Both Vince Edwards and Dakota Mathias put their teams on their backs and muscled their way to wins last night.
Dakota Mathias was not the most efficient person on the floor but he was needed for his team to get the big W. Dakota shot 10-21 (48%) from the floor and was 6-15 (40%) from behind the arc and was 5-6 (83%) from the line for a total of 31 of his teams 61 points. To go along with his 31 points Mathias also had 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block on the opponents last second attempt to win the game. Before that game Mathias was averaging 28.1 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists while shooting 53% from the floor, 49% from 3, and 80% from the free throw line. I cant find anything that Mathias brings that Purdue doesnt desperately need. Many who watch Mathias and see him at Purdue think straight to a Ryne Smith or DJ Byrd comparison. Hopefully Mathias can come in and play like a Junior year Smtih or Byrd. Purdue will need him to be our second option 3 pt shooter next year behind Stephens, or else Ronnie Johnson or Rapheal Davis will pick up that role and i dont think that bodes too well for us.
Vince Edwards also had a big, hard fought game last night and responded how a winner should respond. Vince's Middletown team went to OT to secure the victory last night and Vince was, as usual, the main man for his team. Vince went 9-13 (69%) overall, 4-5 (80%) from 3, and a perfect 8-8 from the line. Vince had 30 of his teams 82 points and also added 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 3 steals, and only 2 turn-overs. Not only did Vince lead his team to a big victory but he also moved into the 2nd spot all-time in Middletown Basketball Scoring. I am missing i think 2 games on Vince's season statistics but out of 19 games Vince is averaging 21.8 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 3.9 turnovers while shooting 54% overall, 33% from 3 and 80% from the FT line. Vince gets the Rob Hummel comparison a lot and i can see where it comes from with the similar height and build and the versatility but Vince is not the shooter Robbie was. He can be in time but do not expect Vince to come in and be able to stretch the floor like Rob. Vince is a career 35% 3 shooter and shot 30% from 3 over the summer. Vince averages at least a 3 a game wherever he plays but we will see if that production will continue for our team, I would love if it does.
I think these two kids have the greatest chance to either start or get major minutes next year out of the 2014 class. Both have some great strengths and some great weaknesses but from what i have heard and read both have very good basketball IQs and can hopefully have the maturity needed to contribute to this team and help us back to the NCAA tourney.
Isaac Haas' season is over but the other 3 are still playing and i believe are all in state tourney play. I am never sure with Jacquil Taylor since i can never find information on him but last i heard he finished his senior night and is moving along in tournament action.
I have heard that June 9th is the expected date for our 2014 recruits to start rolling in. Cant wait for these great kids to join our young squad. BOILER UP!!!