Nobody ever wanted to play Northwestern forward Kevin Coble in a game of H-O-R-S-E, now nobody in the Big Ten wants to see him on the basketball court either. Coble's development into a complete player showed when he led the Wildcats to an upset of national runner-up Michigan State at the Breslin Center. I've already looked at how Coble needs to be more consistent this season, but he's certainly the key for Northwestern as the season gets set to begin.
Importance: Coble is the man for Northwestern. He teamed up with Craig Moore last season, but since the sweet-shooting guard has graduated and is now playing in Europe it's Coble's team. Coble is going to draw every team's best shot defensively and he's going to have to continue to put up good numbers if the Wildcats want to play in their first ever NCAA Tournament.
- Name: Kevin Coble
- Class: Senior
- Position: Forward
- Height/Weight: 6'8" 210 lbs (maybe...)
Key Stats: Coble played the entire season in 2008-09, he averaged 15.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.5 apg. Coble also had an offensive rating of 110.6 (374th overall in the country) and he used 24.5 percent of Northwestern's possessions when he was on the court (401st in the country). High usage at an incredible efficiency is what makes Coble such a special player.
Expectations: The big question is, now that Northwestern is "his team" can Coble take the jump from very good to incredible? The Princeton Offense doesn't lead to too many opportunities, but if Coble makes the most of his talents people will look very silly for leaving him off the Wooden Award's preseason watch list. More important than individual honors though, if Coble can score even with defenses focusing on him it gives the Wildcats a great chance to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.