Rants & Raves from A&M’s 100-58 win over Southeastern Louisiana
Freshman post Tyler Davis, albeit against a team that had very little resistance to offer in the paint, dominated with 18 points and 12 rebounds. No matter the opposition, you can’t help but like his hands, his agility for a big man, the space he takes up and, most of all, his attitude. He is very humble for a guy who appears to be a can’t-miss star for the Aggies.
Freshman guard Admon Gilder fills the stat sheet. He played the second most minutes, took the second most shots, made the third most shots, was third in scoring with 14, tied for the team lead in assists with five, had the most steals with three and threw in a block for good measure. All that and he only had two turnovers. He is versatile. i.e. will play off the ball and the point. And he can play 1v 1 defense.
This team can flat-out shoot it from distance. Three players – Danuel House, D.J. Hogg and Gilder -- took at least five 3s and were a combined 11 for 21. The Aggies even got some unexpected long-range shooting with Anthony Collins making both 3-point attempts he took and Tonny Trocha-Morelos sinking his lone 3. A&M coach Billy Kennedy said he wasn’t surprised Collins hit his 3s because he practices them so much. If he could shoot just 30 percent from behind the arc the Aggies could be unstoppable because it would free up those that are more known for their range.
Turnovers. Thirty-eight in two games against lesser opposition is not a good number. It’s not even an OK number. Alex Caruso had six on Monday, while six other players had at least two. Right now it’s the lone chink in the armor.
Another transfer. Before the game it was announced sophomore point guard Alex Robinson is leaving and presumably transferring. He will be the fifth player from last year’s team to transfer. The other four, or at least three of them, you could see coming. A fourth – Peyton Allen-- was a family issue. Robinson was the class of the previous class, but for some reason it didn’t work out. He averaged 5.2 points in about 18 minutes a game, but I don’t think he would have played as many minutes this season with the influx of talent, specifically Collins and Gilder at his position.
Free throw shooting should not be a problem with the shooters this team has, but it has so far. The Aggies’ free throw percentage is barely higher than its 3-point percentage, .583 to .551.
Next up: A&M (2-0) hosts A&M Corpus Christi (1-0) 7 p.m. on Thursday.