We are now closing in on conference preview 13 of 32, Conference USA. I will be looking at three players that you need your eyes on this College Basketball season and in the future NCAA Tournament, the NIT, the CIT, etc. Enjoy!
Charles Bassey, Center, Western Kentucky
- Rick Stansbury has created another “one and done” program in the state of Kentucky and Bassey is his latest project. As a freshman, Bassey is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game and has a very high ceiling for the NBA after his freshman year is up. Stansbury can recruit Centers better than anyone.
- The big man makes it look easy inside. Has already had 5 double doubles this year. Ranked currently a top 3 Center in the NBA draft next year. Hilltopper fans better enjoy this year with Bassey, as it will be his only one in Bowling Green.
- The one takeaway from Bassey’s game is his low post play. Seems like his post play within 2 feet of the basketball. With the mobility of NBA Centers to come, he will need to expand his range to outside of the paint more frequently.
Jhivvan Jackson, Guard, Texas-San Antonio
- For whatever reason, Jackson usually is the spark off the bench. His shooting is down from last year, however the Roadrunners have played a much more competitive strength of schedule thus far. Should improve his 2 point shot during Conference USA play.
- When he shoots well, his team plays well. When he shoots 44% or better from the field, the Roadrunners are winners at 3-0 thus far this season.
- The most impressive stat: only averaging about 23 minutes per game but averaging 19 points per game. The fact that he’s at almost 20 points per game with those limited minutes, is very impressive.
Brian Beard, Jr., Guard, Florida International
- Beard is showing significant improvement this year for the Panthers. Over 58% of his games have been over 20 points thru 12 games thus far. That’s a good look going into conference play.
- Although his 3 point percentage still isn’t pretty, he’s up 5% from last year already which although is a small number, small gains can turn into big victories when it comes to conference play and the conference tournament.
- Sharing the ball has improved for Beard. He’s up 1 assist per game from last season and although his points are up, he hasn’t forgotten about his teammates.
Next on Deck: The Horizon League