Friday, February 1, 2013
By Matt Giles
For the first half of the season, Mike Tobey was still getting accustomed to the rigors of Division I frontcourts. He cracked double-digits in just two games (one of those contests coming against Seattle), and he barely left the bench for more than ten minutes a game. However, once ACC action began, coach Tony Bennett began to rely more heavily on 6-foot-11 Tobey, an perhaps underappreciated (on the recruiting trail) big, and Tobey has been on the standouts in conference play.
He has scored more than ten points in three ACC games, and in a recent win over North Carolina State, Tobey dropped 13 points against the interior tandem of C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell. In one sequence, Tobey was able to convert an offensive rebound, ripping the ball away from Howell, but the play that perhaps most significantly details Tobey's improvement this season came in the first half when he blocked Leslie in the lane and helped force a shot clock violation.