I hoped for big years from Blair, Spears and Roche. I expected little of John Oates. When he started the season nursing injuries and whining about playing time, I didn't lose any sleep. Did any BC fan think, "we'd be much better now if Oates was getting more time"? Yet he worked his way back into the starting five. Once he started hitting a few big shots and had me fooled. I thought it was all coming together for the big guy after all this time. That glimpse of hope made his final (seemingly disinterested) few weeks that much more painful.
To Oates' credit he did a few things right. His defense was much better. Never the quickest guy, he finally started moving his feet in the low post which actually kept him in decent positions. His help defense improved and he actually became a factor in blocked shots. Oates did become a more realistic threat from long range and shot .424 from downtown.
Rebounding remained a problem. How can a guy his size, in this offense, play more than 600 minutes and only grab 18 offensive rebounds?? That's close to what Roche did. Hell, Southern played in half as many games and still had more offensive boards than Oates. I also fault Oates for getting senioritis. Like Blair, Oates played with little passion or focus in the final few weeks.
Despite his limitations and disappointments, I thank him for his contributions to BC and wish him the best of luck.
Season Grade: C