Saturday, June 23, 2012

The LT starting five

This is the domain of There's No Place Like The Neighborhood, meaning LT's Five at the First 20 has to begin with sophomore Raheem Appleby. At 13.9 points per game on an incredible 47% overall shooting, 40% on 100 three-point attempts, let's see what he has for an encore.

Then it's a mix of for the other two outside players:

* Cordarius Johnson (9.6 points, 3.6 rebounds)

* Brandon Gibson (7.7 points, 4.6 rebounds -- maybe he's more of an insider)

* Kenneth Smith (a 142/82 assist-to-turnover ratio, a team-leading 42 steals)

*Kenyon McNeail (6.8 points, a 74/55 assist-to-turnover ratio)

So it looks like Smith at the point

There are not a lot of plus siders in the assist-to-turnover category for the Bulldogs -- part of that is attributed to style of play but primarily due to a lot of youth receiving their college basketball baptisms so this should be an improving category.

As for the wing, there are also a couple of JC transfers will compete in Chris Anderson and Jaron Johnson, both uber-athletes and each has the possibility of starting.

As for the two power positions:

* Isaiah Massey (injured early last season after redshirting at Mississippi the year before)

* Michael Kyser (close to two blocks a game while averaging 13.5 minutes of play)

* Demetrius Moore (a JC transfer)

Massey and Moore should allow for much greater physical play inside plus the sophomore Kyser will only get better. But it's anyone's guess as to who comes out for the opening tip.

How's all the above for a concrete answer?

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