Corey McIntosh is coming in with
more hype than the Tender Crisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch at Burger King. Hopefully
his play is just as satisfying. McIntosh's coach has built him up to be superman
for the Cyclones, but it might not be all hype. He was the JUCO Player of the
Michael Taylor comes in with the
reputation of being a versatile commodity for Greg McDermott. He's a classic
utility guard that can play defense, handle the rock, and help out on the glass.
He never really asserted himself on the offensive end in JUCO, but has the
potential to be a double digit scorer at
Dodie Dunson will fill in nicely
at both guard positions. He's another fill in the gap type of player. He should
be a solid four year player for
All three of these guys have the reputation of playing defensive oriented basketball, unlike their predecessors. They won't match the offensive output of Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson, but under Greg McDermott's system, they shouldn't have to. Walk-on Brock Jacobson has a great stroke and should see some minutes.
Rahshon Clark will be the go to
player on the roster by default. He is 50 percent of the returning scoring
Jessan Gray showed he can score the ball last year. It remains to be seen if he can stop the ball from scoring on the other end. At 6'10 he has great height, but truth be told, he tipped the scales at less than 200 pounds. He just needs some beef and confidence. They will need his size on the interior.
Cory Johnson is, in our view, the
most important newcomer of the five incoming recruits. Johnson has good size
(6'7 230) and skill-set necessary for this new group of Cyclones. He has bulked
up quite a bit in the last year. He will play a lot of minutes at both the 3 and
4 spots. The fourth-leading scorer in
Wesley Johnson is the great unknown. He is another of the several utility guys McDermott has recruited. He can play any of three different positions. Again, the theme here is versatility and defense, as he was named the Houston Golden Circle Defensive Player of the Year in High School.
Men in the Middle
Jiri Hubalek was the fourth leading scorer last season and continually improved on the offensive end of the floor. He not only needs to work on his D, he needs to provide a better "inside" presence. Hubalek hovered frequently on the perimeter. They don't need Hubalek launching 3's. 46 attempts is way too many for a team lacking a post player. If he can develop a repertoire in the post, he will be a well-rounded offensive threat.
Ross Marsden averaged a bucket a game last year, despite playing over 22 minutes per. He will need to assert himself and shoot the ball. He led the team in field goal percentage at 53 percent. Marsden could be a very solid player for this group and will have to play the same amount of minutes with better production.
Walk-on Dustin Streff will play. He is 6'7 and weighs 250 pounds. He, at the very least, can throw his weight around and rebound.
Here are CN's projections on what the 06-07 basketball team will bring to the hardwood.
PG – Corey McIntosh – 8.5 PPG, 4 APG (25 minutes)
SG – Michael Taylor – 9 PPG, 4 RPG, 3 APG (28 minutes)
SF – Rahshon Clark – 16 PPG, 6 RPG, 1.5 APG (35 minutes)
PF – Jiri Hubalek – 13 PPG, 7 RPG (30 minutes barring foul problems)
C – Ross Marsden – 8.5 PPG, 5 RPG (25 minutes)
6th man: Cory Johnson- 8 PPG 4.5 RPG (20 minutes)
7th: Dodie Dunson- 4 PPG 3 APG (15 minutes)
8th: Jessan Gray- 7 PPG 4 RPG (20 minutes)
9th: Wesley Johnson- 3 PPG 2 RPG (10 minutes)
10th: Brock Jacobson- 1 PPG 1 APG (3 minutes)
11th: Dustin Streff- 0.7 PPG 1.7 RPG (3 minutes)