As a senior, we noted that Amar Alibegovic needed to be “a low-turnover contributor [and] get to the right spots on defense while not trying to be a shot-blocker” as a senior.
So far, so good.
Alibegovic has not found the shooting stroke, yet. He scored nine against Division II Molloy and three points total in the other five games (he did not play against Oregon State).
But when the team needed spot minutes against Missouri and UCF, Alibegovic’s improved defense helped slow down opponents. Amar even found himself defending guards decently, providing a big body for UCF players to try and pass around at the top of the key.
By the numbers
Best game: vs Molloy, 9 points on 4/6 shooting/ 5 rebounds/ 15 minutes
Alibegovic is averaging two points per game, just under two rebounds per contest, shooting 25% outside the arc (2/8) and 50% inside (3/6) while not yet attempting a free throw.
He is averaging just under nine fouls per 40 minutes, a smidge more than his per-40 averages in previous seasons.
Right now, Alibegovic is doing what he needs to do to contribute.
How do you think Alibegovic has played in his limited minutes?