The San Diego Torero’s men’s basketball team is 13-13. Making the NCAA tournament is out of the question for the Toreros but there is something they can still play for. Pride.
Despite their mediocre record, the Toreros are a good team. They don’t always put together a complete game, but when they do, they can keep up with teams like Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s and compete in the WCC.
The Toreros have two young guys in Johnny Dee and Christopher Anderson, both sophomores, who are only going to get better. Dee is already the leader for this team on the court. He’s averaging 15 points per game. He’s shooting .452 percent from the floor and .40 percent from behind the arc. His free throw percentage is also tops on the team, shooting a blistering .893 percent from the charity stripe. Dee’s biggest issue? Assists. Yes, he’s a shooting guard, but he could benefit from dishing the ball out a little more. Now, I’m not saying he’s a ball-hog by any means. What I am saying is that another scorer needs to emerge on this Toreros roster.
That could be Anderson. The sophomore point guard has shown glimpses all season of being the second scorer on this team. He’s scored over double figures in 14 games this season. For the season he’s averaging 9.4 points, 5.6 assists, and 4 rebounds per game, all better than his season average last season. He’s going to get better. That’s evident.
The season is coming to a close, as the Toreros only have five regular season games left. Winning those last five are more than possible. The biggest test is Gonzaga, who they only lost to by one shot last time out. If they can put together a solid end of the season and a decent showing in the WCC tournament, they can start to gain some confidence and hopefully carry that over into next season.