While there is no doubting his versatility on the offensive end, take a look at the following stats and consider which WAC power forward you want.
Player A: 18.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 45 percent FG, 35 percent 3-point, 5 assists
Player B: 14.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 62 percent FG, 2-3 3-pt FG, 48 assists
Player C: 14.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 58 percent FG, 42 percent 3-pointers, 15 assists
Player A is Gillenwater, B is Wesley and C is Czyz from Nevada.
I asked Marvin Menzies his thoughts on why Gillenwater has five assists on the season.
“It’s a combination of Troy being offensive minded, which is one of his roles. You would think he would have more. He is drawing a lot of fouls so whenever he draws a foul, it’s taking away from a potential assist. He is making a lot of shots and he’s taking a lot of shots. I think that as the season goes on, it will pick up because teams are adjusting now and saying whenever he catches it, he’s not passing it. You may think that, but he may be the guy that makes the assists that makes the assist because a lot of times it will go inside out.”
Here are a couple stats that would scare me if I were an Aggies fan.
Utah State is ninth nationally in scoring defense, giving up 58.2 points per game.
NMSU has been able to score against some good defenses, hopefully they forget the second half against Nevada.
“It was one of those nights where you run into a deadly combination of the home team playing really well and the road team struggling. We ended up shooting good in the first half, but we didn’t defend really well. The second half, we couldn’t get any offensive rhythm going.”
Nevada point guard Deonte Burton had no trouble creating offense off the dribble. It seems like Utah State’s Brockeith Pane is the same type of player.
“We didn’t defend the dribble and our defensive transition was bad. It was very much a shared loss like our 14 turnovers. Defensively, we played hard, but we didn’t play very smart at times.”
Anyone who reads here regularly knows the Aggies have been struggling on the glass. Utah State is seventh in the country, outrebounding opponents by 9.4 per game. Not a good recipe for the Aggies on Saturday.