MVP. Captain. Engine. Boss. General. Whatever you want to call it. I typically call these players THE Man on their team. In my humble opinion GSU has to have strong play from Mr. White to compete. He has to play to the level everyone knows he is capable of playing at. He, as a sophomore, has to run a team with seven seniors.
Last year Devonta White was playing like he was going to run away with CAA Rookie-of-the-Year honors. And then a horrible ankle sprain forced him out for over a month, and the Panthers went on to lose eight of the next nine games. The offense was just starting to really gel, and suddenly the flow was disrupted beyond repair.
With a guard-heavy roster, White will have plenty of people vying for his job, but if he does what he showed flashes of in his shortened season then expect to be amazed on a nightly basis. He showed a high basketball IQ and rarely made offensive mistakes.
I am not saying he will garner All-CAA honors just yet, but White has enough talent to compete with anyone in the conference. What he lacks in size he makes up for in smarts and tenacity. If he stays healthy there is no way the Panthers would have finished 12-19 last year.
With the weapons at his disposal this year and a offense that could really suit his abilities, there is no telling what White can accomplish. I think he could very well put up 12 points and five assists a game. If this offense works like Hunter claims it will, he could put up twice that, but I will play the conservative game.
Mark it down, if Devonta White is healthy all year, the Panthers will have their best record since Lefty Driesell.