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Looking Ahead: Ben Ball Depth Projections - Part II: Backcourt

Now that we’ve had a brief overview of what we’re going to do and who we have on the current roster, let's get on with how things project this season and the next two seasons with regards to our backcourt:

GUARDS AND WINGS

2008-2009

      

 

PG

SG

SF

1

Darren Collison (SR)

Jrue Holiday (FR)

Josh Shipp (SR)

2

Jerime Anderson (FR)

Michael Roll (RS JR)

Michael Roll (RS JR)

3

Josh Shipp (SR)

Malcolm Lee (FR)

Nikola Dragovic (JR)

KEY LOSSES:  Russell Westbrook (PG/SG - NBA Draft), Chance Stanback (SG/SF - Transfer)

 

OTHER LOSSES:  Matt Lee (PG), Joey Ellis (PG/SG), DeAndre Robinson (PG/SG)

 

INCOMING PLAYERS:  Jrue Holiday (SG - # 1 SG, 5 stars by Scout), Jerime Anderson (PG - # 3 PG, 4 stars by Scout), Malcolm Lee (PG/SG - # 7 SG, 4 stars by Scout)

  

ANALYSIS:  Expect Collison to remain firmly in place as CBH's floor general.  DC was a sure-fire first round NBA draft pick last year, but came back to win a title.  With Josh Shipp, he'll form the floor leadership needed to ground a fairly young squad.  Jrue Holiday will get the lion's share of minutes at SG and gives our Bruins a scoring threat from just about everywhere.  However, while DC and JH will be the clear starters, expect to see a good dose of Michael Roll (provided he can recover from his foot injury and stay healthy).  Likewise, CBH will give freshmen Jerime Anderson and Malcolm Lee a good share of minutes as he did for DC when he was a freshman playing behind Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo.  On the wing, JS is the clear-cut starter and is poised to have a productive senior season, having had his first preseason without injury.  Expect Roll and Nikola Dragovic to see minutes on the wing, especially if either of them can fine-tune their stroke from behind the arc.

 

2009-2010

     

 

PG

SG

SF

1

Jerime Anderson (SO)

Malcolm Lee (SO)

Tyler Honeycutt (FR)

2

Malcolm Lee (SO)

Michael Roll (RS SR)

Michael Roll (RS SR)

3

Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (SR)

Nikola Dragovic (SR)

 

Nikola Dragovic (SR)

EXPECTED KEY LOSSES:  Darren Collison (PG - NBA Draft/Graduation), Jrue Holiday (SG - NBA Draft), Josh Shipp (SG/SF - NBA Draft/Graduation)

 

INCOMING PLAYERS:  Tyler Honeycutt (SF - # 4 SF, 5 stars by Scout)

 

ANALYSIS:  With Collison, Holiday, and Shipp gone, expect JA and ML to take over as CBH's next backcourt duo.  They won't have the high-flying, headline-grabbing kind of games we'll see from Jrue, but if they stick with CBH's system, they'll be solid Ben Ball warriors for a few years in the JF and AA mold rather than a one-and-done phenom like JH.  The guard spots will be a bit thin, with only Roll and Abdul-Hamid having any game experience behind JA and ML.  Dragovic could fill in at SG in a pinch if we're hard up on injuries, but he lacks the athleticism and speed to guard most guys at that position. On the wing, don't be surprised to see highly-touted freshman swingman Tyler Honeycutt to get the starting nod.  He finally gives CBH the 6'6" to 6'9" SF that the Bruins have sorely lacked against Florida's Corey Brewer and Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts.  Roll and Dragovic will be the veteran swingman, but with their injuries, they're more likely to be contributing from the bench.  Despite not starting, expect Roll to get significant minutes at both SG and SF.

 

2010-2011

     

 

PG

SG

SF

1

Jerime Anderson (JR)

Malcolm Lee (JR)

Tyler Honeycutt (SO)

2

Malcolm Lee (JR)

Tyler Lamb (FR)

Tyler Lamb (FR)

3

Kendall Williams (FR)

Kendall Williams (FR)

 

 

EXPECTED KEY LOSSES:  Michael Roll (SG/SF - Graduation), Nikola Dragovic (SF/PF - Graduation)

 

INCOMING PLAYERS:  Tyler Lamb (SG - # 15 SG, 4 stars by Scout), Kendall Williams (PG/SG - # NR, 3 stars by Scout)

 

ANALYSIS:  While the loss of Roll and Dragovic will hurt the Bruins' depth off the bench, Anderson and Lee should stick around for their junior seasons.  While it's possible either one could jump early if they have a Russell Westbrook type break-out season.  However, looking at both guys, they are much more in the JF and AA mold than the RW mold.  CBH will need both JA and ML to stick around through their junior season to help transition the squad to the incoming guards.  Honeycutt should stick around through at least his sophomore year and will make the SF job his.  Expect CBH to bring in at least another swingman and at least one guard to supplement the Class of 2010.

 

The next segment in this three-part series will focus in on our current frontcourt depth and how it projects over the next two seasons, taking into account our current recruiting picture.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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