Friday, February 15, 2013
Sears' advanced play
By Matt Giles
When Justin Sears committed to Yale, there were reports the forward was a steal, potentially the best freshman in any of the Ivy League's recruiting classes. Though he recently missed two games, Sears has lived up to that billing, and is already an offensive leader for the Bulldogs.
Per Ken Pomeroy, Sears' usage rate leads the team, and he is connecting on just under 50 percent from within the arc. What is most impressive about the 6-foot-8 Sears is his ability to corral offensive boards -- ranked tenth in the nation, Sears hauls in 16.5 percent of Yale's offensive rebounds, a truly noteworthy stat that showcases his athleticism.
Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger spoke with Sears, and the frosh explained how he has been able to thrive against largely older competition: "I remember one of my coaches told me, 'Just act like you’re a sophomore when you're out there. You're not a freshman.'"