November 14, 2008
Walkup adding depth at two positions
Heading into the 2008-09 basketball season, Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon pointed to depth as a concern before hitting the practice court with his team. With the loss of Dominique Kirk, Joseph Jones and DeAndre Jordan, the concern seems to be a valid one.
Three weeks later with the season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Sunday at 4 p.m. at Reed Arena, Turgeon is feeling a little better about the depth of his Aggies.
"We're building some depth. Last year I thought we were building depth, but we were building depth one way. This year we're building depth a lot of ways," Turgeon said. "What I mean by that is playing fast, playing slow, playing big, playing small and last year we were just big and slow. Then all of a sudden Texas Tech whipped us and we had to figure something out. Then we did as the season went on, but I think we're more versatile with the players we have and we can do a lot of different things. That's a good feeling."
One Aggie that is providing some of the added depth is sophomore forward Nathan Walkup. As a freshman during the 2007-08 season, Walkup was mainly a long-range threat that didn't see many minutes accept for times where the Aggies needed points in a hurry. As a three-point shooter, Walkup has always been on the mark.
It's the other phases of the game where he struggled, but as a sophomore Walkup is feeling much more comfortable on the floor.
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