Mid-Season Player Grades: The Bench

After a 72-68 win over Temple on the road, the Bearcats have come across a pretty nice break that leads up to playing SMU on Saturday night. Until then, however, I felt it would be a good time to grade each player’s performance through 21 games. Due to the length of this article, it will be split into two separate articles, the first of which will be on the starters and the second will be on bench players.

Cane Broome

After a long offseason, Broome was named a starter over sophomores Keith Williams and Trevor Moore for the season opener against Ohio State. Following a lackluster 5 points on 1-10 shooting, Mick Cronin opted to bench Broome in favor of Keith Williams against North Carolina Central. From that point on, Williams exploded and Broome was reduced to a sixth man role.

While Broome many viewed Broome as the clear second option for the Bearcats’ offense, Keith Williams took a large portion of Broome’s minutes and with that opportunities to score. As a sixth man, he also happens to rank sixth on the team in scoring with an even 8 points per game. Broome is also clearly the most reliable scoring option off the bench, averaging 5 PPG more than the second highest scorer off the bench (Rashawn Fredericks).

All in all, Cane has played a pretty mediocre season, most of that, however, could be attributed to the success of Keith Williams. Regardless, Broome’s drop in shooting percentage, most notably from three point range, has definitely hampered his senior season. While he may have produced some notable performances off the bench, overall, Broome’s final season has been pretty lackluster,

Grade: C

Eliel Nsoseme

Eliel Nsoseme has two jobs on the court: getting rebounds and blocking shots. While that role may seem somewhat limited, Mick Cronin’s teams consistently rely on having reliable big man that can come off the bench and do those two things.

Despite only averaging only averaging 13.4 minutes per game, Nsoseme ranks third on the team in rebounds with 4.1 per game and and blocks with 0.8 per game. While those might not seem like anything special, his per 40 minutes statistics really do him justice. Although he would rank lowest on the team in scoring with 5.3, Eliel would lead the team with 12.2 rebounds per 40 and sit at second in blocks with 2.4 per 40.

All in all, while Nsoseme may struggle offensively, I think most people are pretty content with his defensive capability thus far.

Grade: B+

Trevor Moore

I’ll admit it. Coming into the season, I thought Trevor Moore should have started over Keith Williams and Cane Broome. It wasn’t my greatest take, and through non-conference play, it looked like one of my worst. However, since American Conference play has started, Trevor Moore has began to see some sort of improvement.

Moore came to Cincinnati as an immediate scoring threat off the bench as a 3-and-D player with incredible athleticism. While his defense has always been above average, Moore has continued to shoot the three ball, currently shooting a dismal 23.1% from downtown and 33.3% from the field. Fans know Moore has the capability to be one of the team’s best shooters, but still has yet to showcase that aspect of his game much.

While it has definitely been a pretty underwhelming season from Moore, his rock solid defense has stayed consistent from his freshman season and has still earned him a place in the Bearcat rotation.

Grade: C+

Rashawn Fredericks

Rashawn Fredericks, a JUCO transfer, was brought in mainly to help fill the void left by Gary Clark and Jacob Evans. In his first year as a Bearcat, Fredericks has received some solid minutes, but has yet to really showcase what many believe he can do. At Motlow State last season, Fredericks averaged 17.7 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and 1.5 blocks per game, despite only being 6’5”.

Although Fredericks may have had a tough start to the season, he’s turned out to be one of the team’s most versatile players. While he hasn’t gotten nearly as many minutes as some of the other players on this list, he’s found himself putting up some decent numbers with 3 points per game and 1.9 rebounds per game.

His struggles from downtown have plagued him all season long, but all in all, Fredericks has had a pretty average season in the Bearcats’ rotation. While I wouldn’t expect to see his minutes jump anytime soon, it seems like next season Fredericks should have begin to see a much more important role.

Grade: C+

Logan Johnson

In 2018, Logan Johnson topped an unimpressive Bearcat recruiting class. However, it now looks like Mick Cronin and company may have found themselves a diamond in the rough.

Johnson is an animal defensively. His ability to come into the game at any point and play lockdown defense on nearly any player is something I can’t say I’ve ever seen for a freshman at UC. Not to mention that, he’s a freak athlete as well. Between high-flying rebounds and chase down blocks, Logan Johnson’s insane potential gives fans reasons to be excited for the future.

While Johnson’s play so far has definitely been nothing to scoff at, his inability to score the ball efficiently and turnover tendencies could end up being issues if Johnson gets the starting nod next season. Thankfully, Johnson is still a true freshman and those things tend to happen in many players’ first collegiate seasons.

Grade: B+

Mamoudou Diarra

While on the court Mamoudou has yet to really produce much, he’s already established himself as one of the team’s most vibrant personalities off the court. As much as I’d love to talk about how hilarious of a person he is, I’ll try to limit myself.

While his per game stats aren’t really anything notable, Mamoudou’s potential is through the roof. Terry Nelson, among others, has said at practice, Mamoudou is a knock down shooter, oftentimes the team’s best. His size, length, and capability all combine to form a player who could see a breakout season in the near future. For now, however, Mamoudou is a work in progress.

Grade: B

Sam Martin

I refuse to say anything bad about Sam Martin.

Grade: A+

John Koz

The same goes with John Koz.

Grade: A+

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