2009-2010 Texas A&M Predictions
2008-09 Record: (24-10, 9-7 Big 12)
Coach: Mark Turgeon (3rd year, 49-21 at Texas A&M)
Assistants: Scott Spinelli, Alvin Williamson, Bill Walker
Ret. Starters/Lost: 3/2
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Overview: The Aggies must replace leading scorer Josh Carter (13.8ppg), but their biggest loss was when 6-10 center Chinemelu Elonu (9.8ppg, 7.3rpg) decided to turn pro, instead of returning for his senior season. He wound up being taken in the second round. In the backcourt, Texas A&M returns guards Donald Sloan (6-3, 205, 11.8ppg) and Derrick Roland (6-4, 6.3ppg). Carter will be missed, so more pressure will be put on Sloan and Roland, along with freshmen Naji Hibbert (6-5, 180) and Khris Middleton (6-7, 185), who add athleticism and length at the wing. Up front, the Aggies have to replace Elonu’s defense and rebounding. Holdover starter Bryan Davis (6-9, 240, 10.8ppg, 6.5rpg) will have to carry the load. He will be joined by David Loubeau (6-9, 215) and Nathan Walkup (6-7, 205), who combined for 8.1ppg and 5.7rpg last season. Freshman Kourtney Roberson (6-9, 215), is the half-brother of Bernard King, A&M’s all-time leading scorer. Ray Turner (6-8, 220) is another youngster, who can rebound.
Outlook: Carter was a tough enough loss, but losing Elonu was devastating. Texas A&M will play some tough defense and hang in there against most teams, but they don’t have what it takes to make the top four.
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