Saturday, December 27, 2008

Something You Might Not Have Known About Our Future Backcourt

As all of you Pack fans know, our backcourt has been one of our biggest problems for the past two seasons. It was even a problem Coach Lowe's first year when we had Atsur because he got hurt and Gavin Grant was forced into an awkward assignment at point guard. But we believe the days of a struggling backcourt are nearing an end.

We believe that the forecast is bright with Ryan Harrow (2010) and Lorenzo Brown (2009) running our backcourt.

You might ask me why I'm so excited about the future these two players bring. Well let me give you a few thoughts:

1) Both Harrow and Brown play the point guard position for their high schools currently. We believe that Brown might play point for us next year, but when Harrow arrives we see Brown moving to the 2-spot, allowing Harrow to run the offense. Brown is fully capable of being an ACC-Caliber Two-guard. He is 6-5 and loves to attack the basket. In fact he is labeled as a combo guard by most recruiting analysts. We all know that ball handling has been a huge issue for the Pack, and to have two able point-guards on the court at the same time is a dream come true.

2) Another nasty plague that haunted the Pack last year specifically was team chemistry. It always seemed as if the team just couldn't figure out how to play together. While our team is playing much more unselfish ball this year, I believe the combo of Brown and Harrow offers a dynamic in the backcourt that is unique.

We've been talking back and forth with Harrow all season and he has been keeping us up to date on how his season has been going and telling us a little bit about himself as well. He told me something the other day that blew me away. As many of you know, Lorenzo and Ryan both play in Georgia in relatively the same region. I asked Ryan if he knew Lorenzo and he told me that he and Lorenzo were really close. In fact, what many people don't even know is that the two of them are God-brothers. They have grown up together and have been playing basketball together since they were 8 years old.

We can't wait to see what it looks like to watch two extremely talented guards running our offense who have been playing with each other since they were little kids. Naturally, this should help eliminate chemistry and selfish issues.

3) Harrow and Brown both have no problem scoring. We have lacked players with confidence in their ability to score for the past three years. Harrow is averaging 32 and Lorenzo is averaging 21 points per game thus far this year. They are doing this while leading their teams in assists as well.

Just a little something to look forward to...


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