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Husky Men's Basketball

The latest news and analysis on Husky men's hoops.

March 16, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Battle of the freshmen point guards

One of the intriguing matchups in Thursday’s UW-Mississippi State game is that between freshmen point guards Isaiah Thomas and Dee Bost.
Thomas was named the Pac-10’s Freshman of the Year while Bost was among the contenders for that title in the SEC, ultimately being named as one of three unanimous selections to the conference’s All-Freshman Team.
While Thomas has become more of a scoring point guard for the Huskies — averaging 15.4 points a game and with 83 assists in 33 games, now just one more than Justin Dentmon’s 82 —- Bost is a little more traditional, with 152 assists in 35 games while averaging 11.1 points per outing.
What Bost and Thomas also have in common is having attended prep school, making each a little more ready to contribute immediately at the major college level — Thomas at South Kent (Ct.) and Bost at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.
“Very similar situations,” MSU coach Rick Stansbury said today in a conference call with reporters. “I think (Thomas) just like our guy has been able to be more successful as a freshman because of that prep school year. I know our guy has benefited immensely and been able to step in from day one with the ball in his hands which would have been hard to do as a totally true freshman coming out of high school.”
As I mentioned yesterday, Thomas and Bost met up last year, which so far is the only matchup I can find, other than AAU games, between members of the two teams.
Here’s the box score, with Bost’s team winning 90-68. Bost had 21 points, five assists and no turnovers, Thomas 18, six and three.
“He was a good scorer,” Thomas said.
The 6-2, 170-pound Bost was also a top-flight quarterback in high school earning honors as the MVP of the state title games in both football and basketball in Concord, N.C.

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