The “CENTER TANDEM”
It’s interesting to look at the Center position for Towson. That position is filled by Melvin Steele and Jason Miner. Even though Steele is the starter, the minutes are closely shared and they’ve created what some call the “Center Tandem”. And though their styles and capabilities are a little different, the results are eerily alike. Since both tend to fatigue fairly quickly, it’s fortunate for Coach Aura that he has two players who can get in there and get the job done. On any given night, one of the other will be amongst the leaders for the Tigers and…like in last night’s game…occasionally both are. Their season stats are surprisingly similar and when there stats are combined, it become apparent that the two players produce more for the team than any other position.
When asked about sharing the Center position, Steele said, “Jason and I are best of friends thatand supportive of each other. Some games one of us will play great and the other not so great, but we both give each other a pat on the back after every game.” Miner responded, “And when we both play great, we high five. Coach Fed told me to just go out and do the best I can every time I go out onto the court and promised that, even though I’m not starting, I’d get my share of the minutes.” Steele added, “Yeah, when I see Jason coming on the court, I’m usually so tired I’m relieved to get a breather.”
“Jason’s first year at Towson was also my first year here. Melvin already had a year of Division I experience and Jason needed some time to get used to playing college ball plus he came to us as a PF rather than a C, so Melvin played a lot more that season than did Jason. That disparity in playing time reduced significantly the next season and has basically disappeared this season. Fortunately these guys have an “us” attitude, a “team” attitude rather than “me” attitude. I’m spoiled by being able to switch the two of them in and out of games and know that their level of play is so similar that it just means things get better by fresh legs being on the court,” said Coach Aura. “And I think it’s frustrating for our opponents to know that there is no diminution in play when we sub at the 5.”
When asked about the “Center Tandem” term, Coach Aura said its been used within the team for quite a while, but he just recently mentioned it in an interview, so its now taking on a resonance with fans and the media.
Steele is a senior and Miner is a junior, so this will be the final “Center Tandem” season at Towson. “I’m going to hate losing my ‘twin’”, said Miner. Waiting in the wings is what some believe will be a huge presence: C Donny Flint is riding out his year of ineligibility due to transferring. Flint has been billed as a likely dominant force for Towson and within the Colonial Athletic Association. Time will tell if this is correct and what that portends for Jason Miner next season.
Season 2 Episode 17: Dog Days of August
In this campaign sim of the Toronto Blue Jays, we continue our sim with two more weeks of mediocre crappy baseball. We do make a few moves throughout this sim, getting Hyun Jin Ryu back from the injured list, but otherwise, we just keep plugging through the Dog Days.