|Posted on February 27, 2017 at 11:40 AM|
Photo: Mike Roemer / Green Bay Athletics
It was true freshman guard Kameron Hankerson who saved his best regular season performance for the final home game of the season – on Senior Day no less.
Hankerson poured in a career high 13 points to go along with 3 steals and 3 assists in 20 minutes of action in Green Bay’s 89-82 victory over Detroit Mercy on Sunday. The 6’4” freshman guard from Novi, Michigan was 4 of 6 from the floor and 4 for 5 from the free throw line in the winning effort.
“[Sunday] was a great surprise, not for us a coaching staff because we know, but more so for people who haven’t gotten to see him,” assistant coach Richard Davis told WNFL radio after the game. “He came in, stepped in big time and made some big time shots. Three steals, thirteen points, that’s huge.”
Hankerson filled in capably after senior guard Warren Jones went down early in the game with an apparent head injury and did not return. His status for Sunday’s Horizon League Tournament game against UIC is still uncertain as is the status of fellow freshman Trevor Anderson, the team’s usual starting point guard that has missed ten straight games with a back injury.
Sunday’s impressive performance came on the heels of strong earlier showing in which he provided a spark by scored 8 points in 9 minutes in a loss against Oakland on Friday. He was a perfect 2 for 2 from beyond the arc during a stretch where it seemed that Hankerson was singlehandedly keeping the Phoenix in the game.
Hankerson appears to be a diamond in the rough find for head coach Linc Darner. He played point guard as a prep player in high school and has served as Green Bay’s primary ball handler several times since Anderson went down due to injury. He can play multiple positions on the floor and is an above average rebounder for a guard.
He has had limited opportunities so far this season, scoring 3.0 points per game in 7.1 minutes per contest. When extrapolating those numbers to per 40 minute averages, Hankerson would rank as the team’s fifth leading scorer at 16.7 points per game ranking behind only Kerem Kanter, Warren Jones, Charles Cooper, and Jamar Hurdle.
He is also one of the Phoenix most effective three point shooters, converting on 8 of his 20 attempts so far this season (40.0%).
Regardless of the injury status of Anderson or Jones, Hankerson has earned more playing time next weekend at the conference tournament in his hometown in front of friends and family.
"I think he’s just going to keep getting better and better," Darner said on Inside Phoenix Basketball on WNFL Monday night. "He’s the best that we have at throwing the ball up the floor to guys so if I was a wing player, I would really get out and run because if you’re open he will throw it to you."
"I think he’s got a real bright future for us. We’re going to need him here in this conference tournament. Not to put pressure on him, but we’re going to need him to come in and play especially if Warren’s not able to go and Trevor’s not able to go."
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