2011-12 Season Reflections: The Players

The end of a season brings a time for reflection... what went right, what went wrong, and what we learned. In a three-part series, we take a look at the Friars' season from several different angles. In this part, we look at the players.

Vincent Council
Best Stats: 231 assists (leads team), 492 points (leads team), 126 rebounds (same amount as Bilal Dixon), 1200 minutes played, 39 steals (leads team)
Worst Stats: 109 turnovers, .29 3pt % (29-99), .64 ft%
Overview: The general of the floor improved as a team player in 31 out of 32 games (missing only the away game at Syracuse), sharing the ball with assists and sniffing out an impressive 126 boards for a point guard. He averaged 7.7 assists per game with only 3.3 turnovers. His most impressive move on the court isn't one that's recorded in the box scores, however – his lethal mid-range jumper that attributed to much of his points for the season. While a mid range game is a great tool in the NBA, Council will benefit from taking his senior season with the Friars and working with Andre LaFleur on his handle (to reduce his turnovers) as well as his long range game, which was a below par average of one three point shot completed per game, while he attempted a little more than three per game.

Bryce Cotton
Best Stats: 1234 minutes played (leads team), .41 fg%, .89 ft% (leads team), 457 points, started and played in all 32 games
Worst Stats: 72/52 assist-turnover ratio
Overview: "Ice" Cotton had impressive performances that would make people forget that PC is playing a shooting guard that stands no taller than 6 feet nothing on an unbelievable day, and his numbers reflect it. Leading the team in both free throw percentage and minutes played, Cotton demonstrated discipline on the court by being able to pace his energy. Cotton's game developed throughout the season as he became more confident in his shot, and despite a few shooting slumps Cotton was the go-to shooter – much like the Celtics rely on Ray Allen. Cotton's biggest challenge will be one he can't fix – his height. Oftentimes he will be outmatched and having to rely on his quickness and agility to create a shot for himself, rather than being able to shoot over his defender. With a backup on the bench for him next year, Cotton's numbers could drastically improve as fatigue becomes less of a concern.

LaDontae Henton
Best Stats: 1191 minutes played, .45 fg% (leads team), .39 3pt% (leads team), 274 rebounds (leads team), 457 points, started and played in all 32 games
Worst Stats: 36-55 assist/turnover ratio
Overview: The all-rookie freshman came in and did not disappoint. Being able to contribute not only right away but when it counted most made Henton a fan-favorite early on, and despite his youth he always showed composure in his shot. Though often teased by Cooley for "never seeing a shot he didn't like" Henton attempted less shots than Council and completed more. Though not quite the "pure shooter" that Cotton was at times, Henton had a better shot percentage and was able to contribute in an area the Friars needed - rebounding. His numbers outdid all members of the team, and he averaged 8.6 rebounds a game, double that of his power forward and center counterparts. It's hard to complain with numbers like Henton, and expect him to take a leadership role in the coming years.

Gerard Coleman
Best Stats: .42 fg%, 150 rebounds, 395 points
Worst Stats: .23 3fg%, .67 ft%, 67 turnovers
Overview: Gerard had an interesting season from start to finish. Beginning on the bench and coming off as a way to add firepower for the team, Gerard quickly found himself playing full games and starting (of the 30 games he played, he started in 21) and averaged 34 minutes. Cooley taught Coleman discipline in his shot early on, and since Gerard is not a pure shooter he was made to utilize his slashing ability to score points quickly for his team. Gerard has never acclimated himself as a fan favorite for his on court performance, but his attitude and maturity impressed many and often helped him out of slumps in games. Gerard's speed made him a dynamic member of the backcourt and could find himself contributing a lot alongside incoming freshman Kris Dunn and Ricky Ledo. Only a sophomore, Gerard has plenty of room to grow in two areas – developing a right hand, and developing a close to mid range jumper game. He won't be needed to shoot threes as often (and this year he cut back drastically) but with little to no jump shot to speak of Gerard must make it an offseason goal to find his touch with the ball.

Kadeem Batts
Best Stats: .71 ft%, 130 pts, 4.2 rpg
Worst Stats: 89 rebounds (unadjusted), 72 pf, 5 dq
Overview: Kadeem's numbers are far less than his frontcourt counterparts (besides Henton) because of his first semester suspension. He only played 21 games and only started in 10 of them, but averaged the most minutes out of the power forwards and centers on the team at 19.7 mpg. While that is good and fine Batts numbers are still underwhelming, and for a forward billed to be able to shoot the ball he only completed 39% of his field goals – not bad numbers, but not overwhelming either. Batt's biggest flaw in his 21 games was fouling out for 5 of them. While a thin roster can't get into foul trouble of any kind, Batts fouls were often on silly mistakes that didn't demonstrate a high basketball IQ. Despite his coming out party against Louisville, Batts would shroud himself in the shadows of the frontcourt, seemingly intimidated at times.

Bilal Dixon
Best Stats: .55 fg%, .76 ft%, 37 blocks
Worst Stats: 126 rebounds
Overview: The first thing we learned when Cooley was hired was that he wanted to turn Bilal Dixon into a double-double machine. Averaging 4.3 points a game is a far cry from that, but that's fine since we have plenty of scorers in the backcourt. What was troubling with Dixon was 4.1 rebounds per game – the same amount as Vincent Council. Council actually grabbed 4 more defensive rebounds (96 to Bilal's 92) than Dixon – not a good showing for the frontcourt center stone. The biggest complaints on Dixon were the soft fouls he'd nab and his attitude. His attitude still needs adjustment (word of him being thrown out of practice for being lazy and complaining before the team departed for the USF game was unsettling) and his fouls do need a little bit more bite, but the number could have been saturated by perspective as Bilal only collected 53 fouls on the season.

Brice Kofane
Best Stats: .58 fg% (leads team), 42 blocks (leads team)
Worst Stats: .58 ft%, 84 fouls (leads team), 4 dq's
Overview: After taking his redshirt season many fans were interested in what the redshirt freshman's performance would be like. Kofane, to his credit, played hard and was very committed, but just couldn't push past the hump from capable into good. He's a shot blocker and lived up to the hype there, but his inability to rebound efficiently was a concern early on. Perhaps his biggest problem was his hands, as he was often losing control of the ball when bringing the ball down from a board or receiving a pass. When he was able to hold onto the ball on offense he completed a play more than half the time, but that was a big "if" on some nights.

Ron Giplaye Best Stats: .46 fg%
Worst Stats: .39 ft%
Overview: Not much can be said about Ron Giplaye that isn't summed up in one stat – 7.5 mpg. Though Giplaye did start in 12 games he never saw enough action to create an impressive stat line, though arguably he had about the same stats as Kofane and Dixon on the scoring end if we were to take an average of it. Still, when your stat line has to be averaged to two other players that don't have great stats to begin with, something's wrong. Giplaye's greatest contribution was possibly the same one that caused him to sit so much – his fearlessness in the frontcourt. While Dixon, Kofane, and Batts would all play soft most of the time, Ron would have no issue bumping up against anyone. The best example of this was the UCONN game when, after seeing Andre Drummond throw down three ally-oops in a row, Ron completely stuffed him on the way up and shut him down. Ron may not be at a Big East level, but that won't stop him from going toe-to-toe with anyone on the court.

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