Matt Pressey's Presence Provides a Useful Spark

7 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, December 17 2011 Dec 17, 2011 Saturday, December 17, 2011 8:43:00 PM CST December 17, 2011 in Tiger Talk
By: Lucas Geisler

COLUMBIA - When Matt Pressey collided with Markeith Cummings in Thursday night's contest, it looked like the guard could be sidelined for the game.

"Yeah, I think I hit my head. Either he hit it, hit my head or I hit it on the ground, but yeah, I hit it."

That spill was the only time Pressey looked stoppable on Thursday's game versus Kennesaw State. But other teams may want to take note of that. Against Northwestern State on Dec. 2, Pressey set career highs with eight rebounds and five assists. Thursday, he set a career high in points with 15. Oh, and a monstrous dunk that set Mizzou Arena off.

So does the 10-game starter feel like he's hitting his stride?

"Not really," Pressey said. "I just keep doing what I'm doing. I rebound when I rebound, I pass when I pass, and I score when I get my opportunities."

A career high in humility, too. His teammates and coach, though, are there to stop that statistic.

"He's really valuable. I think he's one of the best on the team at penetrating. He really helps us out a lot, just getting to the hole, being aggressive. He's one of the best rebounders on our team and he's our starting shooting guard."

"Great teams, you gotta have a guy on your team like Matt Pressey," said coach Frank Haith. "A selfless guy that buys into his role completely, and is prepared when opportunity comes for him to do different things."


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