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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Valentine on guard in accelerated role

Sophomore Drew Valentine, a player Oakland coach Greg Kampe continuously praises showed his mettle again Thursday, after being charged with defending preseason all-league first-teamer Alex Young, who the numerous NBA scouts in the crowd were also taking a quick look at.
Young did score 18 points, but it came on 6-of-15 shooting.
“The guy who nobody's talking about here is … Drew Valentine. He is a guy who played tonight. His effort tonight was Herculean,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. “He took a future pro in Alex Young and even though (Young) got 18 points, it was a battle. Every basket he got was a battle. Valentine did a hell of a job on him on defense and he played great offense.”
Valentine has typically played 19 minutes per game, but went 36 against the Jaguars, a career high.
Valentine's 10-point, nine-rebound effort Thursday came on the heels of a 6-for-6 night at Oral Roberts.
“He is just getting better every time he takes the floor and that's why we have a good basketball team.”
Valentine started his 11th game of the season against the Jaguars and eighth in a row after making zero starts last season. He's averaging 6.2 points per game.
… Kampe was doubtful for a Saturday return of guards Larry Wright and Ledrick Eackles, both suffering from ankle injuries. Wright played just three minutes in the win at Oral Roberts and sat out multiple practices during the week leading up to the IUPUI game. Eackles tweaked his ankle coming down awkwardly after completing an alley-oop in the first half Thursday.


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