November 21, 2007

A&M faces Washington in NIT Tip-Off semis


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Jon Brockman

DeAndre Jordan

PPG: 23.0 RPG: 11.7 FT%: 68.4

Junior forward Jon Brockman may be undersized in the middle when it comes to height, but his physical play combined with sound fundamentals has allowed him to have a fantastic start to the 2007-08 season averaging a double-double through the first three games. Brockman will have a tough time against the trees of A&M, but he can also use his body well enough to negate A&M's height advantage. The Aggies will go at him on the offensive end to try to get him into foul trouble as the Huskies will go as far as Brockman will take them.

PPG: 10.8 RPG: 8.0 FG%: 90.9

Freshman center DeAndre Jordan will have his toughest task yet as he goes up against Brockman in the post. His 7-foot frame could cause Brockman problems on the defensive end of the floor, but Brockman knows how to block out well and can keep Jordan off the boards. Jordan's youth and inexperience will be put to the test against Brockman, who is much more seasoned and fundamentally sound. If Jordan, however, can stay out of foul trouble defending Brockman, then his height could drastically wreak havoc on Brockman's low post offensive game.
Quincy Pondexter

Joseph Jones

PPG: 9.7 RPG: 4.7 FT%: 58.3

Sophomore Quincy Pondexter has quietly been averaging nearly 10 points per game this season. He started 22 of 32 games as a redshirt freshman in 2006-07 and averaged 10.7 points and four rebounds per game. At 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, Pondexter is a forward that can get dirty in the post or step out and hit the long range shot. He shot 37.5 percent last season from behind the arc. He's hit two of five this season.

PPG: 10.5 RPG: 3.5 FG%: 51.9

Senior forward Joseph Jones has been very good this season inside the paint and stepping out for a 15-foot jump shot. Offensively, he is currently the A&M go-to guy. Don't be surprised to see Brockman move over to defend Jones as his 255-pound frame provides more size to battle with Jones, who is thought of as the most physical player in the Big 12 conference. Pondexter will draw Jones outside on the defensive end, but Jones can do the same on offense.