Sir`Dominic Pointer is one of the nation's top 'glue guys' to watch in 2013-14, according to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.
Pointer, who averaged 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and nearly a block per game as a sophomore a year ago, enters this season as one of the more underrated pieces of Steve Lavin's arsenal. Often deemed "Costco" by his coach, the forward has a variety of offerings on both sides of the floor. He's the quintessential stat sheet filler.
The following is an excerpt from Rothstein's analysis:
A freak athlete who can play multiple positions, Pointer is referred to by Red Storm coach Steve Lavin as "Costco." Why? Because he gives you a little bit of everything. The 6-5 wing may be the key to St. John's reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Lavin's tenure. When Pointer produces, the Red Storm are awfully tough to beat.
On Thursday, talk at St. John's media day was very much surrounded around the personal recovery of D`Angelo Harrison, arrival of freshman guard Rysheed Jordan and even a little bit of Phil Greene IV. At Dribble for the Cure back in September, it was about Max Hooper's shooting prowess.
Yet Pointer continues to go unnoticed, which has seemed to become a growing trend among the league and those who observe it. In all of the previews, Pointer remains in the background - perhaps the way he wants it.
"Dom is one of those players who will be in [the game] for ten minutes, but have ten points, eight blocks, four rebounds, call a timeout and have a travel called against him," Harrison joked about his now third-year teammate. "He is going to have an impact on every game. He and [God`s]gift [Achiuwa] are probably the leaders of this team."
Though Pointer is known primarily for his defensive game, he has worked diligently throughout the offseason to improve on the other side of the ball.
"I've been working on getting more open shots," he said. "We've all been working on our shooting because we know we need to make threes."
To recap, Sir'Dom Pointer is a defensive marksman, a sound rebounder and now maybe a reliable scoring threat. Rothstein's assessment seems correct. Pointer could be the glue that brings this chapter of the Johnnies book together.
And maybe all the way to the NCAA Tournament.