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Sometimes size doesn’t matter in hoops


News 8 Austin (01/13/2004)
By Jeff Rhineer

Josh Naylor doesn’t look like the typical college basketball player. He’s listed at a generous 6 feet, 180 pounds in the Texas State University media guide. But he’s proving he belongs.

"I think a lot of players overlook me. It probably works in my advantage a little bit. They think I’m small and skinny and I don’t look like a basketball player so much. But I can play, so it works out," Naylor said.

His coach thinks so too.

"He doesn’t pass the eye test. He doesn’t pass that airport exam that we give our guys. But I tell you what, he’s a complete player. He’s very competitive and he can really shoot the basketball, so that sets him apart," said Bobcats head coach Dennis Nutt.

The junior point guard transferred to Texas State from Northern Oklahoma, and he’s making a big impact in his first season with the Cats. Transferring is nothing new for Naylor. After starting as a junior at Round Rock Westwood High School, his family moved to the Dallas area and he went to Rockwall High School as a senior.

"Moving in high school definitely has made it easier going to junior college and coming here. It’s easier after doing it a few times," Naylor said.

He’s second on the team in scoring at 9 points per game, and the Bobcats have won six of eight since he moved into the starting lineup.

His best game came last week in the Bobcats’ Southland Conference opener against McNeese State. He made six 3-pointers and he finished with a career-high 26 points in the Bobcats’ victory.

"I just had a mind set to be more aggressive and look for my shot a little more. I was hitting and I got in a little zone and started looking for it more and more. My teammates were looking for me, so it made it easier," Naylor said.

And the more he’s on the court, the more people realize this kid can play.

The Bobcats will be back on the court at home Thursday against Texas-Arlington.