I got to thinking the other day while I was looking at the schedule posters I have collected over the years. I've got schedule poster back to the 2000-2001 season. When I think of eras, I think of a player that was the face of our program for those seasons. Dating back to 2000, it was Mario Austin 00-02, Lawerence Roberts 03-04, and Jamont Gordon 05-08. So who will define the next era? I would have to think to qualify to define an era, someone would have to play a minimum of two seasons. Two players come to mind, Ravern Johnson and Romero Osby. Even though no one is likely to flirt with Jarvis's defensive numbers for years to come, most of us will think of offense when we think of a headliner.
My mind keeps flashing back to the bits and pieces that Ravern showed up driving to the basket last season. Ravern shot lights out in high school, but the kid has some athletic ability. When he came to State, I thought his place during his freshman campaign would be waiting for a shot on the wing. But the flashes of talent I saw him display, makes me think of just what he can bring to the table when he puts it all together. He has a mean first step, and he has an arc on his shot that frustrates defenders. Like I've said before, after the defects from last season, Ravern Johnson could come out smelling like a rose. But will he take advantage of it, I hope so. I think Romero, will be a major contributor this year and could be possibly be in the starting lineup come January, but I think Ravern Johnson will be the man. Will he define the next era in MSU basketball? We'll see.