As the season approaches I think it will be good to take an in depth look at the Big South Team by team. To begin with let’s look at Longwood’s Closest Rival the Liberty Flames.
This will be the second year in a row that Liberty will have to work to build chemistry. From last year, they lost 2 of their top 3 scorers, Top 3 rebounders and return only Theo Johnson who played substantial minutes for last year’s last place team.
However change could be a good thing for a team that finished 2-16 in conference play. The best hope for a new key contributor is Anthony Fields a transfer from Bradley via Wake Forest. He is a journeyman point guard much like Tra’vaugn White and Quincy Taylor have been for Longwood. He has a lot of talent and could shine during big south play and give the flames good minutes and experience which are lacking outside of Theo Johnson.
The flames will look for contributions from a lot of guys who didn’t get to play a lot last year
Anthony Fields – Transfer From Bradley
John Dawson- Transfer from Marquette, will be eligible after fall semester
Ezra Talbert- was probably the highest rated recruit that ended up on campus as a freshman this past season, but he only played 19 total minutes before redshirting due to a back injury.
Plus 4 other freshman.
I look for Liberty to have about the same record as last year. I don’t see them taking a huge step in either direction. I look for them to steal some wins versus the bottom of the big south teams like Campbell, Radford and maybe another team so maybe 3 or 4 wins in conference play.
They open up the season with some easy games, playing 3 DII schools out of the first 4 games, so confidence will be high for fans as they start 3-1. I also look for them to beat Furman, St Francis (BKN) and possibly Lamar. So 6-26 is where I will put the flames .
Team MVP- Theo Johnson
He Averaged 10 points a game and got better as the year went by. If he can build on that personal growth I am thinking he can get his number up to about 15 pt and 7 reb a game.