York learning from McConnell

Gabe York has learned plenty from T.J. McConnell since Parker Jackson-Cartwright went out. Read on to see what that is, how he has enjoyed playing the point, and more.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright has missed nearly three weeks of action, which has allowed Gabe York to man the point. The experience has helped him gain a different perspective on the way to play.

"It’s different," York said. "In practice I have done it all year, so it’s not something I am not able to do or comfortable with, but it is different when you get in those game-like situations.

"Obviously you have to run the team and you have to think more about passing than scoring."

York has enjoyed playing the point, but also realizes that he has plenty of room for improvement.

"I like it a lot," he said. "I think I need to do a better job of knowing when you score and knowing when to pass, but that all just takes time and getting reps."

There's obviously a major drop off when T.J. McConnell leaves the court and York knows that he can't match the senior's play.

"He’s probably one of the best in the country at his job and what he does and that’s why he plays so much," York said. "I don’t try and mimic anything he does. I don’t think it is possible, so I just go out and try to play my game."

What makes McConnell so special?

"Court vision," York said. "It’s ridiculous. I don’t know how he seems some of the things he sees.

"Off spin moves and he finds people who are standing behind him and it is a perfect pass. It’s just a gift."

Having Jackson-Cartwright out of action has also allowed York to work closely with McConnell.

"Since Parker is out I have been guarding T.J. the last two weeks every rep in practice," York said. "He is also telling me the ins and outs of how to be successful at point guard. It’s good to have someone like him who is such a good point guard and cares so much about his position.

"What he has told me is that you have to be passionate about what you do no matter what it is. His passion is about getting assists. He likes scoring, but at the end of the day he likes seeing his teammates be successful and I think that is the biggest thing I took from him."

York is hoping that each game he will apply what he has learned and that will continue with USC on Thursday.

"I think they have had their ups and downs," York said of the Trojans. "On any given day, any team can be beat and we have shown that this year in some of the losses that we have had.

"We aren’t taking them lightly by any means. We’re going to come into practice and be ready to play and go over their personnel and what their strengths and weaknesses are."

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