No. 27 – Elliot Eliason
2013-14 Stats: 5.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 0.9apg, 1.9 blocks, .507 FG %, .565 FT %
Career Stats: 3.3ppg, 0.9apg, 4.7rpg, .503 FG %, .533 FT %
Why you need to know him: A look at Eliason’s stat sheet and you’d wonder why he’s on this list. Eliason may not have had a great start to his career, but he’s a great fit to Richard Pitino’s system and he also won’t be buried in a talented front court. He did end up leading the team in rebounds (244) and blocks (72), ranking sixth and third among Big Ten players in those categories, respectively. Clearly the defensive talent is there, and in a league like the Big Ten, a defensive specialist with an improving offensive game is always useful.
Eliason needs some work on his free throw shooting, but that’s always been his Achilles heel. Look for him to average closer to double digits, as he did end up with six double-doubles last season. The talent is there, now it’s time for him to put it all together.
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