We’ve discussed to great lengths on here how George Mason lacking a true point guard has held them back. This is year three of Corey Edwards and we haven’t exactly seen what you’d want from a player looking to be this team’s floor general. Edwards does a lot things of well, he’s aggressive on defense, will stand in lane and take charges, dive for loose balls, and drain the occasional three-pointer. What he hasn’t done while at Mason is be a leader on the floor and make the players around him better. He’s currently third on the team in assists per game and only has two more total this year than freshman Marquise Moore, who has played less minutes than him. It comes down to decision making and we’ve seen Edwards hesitate a lot. As a result we have seen a lot of more of Bryon Allen at the point, who can be a great player but not especially at that position.
Plays called out of a timeout are especially telling for this team’s poor play from the point guard position. Both Allen and Edwards have been culprits of making terrible decisions out of a timeout or late in a game. So far this season we don’t have enough tape on Marquise Moore to say he’s better or worse in those types of situations but we’ve certainly seen some promise. He definitely has the ability to make the tough passes and set guys up for scoring opportunities, something this team is desperately lacking.
Moore can be a threat to score in the lane every time he touches the ball. His quickness and ability to slice to the basket are qualities that can add another dimension to Mason’s offense. Take the last game against Saint Mary’s for instance. In the second half he had two layups that highlighted his decision making skills and court vision:
Turnovers are obviously an important thing to consider with this position. Edwards has reduced his turnover percentage each year but his assist-to-turnover ratio has mostly stayed the same. Now this team’s assists per game ranks near the bottom of Division I and I think that’s due to mostly to inconsistency at the point guard position. Better ball movement in a motion offense starts with the point guard, plain and simple.
Moore has now started the last games and will continue to see more minutes. Is he the answer at point guard? We don’t know yet but he certainly is starting to look the part. With the offense in desperate need of a jump start some stability at the point guard position could really go a long way this season.