By George, I think we’ve got it…now is the time to vent, why did it take so loooong for George to get traction as a ligit starter on a team where clearly he is top 3 or 4 and top 2 as an athlete?
I watched in the first 2 minutes and he had 3 rebounds, a steal, altered shot and 5 points. In the Gonzaga game several weeks back, he was the only cougar to penitrate their elite defense. Here are the starter stats from last night.
George)F 13r-19 points
. Lohner 6r-11p
. Haarms 6r-15
. Barcello 4a-12
Averette 5a-15 points
First time in years that all 5 starters were in double digits. That is unheard of. Granted, it was Portland but it was @ Portland.which is as big a mess as the politics of Portlandia just the same, BYU Clicked, I would be surprised if this is not the lineup for the Zags game and beyond. Just having George out there requires an opponent to shift one of their best defenders over. We will see what kind of chemistry we have going forward but to my knowledge, we give up some 3 % by starting George but gain monster inside pressure, rebounding and far better defense.
1 George makes all teammates better, as a true threat, teams have to put one of their best defenders on George, Barcello and Averette are immediate benefactors .
2 George is a rebounding machine. lohner’s numbers may dive a little but in the long run, they should improve in other areas.
3 Our turnovers should go down in time as Barcello and especially Averette are not alone in the driving game. George may have bad TO games, but our eye should be on playoffs and getting the best 5 on the court by dance time.
4. Those painful games of Pepperdine and Pacific should be an afterthought. This kid has so much upside, he just changes BYU’s entire offense. We will see now that teams can scheme for him but for a night, BYU looked lethel.