December 5, 2007

Aggies working on getting Carter open

Texas A&M junior small forward Josh Carter has always been classified as a scorer, especially from beyond the 3-point arc. As a sophomore, Carter led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage by hitting 50-percent of his perimeter shots.

Carter had point guard Acie Law running the offense then and Law's penetration and kick outs would often find Carter wide open on the wing. This season, however, Carter is forced to create his own shot without Law running the point. So far, Carter has done well by averaging 13.5 points, but his 3-point percentage has suffered since he's shooting with hands in his face more often than before. Still, he's hitting an impressive 41.3-percent from 3-point range.

Carter has also added a mid-range game that makes him much more of a threat than he has ever been in his career with the ball in his hands, but without Law on the floor opposing coaches focus on stopping Carter.

Carter isn't the only big time threat on the floor for the Aggies. Senior forward Joseph Jones can score inside or out with a nice mid-range jump shot. It's obvious, however, that those two are the offensive players the Aggies will lean on. Dominique Kirk, Donald Sloan, Bryan Davis and Derrick Roland can all score, but late in a tight game it's most likely going to fall on Carter or Jones.

"Texas A&M is legit. They're a really good team," said Arizona interim head coach Kevin O'Neill. "They've got experience, size and a go-to guy with Carter and Jones."

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