The Cincinnati Bearcats will be playing in the all new AAC in the upcoming season, but they should still compete in the conference regardless. With that said, Titus Rubles will be a key player for the team.
Rubles was not a big contributor on the offensive side of the ball last season, averaging 5.9 points per game. However, he did manage to grab 5.9 rebounds per game, two assists per game and 1.1 steals per game.
No, those numbers are not going to win Rubles the AAC Player of the Year or anything close to it, but he should take on a bigger role in the 2013-14 season. He will be a bonus on the defensive side of the ball and we could see him being more of a scorer. He did only average 21.8 minutes per game this past year.
Surprisingly, Rubles is the second leading returning scorer. Sean Kilpatrick was the leading scorer last season and the same will be the case in the upcoming one. Kilpatrick managed to put up 17 points per game and a big year should be expected out of him once again.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have a lot of talent and although they may not start the season off with 12 wins in a row like they did last season, they will still compete for a conference title and should make the Big Dance.
Who knows if Rubles will have a huge impact on the offensive side of the ball, but he is still a key returning player who could take his game to the next level with some more playing time.