The 2021-22 college basketball season is quickly approaching, and thus, we turn our attention to previewing the upcoming Marquette Golden Eagles men’s basketball season.
To that end, we’ve got a stacked up list of questions about the forthcoming campaign, and we’ve gotten the #mubbPAC of Paint Touches, Anonymous Eagle, and Cracked Sidewalks back together to take a crack at answering them. There will be a new question every weekday afternoon between now and the start of the season, so be sure to stop back every day to find the new one.
Onwards, then, to the question of the day:
Who will lead Marquette in scoring this season?
For context purposes, Dawson Garcia and D.J. Carton, both of whom are not on this year’s roster, led Marquette in scoring last season at 13.0 points per game each. Justin Lewis is the leading returning scorer at 7.8 points per game, followed by Greg Elliott at 6.2, and finally Oso Ighodaro at 1.2 per game.
Joe McCann, Cracked Sidewalks: Justin Lewis makes the most sense to me. At his best last year, he looked like a future NBA player. After some injury issues, not so much. If he’s healthy, I assume he’ll be a go-to player for this team. I’ll take what seems to be the easy answer for this one.
Andrei Greska, Paint Touches: If it isn’t Justin Lewis, this team will be in much more trouble than the 10th place projections currently have them in. With no established perimeter scoring, I expect Justin to maintain the highest usage rate on the team and see a healthy increase in his Offensive Rating. Add that to a minutes bump from last year to this year and he’s the leading candidate.
Ben Snider, Anonymous Eagle: I’m going to go Darryl Morsell. I don’t think it’s going to look super pretty getting there, but Justin Lewis will be a bit more dependent on a facilitator than Morsell, and the journey to find a stable point guard this year might be an arduous one.
Tim Blair, Cracked Sidewalks: Justin Lewis. When healthy, last season he looked like a pro. His diversified offensive game figures to lead the way for such a young squad. Lewis will be the toughest matchup on the floor for most opponents, and before battling injuries last season flashed a rather dominant offensive skill set.
Brewtown Andy, Anonymous Eagle: Are we all just quietly ignoring the fact that Tyler Kolek is actually the guy on the team with the best career scoring average? Yes, it’s just one season and yes, he was not the #1 option at George Mason, but Kolek is the only guy on this roster who has ever averaged double digit points before at the collegiate level. That has to mean something, right???
Alan Bykowski, Cracked Sidewalks: Darryl Morsell is my pick. 8 of the last 11 years a guard has led Shaka’s team in scoring and I think Morsell’s ability to get to the rim and attack in transition will benefit him. He’s also the guy I expect to lead the team in minutes, so I expect him to get scoring chances simply by being on the floor.
Carter Chapley, Anonymous Eagle: If he’s healthy and maintains that said health it will probably be Justin Lewis. He’s going to get the opportunities and the time to do so. His versatility creates options to play off from so he’s going to be involved. I do think Tyler Kolek could be a dark horse as a shooter but the odds tell me Lewis.
Rob Lowe, Cracked Sidewalks: Just to answer the question, I think it’ll be Darryl Morsell. However, I don’t really think it matters much. I don’t believe that MU’s offense is really going to function in the traditional leading scorer sense. My expectation is that there will be about three to five players that get 8 to 12 points per game every night. The nights where we don’t? The offense could be ugly.
Patrick Leary, Anonymous Eagle: Darryl Morsell. I genuinely think this is his team. Justin Lewis is a great young player but Morsell is this team’s alpha by far and the guy most likely to shoulder the load on both ends. Tyler Kolek can shoot it but Morsell will be the guy there night after night.
Todd Welter, Cracked Sidewalks: Justin Lewis as he will work his inside/outside game to get buckets. He is not afraid of the big moment either, as we all know his tip-in against Bucky will live forever. I could see Tyler Kolek possibly edging out Lewis with his shooting and Travis Diener-like game.
Now it’s your turn! Answer the poll and sound off in the comments!
Who will lead Marquette in scoring in 2021-22?
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