Gradebook: SMU vs. TCU

EJ Holland gives out grades to each SMU starter and the bench inside!

Nic Moore (4-11, 13 points, 8 rebounds 4 assists)- Moore is definitely the point guard SMU has been looking for. The lighting quick transfer from Illinois State isn't afraid to put up shots and aggressively attack the rim. Moore led the team in points and tied for the lead in rebounds He only turned it over twice and kept calm in adverse situations. There are a couple of situations where he missed the open bigs and played too fast, but overall it was a good first game for Moore. Grade: A-

Ryan Manuel (3-7, 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists)- Manuel is the hardest player to grade. He was up and down for most of the game but came through when his team needed him the most. Six of Manuel's 12 points came from the free throw line, which means he was aggressive offensively. But he still needs to work on his jumper and finishing at the rim. Manuel, however, did play really solid defense and is extremely athletic. Grade: B+

Nick Russell (3-10, 8 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists)- Russell struggled shooting the ball and missed all of his 3-point attempts. Russell was very active on both ends of the floor, but he needs to be able to make open shots and come away with at least a couple of steals moving forward. Grade: C

Shawn Williams (3-5, 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists)- Larry Brown said Williams was one of the most impressive players at practice over the last month, but again, he didn't do much on the floor. Williams had a quiet night offensively and only played half the game after getting in a bit of foul trouble. SMU fans will have to wait another game to see if Williams can finally break out. Grade: C

Yanick Moreira (1-6, 4 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block)- Moreira started the game with tons of energy and appeared to be rebounding everything in sight. But then he faded away. Moreira struggled tremendously offensively. He could not hold on to the ball around the rim and missed some easy put backs. Because of this, Moreira played just 17 minutes. Grade: C-

Bench- Keith Frazier came off the bench and really gave SMU a spark. The freshman scored 11 points and did not force any shots. He played a little erratic at times but overall, he was really impressive, and there is no reason he shouldn't start in the near future. Cannen Cunningham replaced Moreira for most of the second half and made some key rebounds and put backs. He finished the game with six points and five boards. Markus Kennedy also saw significant minutes, but like Moreira, he struggled offensively. Grade: B+

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