For Murray fans, I’m not sure better news could be had. For the rest of the conference, I’m guessing you used a few choice 4-letter words upon reading the headline. Whatever your reaction, the reigning OVC player of the year and AP 2nd team All-American selection, Isaiah Canaan is staying in college for one more year.
Does this make the Racers the pick to win the conference next season? Maybe. Sure, Canaan is great, but the Racers still need to replace Donte Poole, Ivan Aska, and Jewuan Long, last year’s defensive player of the year.
Aska’s replacement is definately on the roster, in Latreze Mushatt. As for Poole and Long? Time will tell.
And I feel that a lot of people are discounting Belmont, a team that’s won 20 games 6 of the last 7 years. And Tennessee State returns almost everyone from the only OVC team that beat the Racers last year.
So while this is amazingly great news for the Racers, it’s premature to crown them the 2012-13 OVC Champions just yet.
And this kind of makes this an interesting decision by Canaan. In a interview on Sirius XM last season, Canaan said he was told he would be a late first-round, early second round pick, which seems about right.
But if the Racers were to struggle (not saying they would, but simply if) could that actually hurt Canaan stock? It’s not out of the question.
And of course there is always the possibility of a freak injury. So it’s a risky call by Canaan to return, but one that every Racers fan will applaud.
And it’s great news for the conference as a whole, as the spotlight could very well be on Canaan’s Racers again next season as well.