Omari Spellman's 1st half with Villanova was forgettable, but that soon changed

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 10:15:11 AM. Villanova's first-year center showed what he brings - in the second half.
Omari Spellman will remember the first half of his first college game for being … pretty much unmemorable. Starting at center for Villanova against Columbia on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center, Spellman did nothing embarrassing. There was no tripping over his own feet. He just didn’t do enough of anything. Just kind of out there. Which meant this much-heralded five-star recruit, ready to go after being forced to sit as a freshman, in the best shape of his life — 37 pounds lighter now, he’ll tell you — gets to remember the first halftime of his college career as the time Wildcats coach Jay Wright lit into him. Spellman spoke of nerves and being too tentative. Chasing Columbia players around was not an easy test. Without prompting, Spellman spelled it out further. “My lack of effort,’’ he said after Villanova had finished off the Ivy Leaguers, 75-60. “Coach talked to me about my lack of effort.” Sometimes the stat sheet does tell the story. Spellman’s first half: 10 minutes, 2 points, 4 shots, 1 basket, 2 rebounds (1 offensive, 1 defensive), 1 turnover. Not close enough to the action to even pick up a personal foul. Second half: 13 minutes, 9 points, 7 shots, 9 rebounds (5 offensive, 4 defensive) an assist, no turnovers, 1 foul. For a little second-half stretch, hitting the offensive boards, finding teammates, Spellman was the dominant player on the floor. (When Villanova gets going, each guy out there tends to have a flurry like that.) The new 6-foot-9 starter...Read more
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