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 was little question coming into this past season that Tennessee Tech has an uphill road. The Golden Eagles were one of the youngest teams in the league, and had just lost an NBA caliber guard. Perhaps helped by playing in the much tougher division, the Golden Eagles just missed out on the OVC Tournament, and posted their worst record since the 2008-09 season.
Once again the Golden Eagles are losing their leader, Jud Dillard, which could be a struggle to replace. But it’s not all bad news.
|[Stats Per Game]||Points||Rebounds||Steals|
|Total Production Lost||21.3||11.3||1.5|
It’s unlikely any one player replaces Dillard’s scoring on their own, but the team seemed to gel offensively in the last month of the year. Dennis Ogbe flew under the radar playing behind Dillard, but averaged over 12 points a game in conference play and shot 61% from the floor. He’ll be solid player inside.
Jeremiah Samarrippas showed flashes of being a scorer, but will likely be expected to score in the double-digits consistently next year. Lanerryl Johnson had a very solid freshman year, and his improvement could be key to the Golden Eagles success.
This is still a young team, with only three rising seniors on the roster for next year. Although I’ll avoid using the “R” word that head coach Steve Payne doesn’t like using, this team is still a work in progress.