Thursday, March 18, 2010
A&M's Sloan aiming to leave his mark
By Jeff Caplan
Texas A&M senior Donald Sloan, knowing his career is coming to a close, has a definite sense of place and time.
Sloan will begin play in his fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament on Friday when the No. 5 Aggies face No. 12 Utah State in Spokane, Wash. Tip-off should be around 3:45 p.m.
The Aggies' leading scorer remembered his first NCAA Tournament when the Aggies, seeded 12th, upset No. 5 Syracuse. A&M lost in the second round on a buzzer beater against LSU. The next year A&M broke through the to the Sweet 16.
"My freshman year you had great leaders out there, the same thing my sophomore year and my junior year I had a little bit more to do with it than in previous years and now it's like I'm the leader, we're leaders, me, Bryan [Davis]. B.J. [Holmes], Nate [Nathan Walkup], the guys that have been to as many tournaments as we've been to," Sloan said. "Instead of me looking for Josh [Carter] to try to feed off him or Dominique [Kirk] or Acie [Law], now it's the younger guys feeding off me and B.D. and the guys that have been there before.
"So it's really important that we try to play our best and come out with a lot of emotion and intensity early to set the tone for the young guys, to let them know how this tournament is going to be because we're going to need them."