My starting lineup:
Billy Jackman – Point Guard
Great player for up-tempo pace; just his presence makes the offense flow well.
Billy’s strengths are that he is quick, fast, great passer, great defender.
One thing Billy will need to work on is shooting from outside consistently. Jackman will need to step up and make mid-range and sometimes three point jump shots this year.
Tyler Billings – Shooting Guard
His jump shot and ability to run the floor make Ty have the ability to be the leading or second leading scorer for the team. He is also a great defender. He will be asked to guard opposing team’s best shooting guards (i.e. Wayland’s Jaleel Bell).
Ty currently has a concussion but will be back for the home opener on December 21.
Andrew Sweet – Small Forward
Sweet’s a hustle player who gives the team some more size. He can run the court and possesses a pretty good jump shot but needs to show this in the game.
Joe Euele – Power Forward
Has the ability to be the leading scorer. Biggest strength is hustling, but jump shot is just as deadly. Main thing for Joe will be to consistently be aggressive on both ends of the floor.
Alexander Boyd – Center
Provides great size with a 6-3 build. Big thing for Alex will be to remain healthy. Also, Boyd might have problems matching up against stronger defenders (while tall, he’ll need to prove he is also strong).
Off the Bench:
Andrew Bartow – PG/SG - With such a young team off the bench, Bartow can provide a must needed leader role as the point guard or shooting guard. Bartow is a born leader and is also a great scorer.
Reid Larson - SG - A shooter who can extend the floor very well. Can be a zone breaker with his three point shooting ability.
Ryan Graziano – SG/SF - Another great shooter who spreads the floor. May provide a defense liability against players who are bigger at his position.
Ben Danzig – PF/C - Ben could be the big x-factor for the bench. At 6-2, Danzig is a very versatile player who could play the small forward or the power forward position. Danzig has the ability to be Jake Pilecki of his sophomore and junior year from a couple of years: a guy who can come off the bench, provide energy and chipp in 6-8 points.
Eusatquio Cavalhro – C - Provides big size with his 6-4 frame. If Coach K can get him to rebound and play defense effectively, Eusatquio could be a big help for this team.
Jack Gotthelf – PG -A great point guard just like his brother AJ. Has a surprisingly veteran like leadership. Could see a lot of playing time as the point guard off the bench for Bily Jackman.
Luke Davidson - SG/SF - Pure scorer who is strong for his age. Don’t see him playing a lot of minutes considering he is a freshman. However, he can also play the shooting guard or small forward position.
Mike McGovern – SG/SF- Another very versatile small forward/shooting guard. Has a knack
This is a weird year in that Coach Kilpatrick has openly admitted that there probably won’t be set rotations. Where as last year, there was a stable starting five and set number of three or four players off the bench, this year, Coach K plans on making several different combinations and testing out different players.
This sounds okay, however, over a long period of time, this system might not work. Players need to develop a rhythm and sense of understanding with certain players to perform at high level against good competition. It may be in Coach K’s interest to find a set rotation that he can depend on.