ODU's next star?
Old Dominion Monarchs
Dimitri Batten used just 49 percent of Old Dominion's available minutes last season, but on the upperclassman-laden team (per Ken Pomeroy, the Monarchs were one of the most experienced squads in the nation), the 6-foot-3 guard did not necessarily have a role. However, it is worth noting Batten's offensive rating lead the squad as he connected on 46 percent of his twos -- one of the best rates on the team.
Sans Chris Cooper and Kent Bazemore, coach Blaine Taylor has high expectations for his soon-to-be sophomore. Speaking to Michael Litos of CAA Hoops, Taylor said of Batten: "I told him I don't care how old you are just play basketball and know 'I'm good enough to do this.' "
Batten could be a breakout player for the Monarchs during the team's final CAA campaign. If the guard is able to combine his offensive ability with confidence -- with per Taylor's quote, seems to be an area Batten could improve -- the soph could provide support to former Clemson guard Donte Hill. It is worth noting, though, that playing time will be plentiful in 2013: Hill and Nick Wright are the only returnees who used more than 50 percent of ODU's minutes last season.