Monday, June 11, 2012

Top Departing Players #17: Rod Singleton

With the throes of the offseason all around us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the 20 best players that are departing from the Big Sky, either due to graduating, declaring for the draft, or transferring.

In college basketball, one of the most important things for any roster to have is a veteran leader at the point guard position. Obviously you can with young point guards (just look at Kentucky), but having a guy that knows that ropes and has been through it all before is invaluable. That is what Rod Singleton was for Montana State this year. In a season filled with guys losing their eligibility, or getting injured in off-court issues, Singleton was the steady hand at the PG spot.

He averaged 7.3 points and 3.6 assists per game, which are not gaudy numbers. His numbers are a bit low because he struggled a bit all year with his shot. He shot 45% from two point land, and just 31.6% from downtown. Though he shot well from the stripe, he didn't get there all that often, which means his offensive efficiency numbers were low.

He did have a solid 25.7 assist rate, but his turnover rate was a little higher, at 27.4 (he averaged 2.4 giveaways per game). He had the ball in his hands a lot, but he did not always make the best decisions. As mentioned, it was a season with some instability for the Bobcats, so it was nice that they could always count on Singleton to give them minutes. He was just barely second on the team in minutes played, as he averaged 27 minutes per game. He was never afraid to take big shots at the end of games.

Overall, his numbers probably were a little lower than he liked, but I am sure Coach Huse will miss having a senior leader out there. He had a good two seasons for Montana State, and checks in at 17 on this list.

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