Monday, November 26, 2007

Speaking of adjustments

Junior varsity to varsity. Prep to college of any sort. Junior college to D-1. D-1 to pro. It's always a big leap and three of Boise State's junior college transfers are in the midst of such a transition.

Here's a good column about this by Nick Jezierny/The Idaho Statesman.

Junior college transfers adjusting to life in Division I
Three Broncos find out the game is a little different at the next level. 'It moves a lot quicker.'

Nick Jezierny
The Idaho Statesman

Greg Graham expects Aaron Garner, Jamar Greene and Mark Sanchez to be weapons for his Boise State basketball team this season, but the coach also knows that the three junior college transfers will struggle with a jump to Division I."Guys have to learn to adjust and understand the game,'' Graham said.

Greene, who is from Richmond, Va., has had the most success. The guard, who originally committed to Seton Hall, is playing 30.3 minutes a game and has made 8-of-21 shots from the field. But he's been inconsistent and still is catching on to BSU's offensive and defensive systems.

Garner hasn't made a field goal in his 8.3 minutes per game, while Sanchez is playing seven minutes a game behind Matt Nelson and Reggie Larry.

"It's not like junior college - it moves a lot quicker and everyone is more fundamentally sound. ... In JUCO, you just go out and play,'' said Sanchez, who is from Tucson, Ariz.

Senior Matt Bauscher, who played a year at Spokane Community College, said Division I ball is an eye-opener.

"It's way more time demanding and you have to allocate more time at this level," he said. "There's a lot more on the line, but there are a lot more rewards at the Division I level."

The BSU trio isn't alone. JC transfers experience the same rollercoaster ride early just about everywhere.

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