Last season was a special season for the Canton Charge. Former head coach Alex Jensen (now with the Utah Jazz) earned himself a "Coach of the Year" award by bringing the best out of his team ensuring he'd get the most out of a team without a clear-cut go-to-guy. Instead, the team thrived on offense by sharing the ball and making the extra pass. When push came to shove, the team ultimately took much pride in their defense as they allowed their effort on that end of the floor to do the talking for them.
With a new coach in Steve Hetzel and some different players gracing Canton's roster, one has to wonder if their style of play will be any different, though there's no denying the old way came to work quite well. Still, as the team looks to make their mark under Hetzl, what kind of role will 2013 NBADL Draft first round selection Bo Spencer have?
The former LSU turned Nebraska guard can score the basketball. There's no doubt about that. His 15.4 points per game during his senior season ranked ninth overall in his competitive conference. Spencer, who spent last season in Italy after his time in Nebraska came to a close, can do plenty of things offensively. He's aggressive, can assertively and comfortably take the ball to the hole, but also has the capability to pull back for a jumper and knock it down. His instincts as a floor general are sure to flourish even further with some time in Canton as he gets more comfortable with being a leader on the court.
Following his season overseas, is Spencer more "developed" than most, or will he need some more time to gain comfortability in the D-League as he comes back into his own a little bit closer to home this time? There hasn't been much preseason footage available thus far (the NBADL season officially starts on Friday night), but RidiculousUpside.com has been told that the Charge have been experimenting and are trusting Spencer to be the man with the ball in his hands at the end of games if need be. Perhaps what he does with the rock (whether it's to pull the ball in the basket or dish it out to an open teammate) depends of the given situation.
Even so, it appears as though the first round pick will have the opportunity to emerge as a key player in Canton's potential success this season. It'll be interesting to see if the presence of a new coach, coupled with the presence of a player of Spencer's abilities, will give the team a reason to play a different style and where they go from here.