November 9, 2007

Point guard play a key to Aggie season

The Mark Turgeon era officially kicks off Friday night at Texas A&M as the Aggies host McNeese State in the season opener at Reed Arena at 7 p.m. Through two exhibition games Aggie fans have been able to see Turgeon work through his lineup and figure out how to start the season. Friday, however, will be the official opening of the post-Billy Gillispie era in College Station.

It will also be the post-Acie Law era in Aggieland. Law, who is playing for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA after becoming A&M's first basketball All-American, had been the Aggies point guard for four seasons stretching back to his freshman season when he played for head coach Melvin Watkins.

Senior Dominique Kirk will move over to handle the point while sophomore Donald Sloan and freshman B.J. Holmes will see minutes there as well.

"I've said all along the best thing for me is I never coached Acie. I don't know what it's like," Turgeon said. "Do we miss Acie making those three's and hitting those shots like the other team was making against us last night? Sure. I'm sure the guys and the fans miss it, but we're going to be a five-man team out there with five guys every time down the floor with a chance to score. Hopefully we'll be more balanced and not have to rely on that guy not having a bad night in order for us to still win the game."

The Aggies should have two of the three available point guards on the court at most times, especially with both Kirk and Sloan in the starting lineup. Kirk has started every game of his career at shooting guard next to Law in the backcourt. Sloan is a combo guard who can play either on the ball or off it.

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