Welcome to A10 Talk’s Top Pre-Season Top 25 Player Countdown for the 2016-17 season. Each day, we’ll be publishing a new article counting down our best 25 players for the coming season. Today, we feature #19 Joseph Chartouny of Fordham.
What’s He’s Done
As an incoming freshman, Joseph Chartouny was relatively overlooked, but the Quebec native quickly made a name for himself in the Atlantic 10. His game instantly improved the struggling Rams, and by the end of the season he was the man facilitating the offense. After averaging 11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 6 apg, Chartouny became the second consecutive Fordham Ram to win A-10 Rookie of the Year.
Joe Chartouny was a huge part of Fordham’s 2015-2016 successes. The guard, who started 26 games, stepped up big when the team needed him the most. Some of his best performances were in games where the Rams matched up against tough opponents. Despite their loss in the Atlantic 10 tournament, Chartouny went for 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists against the Richmond Spiders. Again, Chartouny came up big when he finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 13 assists in a wing against the Davidson Wildcats in the Rose Hill Gymnasium. Chartouny has proven that he has what it takes to compete in the A-10, especially in big games.
By the end of the season, it was clear that Chartouny was the real deal. He filled out the floor and was a mismatch problem for several opponents. He has the unique ability to play almost any position on the floor. Standing a 6-4, he is much more than your standard Atlantic 10 Point Guard. He has proven that he can compete with the cream of the crop, and take control of the team when needed.
What He’ll Do
Expect Chartouny to flourish in Fordham’s backcourt next season. The Rams will have Antwoine Anderson and Joseph Chartouny as their main guards next season. Just like last year, Chartouny should see lots of action for the Rams, but look for his role to grow even more as he returns for his sophomore season.
If Chartouny could take more shots moving forward, he could become even more dangerous. While he contributed with several points on multiple occasions, he also passed up open looks on a consistent basis. If Chartouny were to become slightly more selfish and took the shots he would otherwise pass on, he could become a legitimate scoring threat in the Atlantic 10.
Look for Chartouny to come out strong early in the season. As last season progressed, it seemed as if he was getting significantly better game after game. In his last 12 games of last season, he went for double digit points in all but two.
Joseph Chartouny should continue to lead the Fordham Rams to success in the upcoming season. It’ll be hard to miss him running the offense, getting steals in transition, and rebounding like a big man. Expect big things from Chartouny again this season. Don’t overlook him for a second time as he has proven that he is one of the best players in the conference.
Previously: #20 Yuta Watanabe