This season, the CAA returns a litany of great guards. We’ve already taken a look at the Top 5 returning point guards, now it’s time to preview the returning two-guards that will complement their respective backcourt mate.
1. Damion Lee (Drexel)- The reigning CAA Rookie of the Year, Lee is expected to be a huge problem for opposing defenses this season. He averaged over 12 points per game and was 37 percent from 3-point range. As a freshman, he established a big role as a go-to guy in close games and you have to believe that role will only increase as a seasoned sophomore. At 6’6 with long arms, he can maneuver his way around defenders for easy baskets. He’s an early favorite for CAA Player of the Year.
2. A.J. Davis (JMU)- Another long guy at 6’6, Davis finished fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging nearly 16 a game. He had 11 games scoring 20 or more and dropped 30 points at ODU. He is a special talent in his ability to use his length in all aspects of the game. Davis was seventh in the conference in steals per game averaging 1.7 a contest. His ability to efficiently score, coupled with his knack for getting in the passing lanes, makes Davis a big time threat in the CAA.
3. Joel Smith (Northeastern)- The guy can light it up from deep. He made 2.3 3-point baskets per game last season, which ranked fourth in the conference. Smith finished 13th in the conference in scoring and was the perfect backcourt mate for Jon Lee. He has the quintessential smooth stroke that every coach wants. Look for the combination of Lee and Smith to have a huge impact on the CAA.
4. Jarvis Threatt (Delaware)- The definition of a combo guard. At 6’2, 170 the slender guard shares the ball-handling load with All-CAA backcourt mate Devon Saddler. Threatt mastered the art of quick bursts of explosive scoring during his rookie campaign. He was named CAA Rookie of the Week four times and scored double figures in 11 of the Blue Hens last 15 games. He averaged over 19 points a game over the last eight games, including 31 against Butler in the College Basketball Invitation Tournament. This led to Threatt being named to the CAA All-Rookie team. Threatt will bring a much needed dose of scoring to ease the pressure off Saddler.
5. Donte Hill (Old Dominion)- At 6’4, 205, Hill is one of the most physically gifted guards in the CAA. He can do everything you require from an off-guard guard. Scoring, ball-handling, ball-pressure, assists, steals, Hill can impact the game in so many ways. His stats from last year won’t blow you away, but then again, why would they? He had to back up the best wing player in the CAA last season, Kent Bazemore, which gave him a short time to showcase his talents. This year, with a young team and more opportunity, look for Hill to control the action on both ends, stuffing the stat sheet in the process.