October 16, 2008

Leadership not an issue with A&M basketball

During the resurgence of Texas A&M men's basketball, it's easy to point at the leaders on and off the court that have blazed the way to three consecutive NCAA tournaments and four-straight 20-win seasons. It started with Antoine Wright and went to Acie Law, which was inherited by Dominique Kirk and Joseph Jones.

As the Aggies enter the 2008-09 season, those pillars of A&M basketball are now with Kirk and Jones graduated and on to play professional basketball in Europe. So A&M head coach Mark Turgeon is looking for new leaders to emerge on a team with just two seniors, but so far he isn't too worried about it.

"I think Josh Carter is really trying hard to do that. Josh had a really great spring, summer and here in the early fall," Turgeon said. "A guy like Bryson Graham has been injured and he's a tremendous leader. I don't think he gets enough respect or enough mention for what he does with that."

Carter led the Aggies with 12.2 points per game last season before entering the NBA Draft. He pulled out of the draft after getting input from scouts and coaches on what to work during his senior season. Graham, on the other hand, has been hampered by an ACL injury ever since first got to College Station two seasons ago.

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