Stockton vs the Help Side D
In looking at the high low action of VCU last night (here), I complimented Frank Hassell on his post defense but also warned about him being unable to cut off the baseline on a drive. Here’s a post from @earlyonions where you can see that in action.
By mid-January, Gonzaga was in trouble. Never mind that they’d already beaten Marquette, Baylor, Xavier and Okalahoma State. Mark Few’s team was missing one piece:
A point guard.
That had never been a problem in years past for the Zags, who’ve relied on guards like Matt Bouldin, Jeremy Pargo and Derek Raivio. This year’s team didn’t have one of those.
But Few’s finally found a leader at the point. One with a familiar last name, too.
Freshman guard David Stockton hasn’t been spectacular at the 1. But consider this: through mid-January, he’d only played 20+ minutes once. Since a January 20 loss to Santa Clara, Stockton has played 20+ minutes in 10 of 13 games.
In Monday’s 76-63 WCC title-clinching victory over St. Mary’s, Stockton showed off some of the smart decision-making that Gonzaga will need as the NCAA Tournament begins.
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