THE GOOD NEWS
The future is bright for Delaware State, considering that each of the team's top four scorers will be back next year. G Casey Walker, G Desi Washington and PG Jay Threatt form a fine trio on the perimeter, and Threatt led the MEAC in assists, steals and assist-turnover ratio. Plus there's Marques Oliver. A 6-foot-8 sophomore, Oliver could be an outstanding power forward in the MEAC if Delaware State can find someone else to play post.
THE BAD NEWS
It's always a challenge competing in a one-bid league, and Delaware State certainly had some holes this season in comparison to its MEAC colleagues. DSU has to, in particular, find a true post to match up against the outstanding big men at conference rivals like Morgan State and Norfolk State, among others. The problem is, it can be tough to draw players to be part of the Delaware State system, which works at a snail's pace and tries to maximize the shot clock on every possession.
Walker and Washington combined to win MEAC Rookie of the Week honors nine times during the season. Both also earned spots on the MEAC's all-rookie squad. Threatt, who tied for the national lead in assists last season, was the only player in Division I in the top 15 in both assists and steals this season. Threatt went into the MEAC tournament third nationally in steals (3.0 per game) and 12th in assists (6.0 per game). Oliver ranked among the top 10 players in the conference in rebounding and field-goal percentage during league play. Junior F James Marcellus, the only other player with remaining eligibility who averaged 10 or more minutes per game, is a role player who made a minimal statistical impact (1.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg).
--Freshman G Casey Walker finished with 401 total points, the highest scoring amount by a Delaware State freshman in more than three decades.
--Two freshmen, Bryan Scott and Christopher Ray, did not play this season. They'll have four years' eligibility apiece beginning in 2011-12.
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