OVERALL GRADE: I (Incomplete)
Points Per Game: 4.7 (7th on the team)
Field Goal Percentage: 44.9 (5th)
Assists Per Game: 2.5 (tied for 1st)
Steals Per Game: 0.7 (tied for 3rd)
We wrap up our 2013-14 recaps with an intriguing player. Biggie Minnis played in 20 of Rhode Island’s 31 regular season games this season, missing the other 11 due to a hip-pointer injury. So with appearances in roughly two-thirds of URI’s games, why the “incomplete”?
Well, a few reasons. There’s no doubt Minnis is a gamer, so who knows how long he was playing through pain before eventually being sidelined. Of course, it’s impossible to say for sure, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. What kind of season would Minnis have had without the injury? That’s another thing that’s impossible to speculate… but here’s what he did do a year ago.
Biggie’s season consisted of three big events, each coming about a month apart. Minnis became Rhody’s starting point guard on November 26 as he was injected into the lineup for a game against McNeese State. About a month later, he became Rhode Island’s only point guard when Mike Powell announced his intent to transfer. And a month after that, the sophomore missed his first of 11 games with the hip injury. He logged a total of just two games, two points, and nineteen minutes after getting hurt.
But before missing time, the Texas Tech transfer showed promise. In his second start, Minnis dropped 14 points on 5-6 shooting in just 18 minutes of play versus UNC-Asheville. The only shot he missed was a three-pointer. Biggie hit double figures again about a month later against New Hampshire, burying 13 points on 5-7 shooting. Once again, his only two misses came from downtown. So while he’s not exactly a prolific outside shooter, Minnis can shore around the basket as his percentage on two-pointers was exceptional.
But after the UNH win, Biggie averaged just 2.9 points-per-game over Rhody’s next seven contests before the hip problem put him out of commission. Was he hurt that entire time? Some of it? None of it? Who knows. But one thing is for sure – it will be very interesting to see what kind of season Minnis can have next year – provided he’s healthy.