Early season tournaments continue to emerge and increase from a competition standpoint. Non-conference schedules have gotten tougher and college basketball fans prepare for premier match-ups and upsets even in November.
Let’s take a look at the Charleston Classic.
Tournament Date(s): November 15-16 & 18, 2012.
Tournament Location(s): Charleston, South Carolina.
Tournament Summary: The Charleston Classic may not be the most exciting early season tournament, but it won’t fail to put on a show. Let me get this out of the way first: Boston College was very bad last year and they’re going to be very bad this year. Ignore their presence in the tournament. The Baylor Bears did lose a lot, but they’re still going to be extremely talented. Pierre Jackson is going to be one of the most clutch players in the NCAA and freshman Isaiah Austin is promising. Dayton had its moments last year, but Kevin Dillard and Josh Benson are going to try and show that they’re not just a flash in the pan. They face Colorado, a surprise NCAA team last year who won the Pac-12. They should be back in the mix with the late season explosion of Andre Roberson and the efficiency of Spencer Dinwiddie. Host team Charleston lost Antwaine Wiggins and will probably just be happy to get a chance to play St. John’s. D’Angelo Harrison and God’sgift Achiuwa have the Red Storm primed for a big season. Kenny Gabriel will try to bring the Auburn Tigers back to a winning season, but that’s easier said than done. Isaiah Canaan looks to lead Murray St. to another memorable season.
Player to Watch: Isaiah Canaan, Murray St.: As I just mentioned, Canaan is the top dog on the Racers who finished last season at 31-2. The pint-sized point guard averaged 19.2 points last year and is a scorer who went unconscious often, evident by four games of 30+ points. As long as Canaan is in the fold, Murray St. has a chance to duplicate its success from last season.