As part of our Ridiculously Early 2013-14 previews, we look at how much production each team is losing, and how challenging it will be to replace.
There’s not a lot of, if any, ways to put a good spin on Austin Peay’s season. They lost 20-games for the second straight season, which likely contributed to head coach Dave Loos stepping down as the nations only remaining athletic director / head basketball coach combo.
So I there there is a good spin; Loos will have more time to focus on basketball next year.
After such a troubling year, it was no surprise that three players are leaving the program. But even with their departure, the Governors aren’t losing as much production as other teams in the conference.
|[Stats Per Game]||Points||Rebounds||Steals|
|Anthony Campbell (Graduation)||14.6||4.9||0.8|
|Jerome Clyburn (Graduation)||4.1||2.5||0.8|
|Joe Harms (Leaving Program)||0.8||0.4||0.1|
|AJ Lynch (Transferring)||2.3||1.0||0.3|
|Herdie Lawrence (Transferring)||2.1||1.4||0.3|
|Total Production Lost||23.9||10.2||2.3|
Anthony Campbell‘s graduation will leave a significant hole in the frontcourt, even though he didn’t have the season many hoped. The other four players on the list had just nine points a game, four rebounds, and a steal. Combined.
Travis Betran is an all-OVC caliber player, and Will Triggs is a capable scorer, but needs to be more effective in the paint. Chris Horton will just be a sophomore, and it wouldn’t surprise me if his name was being mentioned as an all-conference player as well next March.
When you look at how much the rest of the league is losing, Austin Peay really has a great base in their three returning starters. Defense, a sore point for Austin Peay last year, has to improve. But, all in all, there’s good reason to believe Austin Peay could improve in big way next year.