2013-14 Preview: Evansville Aces

Can Evansville replace departed leading scorer Colt Ryan?

Updated: October 7, 2013, 8:53 AM ET
By Greg Rosenstein | ESPN Insider

Taylor Stormberg, D.J. BalentineEric Francis/Getty ImagesSophomore guard D.J. Balentine's playmaking ability could carry Evansville far this season.

Evansville Aces

2012-13: 21-15 (10-8 in Missouri Valley)
In-conference offense: 1.02 points per possession (5th)
In-conference defense: 1.01 points per possession (3rd)

Evansville's scoring burden last season was largely placed on senior guard Colt Ryan, a versatile wing who pumped in 20.1 points and grabbed 3.6 rebounds a contest. The biggest question entering 2013-14 is whether that void can be filled. Aces coach Marty Simmons, however, isn't too worried. He believes the new-look roster opens up more possibilities than ever before.

"Balance and versatility are our strengths," he said. "We have the ability to put a lot of different lineups out there. I think we'll have some opportunity to go with some bigger lineups. Then again, we have some quickness and athleticism where we can put some smaller lineups on the floor."