Atlantic 10 Conference Record: 7-9
Graduating Seniors: Tyreek Duren (15.2 ppg), Tyrone Garland (12.5 ppg), Sam Mills (7.6 ppg), Taylor Dunn (1.3 ppg)
Returning Impact Players: Jerrell Wright (13.3 ppg), Steve Zack (9.5 rpg), D.J. Peterson (4.4 ppg)
La Salle did pretty well the rest of their way in their non conference schedule, losing to tough teams like Villanova, Providence, and Miami. In fact, they won their first five games of 2014, including 3 Atlantic 10 games. But, starting with a loss at Saint Bonaventure, the Explorers were losers in 8 of their next 9 games, destroying all hopes of an NCAA tournament bid.
Tyreek Duren and Tyrone Garland played very well for La Salle this season, combining for 28.5 of the team's 68 points on average. Sam Mills also had a decent season, which saw him average 7.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. La Salle will be losing four seniors for next season, including the highly used Duren and Garland.
Not all is bad for La Salle's future. Their tough frontcourt duo of Steve Zack and Jerrell Wright will remain on the squad. The pair combined for 16.1 rebounds and 22.1 points per game. Obviously they will have a pressing need to replace Duren and Garland, but Peterson will hopefully be able to handle the heavier workload next season. Peterson only averaged 4.4 points in 23.5 minutes of play a game, but, with his chance to be one of the more utilized guards next season, will look to increase his scoring output.
Rising sophomore and local Philly product Amar Stukes should be a part of the rotation next year, and he will be joined by fellow point guard, incoming recruit Johnnie Shuler. Both were only two star recruits, according to ESPN's recruiting grades, but both should fit into Giannini's system. Rising sophomore, power forward Tony Washington, should also see playing time next season and can help add depth to a rugged frontcourt.
Although this season was a bit disappointing for La Salle fans whom just experienced a crazy NCAA tournament run, the Explorers can repeat that type of playoff performance sooner than you think.
By: Dan Goggin
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