Aggie fans must be thrilled with the play of Preston Medlin off the bench. The sharp-shooting freshman might need a sandwich or two, but he’s a gamer and has provided a huge spark off the bench with his fearless shooting touch and even his ability to drive and finish at the rim.
But when the freshman from Texas landed on a foot and rolled his ankle in Saturday night’s win over Utah Valley, there was a collective gasp on the USU bench as well as in the stands.
He was hurting badly and biting down on his jersey as the pain coursed up from his ankle.
A diagnosis on the extent of the injury has not been revealed yet, but if Medlin is not able to play this week during USU’s two-game Southern California road swing, the Aggies will need somebody to step in and play those minutes.
The obvious candidate is junior Brian Green. But he’s taken over the role of backup point guard and might not as available to play the shooting guard role as he would have been a couple of days ago.
That leaves Aggie coach Stew Morrill no option but to give seldom-used Tyrone White a few more minutes.
Here’s an observation few people got following Saturday’s game. Long after everybody but the cleaning crew had vacated the Spectrum, White was on the floor with a rebounding/passing machine as company.
On my way out of the arena, more than an hour after the game had ended, I stopped to watch White shoot several dozen shots. I also broke out the camera phone to snap a picture.
White has made only one basket this season because, as a true freshman playing behind Pooh Williams, Tyler Newbold, Brian Green and now Preston Medlin, White’s minutes have been hard to come by.
But based on what I saw Saturday night, he’s preparing himself to step in and play when his name is called.