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Marshon Makes BIG EAST Honor Roll

dave@friarblog —  November 22nd, 2010 5:30 PM —  Comments

Gibbs, Kilpatrick Earn BIG EAST Weekly Honors

Marshon Brooks was one of five players selected to the official honor roll of the BIG EAST.

Marshon Brooks, Providence, F, Sr.
Recorded a double-double in each of the Friars’ first three games this season.  He is averaging 19.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and is shooting 50 percent from the field.

Wow, so Dartmouth is that bad that the BIG EAST has removed the Friars opening game from it’s memory? Providence has played four games, and Marshon has a double-double in the last three, but thanks for the recognition BIG EAST!

In Kevin McNamara’s season preview piece, he focused on senior Marshon Brooks, who is finding it easier to lead a young team without older guys around.

Brooks didn’t have to specify who the older players were that he had in mind. Sharaud Curry and Jamine “Greedy” Peterson were the two best players on the 2010 Friars but, while talented, both were horrid leaders. A dogged competitor, fifth-year senior point guard Curry was an aloof teammate and an inattentive defender in the guard-heavy Big East. Peterson may have been the most gifted frontcourt athlete Friar fans had seen in 20 years, but he was allowed to hold only a token interest in defending and his sloppy off-the-court work habits infected others.

I don’t think anyone would disagree with that statement, but it’s interesting to see that written about Sharaud Curry (we all know Greedy is a complete d-bag). It’s also interesting hearing Keno admit that last year the “team makeup wasn’t perfect”.  With better team chemistry, let’s hope Bilal Dixon and Vincent Council don’t shy away from leadership, because it’s going to be their team for the next three years.

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PROVIDENCE AT STONY BROOK

BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: Providence forward Marshon Brooks

- Stony Brook was without three of its top players.

Scrimmage info!

Two seasons ago, something suddenly clicked for senior point guard Weyinmi Efejuku early on in BIG EAST conference play.  While he showed flashes of potential early on in his Friar career in getting plenty of minutes from the very start, Efejuku often dissappeared during games.  As a sophomore, Weyinmi started all 31 Providence games and averaged a solid 14.1 PPG.  He also produced a great 109.6 offensive rating (Points scored per 100 offensive possessions), which was good for #32 overall in the whole BIG EAST.  Friartown was expecting big things going forward, but landing in former coach Tim Welsh’s doghouse cut Efejuku’s starts in half as a junior.  While his overall percentages remained somewhat consistent, his scoring production dropped as a result of less minutes and a small drop in FG%.

With a new coach and a senior laden team for the 2008-09 season, we didn’t quite know what to expect from Weyinmi.  In out of conference play, his production was decent (he scored 15+ points 5 times, and 20+ points just once).  However, there was always the feeling that maximum potential was not being reached.  As BIG EAST play started, something changed.  Despite more inconsistency early on in conference games, anyone watching the Friars could clearly see why Efejuku was starting to succeed — it was his ability to get to the line.  After putting up three games of zero foul shot attempts, and never getting to take more than 6 freebies, he went 11-14 in the 3rd BIG EAST game (a win over Cincinnati). Efejuku would go on to record another 7 games of 10 or more foul shot attempts, including a ridiculous 15-17 in a win against Rutgers.  Teams knew he was going to take it to hole, but his speed and strength were too much.  His 61.27 Free Throw rate (FTM/FGA) was 2nd in conference play — only UCONN big man Hasheem Thabeet got to line more. Down the stretch Weyinmi was excellent, averaging 22.2 points per game over the final 9 games.  That earned him in a spot on the BIG EAST Honorable mention team.  Considering how stacked the BIG EAST was that year, it was a great accomplishment.

The circumstances surrounding Marshon Brooks as he enters his final year are quite different.  Brooks has only one full season as a starter under his belt, but has improved his numbers each season as his role increased.  Unlike Efejuku, Marshon will be one of two scholarship seniors (Ray Hall is a super duper senior, I think I had freshman CIV with him in ‘98) on a team full of inexperience and lacking in depth. However, from what Friar fans have seen in his three years here, Brooks also has the potential to do great things with his talents.

College Basketball Stats

With the key losses of Sharaud Curry (graduation) and Greedy Peterson (extreme shadiness), scoring production is most likely going to have to come from Marshon every night.  I am not saying here that Marshon Brooks needs to start driving to the hoop more in order to have an Efejuku like stretch — it’s not his game.  What I am saying is that for the Friars to exceed expectations this season, Marshon needs to put it all together and find his special way to rise above the competition in a consistent manner.  His three point shot needs to improve (his %’s the first three years are 27.0, 29.0, 29.6), and he needs to finish when he does get to the hoop.  Often times his slender frame would just get pushed around in the paint by the BIG EAST big boys.  Will his workouts this past off-season get him over the hump there? With last year’s team defensive disaster still lingering around, maybe Marshon can elevate his defensive game to the next level?  With Greedy missing, maybe Brooks will make better decisions with the ball because in the back of his mind he knows shots won’t be as rare as a Jersey Shore episode that doesn’t involve a fight (Oh yeah Paulie D yeah!).  Whatever the case, Brooks has the chance to step up and get the Providence Friars to win some games.

As a team, we’re definitely getting better. I think we’re playing a lot harder. The fact that I’m not playing up to par and we’re still in these games is amazing to me.

Marshon Brooks via Projo.com

Marshon Brooks: Never in my life I’ve been so uncomfortable on the basketball court…smh

Books posted this via Facebook this afternoon after the rough 82-79 loss to Marquette.  Marshon has had his ups and downs this year, and whenever he seemed to start really heating up offensively he would hurt his ankle or get a real nasty case of the flu.  This game was definitely one of his worst of the season while completely healthy.  With the Friars a bucket away from completing an improbably comeback, Marshon tried to take his man off the dribble for a layup in the lane.  However, Brooks couldn’t finish, and was blocked by Marquette’s Darius-Johnson Odom.  Having such an off game, Brooks needs to find other ways to contribute to the team, such as stepping up on defense, or using his great driving ability to feed open teammates who are particularly feeling it that moment.  As much as I’ve killed Curry and even Greedy at times for taking bad shots, the ball had to be in one of their hands on that possession.

We’ve seen what Brooks is capable of the last few years, so let’s hope he can use this game as a turning point.  Let’s hope #2 gets more comfortable out there, because the Friars are going to need him next year if they want to compete in the BIG EAST.

My ankle really didn’t feel that great so instead of trying to go by him, I just rose up and shot it and knocked those threes down

Marshon Brooks via Projo.com

Marshon’s Ankle

dave@friarblog —  January 11th, 2010 2:45 PM

Marshon Brooks just can’t catch a brake health-wise this season.  Just as he was finally getting back to putting up consistent numbers after the flu pretty much knocked him off his game for several weeks, his ankle problem popped up again for the 2nd time this season.  Back in mid-November, Marshon was having a superstar half against Mercer, putting up 22 first half points with spectacular shooting.  However, in the 2nd half he came down on someone’s foot and had to limp to the locker room. Since PC started to blow a big lead, Brooks actually had to come back into the game, but was largely ineffective.  He didn’t miss any games after that, but was clearly not 100% for the Alabama road loss.

This past Saturday against Rutgers, Brooks rolled his ankle again on a drive to the hoop in the 2nd half (he was on the ground for a bit).  Like the previous injury, Marshon was able to return to the game (which was encouraging because the game was never in danger…Oh Rutgers!), but anyone who has ever had an ankle injury knows the problem is at its worse when it’s sore the next few days.  According to his Facebook comments, Brooks has some pain, but he thinks he will not miss any time.

Elevation and Ice baby!

They were hitting shots and we were missing shots, and that’s a recipe for getting down big, especially on the road. Peoples, we didn’t expect him to hit those threes. He hit, what, five? That’s tough. They made a lot of shots.

Marshon Brooks via Projo

I think everyone agrees that the two big breaks from games this month for the Friars are going to be big.  The team has now played 11 games with each other, and now can really start to focus on improving their weaknesses before the BIG EAST season starts.

It also gives Marshon Brooks, who has struggled in the last several games, time to clear his head.  From his Facebook update earlier in the day:

Marshon Brooks Is being judged by EVERYONE so I gotta make a few changes in my life…..I need a break from “friartown”

As Kevin McNamara pointed out in his mid-term report card for the Friars, PC has lacked consistent leadership.  Marshon clearly has the talent capable of leading the team, so I think his struggles to close out OOC play will be a good wake up call to kick start the rest of his time as a Friar.  If he wants it, it’s there for the taking.