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While the Panthers men’s basketball program showed promise at times, the 2013-14 season ended in disappointment as the team found itself on the outside looking in as the playoffs begin. Still, individual performances varied with some Panthers exceeding and others failing to live up to expectations. I sat down with head coach Andrew Jones to consider the final grades for the team’s five starters.

Kenny Woodard—Woodard started at the point and was not comfortable in that role. A quick guard with a good jumper, Woodard contributed on offense but lacks the qualities required of a point guard, namely court vision and passing ability. Woodard played at a C level most of the season, but he came alive late averaging 19 points in the final four games so he earns extra credit for improvement.

My grade: B-

Coach Jones: “Decline to grade: Kenny doesn’t have a point guard mentality at all and doesn’t have a feel for passing. But he’s really grown up as a point guard over the last two weeks.”

Derek Rhodes—Rhodes was the only Panther who exceeded expectations. A high school bench player, Rhodes used his freshmen year to become the team’s most consistent perimeter shooter. At 6-foot-4, Rhodes’ game could be improved if he added weight to his lanky, 160-pound frame. The lack of an interior game is the only thing keeping Rhodes from an A.

My Grade: B

Coach Jones: “A: He’s gone beyond what I expected; he’s been the most pleasant development.”

Antwoine Davis—Davis is the clear standout. He leads the Big 8 in rebounding, and is second in scoring. The only starter with a strong defensive game, Davis gets the minus only because he has the potential to be even better.

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Coach Jones: “A: If I were to pick my all-time starting five [out of players I’ve coached], he would be the three man [small forward] on that team.”

Pat Lowman—Lowman is a scrappy player who does a lot of things that don’t show up in the box score. An off-the-ball player on a dribble heavy, pass-deficient team, Lowman saw few opportunities to contribute on offense. Not the impact player some hoped, Lowman contributed most nights in one way or another.

My grade: C+

Coach Jones: “B: He’s not a guy who can create his own shot, so it’s hard for him on a team that handles the ball a lot.”

Bobby Barnes—Barnes led the Big 8 in scoring and also in field goal attempts. Those numbers pretty much sum up Barnes’ game. A killer baseline move and strength in the key led Barnes to 20 points most nights, but his tendency to be a black hole down low hindered the offense at times. Barnes doesn’t play defense, so his grade is on offensive performance alone.

My grade: A

Coach Jones: “B: He views defense as what he does between shots, but he gives us something offensively that no one else gives us.”

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