Wednesday, December 06, 2000
Huggins wants McElroy to shoot
Bearcats need more offense from 6th man
By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The most consistently used reserve during the University of Cincinnati's first four games has been Immanuel McElroy, who is averaging 20.2 minutes a game mostly as the team's sixth man.
McElroy, who started at Dayton last week because Kenny Satterfield had not practiced hard enough, is averaging 3.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
He has been one of the 18th-ranked Bearcats' best perimeter defenders and is shooting 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field.
He's got to be more aggressive offensively, UC coach Bob Huggins said. I like what he's given us defensively. I think he's capable of rebounding a lot better, and I think he's capable of scoring a lot more.
That is the next step for McElroy. He averaged 21 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists last season at Tyler (Texas) Junior College, where he was named second-team All-America.
Huggins keeps telling McElroy to shoot when he is open. In the early minutes of the Dayton game, he was as offensively aggressive as he had been all season. The 6-foot-4 junior missed a short bank shot, nailed a mid-range jumper and, midway through the first half, hit a scoop layup, was fouled, then completed the three-point play.
McElroy did not attempt another shot the rest of the night.
Since high school, I always passed up shots, he said. I could've averaged a dozen more (points). I always looked to get other players involved first. That helps your team.
At times, I feel I'm not doing the things I know I can do, some good stuff that I feel as we go along in the season will get better.
These have been McElroy's first Division I games, and he admits to being surprised by a few things.
For starters, he had never played in front of a crowd comparable to the one last week (13,553) at UD Arena. McElroy said the intensity is much greater at this level, as well as the number of quality players.
In junior college, I always had to guard the best players, and I did my part, he said. At this level, you've got so many good players you've got to have team defense to win games.
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