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Looks like Bryon Allen will start at point guard

George Mason Basketball: Looks like Bryon Allen will start at point guard

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Looks like Bryon Allen will start at point guard

Now that we know how long the team with be without senior guard Andre Cornelius, the question of who is starting at point guard is the main focus heading into Friday's opener against Rhode Island. Dick Patrick of the GoMason Blog says Bryon Allen appears to be tabbed as the starter while getting help from freshman Corey Edwards.  Hewitt says he is comfortable with both of them despite their limited experience.  Allen had a 13 point, four-assist, three-turnover game against Lycoming and Edwards showed off his outside shooting while looking comfortable running the point.  Rhode Island will be a whole new ball game and it will be interesting to see if these young guys keep their cool Friday night.  Allen is similar to Cam Long is the sense that he is a combo guard capable of playing either spot in the back court. He might be better at the the two guard spot but in this case his skill set is needed to run the point.  

Stability at the point guard position is something we will be talking about all season. The strength of this year's Patriot squad is in the front court and Hewitt's offense needs the point guard to push the ball.  Both Allen and Edwards seem capable of doing that but Cornelius has the overall experience. Cornelius has been much of an assist machine while at Mason but that's because he was never asked to be.  His role might change a bit when he returns as he is arguably the team's fastest player. He is also the team's best on-the-ball defender and that might be the biggest thing they miss during his absence. However speed and experience getting the ball into seniors Mike Morrison and Ryan Pearson might give the Patriots a serious lift in late December.  


Anonymous Iwantfootball said...

is it true he was orignally recruited by WVU?

11:57 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Yes, he  was originally committed to Bob Huggins and WVU, but one their current players returned due to a medical redshirt and they no longer had the opening for him.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Iwantfootball said...

WVU is an awesome program they recruit top tier athlets. I have high hopes for this kid.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Brentrg said...

I think it could be a blessing in disguise that DJ is out 10 games.  Getting these two young guys experience could really help us out for the end of the year.  Both Allen and Edwards are higher recruits than we've had in a long time at this position and it will be interesting to see if one of them grabs the spot.  Who knows, DJ may be the 6th man all year long when he returns.   It will hurt not having him early on against VA Tech and UVA, but we might not have won those games even with him.

5:58 PM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

they need his wheels on the court

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

I think both Va Tech and UVA are winable games.  Tech is down some stars from last year and when have they shown any consistency over the last few years?  UVA is getting in more of Bennett's guys and they appear healthier than they have been but they are heavily dependent on Scott (on paper-who knows).  It will be early for all programs but I don't look at those games, because they are ACC teams, and assume we should struggle.  If we survive our transition those are games we can take, and great wins if we do since they are on the road!  Tech is critical beacuse it puts us on a path to have Syracuse on our scheudle!

I agree it will be good early for Allen and Edwards to get time, we will miss Andre's speed, D and 3 pointers for sure!

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Moses said...

Cornelius being the bonehead he is comes through for the team in a big way and allows Bryon Allen to get more pt. 

8:21 AM  

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