There comes a time in college basketball player's life where an opportunity presents itself where a team's need aligns exactly with the player's goal. That is what seems to be happening with Fairfield guard Jon Han, as he will be going from an underclassmen sophomore to an experienced junior next year.
With senior captain Michael Van Schaick graduating, coach Ed Cooley made his expectations clear of what he expects of Jonathan Han in the CT Post.
"The one person I felt was overlooked, especially the last 12 or so games, was Jon Han," Cooley said. "His development really helped us become a better basketball team. And he has to become a leader for us to become what we want to be. Jon really did come on at the end of the year. What a turnaround. We're going to need his leadership for the younger guys coming in."
And just one month earlier after a season ending loss in the MAAC Tourney, Han talked about his role for next year.
"I'm looking forward to being a leader and getting better in the off-season," said Han "Hopefully help out these young guys next year, because we don't want to feel what we felt today, this was tough to swallow."
Han sounds like he is ready to accept that challenge. And if the last 14 games of the season is any indication, Jonathan Han is already taking his game to the next level. Not only did he play an instrumental role in the 10-4 finish of the Stags, his statistics reflected that too. In the last 14 games, Han averaged 10.5ppg, 4.9 assists, 3.2rpg, 1.8 steals and shot 41% from the field, 81% from the FT line, and 33% from the arc.
Han's continued improvement in the off-season will be a key the Stags success in 2007-08.