Frank Martin said he loved Marcus Stroman’s game, talking all preseason about how the pass-first point guard from Keenan was going to be a very strong player by the time he was through.
Thursday was another example.
Despite going 1-of-6 from the field, Stroman scored six points with three assists and three steals. He nearly had a SportsCenter top play nomination, too, when he drove down the court, saw an open lane and planted.
Stroman rose from the free-throw line, hand outstretched with ball, ready for his show-the-world moment. The ball hit back rim and bounced away.
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“I’ve seen him do that in high school games,” Martin said. “It would have been good to see him finish that. Because he went at it with aggression. It’s good to see a young kid do that.”
Martin chided Stroman (and Ty Johnson) for an off game at point guard but knows Stroman is going to be a vital part of the team. He’s already seeing the court like an upperclassman.
Once he puts it all together, the Gamecocks' big-three guards will have a fourth.