Just being able to shoot is never good enough; former Mr. Basketball Brad Redford is case-in-point. If (and that’s a big IF) he can improve his on-the-ball defense, he has the potential to be a real difference maker for Xavier as a junior. With Jordan Crawford’s departure to the NBA, there are a lot of minutes to be had at Xavier this season.
Brad Redford: Brad was sidelined towards the end of last season with a leg injury. The confidence in his shot seemed to wane as he worked through that. Redford stands to receive many more minutes now that Crawford will be moving on. He must continue to work on his one on one defense and creating scoring opportunities within the three point line. As with all players increased minutes should equate to increased confidence and with that I think Redford will expand his offensive game. To be clear he makes an impact on defenses whenever he is out on the floor due to his tremendous ability to dial it in from deep. Much like Frease this should be a make or break year for Brad in regards to expanding his role beyond designated team marksman.