I knew it was going to happen. Junior guard Geron Johnson was going to take someone’s starting job.
He brought toughness. He brought production on offense. He loves harassing on defense.
So which Memphis Tigers’ spot does he get?
Sophomore forward Adonis Thomas came into the season as a potential NBA lottery pick. He has the size. He has the body. He has the skill set.
Last season, Thomas averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent from behind the arch.
This season, Thomas is averaging 10.4 points and 4 rebounds while shooting only 17 percent from behind the three point line.
If Thomas was not in the talks of being a NBA prospect, his sophomore numbers would not be frowned upon.
Let’s look at junior guard Chris Crawford. He started the season as the starting shooting guard. It wasn’t really working out because he wasn’t making any shots.
So Crawford was moved to the point guard spot because the point guard, junior Joe Jackson, wasn’t making the best decisions for the team but was making shots.
Well, Johnson got his start against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles replacing Crawford.
He finished the game with eight points, two rebounds and two steals.
But the most important stat of Johnson’s was his ability to shut down the Golden Eagles leading scorer.
Senior guard Warren Niles ranked ninth nationally in scoring and shoots unbelievably from the three point line (53%). He was limited to 1-of-11 shooting, two points and four rebounds. He missed his six three point shot attempts.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.