Senior Brandon Triche
College teams turn over players much more so than professional teams, especially these days. Everyone knows that the tournament is the last run for seniors Triche and Southerland.
But will anyone else leave?
MCW came in last year with much hype as a McDonald's All-American. I doubt he was very pleased with his stat line from his freshman year. What a difference a year makes.
Minutes/game Points/game Rebounds/game Assists/game Steals/game
2011-12 10.3 2.7 1.5 2.1 .8
2012-13 35.2 12.0 4.8 7.7 2.7
Carter-Williams has great court vision along with a willingness and ability to pass. Put those in a 6'6" body and it's no wonder the NBA beckons. When he is penetrating, he is very dangerous—though he does need to work on his strength, quickness and shooting.
So, will the 2013 NCAA tournament be Carter-Williams swan song in Orange?
Yes. He's projected to be in the lottery and that will be too much to pass up.
When the season started, there was no talk of Fair leaving for the NBA. Midway through the season the whispers started. We all can hear the conversation now.
Fair needs to work on putting the ball on the floor from the perimeter to get his game more NBA-ready. This will sound crazy, but he also needs to work on his outside shooting. I know he has great percentages, but that's because he takes very few shots and really picks his spots.
Will the tournament be the final games for Fair in Orange?
No. He's made great strides but needs that last season to continue that movement up the draft board.
Much like Carter-Williams, Christmas came in last year as a McDonald's All-American and struggled to produce. He spent most of the time on the Orange bench.
Unlike MCW, his sophomore season hasn't been a dramatic improvement.
Even so, there has been talk...whispers?...that Christmas could leave for the NBA. He won't.
You noticed that I didn't ask the question like I did of Carter-Williams and Fair. Very good.
Here's the Rakeem Christmas question...
Will he transfer?
No, I've not heard that talk. Two underachieving years for a McDonald's All-American is tough to take. I'm sure there are plenty of people in his ear telling him that he deserves better and just needs to get away from the old man.
So, will the tournament be Rakeem Christmas' last days in Orange?
No. He'll be back to show Orange Nation what he can do.