Thursday, June 7, 2012

Top Departing Players #19: Darin Mahoney

With the throes of the offseason all around us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the 20 best players that are departing from the Big Sky, either due to graduating, declaring for the draft, or transferring.

Darin Mahoney is a guy that will be missed by Weber State, because he did all of the little things that a team needs to win. His stat line is not impressive... four points and about six rebounds per game, but that doesn't really signify what he did for the team.

He did not shoot all that often, or ever really look for his own shot, but when he did, he was at least efficient. He shot 53% from the field, and 76% from the free throw line. He knew his game, and knew that looking for his own shot was not part of it, so he took what was given. This is the sign of a smart player.

He was a guy that was a solid rebounder and defender.  He had an 11.7 OR% and 18.6 DR%, both solid rates. He had a 4.0 block %, which equated to about one per game. He was willing to do the dirty work, and this made him a perfect fit for a team with scorers like Damian Lillard and Scott Bamforth.

He also complemented Kyle Tresnak well in the post. Tresnak is a guy that is a very good offensive weapon, but is not a great rebounder. Mahoney helped to hide that weakness. Mahoney was a guy that would never fill the stat sheet, but I have a feeling Randy Rahe is sure going to miss him.

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