As I’ve said before, this year’s team was a Tim Miles team that happened to be coached by Larry Eustachy. Next year’s squad will have more of his imprint on it. Eustachy’s teams at Southern Miss were pretty guard heavy and I think he’ll have to go the same route this year out of preference and necessity .This is my best guess for the Rams starting lineup versus Metro State or Regis or whomever.
This one seems pretty obvious as Octeus got more and more playing time and earned Coach Eustachy’s trust. He isn’t a threat from outside, but he can score going to the basket. At 6’4, he’s a great defender and rebounder for his position, locking up his spot in the starting lineup. Another thing in Octeus’ favor is that he’ll spend his summer with Coach E if he gets a spot on the Bahamian National Team.
So we know Octeus has the physical tools, but will he be ready to step in and run the offense?
I’m unsure with this selection. Will Carr’s knee be okay? Does he fit into Eustachy’s system? At the end of the day I think Carr starts if healthy because he compliments Octeus best. Smith and Carr will alternate positions, similar to what we saw with Green and Eikmeier.
Dwight Smith- He didn’t buy into the idea of redshirting for nothing. He’s the defensive stopper we needed all season. Smith and Octeus form a nice defensive duo while letting Carr slide to the weakest offensive threat.
Joe De Ciman- Eustachy said he could be the best guard CSU has ever had. He usually put in a good effort crashing the boards in the limited action he saw, which will put him in Eustachy’s good graces. It’s hard to say without seeing much of him, but his outside shooting could be better than Octeus or Smith.
David Cohn- Might end up finding time at PG if he adjusts to Division 1 quickly enough and if Carr’s knee doesn’t respond well. He’s a higher rated recruit than Dorian Green or Jesse Carr; so there’s no reason to think that he couldn’t play right away.
Another no-brainer. The Mountain West sixth man of the year earned Eustachy’s trust with his effort on defense and on the boards. To me, Bejarno seems like the type of player who plays better with more minutes, so I’m excited to see him in an expanded role.
Okay, he’s not on the roster; but hopefully the Casper College forward is tops on CSU’s list of priorities. He’s 6’9, rebounds, and can shoot for range. He originally committed to Kentucky but got lost in the shuffle and ended up in Wyoming. He decided to stay in Casper for a second season and seems comfortable there, so hopefully CSU’s geography helps us. He currently holds multiple offers from major schools.
A combination of Bejarno and Dibo would give CSU a duo of forwards who can defend, rebound and stretch the floor.
Marcus Holt- Would give the Rams more size and could be the best shot blocker the Rams have had in ages. He was a big time recruit out of high school, but his lack of production at the JC level might be a cause for concern.
Gerson Santo- Eustachy probably trusts him more than any big man on the roster. His play was a little up and down. Extended playing time could be the best thing for him; or expose his game.
Mystery JUCO Transfer- If not Dibo, then someone else.
Those are my guesses. Only nine months until we know for sure!