FAU coach Mike Jarvis gives freshman guard Stefan Moody some pointers in practice on Thursday. (Owl Access Photo)
After FAU freshman Stefan Moody struggled in the first two games, the Owls are already looking for a new point guard.
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BOCA RATON – Florida Atlantic freshman Stefan Moody was thought to be the Owls' point guard for the immediate future.
Instead, after just two games, the days of Moody running the point could already be in the past.
After Moody struggled in FAU losses at North Carolina and Mississippi State, Owls coach Mike Jarvis said Moody could be used more as a shooting guard until he can show he is ready to run the point again.
“Someday he will be a really, really good college point guard, but first, and right now, I have to make sure he is a really good guard,” Jarvis said. “We're going to have to make some adjustments to where we play him, how we play him so we can take advantage of his talent. ...Stef is such a great scorer and athlete that it might be in our best interest to put him in that position. ”
Moody has 10 turnovers and just two assists this season but his struggles can partly be attributed to his inexperience, Jarvis said.
“He played like a freshman,” Jarvis said. “I thought he would have done better.”
However, if Moody isn't the Owls' starting point guard when the Owls face Coppin State on Saturday in Elon, N.C. the other options to run the offense are also freshman. Cavon Baker and Jackson Trapp were given opportunities to play point guard when Moody was struggling in the first two games.
“We're trying a few things, but it's got to be a freshman,” Jarvis said. “Who else could it be? We got three guys that can play the point and they are all freshman.”
FAU senior guard Greg Gantt encouraged Moody stay positive after the first two games.
“I've talked to him and he's handling everything pretty good,” Gantt said. “It's all a learning process and everyone knows he is ultra-talented. He just has to learn and adjust to the different things being thrown at him. He's never had to run a college team before but he's going to be fine.”
Need To Knows: Owls vs. Eagles
FAU (0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt Conference)
vs. Coppin State (0-2, 0-0 MEAC)
EA Sports Maui Invitational
- About The Owls: FAU hasn't had an 0-3 start under coach Mike Jarvis. The last time the Owls started a season 0-3 was in 2006-07. ...FAU is averaging 22.0 turnovers per game. ...This the first meeting between Coppin State and FAU.
- About The Eagles: Coppin State lost all five starters from last season's 14-16 team. ...The Eagles opened up the season with a 87-73 loss to Southern Cal before losing to Texas 69-46 in Maui Invitational games. ...Coppin State has shot 29.8 percent from the field this season.
- Projected Starting Lineups
Coach: Mike Jarvis
G Jackson Trapp 6-4 Fr. 3.0 ppg
G Pablo Bertone 6-2 Jr. (9.0 ppg)
G Greg Gantt 6-2 Sr. (18.0 ppg)
F Jordan McCoy 6-6 Sr. (2.0 ppg)
C Dragan Sekelja 7-0 Jr. (9.0 ppg)
Coach: Fang Mitchell
G Taariq Cephas 5-10 So. (3.5 ppg)
G Sterling Smith 6-4 Fr. (3.0 ppg)
G Patrick Cole 6-5 Fr. (20.0 ppg)
F Brandon St. Louis 6-8 So. (0.0 ppg)
F Charles Ieans 6-9 Jr. (2.0 ppg)