Day Can Be What Gamecocks Need

After the loss to Clemson on Saturday, USC Head Coach Dave Odom stressed the importance of getting that loss out of the team's head. Thirty-two seconds into the game Tuesday night, it was obvious this was a different Gamecock squad. Junior swingman Dwayne Day hit a three pointer to open the game, and the confidence began to flow out.

Day's performance Tuesday night was a sign that this team has the ability to win when Tre Kelley is not at his best. Day's 17 points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal are not the most impressive numbers he'll ever put up, but consistency every night out of Day can take this team further than expected.

Day's energy and determination was easily seen from press row to the upper deck (all ten of you up there). Day lost his starting job before the Citadel game, but earned it back after the Clemson game.

For this team to succeed, Day not only needs to keep his starting role, but be the guy that this team can count on night after night. Kelley and Brandon Wallace are quality players, but Day's ability to shoot or dribble-drive can take a lot of weight off their shoulders.

What was even more impressive than Day's numbers Tuesday night, was his defense and effort. For two years, we've seen Day only focus on shooting and playing poor defense. Day's hustle and energy rubbed off on his teammates.

Day still needs to box out a little better and get his free throw percentage up, but it's a lot of fun to see this young man becoming the player we all thought he could be. By no means am I saying he's there yet, but the door is opening wider.

The Gamecocks next match up will come on Saturday evening against the Baylor Bears in Waco, TX. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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