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This is a much different team from last year, and while missing our tallest player for the night (Brandon Williams), UTA displayed a significant increase in height and length across the board ...
Is Williams injured? Redshirting?
For significant chunks of the game we featured a lineup that had 4 players 6'7 or taller ... what made that feat even more impressive was the ball movement did not suffer at all (I did notice a few instances where the lack of Neal or Charles in the game gave us the lack of a true point guard, which Nathan Hawkins was tasked at being)
Erick Neal - was the primary ball handler for most of the game ... made smart plays with the ball and was solid on D
Drew Charles - was not much of an impact, but really stepped up on the last offensive play by Fordham to force a difficult shot ... hit a big 3, had a rough time at the charity stripe
Jalen Jones - just a bull in a china shop ... might of been the strongest guy on the court ... tough on the boards
Kevin Hervey - really effective in the 1st half offensively ... had a few miscues ballhandling and on defense, also appeared to be battling cramping for a good chunk of the game
Jorge Bilbao - a normal Jorge game ... tough defense, strong rebounding ... very emotional
Kaelon Wilson - huge rebound to seal the game, allowing Neal to ice it with free throws
Nathan Hawkins - another lean and long player, felt to me like he was being miscast as the primary ball handler for the second unit
Faith Pope - another lean and long player, got a few HUGE tipins and 3 point shots ... a very quick shot, but very little arc ... was suprised some of those outside shots cleared the rim, but hey they went in
NIck Pallas - big boddied, deft passer ... had a couple of nice plays
Kennedy Eubanks - left the game at one point with what appeared to be a fairly serious injury ... but came back ... yet ANOTHER long and lean player ...
Nice crowd, which filled about all of the lower bowl ... a really nice game, but it was suprising how quickly Fordham got back in after being down fairly consistently by double digits.
Buddy Christ Says: Go Mavs !!!