COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M is one of only three schools to win the NCAA National Championship since 2009. Therefore, it was no surprise that coach Gary Blair said that a Sunday home game versus No. 8 Duke was a must win game. The Aggies entered the game sitting at No. 7 in the country and for good reason. They were 6-0 and after mounting a 16-point comeback, left Reed Arena on Sunday afternoon with a 7-0 record.
You can read our in-game thoughts from Texas A&M versus Duke here: Texas A&M Game Blog – Nov. 30, 2014
1) Courtney Williams is the best midrange scorer in the game.
Williams, a junior scoring guard, finished with 21 points on 9-17 from the field. The majority of her points came from shots in the midrange which is a tough quality to come by at any level. She’s playing at an All-American customer service essay conclusion level in terms of her impact inside of an elite level game putting the ball in the basket. Add to fact that she assisted on six scores including a beautiful feed to So. Jada Terry to give A&M the lead for good. If Williams will show a commitment to rebound the ball on both ends of the floor from the wing, we expect her to be a potential Top Five selection in the 2016 WNBA Draft.
2) Jordan Jones and Courtney Walker are two tough guards.
If it had just been Williams making shots, Duke would have still been just fine. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, Williams has elite level company on the perimeter. Both Jordan Jones and Courtney Walker are juniors capable of having big stat lines on any given night. Jones plays the point and has managed 17 assists in the past two games without a turnover. She had a three-possession sequence in which she found Fr. Khaalia Hillsman for a basket, hit a huge 3-pointer then essay college education is important finished in transition to cut the Duke lead to two with seven minutes to play. Enter Walker who then proceeded to hit a baseline jump shot that would have impressed even Kobe Bryant. Walker was recently named to both the Wade Trophy Watch List and the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 as well. Her play as of late garnered SEC Player of the Week honors after she hung 25 points in a road win over then-No. 18 DePaul.
3) Texas A&M is HUGE on the interior.
Anytime that the aforementioned Terry, who stands 6-foot-3, is the smallest of the three interior options, size is not a problem. That’s exactly the case for this year’s roster. Hillsman is a big body on the inside herself at 6-5 while Jr. Rachel Mitchell possesses the most size at 6-7. All three played at least eight minutes and serve as a committee for Blair to consistently wear down opposing post players. Not to mention that combined they have 14 fouls to give in essay on my vivid dream case the A&M coaching staff ever decides to force a poor free-throw shooting post player to win the game at the line.
4) There are NO signs of Gary Blair slowing down anytime soon.
From Blair’s pre-game jitters (he clutched the Duke scouting report the entire time we talked) to the postgame team de-briefing in the film room, it’s evident that he loves both his job and the university. Now in his 29th year of collegiate coaching, Blair showed an energy throughout the day reserved for coaches who plan on sitting in the first chair for multiple graduating classes to come. He marveled over the commitment that administration has shown during the past 10 years to improve Reed Arena and all of the buildings around it. Blair talked highly about his excitement about the incoming 2015 class and beyond. His in-game demeanor does nothing but suggest that he will be at the helm of this program well into the next decade.
5) The recruiting trail has been kind to the Aggies.
customer service essay papers After landing Hillsman, who was ranked No. 28 in the class of 2014 by ProspectsNation.com, and Trinity Valley CC Transfer Shlonte Allen last year, Blair and his staff added National Letters of Intent from class of 2015 prospects Anriel Howard and Danni Williams. Howard of Atlanta, Ga., is the No. 86 ranked prep nationally and brings a worker’s mentality at the power forward position. Williams who hails from Clovis, N.M., is ranked No. 49 overall and will provide the future of the perimeter game for the Aggies. Expect both to be in the mix for early playing time with a chance to contribute to a program that has firmly established themselves amongst the nation’s elite.
Brandon Clay is the owner of the JumpOffPlus.com International Report, Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. The JumpOffPlus.com is picked up by more than 200 colleges and universities nationwide. He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the Elite Basketball Academy Camps. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com