Big Sky Conference Players to Watch

Scott McGrathCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 17:  Tre'Von Willis #33 of the UNLV Rebels goes for a steal between Damian Lillard #1 and Matt Washington #33 of the Weber State Wildcats during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center December 17, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The seventh installment of the "Players to Watch" segment features the Big Sky Conference.


Brandon Moore, Eastern Washington Eagles

Moore, a senior at Eastern Washington, is a bright spot for a team that is currently fifth in the Big Sky.  Though his stats may not seem too impressive, he was second in rebounding in the conference last season.  This season, he is leading the Eagles in rebounding, and is a 10th of a point and two rebounds away from averaging a double-double.

Moore lacks consistency, but has shown he has a lot of talent.  In his worst game of the season— against Idaho—he scored zero points and only had five rebounds.  However, he's shown his skill with several impressive performances, such as a game against Seattle University, in which he scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds.

Moore is certainly a valuable asset to Eastern Washington, but needs to work on his consistency.  Another impressive aspect of his game is his shot-blocking ability, as he finished 10th in blocking the in the Big Sky last conference.  Look for Moore to continue to improve in his final season as an Eagle.


Amorrow Morgan, Idaho State Bengals

Morgan, a senior at Idaho State, is one of the team's leaders, and is being asked to take on a different role this year.  Last season, Morgan and fellow teammate Matt Stucki led the Big Sky in assists. 

However, this season Morgan has been asked to become more of a scorer and is averaging 16 points per game.  Morgan has scored in double digits in all but one of his team's 14 games this season—the lone exception was a loss to Notre Dame.

Against Oregon, Morgan put together a great stat line, including 21 points, seven rebounds, and three steals.  With his scoring improved, Morgan would like to increase his number of assists to a level comparable to last year's numbers.

Morgan is an extremely consistent player, who also was fifth in scoring in the Big Sky last season.  Unfortunately, he needs to play even better as the Bengals have already lost 10 games and are off to a disappointing start.


Damian Lillard, Weber State Wildcats

Lillard is only a sophomore, but he is already making his mark on the Big Sky Conference.  Weber State is currently undefeated in conference play and leading the conference with two wins, and Lillard is a major reason for the team's success.

He is currently the top scorer in the Big Sky Conference, and is one of the most exciting young players in the league.  He has put on several exciting performances, including a show against Utah in which he scored 28 points, pulled in five rebounds, and dished seven assists.

Lillard is the future for Weber State, and it is exciting to see such a talented player in a small conference.  Look for Weber State to make some noise this season behind the stellar play of this guard.