Not only will the Butler Bulldogs be losing their leading scorer for the 2013-14 college basketball season, but they will also be losing their second leading scorer. So, who will step up for this team in the upcoming season?
Rotnei Clarke put up big number for Butler this past season, averaging 16.9 points per game, while Andrew Smith was the second leading scorer, with 11.3 points per game. That is a lot of offense that the Bulldogs will have to make up for, but luckily they have head coach Brad Stevens.
Stevens has lost plenty of talent over the year’s since Butler decided to be a top 25 team in college hoops on a yearly basis, but he always seems to find ways to replace the lost talent.
Luckily, Roosevelt Jones, Kellen Dunham and Khyle Marshall will all be back. All three of these players averaged near 10 points per game, so there are definitely still some scorers on this team.
The 27 wins that Butler put up this past season will be very hard to match, but you never know with Butler. This team will be part of the new Big East in the upcoming season, so the competition will not be easy. Butler played in the Atlantic 10 this past season, which was one of the best conferences in college ball.
Who knows how the new Big East will fair, but it has some great teams on paper.
Although Clarke will be the biggest loss to the team, he did only play for Butler for one season. I would expect that Marshall, Jones and Dunham would be the scoring leaders of the Bulldogs now, but maybe some incoming freshmen can make in instant impact as well.
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