Questions, questions, so many SEC questions

25 Oct

Is this the year where Vanderbilt makes it to the Final Four? (PHOTO: Getty Images)

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

With the talent abound in the SEC this year and high expectations for teams involved, there are bound to be questions surrounding the league. What are they? Well, we dive into them.

1. Florida has a stellar backcourt, but is there enough ball to go around?

Erving Walker, Mike Rosario, and Kenny Boynton are all extremely talented, but each one has struggled with shot selection in the past. Once you add top rated recruit Brad Beal to the mix, the backcourt becomes even more crowded. Will Irving Walker be able to become more of a pass fist point guard, or will he continue to look for his own shot. Billy Donovan has toyed with the idea of playing all four at the same time, as a way of getting them all involved, never the less it will be an interesting dynamic to watch play out.

2. Is this the year that Renardo Sidney turns into the player most envisioned in high school?

At one time Sidney was considered the best player in America for his age, but that perception has drastically changed. The 6-foot-10 forward was forced to sit out all of his freshman season and part of last year after receiving improper benefits in high school. Upon returning last year, he was out of shape and did not play up to his potential. There was some speculation that he was not going to return to Mississippi State after he did not go with the team on its trip to Europe, instead opting to work out with John Lucas in Houston. However he will be back and is supposedly has lost weight and is in much better shape.

3. Alabama has one of the best frontcourts in the conference, but can the young guards develop fast enough to get the Crimson Tide back to the NCAA Tournament?

JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell are as good of a one-two punch as there is in America, but if Alabama wants to get back to the big dance, its young guards will have to develop in a hurry. Levi Randolph, Trevor Lacey, and sophomore Trevor Releford are talented, but can they adjust quickly enough to take some of the burden off the big guys.

4.  Is this the year that Vanderbilt finally makes a run to the Final Four?

The past few seasons have been frustrating to Commodore fans, as they have had to watch their team bow out of the NCAA tournament in the first round after promising seasons.  Last season 12-seed Richmond ended the Vanderbilt’s season, and the year before that it was 13-seed Murray State that got the better of the Commodores. With deep, talented, and veteran roster this season look for Kevin Stallings’ team to make a deep run in March.

5. Mike Anderson has a talented freshman class, but can they develop fast enough to challenge for an NCAA berth?

In his much anticipated return to Fayetteville, Anderson has an extremely quality group of freshman coming in the question is how fast can they pick up on his press defense. The freshmen will have some help in the form of Julysses Nobles and Marshawn Powell, but it will take a total team effort for the Razorbacks to make the Tournament.

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