Name: Marc-Antoine Bourgault
Twitter Handle: @Marco_Bourgault
2012 Season Stats:
Prognostication: Marc-Antoine Bourgault was known coming into the program as a deadly spot-up shooter. The only problem with that last season, though, was Bourgault’s inability to be on the floor for long stretches at a time. Now, don’t expect him to play 30 minutes a game or anything, but with a year of experience under his belt with the Red Storm, Bourgault should see extended time on the floor in spots — especially when his jumper is flowing.
Strengths: Shooting, shooting and shooting. Did I mention he can shoot? Again — like a lot of Red Storm players — Marc-Antoine Bourgault’s field goal percentage is not indicative to how well of a sharpshooter he actually is.
Bourgault also possesses a pretty good basketball IQ as well as being versatile enough to play the off-guard and forward positions.
Weaknesses: A Lack of consistency is something that should be pointed out. That might have had a lot to do with his lack of regular minutes on the floor last season or maybe he is just not as deadly a shooter as everyone thought (but, he really is).
It would also be nice — if given more minutes — if Bourgault found his way to the free-throw line more. Last season saw the senior only attempt .01 free-throws a game. Couple that with only shooting .67 percent from the charity stripe and one could wonder about his status in the rotation. I mean, if he doesn’t hit jumpers or make freebies what is the point of him being on the floor to begin with?
Not to keep ragging, but he isn’t overly athletic. That causes some issues with his defense and ability to get to the rack. Really, Bourgault’s game is limited in an overall type of way to just hitting long-range shots.
Personal Note: Bourgault is a fine situational player for the Johnnies. With supposed long-range assassin, Max Hooper, now on the roster, Bourgault isn’t going to see a ton of minutes.
He can, however, be on the floor whenever it needs to be spread out or if Hooper is having a dog of a game. Regardless, a player like Bourgault is vital at the college level — even if his game is limited to spot-up jumpers.
Random, but neat Marc-Antoine Bourgault Factoid: Bourgault was a medical redshirt in 2010-11 while recovering from a torn ACL.
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