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 were a lot of feeling that this was supposed to be Tennessee State’s year. While the Tigers were just one of two OVC teams to take down Belmont, Tennessee State didn’t make that next step in Travis Williams’ first year, falling in the conference semifinals.
An injury to Robert Covington contributed to the Tigers’ problems, as Tennessee State struggled against the upper teams in the conference.
Things could get more challenging for Williams in year 2, as his team is about to get much younger.
|[Stats Per Game]||Points||Rebounds||Steals|
|Total Production Lost||46.8||19.7||4.5|
Three of the Tigers four seniors graduating were starters averaging more than 12 points a game, and the scoring is going to be sorely missed. As will the rebounding and defense. While the Tigers have some bigger guys still on the roster, rising junior M.J. Rhett is the only one with that played more than a handful of games last year.
The pressure will be on Patrick Miller in the frontcourt to build on his 14.8 ppg last year, but he also led the league in assists last year. The question is who will he distribute the ball to this year? Rhett was only a five point per game scorer last year, and that’s the high end of the returning players. Miller might have to become more selfish, but that takes away from one of the best parts of his game.
Tennessee State has had their best two-year run in recent history, and if they’re going to keep the momentum going, they’re going to have to do so with a mostly new unit. It will be quite a challenge for Williams in his sophomore year at the helm.