Monday, January 4, 2010

Xavier coach: Ish Smith the difference

Xavier coach Chris Mack credited Concord's Ish Smith (above right), a Wake Forest senior and a player he recruited for the Musketeers, with a key role in Sunday's double-overtime victory by the Deacons in this story in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

An excerpt:

Mack commended his players for their effort and said the game could have gone either way. The difference, he said, was Smith.

The senior point guard surpassed the 500 career assists mark in the game and finished with a team-high 28 points on 10-of 14 shooting.

“I tried to recruit him to Xavier because Wake Forest was waffling for a long time. Coach Prosser got me and decided to take him at the end,” Mack said.


Anonymous said...

Ish was the man. If he could only teach AFA how to dribble Wake would be in business.

Anonymous said...

I am a Wake fan. Wake shows brilliance shooting 50+% from the field. They are tenacious, and of course they rebound well. They also have a decent coaching staff. The only thing keeping them from being a top 10 team in the country is a) making foul shots and b) accentuating the skills that are possible for each player. Most big men shouldn't dribble, but learn how to post up and become adept at hook shots, etc. Some big men can learn to dribble (i.e. Magic Johnson). If Wake can just get to 73% foul shots made per game, I predict a sweet 16/NCAA. If they can't learn to shoot foul shots, then they could relive the Cleveland State and Butler/NCAA early exit night mares. LEARN to shoot free throws while you still have time guys!!!!