Old Faces in New Places

25 May

With all the movement of teams from conference to conference, that means there will be some familiar faces in different places for the 2012-13 basketball season.  Here are just a handful of the players on the move that will be intriguing additions to their new homes.

Kerron Johnson-Belmont- After a decade of dominance in the Atlantic Sun Belmont moves on to the Ohio Valley where Johnson, who averaged 13.8 ppg last season, will have plenty of company in the hunt for all league honors in the OVC back court.  Led by Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan (19.0 ppg) 8 of the OVC’s top 12 scorers from last season and 4 of which are guards.  In addition, Johnson’s 5.2 assists per game would make him the conference’s top returning dime dropper, a whole 1.6 apg ahead of #2 Canaan.  Johnson should find his new digs quite comfortable and fit right in.

Phil Pressey-Missouri- Pressey will lead the Tigers into their inaugural season in the SEC, much like Kerron Johnson at Belmont, Pressey will have plenty of offensive company in the SEC back courts as only 4 of the top 15 scorers in the conference return, but they are all guards; Kenny Boynton-Florida 15.9, BJ Young-Arkansas 15.3, Trae Golden-Tennessee 13.6 and Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 13.2.  While Pressey averaged just 10.3 ppg last season, his 6.4 assists puts him nearly two assists ahead of the conference’s top returner, Golden who averaged 4.5.  Pressey should adjust just fine in the more perimeter-oriented SEC.

Deonte Burton/Malik Story-Nevada- You want to talk about an embarrassment of guard riches, look no further than the Mountain West.  For a conference that already boasts Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley (San Diego State), Michael Lyons (Air Force), Dorian Green (Colorado State), Anthony Marshall (UNLV) and Kendall Williams (New Mexico) for those keeping track that is 6 of 9 top scorers returning, including the top 3 in the back court, they are set to add the top guard duo from the WAC in Nevada’s Burton and Story.  The Wolf Pack back court mates averaged a combined 28.9 points and 6.5 assists per game last season and with the losses of Olek Czyz and Dario Hunt to graduation even more of the offensive burden could fall upon the dynamic duo.

Juvonte Reddic-Virginia Commonwealth- The 6’9 junior who averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds last season will take aim on the Atlantic 10 in ’12-’13.   He will find plenty of competition to test his mettle in his new conference.  St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson may be gone, but Reddic will still have to face the likes of; Chris Gaston from Fordham, Halil Kanacevic of St. Joseph’s and Charlotte’s Chris Braswell.   It will be interesting to see how Reddic adjusts to a conference that has a few more options to match up with him than he may have been used to in the Colonial Athletic Association.

These five guys only get one chance to make a first impression on their new adversaries. They not only look to make a lasting impression, but also a lasting impact.

 

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