Wednesday, December 5, 2012
In preseason talks about the Augusta State basketball team, thoughts went a number of directions.
There's local stand out Harold Doby, the trio of sophomore studs Devon Wright-Nelson, D'Angelo Boyce and Devonte Thomas and even the transfer of former Flagler big man Chad July.
There wasn't much said about Ryan Weems.
That was mistake number one.
The junior transfer is still transitioning to life under Dip Metress, but early results say he's doing just fine. The shooter has come off the bench in all four games, but he's led the team in scoring in three of the four.
He's averaging nearly a point per minute on the floor, and even Metress didn't realize exactly what he had.
"I went down and met with him in the fall, and I remember telling my assistant at the time, 'I just like him. He's a nice kid," Metress said. "I talked to him and brought him up for a game I think in January of last year, and just immediately thought he'd have an impact. I didn't think he'd be our leading scorer right now, but he's done a great job and we're fortunate to coach him right now."
Weems added, "When I came here I knew everybody was pretty good, and whatever it took to win, that's all that matted to me. Whether it meant coming off the bench to win, it didn't really matter. As long as we're winning, I'm good with that. I didn't expect to just come in here and score as much as this, but I'm just trying to fill my role, whatever it takes for this team to win."
The Jags hit the court again Saturday at Peach Belt rival Lander. After that, it's nine days between games for the nation's 21st ranked team.