2005 Marquette Golden Eagles Basketball Preview
2005 Marquette Golden Eagles Team Preview
Marquette is yet another team that has moved from Conference USA to the Big East, helping to make this already exciting conference more competitive and unpredictable. The Golden Eagles will have the chance to try out a new team in their new conference. Coach Tom Crean (121-65 over 6 years) has done a good job recruiting the likes of guards Dominic James, Wesley Matthews, and Jerel McNeal. Each of these players brings athleticism and some fine skills to the court.
Recruitment is important for any team, but especially for Marquette who lost their top scorer and clutch guy Travis Diener (19.7 PPG) and solid shooter Dameon Mason (11.9 PPG). Both provided a sturdy foundation in the guard positions and Diener was a mature leader on the court. The essential qualities that Diener possessed and used while at Marquette have not been replaced.
Returning as starters are two seniors-- forward Steve Novak and swingman Joe Chapman. Chapman offers versatility and throws up an effective 3-pointer.
Novak, at 6’ 10”, was good for 13.5 PPG last season, shot 90.5% from the penalty stripe, and 46.1% from 3-point land. But he was not an effective leader or go-to-guy. If he can step it up and also use his physical presence, he has the chance to be one of the best big shooting forwards on the college boards and a real team leader.
The Golden Eagles also have two returning sophomore big-men-- Ryan Amoroso (6’ 8” and 242 pounds) and Ousmane Barre (6’ 10” and 235 pounds). Amoroso will probably start at forward and Barre will be the big banger at center when he’s needed. If these two promising players can dominate inside, Marquette will have some mighty muscle to go with its accomplished shooters.
Finally, seven-footer Mike Kinsella brings senior maturity to the court and skills on the boards. This may be the year he hits his stride.
Although coach Crean is minus two major components from last season, he has recruited well and also positioned his experienced players to step it up. If he can bring it all together Marquette could be a Big East surprise.
For more info on the 2005 Golden Eagles check out the official Marquette athletic site.