He’s a freshman *clap clap clapclapclap.*
But you’d never know it by his play. He came into the conference and immediately started boarding. This is a kid that picked up a bunch of rebounds at BYU of all places. We never give teams credit for what they do against D1 teams, but… We’re all aware that BYU is dirty. And Tony hasn’t let us down against D2 teams either.
Tony is admittedly our prototypical player, so it’s easy to talk about him. Our favorite position is power forward and our favorite metric is player production, so… Tony has it easy in terms of that, but it’s challenging to actually accomplish. Play unselfishly, sacrifice your body, fight hard on both ends of the floor, make your free throws.
He’s done it a lot throughout the season and exemplified it this week. Against UAF he was 5-11 from the field while making 8-11 free throws and grabbing 14 boards. He ultimately finished with a full house. Against Alaska-Anchorage he finished with 16 boards. UAA is a hella good rebounding team and so for anyone to do that is impressive, but as a frosh going against a few monster seniors like Suki, Conner, and most of all Corey? Wow. He also shot really smart from the field and then went 11-13 on free throws, which inevitably helped lead his team into the OT period. While he fouled out and we’re sure at least one of them was stupid… He’s a frosh. It happens.
Congrats Tony and good luck against the Wolvaliers!