Alley is about the same size as Zanna but maybe not quite as thick. He was injured early on and was redshirted since he missed so much time. Still, he was Mr. basketball in Texas and led Klein Forest to a title. I expect to see him on the court next season.
The two transfers from UMass will likely start next year, although once again we’ll have a lot of depth so it doesn’t matter if they come off the bench or start. Jerreau is an athletic 6’5” pg that can get to the rack and play above the rim. The other kid goes 6’9” and is more of a rebounder and shot blocker then a scorer. This is where I like to see Sampson bring in another forward to play down low to defend against taller teams.
The kid I’m really excited about is Nate Hinton. He’s 6’6” and can play either guard position. It’s been along time since we had guard, particularly the point guard, with that type of length. This kid is a player.
Antione Davis is small-ish but he’s known as a good shooter. He needs to add muscle and get stronger but if he can shoot then he has a chance to see minutes next year. It’ll be interesting to see where he fits into the rotation. He’s a coaches son so he has high basketball IQ. Average 23 ppg and Sampson was quoted as saying he thought Davis was the best pure shooter in the state of Texas. We’ll see.
Add these guys to the returning players and I think we can be pretty good next year. Davis Jr was outstanding in my opinion, especially considering he was a JC transfer. Usually it takes JC players a while to get acclimated but he seemed to make a smoothless transition to get acclimated really fast and knocked down almost 45% from on 3’s. Plus, he was a lockdown defender. Fabian White showed flashes of being a good basketball player but at times played like a true freshman. Hopefully he has a good offseason and gets stronger. Brady looked good at times, too, but was foul prone. Another JC guy. I look for him to be better now that he’s had a year to get acclimated to Division I speed.
Honestly, I wouldn’t mind it if one or two players left the program so we could add another big.