[Three yrs ago in the NCAA Tourney, BYU's Matt Carlino and MU's Derrick Wilson fought for a loose ball. This yr, they might be MU's starting guard tandem.]
Here is a breakdown of each player on Marquette’s roster along with what to expect from each player during the 2014-15 season.
Derrick Wilson (Senior, point guard)
The oft-criticized Wilson struggled mightily as a starter last season. Despite averaging over 30 minutes a night, Wilson didn’t provide any scoring punch and allowed defenses to play off him and focus on containing Marquette’s big men. He started in the exhibition game against Wisconsin Lutheran and could see more playing time than expected. Wilson is a defensively stout player, but will need to add more offensively if he is plans on duplicating that playing time.
Matt Carlino (Senior, point guard)
Carlino is the mystery man. The BYU transfer averaged 13.7 points per game last season with the Cougars, but shot under 40 percent and only 33 percent from 3-point range. He’s going to be heavily relied upon in his final collegiate season; Carlino is the only proven scorer in the backcourt. He will put up plenty of points, but will need to do it at a better shooting rate.
Duane Wilson (Redshirt freshman, guard)
Duane Wilson might be the most talented player on Marquette’s roster. He was forced to redshirt his freshman season due to a leg injury, but is healthy and poised for a big year. He will likely start the season off the bench, but could see starting minutes by the end of the season. Wojciechowski has been impressed with his versatile ability to score. Wilson will see extra minutes because of his ability to play the point and shooting guard positions. He may get eased into college basketball during the early part of the season, but Wilson could break out and become Marquette’s leading scorer.
JaJuan Johnson (Sophomore, shooting guard)
Johnson showed some promise last season, but didn’t earn the trust of former head coach Buzz Williams. The Memphis native played in only 21 games, but shot over 44 percent from the field. He likely won’t be a starter, but he could be an important player off the bench, as he is one of the team’s most proficient shooters.
John Dawson (Sophomore, shooting guard)
Dawson likely played out of his natural position last season. After Duane Wilson was redshirted, Dawson saw more playing time than expected in relief of Derrick Wilson. Many wanted Dawson to take over at point guard, but he simply wasn’t good enough at facilitating. Dawson is likely the low man on the backcourt totem pole. He was the only Golden Eagle to not log at least 20 minutes in the exhibition last Saturday. Nonetheless, the roster is too thin for Dawson to be a bench warmer.
Deonte Burton (Sophomore, guard/forward)
The true definition of a “tweener,” Burton will likely be used at multiple positions. He’s 6-foot-4, but can play as a power forward in smaller lineups. Burton also has the ability to hit the outside jumper and tends to stretch his range out to the 3-point line. Burton’s athleticism is impressive and he will be a big part of the Golden Eagles rotation. He may not start, but he will be in the lineup often and at different spots on the floor. His defensive game needs work and he tends to play outside of himself on offense. If Burton can play more composed and with better shot selection, he could be first-team Big East.
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Sandy Cohen III
Cohen III unexpectedly started in the exhibition against Wisconsin Lutheran. Wojciechowski has been incredibly impressed by the lone freshman on his roster. Cohen has the length to play the three or the four, but has the shooting ability to play guard as well. At 6-foot-6, Cohen can be a player who can stretch the floor and could get a lot of minutes in his freshman season.
Juan Anderson (Senior, forward)
The senior did a great job in getting to the rim in the exhibition, scoring 27 points, but that might have been an anomaly. Anderson averaged merely 3.2 points per game last season and didn’t show much of an offensive game. The four-star recruit has been disappointing thus far in his Marquette career and is looking to go out with style. Anderson’s length will be crucial in the early going. He will likely play both forward positions and probably center during the non-conference slate. More games similar to his performance against Wisconsin Lutheran would be monumental for his team.
Steve Taylor Jr. (Junior, forward)
Taylor is the lone man in the middle for Marquette until Fischer is eligible. The junior was in and out of the lineup during his sophomore season and averaged only 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 23 games. Taylor will get plenty of playing time this season and could finally play up to his potential. Taylor is a particularly good rebounder, but how he fares against bigger opponents will be important. Marquette may get beat up on the glass if Taylor struggles. If he flourishes, Marquette will have a talented, albeit thin frontcourt.
[Luke Fischer must wait until Dec 16th and Wally Ellenson waits until 2015-16]
Luke Fischer (Sophomore, center)
December 14th is a day everyone in the Al McGuire Center has circled on their schedules. That’s the day Fischer, who transferred from Indiana, will make his Marquette debut. His services will be sorely needed and he will likely see at least 25 minutes per night at center. Fischer is more of a hybrid big man, who has a decent jumper. He will need to be a stout rim protector for Marquette, who is devoid of much size.