December 12, 2007

Aggie men starting to pick up Turgeon's system

Before Texas A&M began the 2007-08 season, new head coach Mark Turgeon warned that the team was having trouble picking up the new offensive system that he would implement in Aggieland. During the exhibition season, Turgeon said that the three most experienced players on the roster - seniors Joseph Jones and Dominique Kirk and junior Josh Carter - were the only ones who "got it."

Now, a month into the season and an 8-1 start to the season with wins over major conference teams such as Washington, Ohio State and Alabama, Turgeon says more players "get it," but there is still plenty of work to be done.

"We're starting to get it. Do we totally understand? No, we don't totally understand," Turgeon said. "Right now our guys are relying more on their ability, height, wingspan and God-given ability than they are the habits that we're going to need to be a great basketball team. We have to break that."

A&M's identity since the resurrection of a once dormant program, however, hasn't been marked by offensive prowess. Instead, it's been a haven of defensive intensity and toughness.

That, Turgeon says, is something that the Aggies cannot lose.

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