Nice article in SR today by Jim Meehan chronicling Will Foster's career as an underappreciated reserve. Will has seen the court a total of 102 minutes this year. Considering Will has actually checked into only 17 of 21 games, that's an average of half-a-dozen minutes each time he works his way off the bench. So much for nurturing confidence. Still, he's tied for second on the team in blocks and leads GU in field goal percentage at 73%. Foster had a chance to be a solid, if unspectacular, post player if given the opportunity to develop in the system. Sadly, the coaching staff has never provided him the minutes to reach the next level. I'm not sure Will has seen more than four or five minutes at a time this year before he's pulled out. Sometimes, it's for a reason but often he is actually contributing as a defensive presence or with the occasional putback and still he gets a call to the bench. This is a player who could have flourished with a program like Portland or LMU where he may have been given room to grow. I understand it's not easy to adjust a rotation, especially when you have big men like Kelly, Rob and Elias who require quality time. I just find it unfortunate that Will has not really been given that window to integrate into the program. It's another example of the Zags bringing in so much ability that sometimes players get lost in the mix. Some, like Larry Gurganious end up leaving for another school. Let's hope that G.J., Bol and others don't have the same regrets that Will has by their senior year.
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