How will the freshman play after their first collegiate game?
As people should have anticipated prior to last Saturday's game, the freshmen seemed nervous to kick of their collegiate basketball careers. This with the exception of a surprise standout in Kyron Cartwright, who led the rookies in scoring with eight points and also contributed with five assists. That should be a relief considering how rusty Kris Dunn played but we will get to that later.
Ben Bentil was the only freshman besides Kyron to score but even he seemed a little overanxious. He had just been cleared to play by the NCAA, and he seemed so excited to be on the court, that he had missed a few easy shots he could have made with his eyes closed. Paschal Chuckwu and Jalen Lindsey were both scoreless coming of the bench but the Binghamton game will provide the opportunity for all freshmen to play a lot of minutes and get some points on the board for the Friars.
Will Kris Dunn play to his potential?
One of the many things to notice about the prior game against Albany was how rusty Kris Dunn was. He missed every single field goal he took, including a wide open left handed layup. He did, however, make two important free throws with 32 seconds left that sealed the win for Providence.
One interesting observation was in warmups, when I witnessed Kris make about seven 3-pointers in a row. His mechanics are nearly flawless and he only shot one 3-pointer the entire game.
The Binghamton game presents a good opportunity for Kris to take some outside shots. I am sure Kris would shoot very well from the field and could help him get the confidence he needs before taking on Florida State and Notre Dame at Mohegan Sun next weekend, which is about a 20 minute ride from his home in New London, Connecticut.
Will Tyler Harris have another great game?
Tyler Harris had the best game of his career against the Great Danes with his game-high 23 points. He let his offense come to him in a way that Friar fans never saw last year. Tyler never rushed his shots, and he was cool and composed while also hitting a clutch 3-pointer and two important free throws at the end of the game.
Tyler will provide a lot of points this year with Bryce Cotton graduated along with LaDontae Henton. Tyler should look to play against Binghamton like the Albany game and let the offense come to him instead of rushing shots like he did last year. If he does that, Tyler should have a very similar stat line to the Albany game.