November 20, 2009

Sloan starts season strong in new role

When Samford scouts Texas A&M in preparation for Friday night's 7 p.m. tip-off at Reed Arena it'll see a much different player in A&M senior guard Donald Sloan.

Well, as long as Samford is watching tape from this season.

If all the Bulldogs have is film of A&M from last year, then they'll be in for a rude awakening Friday at Reed. Sloan has leads the Aggies in scoring with 19 points per game, which shouldn't be much of a surprise after Sloan led the Aggies in scoring last season. But the way he's doing it is much different than as any point in his A&M career.

A&M head coach Mark Turgeon has inserted sophomore guard Dash Harris at the point, moving Sloan off the ball to shooting guard. The change has allowed Sloan to move more without the ball, and so far this season it's resulted in more open looks for the senior scorer.

"I get to shoot more. It's pretty cool. I used to bring the ball up the court but I still have the ball in my hands a lot during possessions and at the end of possessions," Sloan said. "For me just not bringing the ball up the court is pretty much the only difference. It's happened this year but I'm still doing both. I feel more comfortable to be in a position to make plays instead of passing and cutting through. I feel pretty good."

So far Sloan has been pretty good in his new role. He opened the season with 14 points in A&M's win over Angelo State and followed that up with 24 at SMU. He's shooting 59-percent from the field and 66.7-percent from beyond the three-point arc.

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