How bout Jalen Courtney's contributions last night? He looked pretty good in his limited minutes. I didn't see the whole game, but I saw him get a couple buckets and look impressive doing it.
I was really happy for him!
Personality-wise, Jalen is my favorite player. He's an awesome kid and if you watch the bench at all, you'll see he's an incredibly enthusiastic team supporter. He's a great cheerleader and consistently positive. I think that's an important role.
On the court he lacks confidence. He's not a quick thinker in fast action, and sometimes looks like a deer-in-headlights! But I think last night, when he saw Johnny light it up, and the S.Carolina forwards being small, he loosened up.
He's not really an SEC caliber player, but I think he can give us a few good minutes per game,and rest Johnny. Especially if we are ahead by 10+ pts and he doesn't feel a huge responsibility to score/rebound, because, ironically, that's when he'll score/rebound.