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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Charmaine Tay gets the point




If fast break basketball with a point guard that gets a team into the transition game and distributes the rock is your thing...you're going to love Charmaine Tay. The incoming freshman, who finished her high school ball at Bloomfield Tech in New Jersey excels in all of the above and can go to the glass and put up the shot as well.

Tay is a true point guard, a position Louisville had their difficulties with last season. She can get the team into offensive sets, has no trouble handling one on one or zone press pressure and is more than willing to pass on a shot and set up a teammate for a score.

At 5'10", she rebounds surprisingly well and will adapt to "Walz" ball easily. Defensively, she's an agressive stopper that will get her share of steals and deflectons. Her range is a little suspect from beyond the arc...but this Louisville team will have 3-4 long range bombing specialists and can use a distributor of the orb.

Tay will challenge the redshirt Dez Byrd, Shelby Harper and Rachel Story for time directing the offense. Byrd, who was converted to point, might very well return to the "2" where she seems a little more comfortable and effective. One thing is for certain...the Cards won't have a lack of guards.

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29 points and 10 rebounds for Angel McCoughtry against Tulsa Tuesday as the Dream etch out a 96-90 win. Angel looks to be a lock for the WNBA All-Star game and if there is anybody playing better in the league right now...point her out to me.

Sure, she may turn it over occasionally or miss the open player now and then...but the good she does on the court far outweighs the occasional miscue. Remember, gang...she's only in her second WNBA season.

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