Texas A&M Basketball: Flagg’s breakout begins

While some might have viewed the season that Texas A&M Basketball’s Savion Flagg had last season as a breakout, his true emergence is just beginning.

Savion Flagg was a major breakout player for the Aggies last year, as the guard picked up much of what was left on the table by other players at the position, who were absent due to injuries and/or suspensions.

Flagg picked up great deal of the scoring for Texas A&M Basketball last season, but the main concern heading into this season was if he could contribute in the ball movement area of production. With T.J. Starks returning, Flagg would not need to contribute as much of the load of scoring as he did last season, rather he would be tasked with adjusting to the Aggies’ system.

However, in the Aggies’ first game of the season on Wednesday against Northwestern State, Starks was out yet again. Flagg stepped up in the win, dropping a team-leading 22 points, dishing out a team-high five assists, and tying Jonathan Aku for a team-leading seven rebounds.

While the big numbers came with both Starks and Nebo out, Flagg’s performance proved that he is able to lead the team in any area of the floor. The Aggies are by no means a deep team, so seeing production in multiple areas from someone like Flagg is a massive development.

Starks is expected to return, but seeing Flagg put up big numbers like he did last season is a good sign considering the challenge that will face the Aggies this season. If Starks is back for next week’s dual against Gonzaga, look for Flagg to step up with a huge game. The play of a second option will be a major factor in determining the production of the Aggies this season, but if the first game was an indication of anything, it is that the Aggies are in good hands with Flagg.