Thursday, October 30, 2008

11th Place - Richmond Spiders

Head Coach: Chris Mooney
Record at Richmond: 37-54 (3)

Home Court: Robins Center (9,071)

1 Darrius Garrett Fr F 6-8 200
4 Jahron Giddings Sr F 6-9 225
5 David Gonzalvez Jr G 6-4 200
11 Josh Duinker Fr C 6-11 220
12 Kevin Smith So F 6-5 190
14 Kevin Anderson So G 6-0 170
15 Francis Cedric Martel Fr G 6-5 200
31 Conor Smith Fr F 6-7 210
32 Justin Harper So F 6-9 215
44 Ryan Butler Jr F 6-6 200

First 5:

1-K. Anderson (the A10 Rookie of the Year last season is solid overall and his scoring output increased greatly the Spider's last 9 games of the season. He should continue to develop.)
2-D. Gonzalvez (the junior is plagued by inconsistency. He dropped 25 in a loss against Memphis and other games he disappeared in.)
3-K. Smith (the sophomore has a solid overall floor game. He was third on the team in blocks and fifth in assists last season)
4-J. Giddings (he has battled shin injuries his whole career. Giddings needs to rebound for Richmond to exceed expectations)
5-J. Duinker (the big Aussie actually joined the team last January. Josh reportedly can dribble, pass, and shoot which bodes well for a big man in the Princeton offense)

Second 5:
1-K. Hovde (long guard will provide depth in the backcourt)
2-F. Martel (Canadian prospect intrigues many, is a shooter to match the rest of Richmond's team)
3-R. Butler (his three point shooting percentage dropped last year keeping him off the court)
4-D. Garrett (good prospect will need to add weight to hold his own against the other bigs in the conference)
5-J. Harper (this big kid had flashes last year including dropping 11 on X that included a perfect three for three from 3 land)

This team would have been projected much higher if Dan Geriot did not tear a ligament in his right knee playing summer ball. The 6-9 post averaged over 14 a game and the offense was run through him. Now Duinker will be that guy hopefully. I still like their team very much despite the low ranking because they can all shoot from deep, pass, and handle the rock. What I don't like is their rebounding and overall athleticism. And I am still not sold on Chris Mooney. He had one solid year at Air Force before heading east to replace John Beilein. Anderson is a very nice player and some who follow the league have this squad finishing quite a bit higher than I do.

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