TJ McConnell: Looks to pick up right where he left off. Excellent decision maker, excellent court vision, give the ball to guys in a spot where they can do something with it. Knocks down 3’s, has a solid pull-up jumper and is smart on when to use it versus making something happen. Takes chances on defense. Sometimes risky and they pay off, sometimes they don’t. But doesn’t get burned badly very often, recovers quickly if he misses when he takes a chance.
Gabe York: Also looks to pick up right where he left off. If he has space, he’s knocking down the 3-ball. Decision making appears to be better when he has the ball. Has great court vision, especially when he drives and realizes he has nowhere to go, great at finding an open teammate on the perimeter, instead of chucking up a bad shot that’s likely to miss or get blocked. Has the ability to get off a mid-range shot whenever he wants. Not very accurate on those shots. If he learns to make those at a good clip, he’s going to be a lethal scorer.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Same as the Gabe and TJ, he’s going to continue to build on last year. The touch on his jumper looks a little better. He seems to be shooting with confidence, and that always helps. But we shouldn’t expect him to knock down a bunch of jumpers. One or two to keep the defenses honest, but not much more than that. Especially since he can get to the rim whenever he wants. Nobody can stay in front of him. His combination of strength, size and quickness is impressive. Look for him to be the glue guy. His goofiness makes him endearing and he’s interested in helping every player get better. He’s constantly talking to teammates during dead balls, coaching them up.
Brandon Ashley: Looks like he hasn’t missed a beat following his injury. Probably has the nicest stroke of the bigs. Very comfortable and confident taking long range shots, including the 3-ball. Look for him to make quite a few of those this year. Also very solid around the rim.
Kaleb Tarczewski: The most impressive improvement from last year to this year. Much more confident and decisive when he has the ball offensively. Has a wide array of offensive weapons. Very reliable 15 foot jump shot. Very solid back to the basket moves, turn around jumpers, going over either shoulder. Great on the boards, offensively and defensively. Runs the floor well and does better catching the ball on the move. Should finally have the breakout year we’ve been hoping from him.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright: Very good floor vision, smart decision maker. Quick defensively. Just doesn’t appear to be physical enough to get a ton of PT. Think he’ll get minutes early in the season.
Kadeem Allen: Solid player. If he is in scoring mode, he’s going to the rim. He doesn’t take outside shots, even when he’s open. Does have a knack for getting to the rim given his size. He’s smaller than advertised, but is quick and creative with the ball getting to the rim. Has decent floor vision as well. Solid rebounder and very capable of getting the rebound and starting the fast break himself.