Monday, June 30, 2008

So, how does our line-up look? Point Guard

Zac Swansey and Dustin Ware.

Boy. We will really miss Sundiata Gaines. Wish he had just one more year as a Dawg. But I am so proud of what he did for the team. Kept his nose clean, played hard every night, got his degree, and led the team to the SEC Tournament championship. Good Career.

Now, back to Swansey and Ware.

Swansey did a really nice job in some games. He sees the floor very well, and he can make the pin-point passes that a lot of other guards don't even see. Of course, the huge late three-pointer to beat Kentucky will be a UGA highlight forever.

With that said, Swansey needs to work really hard this summer. He shot less than 40% from the field, only 25% from behind the arc, and less than 60% from the foul line. He scored less than 4 points per game, while averaging over 16 minutes per game. His assist to turnover ratio was just about even. And he's not going to get you many rebounds.

Swansey needs to tighten up his handle and get faster. Xavier put their little guard on Swansey, and he couldn't get away from the pressure. Swansey will need to pick up Gaines' role as the most important defender on the floor.

If Swansey does work hard, I think he will be in a position to hold his own.

Ware. Dustin Ware played in the GISA last year. He led North Cobb Christian to back-to-back championships.

The question remains about how Ware will perform in the SEC.

The good point is that Ware is a real athlete. He shoots the three well. Shot close to 90%, if memory serves me, from the free throw line.

The key for Ware, in my opinion, will be getting to the basket and setting up other guys.

How do we look at point guard? Unproven. I'm guardedly optimistic. With the loss of Gaines, however, we have gone from a solid A- to an expected C+.

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