Rick Majerus, the head coach of Saint Louis and our dark horse candidate to contend for the A-10 title with the likes of Temple, Xavier Richmond and Dayton, took a major hit this week when its top two players, Kwamain Mitchell and Willie Reed did not report to practice- well, that's because the two are not currently enrolled in the University. Mitchell was the team's top scorer and best all-around player last season with averages of 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game, while Reed was one of the better low-post scorers in the conference with 12.5 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Losing two players of that magnitude will certainly drop the Billikens to the lower echelon of Atlantic 10 teams, but two freshmen could step in to replace Mitchell and Reed; at the forward/center position is Rob Loe - the top ranked player from New Zealand. Loe dominated the competition on the Tall Blacks Junior team, leading the team with 19 points and 7 rebounds per game. At 6'11", 235 pounds, Loe will be a force in the A-10 to stretch defenses with his shooting or low post scoring. Taking over at point guard will be Jordair Jett, a 6'2", stocky point guard who can hurt the defense with his ability to score from the perimeter or set teammates up off the bounce.
Look for Majerus to go to Loe and Jett early and often in 2010-11 if the Mitchell/Reed situation is not settled.