Taking a step outside the college basketball landscape, one of the other headlines dominating the sports world on Thursday is the NBA Trade Deadline.
In order to keep myself from refreshing Twitter every 30 seconds in fear of the impending “Woj bomb” that says the Indiana Pacers are trading Paul George, I came up with some hypothetical situations that would shift some players around the mid-major landscape.
Mike Daum to Illinois State
The Redbirds are among the the best defensive teams in the country, but they could use some extra offensive punch. Daum could provide that. The sophomore standout is putting up 24.8 points per game, and is among the best in the country at drawing fouls and converting free throws. Having another offensive weapon would help the Redbirds traverse Arch Madness and beyond.
Marcus Keene to Monmouth
Close your eyes. Now imagine an offense featuring Justin Robinson and Keene running up and down the court just bombing threes on opposing defenses. Tell me that wouldn’t be the most entertaining thing ever. How great would it be to watch them each drop 30 on some 4 seed like Purdue in the first round en route to an upset? I need this.
Jack Gibbs to Vermont
The Catamounts are among the hottest teams in the country, and their defense is as stingy as they come. But on offense, their slow and methodical approach is focused around two-point efficiency. Enter Jack Gibbs. Davidson is likely to miss out on the NCAA Tournament, and he would give the Catamounts a pure bucket-getter that can light up from the outside when the interior game isn’t working.
Dallas Moore to VCU
North Florida has regressed from their NCAA Tournament appearance last season, but Moore has been just as good, if not better. And like always, VCU is getting it done on the defensive end, but the Rams’ three-point percentage of 35.1 is concerning. Adding Moore would give JeQuan Lewis a backcourt mate who could open up driving lanes for Lewis, and would give VCU a much-needed perimeter punch.
Jaylen Adams to Valparaiso
It’s no secret that Valparaiso’s offense is centered around Alec Peters, and for good reason. However, Peters needs help if the Crusaders hope to make a postseason run, and Adams could provide that assistance. Adding Adams would give the Crusaders two players in the top-10 of KenPom’s offensive efficiency rating. A Peters/Adams pick-and-roll would be nearly impossible to guard for opposing defenses.
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