Saturday, November 5, 2016

News On The Horzion 11/5/2016

What-If Projections: How draft decisions, transfers & commits impacted '16–17--Sports Illustrated
What if Valparaiso’s Alec Peters had up-transferred?

This is a scenario fit for Seth Davis’s Jigsaw Man column, and there did seem like a possibility that Peters, the nation’s top mid-major stretch-four, would consider grad-transferring away from Valpo after coach Bryce Drew bolted for Vanderbilt. If Peters hadn’t chosen to stay, one of his best fits for his senior season would’ve been Iowa State, where he could’ve stepped into the role vacated by Georges Niang and become a lethal pick-and-pop weapon for point guard Monte Morris. Peters would’ve been a major upgrade over the Cyclones’ current leading options at the 4-5 spots, transfers Merril Holden and Darrell Bowie, and made a big impact on Iowa State’s ranking.

Here are the Cyclones’ projections with and without Peters:
                        Off     Def     PWP     National Rank
Iowa St. with Peters  118.5  97.2  0.9069  9th
Iowa St. current roster 115.6   99.9    0.8422  39th
Peters is clearly good enough to elevate a team into the Top 10, and his projected stat line in that situation would’ve made him Iowa State’s second most important player after Morris:
Name            Pos.    PPG     RPG     APG     ORtg    Volume  Mins
Alec Peters     PF      13.8    7.2     1.6     114.7   19%     80%
Instead, Peters will obliterate those numbers as the star of the Horizon League, where he could easily average more than 20 points per game this season. With Valparaiso returning just half its minutes from last year and breaking in a rookie coach, Peters will have less of a chance to get national recognition, but pay attention to him: His production could very well be All-America worthy.

WBB aims to surpass expectations--The Torch
@NKUNorseMBB cruises to exhibition win over Wilmington
2016-2017 MAC Basketball Preview: Central Michigan Chippewas--Hustle Belt
Marcus Keene, a 5-foot-9, 175 lb. guard from San Antonio, Texas, who averaged 15.6 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game with the Youngstown State Penguins in 2014-2015 in a stacked Horizon League leads the list of new faces in Mount Pleasant.
Penguins Hit 17 3s in 100-61 Exhibition Win Over Penn

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