Texas A&M Basketball: Postgame player grades vs Providence

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The Backcourt

Whether it was freshman nerves or too much aggression, TJ Starks had issues holding on to the ball against Providence. He played with plenty of energy, but lacked the control needed from a player at his position. Starks frequently forced shots and tried to do too much by himself. Rather than finding the open man he drove the ball into traffic and took low percentage shots.

With Starks it seems that every game will have its extremes. He’ll make an incredible shot only to follow it up with a inexplicable turnover. When he’s on, he’s a meaningful asset, but surviving his inconsistencies makes giving him significant playing time a concern. He salvaged a rough start by scoring all 15 of his points in the second half, but he’s still a wildcard ever time he’s on the court.

FINAL STAT LINE: 5-of-12 from the field, 1 rebound, 8 assists, 6 turnovers, 15 points

Admon Gilder has quietly become one of the most impactful players for this team. When the offense stalled early it was Gilder that got things going, driving to the rim and creating his own shots. Unlike Starks, Gilder played with poise and control. This isn’t his first trip to the big dance; he’s made big shots in March before. That was evident against Providence.

It was the little things that don’t always show up in the box score that made Gilder’s performance meaningful. His movement off the ball and eye on the court set the Aggies up for success on both ends of the court.

FINAL STAT LINE: 6-of-10 from the field, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers, 18 points