Sunday, May 8, 2011

Gillenwater leaves, but Aggies will be OK

As I stated in my previous post, I think the Aggies will be OK without Troy Gillenwater.

Gillenwater will officially not return to NMSU for his senior season.

Of course Troy is a talented scorer on a team that will need offensive firepower next season. With the addition of Wendell McKines — who was hurt last year — and a fully capable Gillenwater, the Aggies had the potential to go to another level in 2011.

But I also think the team will be fine without him in the fold.

Troy fell short of being a leader last year when the Aggies needed one.

Scoring aside, he fell short in other key statistical categories. He had 16 assists in 27 games last season while being double-teamed throughout. That's not enough for a team's marquee player.

And I thought he could have averaged more than his 6.3 rebounds per game.

I'm not denying his ability to put the ball in the hole.

But the Aggies will be all right without him.


Anonymous said...

I really can't see the upside to this one? The loss of Troy has gotta be considered devastating. With him the Aggies are the favorites to win the league. Without him they have a huge offensive void. McKines and Gillenwater would have been a great 1-2 punch.

Is Gillenwater considered a 2nd round prospect? This sounds like a Jahmar Young type of situation? Where did he end up after leaving early?

Teddy said...

It's not devastating.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Teddy on this one. TG was a great scorer, but a terrible leader and he lacked the intensity to make the team tick. TG never made other players better. Wen has the ability to make those around him better and get the crowd into it! TG would have been a good compliment to Wen, but his loss will not be "devastating".