As one of two returning seniors and the unquestioned leader on the floor for the Mountaineers, Truck Bryant holds the key to a successful season for WVU. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
This is the second edition of our week-long Big East Basketball Blogger Roundtable series hosted by Pico Dulce over at Rumble in the Garden. I'll let Pico do the set-up for this once, since it was his question and all.
The second question is: Who needs to step it up?
It's the most wonderful time of the year! College hoops, changing leaves, and rain is in the air. The future looks promising. And we turn our eyes to that player on the teams we follow who everyone knows can do it, that player that so many see the potential in, that player that the fans just want to see bust out.
That's the player who needs to step it up.
Our crack team of hoops minds sent in their pick for the player on their team who needs to elevate his game or consistency to bring his team to the heights their fans hope they can. This list includes players who can make or break a team - the players we will all be talking about if some low-buzz team like South Florida starts making real headway in the Big East like Cincinnati and St. John's did last year.
My answer: Truck Bryant
Truck hasn't improved much over the course of his tenure in Morgantown, and that needs to change this year for WVU to make it back to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year. Given the amount of young talent on the roster, Truck will be looked to to provide consistency and poise, which he has struggled to provide thus far. He shows flashes of greatness, then goes dormant sometimes, which can be maddening. He's the key for WVU this year, in my opinion.
I went with Truck, but it could easily have been Deniz Kilicli, who has shown flashes of absolute brilliance followed by periods of unadulterated lameassery. I wonder if he's ever going to really get it, and while Kevin Jones was mildly disappointing last year, I still think he's a really good player. Kevin Noreen doesn't have the expectations, and I can't really differentiate among the freshmen. So that left Truck, who as I pointed out has underperformed. Given his role as the point guard and floor general, I think he holds the key more than any of the other players. What do you all think?