Saturday, June 29, 2013

Top 20 Departing #15: Konner Veteto

I am counting down the top 20 players that are departing the Big Sky via graduation, transfer, or any other way.

In a conference that doesn't always produce a lot of quality big men, Sacramento State's Konner Veteto looked like he might become one of the best in the Big Sky. At 6'8'', 290 pounds, there was not a lot of guys that could match up with him on the block. He leaves Sac State with a productive two years, but didn't quite become the dominant force that he sometimes threatened to be.

As a senior, he averaged 10.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, as he overcame some of the fouling issues that plagued him throughout his junior season. He jumped from 18.8 minutes to 23.4 minutes per game in his final season. He was one of the best offensive rebounders in the conference, and his 12.6 OR% was second to Joel Bolomboy in the Big Sky. He also had a solid 16.9 DR% (down from 18.7% his junior year). He was very good on the glass throughout his career.

However, he never developed into a truly efficient scorer. He shot 50.3% on twos his junior year, and 49.3% his senior year. Those are not terrible numbers, but not good enough to be dominant down low in comparison to top big men. He was good at drawing fouls and getting to the line, but shot around 60% from the stripe for his career. In short, he was a good scorer, but not great.

He was not a very good passer out of the post, as he had just five assists all of last season. Veteto leaves the Hornets after a stellar two year run - I don't think anyone at Sacramento State is disappointed with what they got out of him. He was a good scorer, and a very good rebounder. He will leave a big void in the middle of the Hornets frontline next season.

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1 comment:

  1. Good read Jon. I can’t disagree with much here. Veteto gave us 2 solid years. Only complaint I have is he missed quite a few point blank shots last year, but overall was a solid player banging away down low. Pretty decent from the stripe for a big man.