2007-08 Big 12 Stats Preview

    
September 25th, 2007

This is the third of six mini statistical previews of the major conferences. Each one includes projected starting lineups, projected stats for each player, and a short comment. (Stats are listed in order of points, rebounds, then assists).

Baylor

G Aaron Bruce - 13, 3, 4
G Curtis Jerrells - 14, 4, 4
G Henry Dugat - 11, 3, 3
F Kevin Rogers - 11, 7, 1
C Mamadou Diene - 7, 6, 0
6 Tweedy Carter - 11, 2, 3

Most of Baylor's production comes from the guard position, but they'll need improvement from big men Josh Lomer and Penny Thiam. Bruce once averaged 18 per game, and they'd be better off if he was more effective in the half court offense.

Colorado

G Marcus Hall - 10, 3, 5
G Xavier Silas - 11, 3, 2
G Richard Roby - 19, 5, 3
F Jermyl Jackson-Wilson - 11, 7, 1
F Jeremy Williams - 8, 5, 1
6 Marcus King-Stockton - 5, 5, 0

After missing the season due to academic reasons, the return of Marcus Hall should help Roby put up better numbers than last year. Williams is out for the 1st semester, but should start in the 2nd half.

Iowa State

G Diante Garrett - 8, 3, 4
G Lucca Staiger - 8, 2, 2
F Rahshon Clark - 9, 7, 1
F Wesley Johnson - 16, 9, 1
C Jiri Hubalek - 10, 7, 1
6 Craig Brackins - 9, 6, 1

Iowa State's backcourt is brutal. Garrett and Staiger are freshmen, but they don't have many returning options. Johnson is ready to be a force in the Big 12.

Kansas

G Russell Robinson - 9, 3, 5
G Mario Chalmers - 14, 3, 3
G Brandon Rush - 16, 6, 3
F Darrell Arthur - 13, 6, 1
F Sasha Kaun - 7, 5, 1
6 Sherron Collins - 13, 2, 4

Kansas is loaded with guards, and Collins could overtake Robinson at the point. Up front, Darnell Jackson and freshman Cole Aldrich round out what should be an 8-man rotation.

Kansas State

G Clent Stewart - 6, 2, 4
G Blake Young - 8, 2, 3
F Bill Walker - 14, 6, 2
F David Hoskins - 13, 6, 3
F Michael Beasley - 16, 10, 2
6 Dominique Sutton - 9, 2, 3

Beasley is the marquee newcomer, but freshmen Sutton and Jacob Pullen wil play major minutes. The Wildcats returning guards are weak, so the point guard Pullen could play his way into the starting five.

Missouri

G Stefhon Hannah - 15, 4, 6
G Matt Lawrence - 10, 3, 2
G Keon Lawrence - 12, 3, 2
F Marshall Brown - 12, 6, 2
F DeMarre Carroll - 10, 7, 1
6 Jason Horton - 6, 2, 3

Its possible that Keon Lawrence comes off the bench, in place of a bigger lineup that features junior forward Leo Lyons. Carroll, a transfer from Vanderbilt, helps solidifies an otherwise subpar frontcourt.

Nebraska

G Cookie Miller - 6, 2, 3
G Ryan Anderson - 13, 5, 2
F Alonzo Edwards - 9, 5, 2
F Jeremy Barr - 7, 3, 1
C Aleks Maric - 17, 9, 1
6 Sek Henry - 5, 2, 3

The Huskers will rely on a bunch of newcomers to help Maric. Freshman Miller should win the point, but will vie with fellow newcomer Brandon Richardson and sophomore Jay-R Strowbridge for minutes.

Oklahoma

G Austin Johnson - 6, 2, 3
G Tony Crocker - 12, 5, 2
G David Godbold - 9, 5, 2
F Blake Griffin - 14, 7, 2
C Longar Longar - 12, 8, 1
6 Taylor Griffin - 6, 4, 1

If it wasn't for Michael Beasley, Blake Griffin would seriously contend for newcomer of the year. Johnson is mediocre at the point, and the Sooners are hopeful that juco product Omar Leary can snag the starting job.

Oklahoma State

G Byron Eaton - 12, 3, 5
G Obi Muonelo - 12, 4, 2
G James Anderson - 13, 3, 3
F Marcus Dove - 7, 5, 1
F Anthony Brown - 8, 5, 1
6 Terrel Harris - 9, 3, 2

Honestly, I don't know what Capel will do with his starting five. The late transfer of big man Kenny Cooper hurt, as the Cowboys were already thin up front. Freshmen Martavius Adams and Ibrahima Thomas will be forced into the forward rotation.

Texas

G DJ Augustin - 16, 3, 7
G AJ Abrams - 17, 3, 3
G Justin Mason - 10, 4, 2
F Damion James - 12, 8, 1
F Matt Hill - 6, 5, 1
6 Dexter Pittman - 6, 4, 0

Outside of James, frontcourt minutes are completely up for grabs. Freshman Gary Johnson would be set to start, but his status due to hear problems is unknown. Besides Hill, Pittman, and Johnson, Conor Atchley, Clint Chapman, and Alexis Wangmene will all get time up front.

Texas A&M

G Dominique Kirk - 12, 4, 4
G Donald Sloan - 8, 3, 3
G Josh Carter - 13, 4, 2
F Joseph Jones - 13, 7, 1
C DeAndre Jordan - 12, 8, 1
6 Bryan Davis - 4, 5, 1

Besides Jordan, fellow rookies BJ Holmes and Nathan Walkup should also jump right into the playing rotation. Guard Derrick Roland will also get double-digit minutes.

Texas Tech

G Charlie Burgess - 12, 4, 4
G Martin Zeno - 19, 5, 3
F Decesnae White - 6, 3, 1
F Ricardo De Bem - 10, 5, 1
C Esmir Rizvic - 8, 6, 1
6 Alan Voskuil - 6, 3, 1

This is mediocre squad, but Zeno should be the favorite to win the conference scoring title. With Jackson's departure, Burgess will also be called on to score.

Top PPG
1) Martin Zeno (19)
2) Richard Roby (19)
3) Aleks Maric (17)

Top RPG
1) Michael Beasley (10)
2) Wesley Johnson (9)

Top APG
1) DJ Augustin (7)
2) Stefhon Hannah (6)