Yesterday when speaking with the media Ryan Harrow noted that he had spent some extra time in the gym working on his shot. Harrow linked his poor shooting to his struggles on the court saying “I think once I actually make a shot, I’ll get that confidence back that I can shoot, it’s just a mind thing, really, because in practice I’m hitting those same shots.”
Well today Harrow played perhaps his best game of the year and definitely his most complete. While his shooting was just 3-8 from the field Harrow played the entire game with an air of confidence. He missed shots but he kept attacking, he nabbed a few rebounds, and dished out six assists. The most telling stat though was Ryan’s one turnover. That one turnover was his only giveaway over the past three games.
If this team is going to grow into one of the top ten or top eight best squads in the land as Cal discussed following the game then they will do so behind the growth of Ryan Harrow. Coach said he was pretty pleased with the point guard’s play today except for a couple of lapses, ”I absolutely jerked him out of the game,” he said. ”The other parts of the game, I thought he did fine.”. Harrow at the 1 also seemed to have an impact on the other guys on the roster. Archie got those monster jams on the break as he was free to score and run the offense. Everything just seems to flow better with Harrow in charge.
Now Harrow just needs to continue to develop into the vocal leader of this group. as he said after the game “I think I’m yelling, but my yelling is like normal people’s talking.” Harrow needs to get loud on the court, which can be hard with his soft voice. Its just another aspect of his game that will be fun to watch as the year goes on. Hopefully today will be the first game on Harrow’s road to becoming the floor general that the Cats need to be successful. Otherwise it’s going to be a long year.