The biggest problem I see from the Cougars this season is their inconsistency, especially in the backcourt.
They’ve been consistently – inconsistent.
Joe Chealey, Anthony Stitt, Nori Johnson and Canyon Barry have all had their good and bad moments.
The Cougars backcourt against Towson was basically – bad.
Stitt, who has played very well since early December, struggled against the Tigers. He had just six points on 2 of 8 shooting, but more on him later.
After Nori Johnson had played so well, he got his first start against Towson on Sunday and promptly had his worst game, missing all seven shots he took and fouling out. No question Nori deserved a start after the way he’d been playing of late, but if he wanted to stay in the starting lineup, that wasn’t the kind of performance that was going to keep him there.
Chealey continues to go through some growing pains. Good one game, not so good the next. He’s a freshman with huge upside. You’re just going to have to be patient with him. And then there’s Canyon Barry. He’ll likely be back in the lineup next week, but in what capacity? He got off to such a great start and hasn’t been very effective since. And how will his shooting be after breaking his finger?
It’ll be interesting to see how much and in what capacity Cougars HC Doug Wojcik will put Barry in when he’s healthy.
Back to Stitt.
There’s this one so-called CofC fan that sits behind press row. I consider the guy a clown because he knows next-to-nothing about the game of basketball. He is constantly criticizing every coaching move and every player. I don’t know why he shows up for games.
His main target is Stitt.
Well, Stitt struggled early with his shooting. No argument there. But since the semester break and now into the CAA schedule he’s been as good as any guard in the league. In the CAA, Stitt is averaging 16 points, five rebounds and has 13 assists to five turnovers. He’s shooting 47% from the floor and 46% from 3-point range. Those are very strong numbers. Stitt has issues with turnovers last season, but he has 60 assists, 21 steals and 33 turnovers on the season. Those are pretty solid numbers for a guy who came into the program as a shooting guard and is making the transition to point guard.
And Stitt is the best on the ball defender the Cougars have. Yes, he struggled against Towson’s Mike Burwell, but no one works harder than Stitt on both ends of the floor.
OK, here’s a story on UNCW center/forward Chuck Odgobo in the Wilmington Star News.
Here’s some highlights from the Towson-UNC Wilmington game. More Towson highlights than UNC Wilmington highlights.
UNC Wilmington at College of Charleston
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Where: TD Arena.
Series: CofC leads, 9-4.
Last meeting: CofC def. UNCW, 100-80, on Dec. 19, 2008 in Charleston, S.C.
TV/Radio: CSS/WTMZ 910-AM
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
Coach: Doug Wojcik, 34-19, in 2nd season at CofC; 174-111 overall in 9th season.
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (10.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 34.7 min)
#11 Nori Johnson, G/F, 6-5, 209, Sr. (6.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.6 apg, 15.9 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, SF, 6-7, 207, Sr. (7.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.8 apg, 24.7 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (11.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 0.8 apg, 31.2 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (10.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 29.7 min)
PROJECTED UNCW STARTERS
Coach: Buzz Peterson, 39-73, in fourth season at UNCW; 264-220 overall in 16th season.
#1 Chris Dixon, G, 6-0, 190, Sr. (7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 23.9 min)
#10 Freddie Jackson, G, 6-4, 185, Jr. (7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 21.8 min)
#24 Addison Spruill, F, 6-4, 225, Jr. (10.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 23.9 min)
#13 Chuck Ogbodo, F, 6-9, 230, Fr. (2.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.1 apg, 13.3 min)
#40 Cedrick Williams, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.8 apg, 32.0 min)
Hall nears 1,000-point plateau
Graduate senior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) is 20 points away from becoming the 31st all-time player in school history to record 1,000 career points with 980 career points to date. Hall, who is pursuing his master’s degree in communication, entered The College as a freshman in 2009-10 and graduated last May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration after a redshirt year in 2011-12. CofC will have had a player gain entrance into the career 1,000-Point Club in each of the last six years since 2009.
COFC 1,000-POINT CAREER SCORERS SINCE 2009
Former Player (Season They Reached 1,000 Career Points) – Total Career Points
Jermaine Johnson (2008-09) – 1,276
Andrew Goudelock (2008-09) – 2,571
Tony White, Jr. (2008-09) – 1,499
Donavan Monroe (2010-11) – 1,382
Jeremy Simmons (2010-11) – 1,031
Antwaine Wiggins (2007-12) – 1,306
Andrew Lawrence (2012-13) – 1,219
They Said It:
“You need to remember that we’re a new team in this league, and therefore, we’re going to get everyone’s best shot. The more mentally prepared we are for that, the better off we’ll be. I think that we have been prepared, but we’ve let a couple slip away, due to some bad team mistakes, especially on the defensive side against Towson. As we move forward, we have to keep getting better as a team and keep that chemistry going. … We are four games deep (into league play) and we are still getting better. As long as we keep learning and improving, we will be fine (for the remainder of the CAA season).” – CofC Senior Forward Willis Hall.
“Athleticism and size are different in the CAA from the SoCon. CAA guys are more athletic, stronger and longer. At the end of the day though, it’s basketball. It’s the same. We lost to Hofstra and Towson – games we could’ve won. We just have to perform and shoot the ball better.” – CofC Senior Small Forward Anthony Thomas.