While Ekpe Udoh got most of the headlines last season in Waco, it’s been Dunn’s tenacity and leadership that’s allowed his Bears to field a consistent scoring threat. While he shined during the regular season, he turned it up a notch when tournament play came around.
Is there a more dynamic scorer out West returning in the WAC? Probably not, but Oliver will have to do more than score for the team to improve upon its’ 14-17 mark from a year ago. Head coach George Nessman needs Oliver to continue his chemistry with backcourt mate Justin Graham, also a fellow senior.
Allen enters his senior campaign on track to continue to develop as a nightly double-double threat in the Atlantic 10. While his impact offensively continues to excite many, it’s his defensive prowess that makes him ‘Nasty’.
Parsons’ game, much like teammate Alex Tyus', serves as the bench mark for a team that seeks to make a deeper run in the 2010-’11 season. After helping the team win 21 games a year ago, it will be his energy defensively that needs to take the biggest jump this season.
After losing in the Big South tournament, the team will look to improve its' play late in the season. For that to happen, and for the team to increase its' win total from the 28 it notched a year ago, Gray will have to take his game to the next level in '10-'11.
Jones is trying to get his team over the hump this season to possibly contend for not only a Big Sky championship, but also an NCAA tournament bid. For that to happen they need the ever improving shooting guard to continue to be a leader in the clutch.
Fisher will have to have to have a strong postseason for NBA scouts after a bit of a disappointing final campaign.
The 2009-’10 OVC Player of the Year surprised many when he decided to return for his senior year and not enter the NBA Draft. It’s important to remember that he was second in the nation in rebounding a year ago. While the NBA is on hold, it will be of interest to see if he can lead his team to a conference title.
While many scouts are impressed with his ability to continue to develop as a scorer, it’s Tyus’ efficiency from the defensive end that gets him the most props as a basketball player.
Thompkins made a serious impact in Athens and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.