Stefan, LaSalle - Late signee from Minnesota might be the best pure shooter in the freshman class. The Explorers need another shooter.
Langston Galloway, St. Joseph’s – High-motor combo guard is very athletic and versatile.
Jay Canty/ Justin Martin/Jordan Latham, Xavier – All three are topnotch recruits. Martin is the deep shooter and Canty the energetic slasher, but the 245-pound Latham might the most ready to make an impact where the Muskies need it most. (Martin still needs NCAA clearance). One of these players is likely to make All-Rookie.
Daryl Traynham, Massachusetts – Small, dribble-drive point guard is likely to start sometime during the season. He’s another member of a fine class of A-10 point guards.
PS: Fordham and St. Bonaventure have plenty of time for newcomers = the Rams upfront and Bona in the backcourt - so there's opportunity there. It's just hard to gauge the quality of their recruits.
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