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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Keeping up with the Carruths

According to Gregg Doyel, Rashaad’s play and conditioning have fallen off significantly since his days as a McDonald’s All-American. The latest from Southern Miss has Carruth as a bench player.

Carruth is adjusting to the competition upgrade after spending last season in junior college and not playing anywhere in 2002-03. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 5.5 points as a Kentucky freshman in 2001-02, ranking fourth on the team with 27 made 3-pointers.

"Rashaad's not where we'd hoped he'd be," [Southern Miss coach Larry] Eustachy said. "He hasn't had a lot of basketball…not nearly the level he'll be playing at. He's rusty. He's got a long ways to go."

I read this both ways. First, Carruth is performing below expectations. Second, his teammates are exceeding theirs. Which bodes well for the Golden Eagles.

I continue to predict Southern Miss is NIT-bound. But if Carruth lives up to even half of his potential…