tBBC Basketball Roundtable – Preseason Wrap-up

Written October 15th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

It’s been a great season of football so far and not too surprisingly basketball has snuck up on us. We have done our best to try and get everybody’s input on the upcoming season from around the blogosphere including a nice two-parter with people from around the B1G that can be read here and here. We also spoke with fellow Buckeye Bloggers about the Buckeyes and that can be read here.

Don't think Coach Matta is laughing so much after Sullinger's departure, but he isn't crying about what he has either.

We finish up our pre-season of roundtable with an in-house brand. Look forward to starting the season off soon but let’s first get everyone’s opinions.

Who is the Key returner other than Craft or Thomas?

WVa. The bottom line for this team will be defense this season and the key returner to make that happen will be Shannon Scott. As much as he may contribute offensively is up to him, the defensive side of the ball comes easy for him and when Coach Matta decides to put the clamps down it will be Scott and Craft doing that. Scott showed some nice flashes of this and what he can bring offensively so when teams double down on Thomas, look out!

Eric. There are a number of names that could go here.  There are two roles of need on this team: “Scoring” and “Paint play”.  That means that for each there are a couple of answers.

Scoring: One of the three – LaQuinton Ross, Sam Thompson, Lenzelle Smith.  All three will be looked for their scoring output this season.  We don’t know whether it will be Ross or Thompson starting in place of William Buford at the three, but they will definitely sub in and out for each other.  Lenzelle Smith will very likely maintain his role at the 2 spot in the backcourt.  He’ll need to hit some critical buckets for us this season.

Paint play: Amir Williams and Evan Ravenel.  Ravenel will bring much-needed experience to the center position, while Williams will bring some serious defensive ability and hopefully some offensive talent.  It will be fascinating to see how these two play together.

Mali. I’m excited to see LaQuinton Ross… came in with a TON of upside, will Matta be able to develop it in ways that help the team long-term.

Joe L.  Zelle’ – I look for Smith to pick up where he left off in the tourney last year playing good D rebounding from his guard spot knocking down the open 3′s and finding a way to get to the rack and score.

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2012 Basketball Preview: Alex Rogers

Written October 9th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

Alex Rogers, Scholarship Player

A walk-on transfer from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Alex Rogers paid his own way through a year of school for the chance to play on Thad Matta’s team. His hard work and passion paid off when Matta awarded him a scholarship this past off-season. Now a fully-fledged member of the team, Alex has a chance to prove what he can do.

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Oak Hills
Position: Guard (1)
Year: Junior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200

High School Awards:

  • Captain and MVP of Oak Hills Highlanders. (Senior)
  • Honorable Mention All-Cincinnati. (Senior)
  • Greater Miami Conference (GMC) Championship. (Junior)
  • District Runner-Up. (Junior)
  • GMC Championship. (Senior)
  • Second Team All-GMC. (2009)

Prior to OSU: Rogers came to Ohio State after competing for Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn., where he started 34 of 55 career games, averaging 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. As a sophomore at Christian Brothers he started 27 of 28 games, reached double figures three times, including a career-high 14 points and seven assists vs. Arkansas-Monticello, and recorded a career high four steals vs. Arkansas Tech.
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