Duell's Clutch, Fran on JT and BracketBust
On Monday at his weekly media luncheon, coach Fran McCaffery reflected on Duell's performance.
"He was unbelievable down the stretch," McCaffery said. "The two three's and the drive. He sort of a perfect compliment to the other four guys who start and I think he's very comfortable now in his role. I'd like to get him to shoot more actually."
While, co-captain Kenny Hasbrouck wasn't awarded with the Player of the Week honors in the MAAC this week (that honor went to Charron Fisher and all I'll say about it is without Hasbrouck the Saints don't Friday or Sunday), McCaffery had high regards for his junior guard on Monday.
"He's clearly one of the best players in the league," McCaffery said. "His shot was a little bit off. I think part of that can be attributed to the fact that he has some nagging injuries that he's seem to overcome. To see him take the game over like he did on Friday night, that was good to see. If you look at the remainder of the schedule or you're in a tight game in the conference tournament, that's what you need. You need your stars to take games over down the stretch."
McCaffery put it a little more simply - at least about Friday's game in Poughkeepsie.
"Kenny doesn't go for 35 Friday night, we don't win," McCaffery said.
Jason Thompson again proved that he is not only the Player of the Year in the MAAC, but a sure NBA draft pick, going for 26 points and a school record 24 rebounds.
With two games against Thompson and the Broncs in the last 10 days, McCaffery said all that he's thought about Thompson (he tried recruiting the 6-11 forward while at UNC-Greensboro) is still true.
"I see a guy who's amazingly consistent," said McCaffery, who coached big men LaPhonso Ellis, Monty Williams, Pat Garrity, Troy Murphy and Keith Tower while at Norte Dame as an assistant.
"This guys a pro," McCaffery said. "If you can't watch him play and see tell that he's a pro, you've got something wrong with your eyes. What else does he have to do?"
Not how I like to end a blog entry, but I must do so on a negative note.
Siena was hoping for good news today regarding their BracketBuster game against Boise State, but instead they found out that the game will be on ESPN360.com, not a real channel.
In fact, it may be harder to find the game here on television than if it weren't on the ESPN family of networks and could potentially be picked up by a local sponsor (I.E. Loyola or Memphis games).
It's a tough way for the school to spend over $20,000, especially when they thought they would get what would act as a two-hour commercial for the school.