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Is Corey Edwards the Old-School Point Guard Larranaga Needs?

George Mason Basketball: Is Corey Edwards the Old-School Point Guard Larranaga Needs?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Is Corey Edwards the Old-School Point Guard Larranaga Needs?

The commitment from Corey Edwards and Vaughn Gray last weekend has some Mason fans questioning the team's future depth at forward.  I think that at this point that is a minor issue because with mid-major squads like George Mason your life blood is your guards, especially point guards.  Point guards to mid-majors are like franchise quarterbacks to NFL teams, if you get a chance to get a guy that fits your system perfectly you cannot pass him up. The NY Post had an article the other day on Edwards describing him as a "throwback" and a "pure point guard". His high school coach says "he is big on loyalty and loves to defend", something that must be music to Coach Larranaga's ears.  

Although I have been suggesting that freshman Bryon Allen is the future at point guard, his talents might be better suited at the 2 or 3 spot in the eyes of the coaching staff. After listening to Coach Larranaga tell me about his versatility and ability to guard small forwards yesterday I think it's possible Allen could be more a Cam Long type player in the future than the team's go to point guard.  Larranaga also said yesterday that the point guard position is basically up for grabs and that Long, Tate, Cornelius, and Allen will be fighting for the spot. Not something that is encouraging to hear when the team is expected to be atop the CAA this season but again it shows why the team went after Corey Edwards so hard.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's wait and see

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From your comments, it sounds like you've seen Allen a bunch of times. Will he be able to bring the ball up against heavy pressure from a team like VCU this year?

10:40 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Allen's a good enough ball handler to bring the ball up but he'll have some growing pains against teams like VCU. We will have to wait and see what his role is on this team but some time as PG wouldn't surprise me.

10:52 AM  

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