San Jose State Basketball Season Preview

San Jose State Basketball Season Preview

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San Jose State Basketball Season Preview

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What does year one of the Tim Miles era look like?


San Jose State Basketball Season Preview


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The Spartans look promising

My goodness… if you’re an avid San Jose State fan, there’s reason for excitement with your Basketball program, words that haven’t rung true often. It’s not just recent struggles, the Spartans only had one winning season over the past 20 years. It’s tough to draw fan excitement when the team struggles to that degree. Well, enter Tim Miles, who just notched career-win number 400 in his first game at the helm in San Jose. Miles is the guy that can change the program around — be patient. Rebuildings don’t happen quickly. If the first half of the game the other day in Palo Alto against is an indication of things changing for the better at SJSU. Leading a power-conference school by nine at half didn’t happen much in the past decade, but in the first month of Tim Miles’s tenure, it did. 

Key non-conference games

Nov. 20 at Texas

New Texas head coach Chris Beard has unlimited talent in his first year in Austin. Between guards Marcus Carr, Andrew Jones, Courtney Ramey, and forwards Tre Mitchell, Timmy Allen, and Christian Bishop could overwhelm the Spartans with their skill and experience. You don’t enter challenging road games against top-ranked teams expecting to win, but stay competitive and assess where your upstart squad stands.

Nov. 23 vs. Northern Colorado

Northern Colorado is one of the countries highest volume three-point shooting teams. The high-volume shooting comes with its pros and cons – on the pros side, if those shots fall, many teams can’t keep pace. On the cons side, when you’re taking 50 percent of your shots from outside and shooting in the 20-percent range, you’re hoping the other team isn’t hitting shots either.

Players to watch: 

Omari Moore: In today’s day in age, having 6-foot-6 point guards isn’t uncommon. San Jose State has a big point guard of their own with Pasadena native Omari Moore, an explosive athlete that makes plays. Having length like that in your lineup can pose mismatches against smaller, less athletic counterparts. 

Tibet Gorener: The transfer from Arizona debuted against Stanford, posting 14 points on 6-10 shooting with two made threes. The floor-stretching ability from the skilled 6-foot-9 forward gives the Spartans something they haven’t had much of in recent times. 

Shon Robinson: Another high-major transfer, Robinson began playing at Ole Miss before transferring after one season. In the first two games at SJSU, the former top-150 recruit scored in double-figures both times while hauling in 11 total rebounds. The plus side of having two guys with size and athleticism — the ability to move one to the five when Ibrahima Diallo gets in foul trouble. That’s a plus for Coach Miles.

Projected Record: 

I would consider winning double-digit games a successful season based on the recent downwards trend on the program. A program that’s only notched on such a season in the past decade! It isn’t easy turning around one of the worst programs in College Basketball over the past number of years, but it’s not impossible. Just look at Dennis Gates at Cleveland State — inherited four consecutive seasons with 12 or fewer wins. In year two of his tenure, the Vikings went 19-8 and made the NCAA Tournament. I don’t think winning ten games is out of the realm of possibility. String together a couple more non-conference wins and see what happens from there. 

 


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