Projected Starters for Winthrop:
|PG- Keon Johnson #5|
|SG- Andre Smith #11|
|C- James Bourne #14|
PF- Larry Brown #23Senior- 6'6
|SF- Joab Jerome #4|
|SG- Christian Farmer|
|F- Josh Davenport|
|SF- Tevin Prescott|
Characteristics of Winthrop:
- Winthrop is a guard oriented team that likes to get up and down the court in transition.
- They like to shoot the three ball in transition.
- Their guards have shown the ability to get baskets in the lane and kick it out to open shooters when they cannot get a shot over the defense.
- They have a rather small frontcourt with the biggest guy being 6'8 on the team. The big men have not proven much ability to take over and get baskets in the post.
Advantages/Disadvantages for the Rams:
- VCU bigs, like Juvonte Reddic, Terrance Shannon, and Jared Guest, should be able to dominate the glass and score on the smaller Winthrop players.
- VCU's length and height should cause fits for an undersized Winthrop team in both the offensive and defensive side.
- VCU cannot let Keon Johnson and Joab Jerome takeover for Winthrop. Even though Keon Johnson is only 5'7, he can really score in bunches and get hot quick.
- VCU cannot get into deep foul trouble and let Winthrop get to the line and get easy points at the line.
Key Player for the Rams and Winthrop:
Juvonte Reddic has shown flashes over complete dominance early in the season. He has clearly developed a consistent mid range shot that has now even extended out a little to the three point line where he made one versus UVA. His overall movement around the basket has improved too and he does not just wait for the ball to be fed to him, but he actually is moving off the ball into open spots on the court to receive it. Reddic should dominate the Winthrop bigs and VCU should capitalize in that area of strength by feeding Reddic the ball early and often. If VCU does this early and get Reddic going then the game will be out of reach for the Winthrop to try and come back.
Keon Johnson, freshman guard out of Mansfield, Ohio, has the ability to score quickly and often all over the court. 5'7 Johnson maybe undersized for a guard, but what he lacks in height he makes up for in speed, shooting, and overall relentlessness to get points for his team. If Johnson, Smith, and Jerome get going and start hitting shots and penetrate to the basket and get the VCU bigs in foul trouble then VCU could have some trouble putting Winthrop away in this game. Johnson is going to be asked to do a lot for just a freshman. It will be interesting if the talented freshman can hold his own versus a top 25 team in the nation.