January 29, 2008
Kirk, Sloan splitting time at point guard
Heading into the 2007-08 season, new Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon had a dilemma at arguably the most important position on the court - point guard. The Aggies just lost unanimous First-Team All-American selection and NBA lottery pick Acie Law, and the only players that could play point guard were a collection of youth and a senior that had played next to Law for his entire career.
In an offense that values a point guard that can run an offense, Turgeon first looked at senior Dominique Kirk who had handled the offense at time with Law in College Station, but for the most part it was his defensive intensity and developing shot that made him valuable.
Meanwhile, sophomore Donald Sloan started next to Kirk in the backcourt as the shooting guard, but also the backup point guard to Kirk. Freshman B.J. Holmes continues to learn the system and adjust to the college game.
Now, five games into the Big 12 conference season, the point guard situation has been shaken up in Aggieland. Kirk, who has been run ragged by constantly manning up with the opponents' top backcourt player while trying to run an offense on the other end of the court, has essentially been moved back to his shooting guard post. Sloan, now, runs the point with more regularity.
Things, though, aren't that simple. To accurately describe A&M's point guard situation you could say that the Aggies have two combo guards that both can man the point. And that is exactly the case in College Station.
"They are sharing. I think Sloan has done a little more of it the last few games than Dominique. Dominique brings it down when we're going into a set because they feel more comfortable that way. It depends on which set I call. On the break we try to let Sloan bring it down as much as we can because he's so good in transition," Turgeon said.
"I'm proud of them because that's not easy to do and they're handling it well. When Sloan gets tired we'll move him to the two, and when we see Dominique get tired we'll move him to the two because it's hard. We're asking them to guard great players and then run the team. It's been hard on them. They're sharing it, and for two combo guards I think they're doing a hell of a job."
While many could easily believe that the point guard play at A&M could be a hindrance, Kirk and Sloan don't feel that way at all.
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