Monday, July 9, 2012

Top Departing #6: Cliff Colimon

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.

After the 2011 season, it seemed like there would be a few candidates to be the PG for Eastern Washington last season. However, Cliff Colimon quickly grabbed the starting spot during the summer, and proved to be one of the most reliable players in the Big Sky.

He was a solid creator offensively, notching a 31.0 ARate, while posting a pretty good 20.0 TO Rate. He had five assists per game, one of the best marks in the Big Sky. EWU was a team that was generally good at taking care of the basketball, and Colimon was a big part of that.

He averaged 16.5 PPG last season, also one of the top marks in the conference. He was good at getting to the stripe, and took almost five freebies per game, making 81% of them. He shot a stellar 36% from three-point range... enough to make defenses have to guard him, because he made two of them per game. Despite being small, he helped on the glass, and grabbed almost four boards per game.

A senior PG is a great luxury, and one that Jim Hayford enjoyed in his first season with Eastern Washington. Colimon was one of the best in the Big Sky, and it will be a challenge for EWU to find anyone that can bring his consistent performance.

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