Monday, October 10, 2011

No. 7 — Nevada senior forward Olek Czyz

The Duke transfer is the first of four Nevada players in the Top 7.
Czyz missed nine games, but finished his first year at Nevada fourth on the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.7 rpg. I liked his game because he didn't force or settle for the 3 but he was more than capable, shooting 45 percent (27 for 60) from 3-point range and shot 53 percent from the field. Czyz upped his scoring to 14 ppg in WAC play and shot 47 percent from 3. At 6-7, Czyz is a tough matchup on the offensive end, but didn't seem like much of a defender in games I watched him.  I expect his teammates Dario Hunt, Deonte Burton and Malik Story to all pick up their game this year. Czyz is kind of a wildcard for me. He was 11th in scoring and 14th in rebounding in the league. It seems like he could be better this year and elevate into the top 5 or 6 in both categories. If so, how much does Nevada's perceived lack of depth really hurt them?

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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