Yes, it's early. Very early. But we couldn't resist offering what we see as the most important 'component' for each player on the men's basketball team in the 2009-2010 season. We're calling it what we want to see.
C.J. Webster: He has demonstrated the ability to dominate inside offensively, therefore, do so on a much more often basis. Say each game, all game.
Chris Oakes: Oakes can block shots and rebound well but we want to see him applying physical resistance in detering opponents from setting up where they wish offensively. That's really most of the battle defensively anyway.
Moses Omolade: He can blocks shots and run the floor well on the break -- just duplicate what he did in junior college.
Kyle Thomas: Help on the boards, defend well and score inside and away from the basket.
Adrian Oliver: Remain healthy.
Justin Graham: Ditto, plus end the season with 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Robert Owens: Keep shooting as well as he did in the latter part of last season plus become a better defender.
Mac Peterson: Nail that open three-point shot more often.
It's way too soon to offer anything from the freshman but we can't resist typing this: Chris Jones is going to be one of the most valuable players for the Spartans in his initial season because he will immediately become the best on the floor defender.
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