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.
With their APR troubles behind them, (hopefully) Jacksonville State is looking to build on a solid season. But much like most of the teams in the top half of the league, the Gamecocks were senior-led last season, and as a result are losing most of the points and rebounds from the year before.
|[Stats Per Game]||Points||Rebounds||Steals|
|Total Production Lost||34.4||15.8||4.2|
While the loss of Tarvin Gaines and Ronnie Boggs will be felt on offense, having two 13 point-per-game scorers returning in Darion Rackley and Brian Williams lessens the concern somewhat. The Gamecocks were more solid on that side of the ball this past year than we’ve seen in some time, and would absolutely love to have that continue.
Much like Belmont, the loss of rebounding could be the bigger concern. Jacksonville State finished 11th in the league in rebounding this year, and are losing over 60% of their rebounds, including their two leaders. James Green has a 6’8″ and a 6’9″ freshman on the bench. Whether they’re be ready to play as sophomores could be a key to the Gamecocks success.
Jacksonville State’s defense wasn’t bad this past year, but it wasn’t what we’re used to seeing from Green’s squads, either. Boggs was a great defender, and Leggett was pretty solid as well. With so much offense leaving, Green may have to once again turn to a solid defense, especially early in the year, for the Gamecocks to consistently compete.