College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner.
Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown.
Along with my top 100 countdown I will also feature a ton of previews. Like the top players at each position, All Conference teams, top players by class, top games, previewing the early season tournaments and much more.
Who will put at number 1? Louisville or Indiana or maybe a surprise stay tuned to Roundballchat for the next month to find out.
#38 Murray State
Coach: Steve Prohm (1 season at Murray State 31-2)
2011-12: Record 31-2 overall, 15-1 in OVC (1st)
Starters Returning (2) Isaiah Canaan, Ed Daniel
Preseason Tournament: Charleston Classic
Top Non-Conference Games: Valparaiso
Transfer In: Dexter Fields (UAB)
What a season last year first year head coach Steve Prohm had. They were the last team in Division 1 to lose a game last season winning 23 straight games. They also got to #7 in the polls. Unluckily for them they only won 1 game in the big dance. Now to this season they return their best scorer but they lose their next 3 leading scores.
Leading this team will no doubt be point guard Issiah Canaan (19 ppg). He is the returning Ohio Valley Conference player of the year; he also made multiple All American teams last season. His biggest strength is shooting the three. Last year he made 98 threes while shooting 47 %. He is also a solid passer. Joining him in the backcourt will be UAB transfer Dexter Fields. He was a part time starter at UAB. Like Canaan Fields is a very good shooter. Depth wise the Racers were dealt a huge blow when top bench option Zay Jackson was suspended for the season. The Racers really lack quality and experience here as depth. The only two players providing depth are freshman C.J. Ford and Jordan Burge.
Leading the team in the frontcourt is power forward Ed Daniel (6.8 ppg). Daniel is the energy guy and heart and soul for this team. He is really physical, which helps him be a dominant rebounder and shot blocker. He will need to score more this season. Joining him in the frontcourt is center Brandon Garrett (2.3 ppg). He will need to increase his production with more playing time. At the small forward position is Stacy Wilson (4.3 ppg). His biggest strength is his shooting ability. The Racers will get a boost mid-season when Latreze Mushatt (4.3 ppg) recovers from his injury. Murray State will have ton of depth here but the bad news is they are all freshman. Those players are Tyler Rambo, Erik McCree, Jeffery Moss, Terron Gillmore, Zay Henderson.