his leadership style last year was very cool.
Low key by nature, Vedran Vukusic led by example - pouring in the shots, pulling down rebounds and, at times, personally lifting up the
team by catching fire in the last 5 minutes to pull out a win.
It was a leadership style that worked about half the time.
This year its a little different.
NU has a very vocal guy from Long Island who isn't afraid to talk to the press, who recognizes his own shortcomings yet goes out and pulls, kicks, bites, does almost anything to get the Wildcats playing hard.
I've been a big fan of Tim Doyle since Bill Carmody accepted his transfer from St. Johns.
I liked his early swagger, the postgame comments, even the letter he wrote last year, trying to get more students in the stands at
Welsh-Ryan. The last player who was a vocal leader on the court was Jitim Young. Like Jitim, Doyle wants to help put NU on the Basketball
map, and he's not afraid to say almost anything to do just that.
Last night Doyle, fellow senior Vince Scott and frosh Kevin Coble camped under the defensive basket in the 2nd half and took away DePaul's inside game. That defense absolutely shook the Demons to the core - they shot 34% as nothing dropped.
Craig Moore and Coble caught fire shooting in the 2nd half and combined with NU's suffocating defense kept DePaul's point total down, and got the win. Doyle helped with 5 rebounds, 6 assists and maybe the most important 2 steals.
"We don't have guys with intimidating presences or tattoos," Doyle said [various media outlets]. "We just shut them down."
There are 11 more teams to "shut down" before the Big 10 season starts but from the Tip Off dinner to now, I've been convinced that this
season, with all the frosh, and only Scott for size, could be a very interesting .
Tim Doyle just might be the guy who stirs the pot to make it so...
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