Could Anthony Crater get pushed for playing time at South Florida?

Posted: October 19, 2010 by patrickhayes13 in College

With University of South Florida scoring machine Dominique Jones now playing for the Dallas Mavericks and fellow starting guard Chris Howard graduated, Flint Southwestern’s Anthony Crater, a third guard who specialized in pressuring the ball last year and pushing the pace when he was in the game, is the only returning guard on the Bulls with significant experience. But he could also have some younger players challenge him for playing time:

Junior Anthony Crater is the only returning guard with significant playing experience, but sophomores Mike Burwell and Shawn Noriega have been in the system a year and will move into stronger roles in the 2010-11 season.

Crater joined the team in January after transferring from Ohio State and added lightning speed to the team. Burwell and Noriega are long range shooters who saw time as reserves in 19 and 20 games, respectively.

Crater had some decent moments for the Bulls and is potentially a very good on-ball defender on the perimeter with his quickness. But one area where he really struggled last year was shooting. Crater averaged 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in about 24 minutes per game, but he only shot 31 percent from the field. His field goal percentage from inside the three-point line was actually pretty decent. Minus three-point attempts, he shot over 50 percent. But his 18 percent mark from distant severely dragged down his overall percentage.

Last year, Crater didn’t need to score. USF asked him to fill a role, which he did. But Jones and Howard accounted for a significant portion of the team’s offense, so USF will struggle if they can’t find guards who can score, and Crater’s returning counterparts both have more natural long-range shots that could get them on the court.

UPDATE: Crater recently talked to the Tampa Tribune about his upcoming season. Here were his comments:

“I feel just as good as I did last year,” PG Anthony Crater said. “We’ve got speed, height, athleticism, just as much as we had last year, so I feel just as good. … To be totally honest, not being cocky, but this is how confident I am. … Last year we won 20 games. This year, we want to win 25. This year, we want to make sure we make the (NCAA) Tournament, instead of being right there on the edge of making it and not making it. I feel great about this.”

  1. prepfan says:

    Time for Mr. Crater to forget about the past and take that big step forward with his game. I for one feel he can do it.

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