Sunday, October 16, 2011

No. 2 — Nevada sophomore guard Deonte Burton

I know that Burton was the focus when the Aggies got ready to play Nevada. Nevada played a tough schedule with virtually no returning experience. In WAC play, they started to figure it out but went 8-8, looked great in the qtrs and not so great in the semis. Burton finished 10th in the WAC with 13.7 ppg, but he led Nevada and was fifth in the league in conference play at 15.8 ppg. Burton ranked seventh in WAC play with 3.4 apg. That's an area I would like to see him improve, even though he has to score as well. He played 30 minutes per game but had 113 assists for a team that likes to run. He finished fourth in the WAC in assists but consider the dropoff between him and the other top point guard. Anderson had 165 as a scorer at Boise St., Laroche had 152 and Graham had 141. 113 seems like a low number. Other numbers to consider, Burton had 1.3 steals per game, shot  42 percent from the floor because he's so good at getting to the basket and was a respectable 36 percent from 3-pt range. He was 46 percent in WAC play. I think Burton will be even better with a year under his belt.

No. 3 — Hawaii senior guard Zane Johnson
No. 4 — Nevada senior center Dario Hunt
No. 5 — Nevada junior guard Malik Story
No. 6 — Hawaii junior center Vander Joaquim
No. 7 — Nevada senior center forward Olek Czyz
No. 8 — New Mexico State senior point guard Hernst Laroche
No. 9 — Idaho junior center Kyle Barone
No. 10 — Utah State senior point guard Brockeith Pane

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