It's almost basketball season! (Never mind the fact that Northwestern has already played Texas-Pan American. I mean, you probably already weren't minding it, but whatever.) Sippin' on Purple attempts to figure out what will happen in a series of posts about NU's upcoming season.
After last year, Michael "Juice" Thompson graduated, and is now playing professionally in Germany. Big deal, you might say! The point guard isn't that big a deal in the Princeton Offense, plus, he's short, plus, he's just one player! Well, not so much: Thompson played 92.2 percent of our minutes - the 12th highest figure in the country. He drained a career-low - yup, career-low - 39.3 percent of his threes last year, and rarely turned the ball over while leading the team in assists. And arguably, his most important asset - being the team's leader - doesn't even show up on Kenpom.
So will Northwestern adapt to the loss of Juice successfully? SoP staff answers after the jump, have your say in the comments.
How effectively will Northwestern replace Juice Thompson?
Inconsistently. I like that Demps and Sobolewski didn't look completely clueless against Robert Morris, but as freshmen they will have their moments. Hopefully not too many and not too costly.