Damian Lillard - Weber St
Few basketball fans are familiar with the name Damian Lillard or his school, Weber State, but this season, you can expect there to be plenty of buzz surround our pre-season Big Sky MVP and future NBA Draft pick. The 6'3" scoring guard attempts to bounce back from a broken foot that shortened his junior season- limiting him to nine meaningful games; he had been averaging 19.7 points before going down and production across the board similar to that of the previous season where he was the Player of the Year in the Big Sky Conference.
Lillard carries his team on a nightly basis with his scoring, rebounding and playmaking abilities with the ball in his hands. Some scouts are anxiously waiting to see Lillard return to the court from rehab, looking forward to catching Lillard in action against potentially Saint Mary's at the end of November and Cal in mid-December.
Though small in stature for a scoring guard, Lillard impresses and makes up for his size with very good athleticism and a 6'9" wingspan. While he is known across all circles for his scoring prowess, Lillard's future is as a point guard at the next level. He has shown the ability to run a team, get shots within the flow of the offense and penetrate the defense and kicking the ball out. His biggest weaknesses include taking better care of the basketball with a career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.4-to-1, including some sloppy turnovers from getting careless at times.
By President Corey Ruff - 10 - 22 - 11