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November 15, 2011

Kyle Vinales for National Player of the Year

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Gasaway @ 11:00 am

Central Connecticut sits at 0-2 after losing close games to Yale and Niagara, but 6-1 freshman sensation Kyle Vinales should keep the Blue Devil faithful streaming into Detrick Gymnasium. I say save me a seat: you’ll be seeing me in New Britain if Vinales can keep up this incredible pace. Last night he scored 39 points in just 26 minutes in a losing effort on the road as CCSU fell to the Purple Eagles in OT.

I realize two games into a player’s career is a bit early to be touting National POY candidacies, but let’s face it: Vinales is better than Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes. Combined. I mean, just look at the kid’s line after two games:

    %Min  %Shots FC/40 FTM-FTA  Pct    2PM-2PA  Pct   3PM-3PA  Pct
     68.2   40.3  5.5   13-15   86.7    13-24   54.2    8-12   66.7

What’s not to love? He shoots more often than Jimmer did! His shots go in! He fouls like crazy (he was DQ’d with under eight minutes left in regulation last night). He coughs the ball up left and right (12 TOs in 113 team possessions). This freshman creates stats, good and bad, with gusto, and clearly head coach Howie Dickenman has given the young man a green light in more ways than one. There should be one official scorer assigned just to track Vinales. Who knows, if he keeps this up maybe he’ll get his picture uploaded onto his team’s site.

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