30 April 2008
I almost abbreviated the name as "AB" in the head to achieve some real serious initial combo points, but opted for something informative. Anthony Brock, of Itawamba Community College (of Itawamba, Mississippi
- yes it is just outside of Fulton) has inked a scholarship offer
to play for the Tide next season.
The unsettlingly small Brock (5 feet 9 inches, 165 pounds) was second team All America last season, blistering the nets from behind the arc at an astonishingly good 47%. The road will be tougher in the SEC where he'll no doubt play against guards who are bigger and more physical than the competition he saw last season.
However, capstoneking over at 3rd Saturday in Blogtober
(still love that name) makes an excellent point when he notes that similarly sized players such as Drew Lavender at Xavier have had success at this level. It's still a little unnerving to think that this guy is that small.
With Ronald Steele back in the mix next year (assuming he's not drafted), he should be free to move without the ball and not have to worry about getting his own shot. Without a reliable point guard distributing the ball this year, Mykal Riley sometimes struggled (particularly early in the SEC) with this very problem.
Hopefully, Brock will be able to contribute some perimeter scoring for the Tide next year and replace production of Riley, and the expected contributions Rico Pickett and Justin Tubbs (who both are bound for greener pastures).