February 2, 2009
Loubeau making inside presence better for A&M
Not that long ago, the depth inside for Texas A&M took a severe hit when sophomore Denzel Bowles left the team in order to transfer closer to his Virginia Beach, Va., home. The loss turned a team with four legit big men into one with three with the third being a true freshman trying to find his way in the college game.
But David Loubeau has stepped up his game since Bowles' departure and now has two back-to-back performances under his belt that his provided confidence in him from head coach Mark Turgeon which in turn has gotten Loubeau more minutes on the floor. His 11-point, eight-rebound performance in an Aggie win over Texas Tech and the subsequent 10-point, four-rebounds game Saturday in a win over Oklahoma State has made Loubeau a nearly 20-minute man for A&M off the bench.
"I'm letting David play through more mistakes than I did early in the year and it's helping his confidence, but we knew what we were getting with David Loubeau," Turgeon said. "It just took a little bit longer. He had further to go defensively than we anticipated and he's really worked hard on that, but we knew he could score. Now that he's getting more playing time his confidence is better. He's got a good feel for the game."
Loubeau's improvement sort of shadows that of junior Chinemelu Elonu from earlier in the season. Elonu never seemed to find his game through his first two seasons on the court, but after a slow start to the season he started to get things going.
The thing with Elonu was always confidence, and once he started to string multiple games together you could see the confidence grow. So far this season, Elonu has arguably been the most complete player in an Aggie uniform and at times carried his team.
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