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FAU's Jackson Trapp is settling in as the Owls' point guard. (Owl Access Photo)


A better Trapp

FAU's Jackson Trapp has been a pleasant surprise since taking over as the Owls' starting point guard.

Originally published on 11/30/2012

by Marcus Nelson

BOCA RATON – Freshman guard Jackson Trapp wasn't a big part of the plan  for Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis before the season started.

Now Trapp is in charge of implementing the Owls' gameplan each and every night.

Trapp has taken over the starting point guard position, replacing freshman Stefan Moody, who struggled in the first two games.

As the 6-foot-4, Trapp adjusts into his unexpected role, he is dishing out 4.3 assists per game since assuming the starting role in the third game of the season. He also has 14 turnovers, but is showing some improvement in games like FAU's victory vs. American on Saturday when he had six assists and no turnovers.

“The main thing for me is just to eliminate turnovers, because that's the main thing coach wanted, and just control the offense,” Trapp said. “It's working out so far.”

But the most amazing statistic for Trapp is the number of games he has started. Trapp was expected to be low in the rotation this season.

“He was going to be a back up wing,” Jarvis said. “I figured he might be a point guard by his junior year. I guess that came early.”

But Trapp was impressive in practice, giving Jarvis the confidence to put him in the lineup.

“He has a really good understanding of the game,” Jarvis said. “He's not in a hurry and he's done a good job.”

Need to Knows: Red Wolves @ Owls

  Arkansas State  (4-2, 0-1 Sun Belt)
at FAU  (2-4, 0-1 Sun Belt)

Scouting Reports

  • About The Red Wolves: Arkansas State had reeled off four consecutive victories before falling to FIU 80-61 on Thursday in its Sun Belt opener. ...The Red Wolves are 2-2 on the road this season but have already matched their total of road victories from last season when they were 2-15 on the road. ...ASU averages 10.0 steals per game,
  • About The Owls: FAU has the lowest shooting percentage (35.8) in the Sun Belt Conference . ...The Owls have lost their last six games against Sun Belt teams. ...Owls coach and Mike Jarvis and Sidney Green are tied with the most Division I victories at FAU with 55
  • Projected Starting Lineups

Arkansas State
John Brady
F Kendrick Washington 6-7 Jr. (9.3 ppg)
F Brandon Peterson 6-8 Sr. (11.2 ppg)
G Marcus Hooten 6-3 Sr. (8.0 ppg)
G Trey Finn 6-2 Sr. (10.0 ppg)
G Cameron Golden 6-0 Fr. (7.5 ppg)

Florida Atlantic
Mike Jarvis
G Jackson Trapp 6-4 Fr. (8.0 ppg)
G Pablo Bertone 6-2 Jr. (5.8 ppg)
G Greg Gantt 6-2 Sr. (17.5 ppg)
F Jordan McCoy 6-6 Sr.  (5.8 ppg)
F Kelvin Penn 6-6 So. (0.7 ppg)



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