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.
Normally, I kick these off with a pithy recap of the past season. But in this case, I want to jump straight to the numbers. Because they’re…um…well they’re quite large numbers.
|[Stats Per Game]||Points||Rebounds||Steals|
|Total Production Lost||60.1||26.5||2.3|
Murray State head coach Steve Prohm‘s third season could easily be his most challenging. You’re losing an All-American and future NBAer. You’re losing one of, if not the best forward in the league last year. The only starter coming back didn’t exactly have a huge role in the offense this past year.
But it’s not all bad news for Murray State fans. They’ve already picked up a high profile transfer in T.J. Sapp from Clemson. Zay Jackson has returned to the team after missing all of last year with legal trouble. (I’m putting it nicely) And a few of the freshman got a significant amount of playing time last year.
Still though, replacing Isaiah Canaan is a virtually impossible task, and looking at the roster, replacing Ed Daniel isn’t going to be much easier.
This year’s team was an experienced starting five, and very young bench. The bench is a year older, but the starting five won’t be senior filled like it was this year.
If there’s a threat in the West Division, (which is a big if given how this year went) the Racers could have quite a challenge on their hands to win the division yet again. Winning the conference, which Murray State fans expect, could be another mighty tall mountain to climb.
But if there’s a school you don’t count out, it’s this one. Regardless of what the roster tells you.