The Scorer's Table: An Early Look at the 2013-14 MW Men's Basketball Season

June 12, 2013

This is the third in a series of MW men's basketball blogs detailing developments involving the league's hoops programs since the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. We continue today with Colorado State.

Colorado State Rams

Last Season's Record: 26-9 overall, 11-5 MW (2nd)

Key Losses: F/C Colton Iverson; G Dorian Green; F Pierce Hornung; G Wes Eikmeier; F Greg Smith.

Key Returners: G Daniel Bejarano, Jr; G Jon Octeus, Jr; G Jesse Carr, Sr.; F Gerson Santo, Sr.

2013-14 Signees: F J.J. Avila; G Carlton Hurst; G David Cohn; F Marcus Holt.

Sizing Up The Recruits: The 6-7, 245-pound Avila, who formerly played at Navy, arrives in Fort Collins having averaged 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in two seasons with the Midshipmen. In his first season at Navy, he was one of only four freshmen nationally to average at least 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He led the Midshipmen in steals (54) and ranked third on the squad with 53 three-pointers en route to being named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Year. Avila left the Naval Academy and spent last season completing his degree at South Texas College, which does not have an athletics program. As such, he will immediately be eligible in the fall with two years of eligibility remaining. Hurst, a 6-2 guard considered one of the elite prep players in Colorado, averaged 24.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 4.1 steals and 1.3 blocks last season. Cohn, a product of suburban Chicago's York High School, scored more than 1,500 career points. Holt returns home to Colorado after spending the past two seasons at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. The 6-10 Holt, who averaged 3.5 points and 2.8 rebounds last season, had offers from Missouri, Xavier and Boston College before enrolling at PJC.

Overview: On the heels of a 2012-13 season in which the Rams set a single-season school record for wins and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, there is ample --- and daunting --- work to be done. CSU must replace five starting seniors --- Iverson, Green, Hornung, Eikmeier and Smith --- from last year's squad, which beat Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Louisville in third-round action. The quintet combined for 172 starts while accounting for a whopping 81.5 percent of the team's scoring and 72.0 percent of its rebounding. Carr has been granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA after missing all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in October. As a junior in 2011-12, he averaged 7.2 points and led the Rams with an average of 2.7 assists. Carr started five games as a junior, averaging 25.7 minutes and ranking second on the team in three-point field-goal percentage (.431). Bejarano, a 6-4 junior guard who was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year last season, averaged 6.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while averaging 22.1 minutes per contest. His rebounding average ranked 12th in the MW. Octeus, a junior guard, averaged 19.6 minutes and 4.7 points per contest.