Some Numbers: 15.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg
Games over 20 points: 6 (two over 30)
Games under 10 points: 5
Needs To Improve: The main improvement Budinger needs is toughness, of course that could be said about the entire team. Budinger needs t be able to exert himself more often on both ends of the floor.
Improved lateral quickness would also serve the athletic wing on both ends. He is incredibly explosive north/south and vertically, but his lateral movement was not on par with those other two skills a year ago. This was mainly a factor on the defensive end.
As good a scorer as he was, he could actually be better if he adds a few more moves to his offensive repertoire. The second time around the Pac-10 he had a little trouble creating his own shot.
Best Case Scenario: Budinger contends for national player of the year honors. Chase is so skilled and is apparently putting in the work this off-season. A few tweaks to his game and he could be the next Wildcat All-American.
Worst Case Scenario: Budinger rests on his laurels, fails to significantly improve and has his eyes on the NBA.
Most Likely Scenario: The good news about Budinger is that he seems more likely to maximize his upside. I expect Budinger to be an improved, more confident player and contend for All-Conference and Pac-10 Player-of-the-Year honors. There is no reason he should not be improved in year-two. He has the drive and talent to take his game to the next level.