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.
To say Morehead State head coach Sean Woods’ style is different from Donnie Tyndall‘s is the definition of understatement. So to see Woods find success in his up-tempo offense with players recruited for much more methodical basketball has to be encouraging for Eagles fans.
The change in styles, which is only going to continue, almost makes this exercise just academic for Morehead State. Sure, they’re losing production, but those slots are likely to be filled with players suited to Woods run-and-gun offense.
With that in mind, here are the numbers:
|[Stats Per Game]||Points||Rebounds||Steals|
|Total Production Lost||27.5||12.0||3.4|
All things considered, the Eagles have a solid core returning next year in Angelo Warner, Drew Kelly, and Chad Posthumus. Warner has a strong sophomore year, while Kelly and especially Posthumus helped Morehead State lead the league in rebounding percentage.
With Milton Chavis the exception, Morehead State is losing more role players than stars. In a system like Woods’, which plays deep into the bench, those kind of players are important, but I don’t know if anyone’s going to be saying “we really miss Kahlil Owens” next year. That’s not meant as a slam on Owens, just when you look at who teams like Murray State and Belmont are losing, Morehead State is really in a different boat, so to speak.
A solid recruiting class could put Morehead State as an upper tier team next year. The question for the Eagles: Can they play without the mental errors that plagued their team throughout the past season. More experience in Woods’ system could, and should, help.