I talked to NMSU center Hamidu Rahman on Wednesday. He said Gillenwater has been working on his ball handling to add to an already versatile game. If that's the case, perhaps this is the year people get to see what he's capable of. After coming off the bench as a freshman and missing all but 13 games last year, Gillenwater should get every opportunity to be on the court more than the 22.8 minutes per game last year. Gillenwater is a scorer (In double figures in all but two games last year) and at 6-8, he can score in the paint (He shot 53 percent from the floor last year) or on the perimeter (41 percent from 3-point range, but he never shot more than four in a game). If he added more confidence off the dribble, there is no telling how much his 14.6 ppg last year will increase and there is no longer a Paul George or Luke Babbitt in the league to force him to guard on the perimeter. Gillenwater is athletic enough to be the top interior post defender in the WAC. He had 17 blocks in 13 games last year. He can rebound when he wants. He only had three double-double games, but the last one was against Michigan State in the tournament (17 and 11). Gillenwater has all the talent in the world to put up huge numbers this season, but I put him at No. 2 because he's never done it over time before. He has to this year.
No. 10 — Nevada's frontcourt trio of Olek Czyz, Dario Hunt and Malik Story
No. 9 — Boise State senior forward Daequon Montreal
No. 8 — Louisiana Tech junior forward Olu Ashaolu
No. 7 — Utah State senior center Nate Bendall
No. 6 — New Mexico State junior center Hamidu Rahman
No. 5 — New Mexico State senior forward Wendell McKines
No. 4 — Fresno State sophomore center Greg Smith
No. 3 — Utah State senior forward Tai Wesley
This dude is a huge problem for opponents.
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