On a team with four senior starters it’s only natural to look ahead to the future and realize things will look a lot different for Jim Crews and the SLU Billikens next year. Jordair Jett will graduate. So will Mike McCall Jr, Rob Loe and Dwayne Evans.
Guys like Austin McBroom are why this program should continue to flourish.
The sophomore from North Hollywood, California is lighting it up from the floor this year. While his field goal percentage is just 37.8 overall, he’s shooting a team high 40.5 percent from three point range.
“I’m a shooter,” McBroom said. “I’m just able to make shots and I’m going to continue to try to make shots.”
The 5’9” guard transferred from Central Michigan University after his freshman season in 2011-12 and, due to NCAA rules, had to sit out last year before becoming eligible this fall.
The fact McBroom’s been able to play this well (he’s averaging nearly 10 points a game) is a mild surprise given the fact he hadn’t played a game since 2012.
“It was definitely hard,” McBroom said. “I think now I’ve gotten more comfortable on the court. Not being able to play a year and getting used to the speed again is a lot different than it is in practice. I’m glad I’m able to come back and feel comfortable being back on the court.”
The scary thing? Jim Crews believes he’s only going to get better in the future.
“I think there’s a lot more good that’s going to come out of Austin from what we’ve seen in the past and what we’ve seen in the games,” Crews said. “I’m not surprised and I think he’ll keep getting better.”
“Austin’s great. He’s a great leader on the court and he’s got a phenomenal shot,” forward Rob Loe said. “He stretches the defense out and makes it easier for us inside.”
When Jett and McCall Jr move on from the program and free up starting spots in the backcourt, McBroom should be more than ready to carry the torch.