Texas A&M was among the better teams in the Big 12 (finishing with an 11-5 record) and in the nation; the Aggies had an overall record of 24-10. The successful regular season earned the Aggies a 5th seed in their bracket in the NCAA tournament. They advanced to the Second Round of the tournament where they took on Purdue University, who were without their star player Robbie Hummel. It all ended in defeat for Texas A&M, who lost 63-61. However, it was another fine season for the university and its coach, Mark Turgeon. More importantly, it was a building block for further success in 2010-11.
Aggies Lose Senior Leadership, Scoring
The 2009-10 Texas A&M Aggies were a team led by experience. Senior Donald Sloan led the team in scoring, averaging 17+ points a game. Derrick Roland was the team’s second-leading scorer and best perimeter defender; unfortunately, Roland suffered a gruesome injury during a game against Washington, severely breaking his leg. It put an end to Roland’s season, and more than likely, to his basketball career. Bryan Davis, another senior, returned for his final campaign after testing the NBA Draft waters after his junior season, was the team’s third-leading scorer and best interior player.
Texas A&M returns guard B.J. Holmes (9.3 points per game) and forward David Loubeau (9.2 points per game), who will need to make the transition from role players to team leaders. Also returning is Khris Middleton, who averaged 7.2 points per game as a freshman. If Middleton can add a little more weight, he will be a quality inside presence for the Aggies. If Dash Harris, who ran the point for the team last year, is able to add to his offensive repertoire, the Aggies will have a strong team in 2010-11.
Texas A&M Mourns the Loss of Prized Recruit
Texas A&M had a strong recruiting class coming in for the 2010-11 season. The recruiting class was led by 6-7 forward Tobi Oyedeji. Sadly, the young man was killed on the way back from his high school’s senior prom. It is a brutal loss for not only the Texas A&M basketball team and fan base, but also for head coach Mark Turgeon, who no doubt built a strong relationship with the young man after getting to know him during the recruiting process. If the Aggies are able to respond from the terrible ordeal, they will no doubt be doing it for Tobi Oyedeji.
Aggies Prospects in 2010-11
Texas A&M was not only the best defensive team in the Big 12 last season, they were also amongst some of the best in the nation. Mark Turgeon will again have his club giving a fine effort on the defensive end of the court again in 2010-11. The Big 12 will be weaker next season; Kansas and Texas will be good, not but nearly as dominant as they were in years past. Kansas State and Baylor will be hungry to prove that last season was no fluke. Texas A&M will once again be a threat to finish third or higher in the conference, and will make their sixth straight NCAA tournament appearance. A top 4 seed in the tournament is within reach, as is an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen.
source: ESPN.com, CBSSPORTS.com