VIDEO: Tim Quarterman stepping up

Sophomore guard Tim Quarterman continues to show improvement in his versatile game in year two at LSU. He touches on that and previews Tuesday's UMass game in this video interview with TSD.

Tim Quarterman has finally found a niche at LSU.

The 6-foot-6 perimeter player, who came to Baton Rouge as a primary point guard, has learned to play all over the wing - from the one through the three - and it's paying dividends for not only the player but a team that desperately needs his presence.

Check out Quarterman's statistics from last season, his freshman campaign, and through six games this year.

Freshman Season: 12.3 mpg, 2.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 26.4% FGs, 54.8% FTs

This Season: 31.0 mpg, 9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 47.6% FGs, 77.8 FTs

Those numbers speak volumes about Quarterman's development (particularly the shooting percentages) but also about the fact that mainstays from last season like Shavon Coleman, Anthony Hickey and Andre Stringer are no longer around to occupy minutes in the backcourt.

Now Quarterman's role is a fusion of all three of those guys. The Savannah, Ga., native is asked to distribute like Hickey, defend the other team's best wing like Coleman and provide some of the offense Stringer was always good for.

All of that suits Quarterman, a former four-star prospect, just fine.

"It feels great just knowing I can help my team in many ways," Quarterman told TSD Monday. "I get after it out there on the defensive end, and I think on offense I try to do anything to help my team win - offensive rebounds, assists, points. In high school I was kind of an all-around player also, so it's just transferring from high school to college."

One of the things Quarterman's coach, Johnny Jones, is most pleased with regarding the player is the energy he brings off the bench. It's part of the game plan Jones intends to stand by.

“I think it’s ideal for us," Jones said of bringing Quarterman off teh bench. "He brings so much because of the versatility that he has on the floor, playing the one, two and the three positions for us.

"I think he gives us a great deal of energy off of the bench which is really needed. He changes the complexion of the game when he comes in, and we certainly would have it that way than having a drop off if he was starting. I think the position he’s played right now with the minutes that he’s given us and the mentality that he has when he comes into the game has been really good for us and has given us a lift.”

Watch Quarterman go in-depth on this year's LSU team, righting the ship, playing big minutes and the Tigers' opponent in the PMAC Tuesday night - Massachusetts.

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