College Basketball: 3 Sophomores in the Big East Ready to Breakout in 2020

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Jared Bynum, PG – Providence:

Not heavily recruited out of high school, Bynum burst onto the scene his freshman season at Saint Joseph’s. Despite competing for shots with Fresh Kimble and Charlie Brown, he managed to average 11.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.5 APG and 1.3 SPG – extremely impressive for a guy only receiving 3 offers. Whether his move to Providence was the result of wanting new opportunities or an effect of the program firing Phil Martelli, Bynum’s addition and fit with the Friars couldn’t be more perfect.

Ed Cooley has consistently used physical and productive guards as the focal point of his team’s attack. Over the last few seasons that responsibility has belonged to Alpha Diallo, who graduated from the program this offseason. Cooley is not a stranger to finding strong talent on the transfer portal to elevate his team, as evidenced by UMass guard Luwane Pipkins double-digit contributions last season. However, the potential impact of Bynum’s addition next season is greater than what Friars fans experienced in 2019.

Playing with a gritty style, Bynum affects all areas of the game and will have no issues elevating the play of his teammates. Lethal in the pick-and-roll game, he can attack the defense in a number of ways: capable of freezing defenders off the dribble, slippery moving in the lane and can hit the 3-ball over the screen as well. He’s a ‘pick your poison’ kind of player. Bynum displayed a certain maturity and chip in freshman season that should only be more refined after sitting out last season. Along with breakout combo-guard David Duke, the new pairing for Ed Cooley will be one of the more dangerous duos in the Big East conference next season.

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