Is it possible for an all-OVC second team player to “fly under the radar?”
I’d argue: Angelo Warner did.
His numbers last year were gaudy. 17.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals a game. That top-six in the league in points and steals, top-20 in rebounds and assists. Few players rank that high in any three categories, much less four. Warner was only held to single-digit scoring three times last year. He notched a double-double: a 6’2 guard got 10 rebounds in an early season win against East Tennessee State.
His numbers were first-team quality: every bit up there with Cameron Payne, Glenn Cosey and Jarekious Bradley.
He even played in the “tougher” East Division, which two of the three, who made the first-team, couldn’t boast. Morehead State was even seen as a OVC title contender throughout the year.
This year, good luck keeping him off the first-team.
One of the most amazing things about Warner last year is something you won’t find on the stat sheet: his endurance. He lead the OVC in minutes played, in the fastest offense, and the most aggressive defense in the league. Since head coach Sean Woods arrival at Morehead State, he’s been known for going deep into his bench for fresh legs, yet somehow, Warner played more than 34 minutes a game.
Another impressive feat: staying out of foul trouble on the team that has led the conference in fouls each of the past two years.
His consistency is part of what makes his so deadly, while staying out of the spotlight. A 22-point game is impressive, but Warner has them so often, they’re almost unremarkable. He’s a driver — taking more than a third of his shots at the rim. That’s good — because he doesn’t have amazing range, hitting just 34% of his jumpers. It’s not a terrible number by any measure, but it’s among the OVC’s best. He knows how to get to the free-throw line, where he hit a team-high 82%.
Morehead State is a trendy pick to end Belmont’s domination of the East Division, and possibly even topple Murray for the conference championship. The people that say that realize just how great a player Warner really is. He’s got a lot of help, as the Eagles are possibly the deepest they’ve been under Woods, thanks to three transfers becoming eligible this season. They’ll compliment what Warner does…and maybe even allow him to take a breather every once in awhile.