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December 27, 2008

Which player has disappointed most?

At the College Basketball Roundtable each week, we ask each member of the coverage staff for his opinion about a current topic in the sport.

This week's question: Which player has disappointed you most this season?

Greg Anthony's answer: Louisville's
Edgar Sosa has been an enigma since his freshman year. I thought he would continue to grow and get better, but it's obvious he's struggling with his confidence. His lack of development is as much the problem with the Cardinals' struggles as anything else. When you watch him, the focus and the intensity are not where they have to be for him to play to his potential. While players mature, their ability to make shots affects how they play the game. The problem for Sosa is he's a junior. His freshman season, Sosa averaged 11 points and hit 41 percent of his shots - including 35 percent of his 3-point attempts. Those numbers have been trending down since. This year he's averaging six points by hitting 31 percent of his shots and 22 percent of his 3-point attempts. On top of that he's turning the ball over more. It's still early in the season, but if Sosa's play doesn't improve I can't see Louisville getting to Detroit for the Final Four.

Mike Huguenin's answer: It's known that Texas' Connor Atchley isn't a star but rather a complementary player. Still, it's hard to be complimentary about his play this season. Atchley was a nice surprise for the Longhorns last season, moving into the starting lineup and providing help on both ends. While he remains a starter, his production has fallen off in almost every category. He's the Longhorns' sixth-leading scorer and has become almost an offensive afterthought. He's still a solid shot blocker, but his offense and his rebounding need to pick up if Texas is to reach its potential.

Jason King's answer: It's not as if he has been terrible, but Baylor forward Kevin Rogers hasn't come close to living up to my expectations this season at least not yet. There aren't many players in the country as battle-tested as Rogers, yet both his scoring (12.3 to 10.8) and rebounding (8.5 to 7.1) averages are down from last season. Rogers has also committed 25 turnovers an average of 2.3 per game. Last season he had 53 in 32 games (1.7). Baylor has some nice wins this season Arizona State and Washington State come to mind but, as always, the Bears are thin in the paint. For Baylor to make a significant rise in the Big 12 standings, they'll need more out of their senior leader. Rogers was the gem of a recruiting class that also included Curtis Jerrells and Henry Dugat. I still love Rogers' game and his potential. My guess is he'll finish strong.

Steve Megargee's answer: Syracuse guard Eric Devendorf's scoring, rebounding and assist averages are down from the numbers he put up in each of the past two seasons as he comes back from a knee injury that shut him down after 10 games in 2007-08. He has an equal number of assists and turnovers this season. Devendorf understandably needed time to shake off the rust after missing most of last season, but the modest reduction in his stats isn't the reason I'm naming him the player who has disappointed me the most this season. I'm more concerned about the reason Devendorf hasn't suited up for Syracuse's last couple of games. Devendorf was suspended for the rest of the fall semester amid accusations that he hit a female student in the face during an off-campus dispute on Nov. 1, though he is practicing with the Orange now and could play Tuesday against Seton Hall. He had to serve 40 hours of community service before returning to the team. A Syracuse University judicial board originally recommended that Devendorf miss the rest of the season, but an appeals board decided on a reduced penalty. Let's hope Devendorf capitalizes on this second chance by making amends on and off the court.

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