Fitting The Gonzaga Mold - Sean Mallon
Dec. 15, 2005
When Sean Mallon signed with the Bulldogs four seasons ago, he was the first highly recruited Spokane player to join the Gonzaga University program in nearly a decade.
Mallon prepped at Ferris High where he finished his Saxon career with 1,214 career Greater Spokane League points, breaking the mark held by former Mead and Gonzaga standout Jeff Brown.
Since joining the Bulldogs program Mallon has watched his role change from the primary scoring option in high school to a working class player on the high speed Bulldogs team.
"I approach each game with a workman's type attitude where I want to just do all the little things that help our team succeed," mentioned Mallon after the Bulldogs recent win over Portland State University in which he scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. "I'm definitely an old school player."
That old school type player has been the mantra of Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball since Hank Anderson coached the Bulldogs in the 1960's until recent times when players like Mike Nilson and Mark Spink have become icons among the Kennel Club faithful.
Mallon has thrived on doing the dirty work averaging 5.7 points a game as a redshirt freshman and 7.6 points last season. He was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team in 2004 after appearing in all 31 games for GU. On top of that he has been able to do it all from the comfort of home.
"It's great to play in front of friends and family every night," added Mallon. "I realize its not something that a lot of college players get to do throughout their careers and it's something that I have not taken for granted."
As for his role this season, Mallon has returned to the Bulldogs starting line-up through the first five games of the season scrapping for every loose ball to average 7.2 rebounds per game for the month of November. While the rebounding numbers have come for Mallon he is still looking for some the offense to follow suit.
"The biggest thing for me this season as a starter is to find some consistency. I have been looking to rebound and do all the little things for our team," Mallon stated. "So far I have been scoring when we need it but I still need to find a better balance for that part of my game."
While Mallon is busy doing the little things, his team has been busy doing the big things on the floor. Fellow Spokane native Adam Morrison is one of the nation's top players and senior big man JP Batista has been a force in the low block rebounding and scoring.
"I think we have all the pieces for a championship team," said the 6-9 forward. "This team has the potential to be as good as they want to be, but we must continue to find consistency on both ends of the floor."
The potential is truly there for Mallon and the Bulldogs as they showcased to the nation with a lastsecond loss to No. 3 University of Connecticut in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. That game came after back-to-back wins over nationally ranked University of Maryland and Michigan State University, the win over the Spartans coming in three overtimes.
Mallon and his mates now set their sites on finishing that potential with a deep run into March as the Zags look to make their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance entering the month of December with Top 10 rankings in both major polls.
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