Monday, November 15, 2010

7 Seniors Who Will Be Missed

John Scheyer, Duke.  Any time Duke needed to end a run or put a game on ice, John Scheyer was the man.  To boot, Scheyer was an underrated defensive player who made strides between his junor and senior season.  Yes, the Blue Devils have Kyrie Irving in place now, but there's no way a freshman not named Melo can account for a senior's intangibles.
Scottie Reynolds, Villanova.  Hated yet respected.  That is how opponents would characterize Reynolds, who was passed over in the NBA Draft.  In all of the college basketball I watched the last year, there wasn't a team who followed a single player's lead more than Villanova, and I think it took its toll on Reynolds, who stumbled down the stretch.  The Coreys will have an opportunity to carve out their own legacy.
Tweety Carter, Baylor.  Sure, Epke Udoh was a lottery pick.  Sure, LaceDarius Dunn is a great scorer.  However, Carter was the steadying force for the Bears, who enjoyed two trips to the NCAA Tournament, which is no small feat.  The Bears have Perry Jones to take on some of Udoh's responsibilities down low, but production at point guard will be a question mark all season.
Sherron Collins, Kansas.  Another point guard.  I promise you he's the last one on this list.  Collins took nearly every important shot for the Jayhawks, and will be remembered for dominating the Big XII during his last two seasons at Kansas.
Roman Martinez, New Mexico.  We go out west.  Gary and Hobson earned the plaudits, deservedly so, but Martinez was the glue.  Whether it was geting a loose ball that reset the shot clock or nailing a contested jumper, he was critical to Los Lobos' revival last season.
Andy Rautins, Syracuse.  Wes Johnson was the Orange's best player, but Rautins was their most important player.  Known throughout colege basketball circles as a clutch shooter from deep range, but those who watched the Cuse closely will know that Rautins was indispensable to the top of the 2-3 zone.

Omar Samhan, St. Mary's.  Power conferences starve for a player of Samhan's skill, so when the lowly Gaels lose a player of Samhan's caliber, his absence will be felt immediately.