Despite their struggles last year, the Rhode Island Rams took pride in their defensive pressure. And with arguably their best defender back in the fold, Rhody’s D figures to be just as stifling this season. Here’s a few more notes on T.J. Buchanan:
- Averaged 3.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.9 minutes per game a year ago.
- Tallied a season-high 11 points in a tough 70-64 loss to VCU on January 30. Buchanan was quite efficient in the process, shooting 4-8 from the floor and 2-3 from three-point range. He also snagged five rebounds against one of the Atlantic 10’s tougher teams.
- Has struggled with several foot and leg injuries over the course of his career. He only missed one game last season (the Ohio State contest at Mohegan Sun), but his minutes were limited early on. As a result, it took him a while to get into the groove – T.J. averaged just 0.8 points-per-game in non-conference play, but ratcheted things up to 5.0 PPG in the A-10 portion of the schedule.
- Buchanan scored his career high (13 points) against UMass in the last game coached by He Who Must Not Be Named. Rhody fell 89-83 to the Minutemen in Amherst.
With more guards filling out depth on this year’s roster, it likely won’t change T.J.’s role too much. He still figures to be a lock-down defender who can spell the starters and bring occasional bursts of offense off the bench. T.J. will continue to be one of Dan Hurley’s most reliable reserves.