The countdown continues, and will conclude Thursday.
10. Shane Hammink (Valpo, Senior): Despite being known as a shooter, Valpo fans probably remember Hammink best for his game-saving blocked shot against BYU in the NIT Semifinals. But any other defensive plays like that will be icing on the cake because Valpo will continue to lean on Hammink for his impressive offensive abilities.
9. Lavone Holland II (Northern Kentucky, Junior): Holland is a very quick point guard who leads the Norse’s fast-paced attack, where some turnovers will occur. But their style of play tends to make up for it by generally giving them more offensive opportunities. Holland is an active player who can score, rebound, and distribute the ball well. Don’t be surprised if Holland makes the All-League Second Team at the end of this season.
8. Tevonn Walker (Valpo, Junior): Due to some nagging injuries, we did not really see Walker’s full potential last season. Not only is Walker talented, but he is a very smart player who will take advantage of the defensive deficiencies of opponents. He can play either guard position, but looks more comfortable at the two.
7. Mark Alstork (Wright State, Junior): Alstork was an offensive bright spot last season on a team who was known for its defense. He will mostly carry the Raiders this season, and don’t be surprised if he averages 17-19 points per game. While some players have general talent, it is clear to see that Alstork’s offensive skills have been honed because he is in complete control when he has the ball.
6. Charles Cooper (Green Bay, Senior): Cooper averaged only about 27 minutes per game last season, but still managed to score 13.6 points and grab 5.5 rebounds per game. He is a strong and physical player who plays much larger than his 6’4” height might suggest. His highlight-reel dunks last season prove that his athleticism is among the best in the Horizon League.