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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio
St. Bonaventure men’s basketball coach Mark Schmidt doesn’t like sitting his guards if he doesn’t have to.
Out of a possible 1,130 minutes this season, junior guard Matt Mobley has played all but 52 of them. Point guard Jaylen Adams missed two games, but has logged 968 minutes out of a possible 1,050. Mobley has played the entire game 12 times, while Adams has done it on nine occasions.
Mobley is the NCAA Division I leader in minutes per game at 38.5. Adams ranks sixth at 37.2.
“When you’re 20 years old… you’re not gonna get tired,” Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said. “We had what, 56 fouls, we have four (media) timeouts every half. If you can’t play for four minutes hard, then you shouldn’t be playing.
“I always say depth is overrated. The only time you need depth is when you get in foul trouble. We had foul trouble today, and I thought Nelson came in and did a good job for us. That’s the only thing; in terms of being “exhausted,” you should be exhausted at the end of the game and then drink some fluids and let’s go play again.”
Adams averaged 37.5 minutes last year, so this is far from unfamiliar territory for him. In the 2010-11 season, Ogo Adegboye led the country averaging 39.
Adams and Mobley are going to be on the court unless they get in foul trouble. If they keep racking up wins, Schmidt and his staff will be just fine with that.