Alford says PG by committee

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Posted by mh on October 11, 2018 at 07:26:40

The loss of the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Campbell could lead to what Alford described as a point guard-by-committee approach for a team that had been widely expected to contend for the Pac-12 Conference title before the wave of injuries. The starting point guard presumably will be sophomore Jaylen Hands, with freshman wing player David Singleton and 6-9 sophomore Chris Smith also assisting with ballhandling duties.

Alford said before the luncheon that he envisioned Smith being used in a similar role as former Bruins guard Kyle Anderson, another unusually tall ballhandler.

"He's not Kyle Anderson yet," Alford said of Smith, "but he's got that makeup of 6-9 and long, so maybe using him a little bit in that position like we did with Kyle."

The biggest onus will be on Hands to play heavy minutes while becoming more of a distributor than he was in his first college season. Hands averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 turnovers per game last season as the backup to Aaron Holiday, but Alford said Hands understood the shift that would be needed in his approach this season.

"We've got to have him score," Alford said, "but his assist-to-turnover ratio has got to be two- to three-to-one, and we're seeing that in practice."

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