Five games into the basketball season, we're getting a much clearer picture of where we stand from a personnel standpoint.
Two of the big question marks entering the year were James Padgett and Mychal Parker. I think had someone said Padge would average 10 points and seven rebounds this year, we would have been ecstatic...damn-near giddy. He's not far from it right now (8/6), and has been a beast on the offensive boards (70% of his rebounds have come at the offensive end). When he becomes more efficient at converting those rebounds into put-back points, 10 ppg is not out of the realm of possibilities.
Parker, on the other hand, has yet to live up to his 4-star rating coming out of high school. I think most of us expected his development was slowed somewhat due to his lack of playing time as a freshman last year, and he's far from a hopeless case at this point. He's getting plenty of playing time now, though (23 minutes per game - slightly more than Padgett), and has shown precious few glimpses of the talent we suspect he has. He's tied for the team lead in turnovers with our misplaced point guard, and his 5.6 ppg is a little disappointing. It's odd, too, that a wing player trails the team in free throw percentage, with an anemic .235. To be fair, he is second on the team in assists per game (1.8), and his .478 shooting percentage isn't bad (although most of his points have come in the paint).
Assuming Parker is unable to develop into the player we expected him to become when he was recruited, is he playing his way into irrelevance? Once Pe' returns, Faust will probably go to the 3 (with Mosley); and we have Jake Layman coming in next season. Parker could easily be third on the depth chart by next year.