Monday, November 14, 2011

Known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns ... how about unknown knowns?

So who among the WAC talents is going to come out of the proverbial woodwork and make an impression this season?

This is even trickier than picking the team finish or the WAC First Team because a number of the candidates have yet to be witnessed.

But that's never stopped PTW from venturing into unknown territory, planting a flag and making some guesses.

Which brings to mind (and will be the only time ever Donald Rumsfeld is quoted here):

"... There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know ..."
Such as maybe, possibly:

Jerry Evans 6-foot-8 sophomore Nevada

Evans will be even a better defender this season and also show an upgraded shooting prowess. There won't be a lot of shots to go-around this season but we see a slicer-and-dicer in Evans and a low doubles figure scorer, after this season

Wendell Faines 6-foot-8 junior Idaho/Desmond Starke, 6-foot-5 junior Idaho

Kyle Barone will be up there but either Faines or Stark will lead the Vandals in rebounding this season (although Djim Bandoumel apparently wants in on that action). Coach Don Verlin keeps mentioning the inside game in 2011-12 so Faines and Stark will likely put up some points too

James Kinney 6-foot-2 junior San Jose State

Kinney will be either the top scorer or in second place comes season's end for the Spartans. He's also likely to be the top assist man.

Garrett Jefferson 6-foot-3 sophomore Hawaii

Mr. Lockdown (Lockup?) will probably earn a few cameos on "Hawaii Five-0" this year due to his defensive prowess

Isaiah Massey 6-foot-8 freshman Louisiana Tech/Trevor Gaskins 6-foot-2 senior Louisiana Tech

Massey will be the best big on the squad and press Brandon Gibson for top rebounding honors while Gaskins will be the best all-around backcourter

Preston Medlin 6-foot-4 freshman Utah State

Player comparisons are often like fitting a square peg in a round hole but PTW sees Medlin as Tyler Newbold reincarnated as far as shooting is concerned

Daniel Mullings 6-foot-2 freshman New Mexico State

Like with Evans, there won't be many shot available to Mullings but he will help in the other facets of the game

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