Tomorrow marks the final home game for four seniors, two of which have been important factors during their entire careers at Texas A&M. Though this season hasn’t gone the way many Aggies were expecting, Dash Harris and David Loubeau still deserve their moments tomorrow night at Reed Arena.
Only five classes at Texas A&M have played in three or more NCAA Tournaments, and the class of 2012 has played in front of the three largest crowds in Reed Arena history during their time in College Station.
Simply put, few players have meant as much to their teams during their time in College Station as Dash Harris has. Is he the perfect point guard? No. His inability score is well documented, and at times he’s tried to do too much. But for not for lack of trying.
Aggie fans have had a love/hate relationship with Harris during his four years in Aggieland, but one thing you have to respect is his effort on the court. He’s played most of this season as the team’s only point guard, and has been called on to play upwards of 30-35 minutes per game on numerous occasions.
Statistically, he’s one of the best point guards in Texas A&M history. Harris is top ten in both steals and assists, and is on a list of just 8 players in Aggie history to total over 300 assists and 100 steals as an Aggie. Tuesday will be Harris’ 85th start as an Aggie.
Loubeau will have played in more games than all but five players in Texas A&M history. Very few players have been more productive over the course of four seasons as Loubeau has.
He’s one of just 16 players to score over 1,000 points and grab 500 boards, and he ranks 20th and 18th all time at Texas A&M in scoring and rebounding respectively. With tomorrow’s game, David Loubeau will have played in more conference games than any player in A&M history.
Like Harris, Loubeau has had ups and downs during his college career. He’s at times flashed some incredible touch in the low post, but his career has been plagued by inconsistency on the defensive end.
Closing it out
It’s unlikely that the 2012 is going to go down as one of the more memorable in A&M’s history, but these two seniors have been a part of more than just this season. Harris and Loubeau were big parts of the 2010 NCAA Tournament team that came within a couple of possessions of the Sweet 16, and helped guide the 2011 team back for a sixth straight time.
Though they haven’t been around as long as the other two, tomorrow night also is the senior night for first year transfer Zach Kinsley, and walk-on Alex Baird. Kinsley has averaged two points in nine minutes per game this season, and Baird logged some important minutes in Dash Harris’ absence.