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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another day, another preseason poll picks Oakland to win Summit League

On the same day it was announced that Blue Ribbon had picked Oakland to win the Summit League, CollegeHoops.net posted its Oakland preview, which like every preceding publication, has the Golden Grizzlies picked to repeat in the Summit League.
In summary: "Oakland cruised through the Summit League with an impressive 17-1 record. Things may not be as easy this time around without point guard Johnathon Jones and athletic forward Derek Nelson, but Coach Greg Kampe returns enough talent to repeat as conference champions."
The site had some praise for Reggie Hamilton, the expected point guard, saying: “Hamilton is not really a true point guard since he can be such a prolific scorer, but that is exactly what Oakland lost in Jones”
Forward Will Hudson should draw attention away from Summit Player of the Year Keith Benson and gobble up offensive rebounds.
“While Benson gets the glory, fellow senior Will Hudson does the dirty work in the paint,” CollegeHoops.net said.
Newcomers will be expected to spell the front court, it said, but Oakland will be benefit from the fact Benson typically doesn’t get into foul trouble.
Finally, CollegeHoops.net, which had Oakland at No. 98 overall, said: “That should not be much of a problem and Oakland could be dancing again as long as Hamilton is ready to run the point and find the scorers on the wings and under the basket.”

CollegeHoops.net’s projected starting five:
Reggie Hamilton, Junior, Guard, DNP last season
Larry Wright, Senior, Guard, 11.0 ppg
Blake Cushingberry, Junior, Guard, 4.7 ppg
Will Hudson, Senior, Forward, 6.0 ppg
Keith Benson, Senior, Center, 17.3 ppg

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