Going Down to Motown, Part 1: Detroit Titans

The Next Smyth? After being terrorized by Iona’s Kyle Smyth from the three point line, my first question about a team is- which shooter is gunning for a career day? For Detroit, it’s sophomore Jason Calliste (13.3 PPG). Let’s be aware of where he is and not let the Smyth nightmare strike twice. 6’6 Swingman Chase Simon is also a threat from deep, but he has been ice cold so far this season (6-28 3PT)

Dad? Freshman “Lil Ray” McCallum a top 25 recruit decided to play for his dad, Coach Ray McCallum, in the Horizon league instead of high D1 programs like Arizona or UCLA. “Lil Ray” is being asked to run the show as the team’s point guard, but he is more of a scorer than a distributer; he enters with ten turnovers and ten assists through four games.

Strong Frontcourt: Detriot will provide another challenge for the Great Danes inside; their leading scorer is 6’10 Eli Holman (14.5 PPG, 10 RPG), one of the best bigs in the Horizon League. Freshman Nick Minnerath is off to a hot start (9.3 PPG) and he has range that stretches out to the three point line. UAlbany will also have to be aware of swat-machine LaMarcus Lowe, a 6’11 center.

All in All: Detroit was the better team in the first half of their matchup against Syracuse. They’re a physical, athletic team that reminds me a lot of Iona, but they’re only 1-3 because of a brutal schedule (losses to New Mexico, ‘Cuse, Miss St.). Again, even great shooting will not be enough, somehow the defense is going to have to step up. And if Jacob Iati is on McCallum, prepare for “Lil Ray” to have a career day in front of the home crowd.

Passing Iati: Tim Ambrose needs only 12 points to pass Jon Iati and move into 18th all time on the UAlbany career scoring list.

~ by TheMidRangeGame on November 26, 2010.

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