A-Sun Power Rankings #9: Lipscomb
Lipscomb Bisons (Nashville Tennessee)
Owl Howl A-Sun Ranking: 9th out of 10 teams.
2012-13 Finish: 7-11 (12-18). 9th in the Atlantic Sun
Head Coach: Casey Alexander (First year)
Projected Starting Five
PG J.C. Hampton (So.)
G/F Khion Sankey (Sr.)
G/F Alex Brayboy (Jr.)
F Malcolm Smith (Jr.)
C Charles Smith (rFr.)
Projected Top Bench Players (in no order)
F Talbott Denny (So.)
F Martin Smith (Jr.)
G Carter Sanderson (rJr.)
G J.J. Butler (So.)
C Brett Wishon (Fr.)
G Cam Miller (Fr.)
G Josh Williams (Fr.)
G Dylan Greene (So.)
G Chad Johnson (Jr., walk-on)
Stephen Hurt (Transfer): The Big Hurt (6’10” 285) will be transferring to JUCO and then will be a hot commodity among D1 schools. He averaged 12 and 8 last year as a redshirt freshman.
Deonte Alexander (Graduated): The undersized scoring guard was a huge part of Lipscomb’s rotation for the past two seasons. He averaged 13 points per game and shot 40% from 3 last season.
John Ross Glover (Transfer): Glover barely played last season, but he is an athletic 6’4″ wing who was named a Parade Magazine All-American. This may or may not be a big loss, we’ll have to see how he does at Lehigh this season.
Malcolm Smith: The better of the Smith twins, Malcolm in a physical 6’5″ forward who plays bigger than his size. He’s very good around the basket and should help out a destitute LU front court.
Khion Sankey: Mr. Sankey, as I like to call him, is a 6’5″ 220 junior college transfer. He averaged 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and shot 51% for LU last season. He also rocked a flat top.
Charles Smith: Smith redshirted last season as a freshman. The shotblocking 6’9″ center out of Memphis should get a shot this year with nobody blocking him. I’m guessing we will see Smith in the middle by default, and the last time Lipscomb had a redshirt center he turned into the monster known as Stephen Hurt.
Alex Brayboy: A very athletic 6’6″ guard/forward who transferred in from Allegany JC. He should see plenty of time this season.
Reasons for Optimism
1. Scott Sanderson is no longer the head coach, which means his reign of mediocrity is over.
2. Lipscomb had the three most annoying assistant coaches in the NCAA, and they are all gone! They would yell stuff like “box out” while opposing players shot free throws. It’s not a reason for optimism, it’s just a fact that I wanted to throw in. Now that they are gone, maybe my disdain for LU will wane.
Reasons for Concern
1. New LU Head Coach Casey Alexander left Stetson after spending two years as a care-taker while adding nothing to the program whatsoever. He took a talented ensemble that Derek Waugh assembled, and led them to mediocrity by year two. I can’t respect a guy who takes a job and then leaves two years later after accomplishing nothing, just to go closer to home. Did I mention I have always disliked Lipscomb?
2. With the screaming assistant coaches gone, opponents might hit an extra free throw or two over the course of the year. BOX OUT, GET THE SHOOTER.
3. They don’t have a point guard who has proven he can take care of the ball.
4. They have some 6’5″ guys who play bigger than their size, but that only goes so far. The only players over 6’6″ are the aforementioned Charles Smith and freshman center Brett Wishon (a skinny three point shooter). If 6’6″ Talbott Denny has learned to not foul every 10 seconds, he should become a decent scrapper insider.
5. Nashville is the 49th most dangerous city in the United States!
Don’t expect much from Lipscomb, the perennial little brothers of Belmont. They will be fighting a few teams for the right to get slaughtered by the #1 or #2 seed in the conference tournament.