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2016-2017 Bold Takes

After completing our staff predictions we wanted to roll right into some Bold Takes for the season. Below are a few takes that our staff believe could come true by the time the season ends in March of 2017.

Walter Stubbs, Alumni Contributor– Bonnies go undefeated in non-conference play, including wins at Florida and the tournament in Austin and get in the Top 25 for first time since 2000.

Ryan Lazo, NY Post– St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams could be the first player to have a realistic chance at breaking Tom Stith’s single-season points record which stands at 830 and has remained untouched since the 1960-61 season. Adams increased his scoring total from 221 points during his freshman campaign to 536 in his sophomore season for a 142 percent increase. If he can match that same increase, Adams would finish the year around the 760-point barrier. However,with the loss of Marcus Posley’s 471 field goal attempts, expect Adams’ 337 attempts to rise, giving him the opportunity to make history.

Vinny Pezzimenti, Bona Blog– The Bonnies will go unbeaten, 12-0, during their non-conference schedule. Sure, a stumble or two is likely, but this is a bold take and, although the schedule is challenging, going perfect out of conference isn’t a totally outlandish proposition for the Bonnies. Every game is absolutely winnable for a squad as talented as the one Mark Schmidt has assembled.

The greatest challenges for the Bonnies will be against Florida, Pepperdine, Arkansas-Little Rock, Siena, and UNC-Wilmington. The good news is that each of those games are at home or on neutral floors – though the Florida game is in Lakeland, Fla.

We would suspect the Bonnies to be favorites in all but one of their non-conference games – the exception being the Gators, who are picked second in the SEC after a disappointing season. Wilmington is pegged to win the Colonial, but that game is at the Reilly Center. Pepperdine, Little Rock, and Siena are also expected to finish near the top of their conferences.

No, going 12-0 won’t be easy, but it’s possible.

Ian Nolan, Bona Blog- Denzel Gregg will make an all-league team come March. Gregg averaged a little over 9/5 last season playing 23 minutes a game while winning the A10 6th Man of the Year Award. Gregg improved his shooting percentage by 6% last year, and made his first 15 three pointers as a Bonnie (33%). Gregg took a massive step forward as a junior and will be one of the Bonnies top three offensive players as a senior. Gregg will continue to round out his game, and finish the season as a top two-way player in the league and make 3rd Team All-Conference. 

Kyle Allen, Student Contributor- Josh Ayeni will be a very special player for the team this year. He will finish the season averaging 10+ PPG with 6.5+ RPG as long as he stays on the floor. He showed in the exhibition game that he has the ability to hit a soft jump shot, and has an ability to be strong down low on the blocks as well; rare for a true freshman. As a freshman, I can see him having a role off the bench for this team, and play along with a smaller line up that can be a quick defensive team, with the ability to get out in transition. You don’t want to read too much into an exhibition game, but there’s no doubt that Ayeni looks very promising. 

 

 

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A member of the class of 2008, Nolan spent four years as a student assistant with the program. He has written professionally for such outlets as espn.com/insider, Athlon Sports Magazines, Cox Sports Online and Blue Ribbon Previews. Ian was named one of the “140 Personalities to Follow in College Basketball” on twitter by The Sporting News.