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Elijah Johnson's offense, defense lead charge against USC

1. Elijah Johnson: Led the team with 14 points and four steals, played excellent perimeter defense and picked up four rebounds.

2. Tyshawn Taylor: Playing without the knee brace he wore the previous three games, Taylor played an excellent defensive game and contributed nine assists with just two turnovers, both late. Also contributed 10 points and four rebounds.

3. Thomas Robinson: Not passing well enough out of double-teams to discourage opponents from constantly trapping him. Had 10 points, nine rebounds, two steals, five turnovers, and an impressive coast-to-coast drive that resulted in a left-handed layup from the right side of the lane.

4. Jeff Withey: Took advantage of all the extra attention paid to Robinson and had a near double-double with nine points, nine rebounds (six offensive) and two blocked shots.

5. Conner Teahan: Caught fire from the corner, made 4 of 7 three-point shots and scored 13 points to compensate for three turnovers.

6. Travis Releford: Played well defensively, but didn’t look as smooth at the other end, scoring three points in 28 minutes.

7. Justin Wesley: Had two points, one rebound and two blocked shots in eight minutes.

8. Kevin Young: Played 13 minutes, made 1 of 5 field-goal attempts, collected four rebounds and had his share of defensive struggles.

9. Naadir Tharpe: Played three minutes, long enough to get charged with three personal fouls and a turnover.

The Keegan Ratings: Season Standings
1. Thomas Robinson (102 points)
2. Tyshawn Taylor (87 points)
3. Elijah Johnson (75 points)
4. Jeff Withey (73 points)
5. Travis Releford (71 points)
6. Conner Teahan (60 points)
7. Justin Wesley (48 points)
8. Kevin Young (46 points)
9. Naadir Tharpe (27 points)
10. Merv Lindsay (4 points)

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Comments

John Randall 2 years, 3 months ago

No way will I participate in analyzing Thomas' attitude, but I do wish the games could be more of a release for him and not one more place to carry his burdens. To me, an indication of that would be rolling his eyes, shaking his head and smiling (if not laughing) at himself once in a while.

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hawkfan30 2 years, 3 months ago

IMO TRob's struggles may be more emotional than anything. It's the holiday season and after losing his grandparents and mom last year this can't be a happy time for him. We have to remember he's still a 20 something kid who has a lot to deal with. We are also approaching the 1 year mark since he lost those he loved. How hard must it be for him with everyone talking about going to be home with family and mom's cooking?

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jayhawker_97 2 years, 3 months ago

this is a tough call, but imho, Teahan fared as well as others like Withey, TT.

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William Blake 2 years, 3 months ago

Great to see EJ stand out. He had a couple of really bad TOs but otherwise he stepped up on this one and deserves the top spot. TT also played a solid game.

I agree with others... the Whiffer should be ahead of TRob on this game. You have to weigh the value of his 6 offensive rebounds (TRob had zero). An offensive rebound is worth 2 defensive rebounds... plus Jeff's presence on D is a invisible stat that helps fill the middle.

Thomas is still struggling in his new role as "Mr. Limelight"..... an acknowledgement that every defense will give him this year. He has to learn how to punish teams for doubling down. It starts in practice and he needs to win the confidence of his teammates first so they know to fight to get open when TRob is doubled. TRob needs to see the floor well and make sharp passes. Also... we discussed this before, but TRob needs to position his body better in order to reduce the impact of the double. When he catches the ball in the high post he needs to make an immediate pivot to face the basket. He is improving considerably at this and by year's out you can bet he'll look smooth like the twins.

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Chandler James 2 years, 3 months ago

love trob but i personally think withey should be ahead of him

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kusayzone 2 years, 3 months ago

What else can you say??? When the ball goes through the basket, the game is a lot easier.....One side note about TRob.....the ball sticks in his hand on offense......

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