A-Sun Power Rankings #7: Stetson
Stetson Hatters (DeLand Florida)
Owl Howl A-Sun Ranking: 7th out of 10 teams.
2012-13 Finish: 11-7 (15-16). 3rd in the Atlantic Sun
Head Coach: Corey Williams (first year)
Projected Starting Five
G Aaron Graham (Sr.)
G Hunter Miller (Sr.)
G Raymone Andrews (Sr.)
F Willie Green (Sr.)
C Kyle Sikora (Jr.)
Projected Top Bench Players (in no order)
F Kentwan Smith (Jr.)
PG Raekwon Harney (Fr.)
G Glenn Baral (Fr.)
C Andrew Zelis (Fr.)
G/F Brian Pegg (rFr.)
G Brian “B.J.” Glasford (Fr.)
G Tanner Plemmons (So.)
F Leke Solanke (So.)
G Cameron Harvey (Redshirting, So.)
Can I just say everybody?
Chris Perez (G) (Transfer-Liberty): The slashing guard gave most teams fits, especially KSU. Losing him alone would be a huge loss for the program, but he is only the tip of the icebeg.
Adam Pegg (C) (Graduated): One of the true big men in the conference, Pegg averaged 16 and 6 as a senior.
Joel Naburgs (G) (Graduated): The Aussie filled it up from outside for the past four years, and finally reached double digit points per game last year. His four assists per game will be missed as well.
Willie Green (F): No, not the former Atlanta Hawks guard. This Willie Green can do a little bit of everything
Aaron Graham: A solid role player for Stetson who averaged 11 points per game last season. However, he’s not one to build a team around.
Kyle Sikora (C): No, not 6’11”, but 7’0″. The 245 pound big man who transferred in from Oakland is a rare sight in the A-Sun. The departure of Adam Pegg will give him time to shine.
Raymone Andrews (G): Was suspended indefinitely at ULL for conduct detrimental to the team, so I’m not sure what type of leadership he brings. He’s strictly a solid bench caliber addition who might start.
Kentwan Smith (F): The 6’8″ JUCO transfer originally verballed to Cal State Fullerton this summer, had offers from Chattanooga, Missouri St., Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida International. Smith appears to be a stretch 4.
Glenn Baral (G): A big strong guard who prepped last year, so he should be more ready than most true freshmen.
Andrew Zelis (C): Usually it’s pretty stupid to list a center as an impact freshman, but I think Zelis could get a few minutes of playing time this year. He is 6’11” with some skill. If Sikora doesn’t deliver, Zelis might be ready.
Reasons for Optimism
1. Casey Alexander is gone!
2. Corey Williams has done a great job recruiting already in his limited time as Stetson’s coach (Glenn Baral, Raekwon Harney).
3. Williams has an NBA championship ring with the Bulls, and was drafted in both the NFL AND NBA.
4. A good amount of size. Do they have the skill though?
5. Will Corey Williams be able to utilize talent better than Alexander?
6. They lost A LOT of firepower, but they can still run out a lineup of junior/senior players with Division I experience.
Reasons for Concern
1. Lost one of the best penetrators, best centers and best shooters in the league–and I’m talking about three different people.
2. A new coach means learning a new system for returning players.
3. A lot of unproven players remain from the Alexander era, and they didn’t get much time last year. Will they be black holes or productive players and mesh with Coach Williams’ philosophy?
4. No star player.
5. Their team name is the Hatters.
I could see Stetson as high as 5th or as low as 9th. We’ll have to see how it goes.