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Long named co-rookie of the week

George Mason Basketball: Long named co-rookie of the week

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Long named co-rookie of the week

Say what you want to about how the season has gone so far but I think despite what happens this season Mason fans are confident in the future of this team. Coach L's freshmen have been getting some valuable minutes so far this season, especially Cam Long, who was named CAA co-rookie of the week. Long played 22 minutes on the road in Delaware and 36 at home against Northeastern, were he scored 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting. And speaking of his shooting numbers, Long is second on the team in FG% behind only Will Thomas, who by the way is ranked 18th in the country in this category. From three point range Long is shooting over 46%, leading the team. Granted he has taken a lot less shots than guys like JV and Dre but these numbers are still very impressive for a freshmen. Long is a lot like Jordan Carter in the sense that he can be a little too unselfish at times passing up on shoots. The fact is the kid needs to shoot more, which I know is difficult with a lot of shoot first guards already on this team (cough Dre cough). You need unselfish guys like Long and Carter to run the offense but there are times when they need to step up, like when Dre or Folarin have bad shooting nights. I mean that never happens, right? If Long continues to get over 20 minutes a game I think it will serious pay dividends in February and March. Remember Dre Smith last season, he started off slow made a lot of newbie mistakes but his minutes kept increasing and by the CAA tournament he was starting and leading our team in scoring. Coach L is preparing for the long run, he knows what he is doing people.

2 Comments:

Blogger Brannman. Brann...you know it's good for you. said...

Great, great news about Cam. I love it even more because he's a local product. Unlike Chris Fleming (good for some hustle, some fouls, and maybe an occasional rebound - but, the kid's got heart), Long looks like a star in the making. And he's only a freshman...

Consider next year's potential starting five:

G - Long
G - Smith
G/F - Vaughan
F - Vlad, Birdsong
F/C - Monroe
(plus, maybe one of the incoming freshmen may get a shot before season's end)

But, that's next year...nonetheless, the future is bright in Fairfax.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

I really want us to become the Gonzaga of the East. Where the fact we are in a mid major conference doesn't matter, we get respect anyway.

I know those are extremely high expectations but we made a Final Four, which Gonzaga hasn't done.

I really think we can do it.

4:28 PM  

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