We are about to be in full swing as teams have started practicing and gearing up for “secret” scrimmages. As you all know, the OVC released the 2013-14 Preseason All OVC team this past week and the list has a great collection of talent across the league. As a newcomer to this great site, I wanted to start off by doing player breakdown of all the conference’s great players to kick off the 2013-14 season.
These breakdowns will point out both strengths, weaknesses, statistical breakdowns, and the roles of each player. The first player I will be profiling is Glenn Cosey, senior guard at Eastern Kentucky.
After a breakout year at EKU, the senior guard has solidified himself as a star in the OVC. The Flint, Michigan product put up numbers of 15 points, three assists, and three rebounds a game while shooting 40 % from 3 point territory in the 2012-13 season. Cosey helped lead the Colonels to the OVC semifinals and a school record 25-win season.
After such a great season there are high expectations for this team, and the second year 2-guard. No longer a second option to then senior point guard Mike Dinunno, he should take over as the primary leader for the Colonels.
A rise in playmaking responsibilities could lead to a shift in Cosey’s performance and numbers. One of the primary numbers I see changing this upcoming season would be in his spot up attempts. According to Synergy, 38% of Cosey’s offensive output were generated by spot up opportunities. Most of those shots came from the distribution of Dinunno, and are looked at as the easiest shots of a players offensive repertoire. Some spot up shots can be attributed to being aware of the ball and maintaining offensive spacing in their Michigan Wolverines style offense (more on this to come.) But on more than a few occasions it was due to Dinunno’s great vision, and playmaking ability.
There are some players that cannot shoot 40% from three-point range with Ray Allen as their shooting coach. So even though these opportunities aren’t self-made, having a knockdown shooter is important to any successful offense. Cosey’s stroke is effortless as he doesn’t change his shot regardless of its distance. He can, and does, regularly pull up from 25 feet, can catch fire and shows no kinks in his release. Although he often does somewhat of a kicking motion as he shoots, it does not appear as if he’s off balanced. This video should show his NBA plus range, and his ability to take and make tough shots.