2009-2010 Texas A&M Aggies Basketball Preview
Last year, as they have the three before, the Texas A&M Aggies (24- 10 overall, 9- 7 Big 12) earned an invite to March Madness. And, as they have three of the past four years, the Aggies were out in the second round, losing to UConn 92- 66. Once again this season head coach Mark Turgeon will try to get his club a ticket to the Big Dance.
Last season, the Aggies were a middle of the road club, hitting 36% of their threes (6th), 69% of their frees (8th) and 45% of their field goals (8th). They allowed an average of 67.1 PPG (6th) and scored on average 71.8 PPG (9th). With a rebound margin of plus-4.9, the team finished fifth in that category.
Senior forward/center Bryan Davis (10.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.0 APG) will have to contribute even more with the departure of Chinemelu Elonu (9.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.6 BPG). Davis, who gives 100% every game, must also be more disciplined as he led the team in fouls last season, accumulating more than 100. It will also be important for sophomore David Loubeau (4.6 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.3 APG) to be more of a presence. His ability to run the floor and hit shots while in transition will help create an up-tempo pace. The other guys upfront certainly have promise but are untested.
The backcourt looks to be very strong. Senior combo guard Donald Sloan (11.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.2 APG) and sophomore guard Dash Harris (1.8 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 2.0 APG) can both play point. Derrick Roland (6.3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.8 APG), a senior, is a fine defensive force. Junior B.J. Holmes (8.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.8 APG) may be small at six-feet-even, but he’s big from three-point land. Six-foot-seven guard/forward Khris Middleton, a freshman, is able to hit from beyond the arc or stop on his mark and shoot from two-point range with accuracy. Jeremy Adams is another frosh with excellent scoring potential.
It won’t be easy for Texas A&M to finish strong enough to get to the NCAA Tournament. The frontcourt is lacking, but Turgeon should still have enough talent to get this club to the tourney. This team will have to have a solid downtown game and run and gun approach to make a good showing this season, especially with the frontcourt in doubt. Look for a middle of the pack finish and a one and done tournament showing.