Evan Brinkmeyer’s departure

I can’t say I was surprised when Evan Brinkmeyer decided to leave the USI basketball team. He never looked like he was having much fun during games or in practice. Going from being the star player on your high school team to being what amounted to a second choice off the bench must have been difficult. But he never really adapted to USI’s game. He was supposed to be a shooter, especially an outside threat. Yet, what I kept hearing when he decided to leave was that many of his high school points came off drives to the hoop, something that somebody should have realized would be all but impossible for him in the GLVC.

At 6-2 and, face it, somewhat chunky, Brinkmeyer wasn’t particularly built for the up-and-down game or even the half-court scheme that coach Rodney Watson employed. You have to be quick even in that situation, and Evan is not a quick player. On defense, it was worse; he got beat time and time again by quicker players. Watson always made it a point to praise Brinkmeyer, I guess to buck up Evan’s confidence. He often said he was a “clutch player.” But, I have to admit, I never saw what all the fuss was about.

I guess that was because I kept waiting for Brinkmeyer to become what Watson wanted: a consistently reliable 3-point shooter. He finished 10-for-26 from 3-point range over the two years he played, a .384 percentage, and was just 3-for-9 this season. Sure, he didn’t play a lot, getting only about eight to nine minutes per game off the bench. But he never was much of a catch-and-shoot man, which I think is the only way to be effective from beyond the 3-point line in today’s college game. Passes come flying out of the paint to the perimeter to players who only have a split-second opening to shoot, and Brinkmeyer never mastered that.

From what I’ve heard, he’s a great teammate and a wonderful person and an outstanding student. He’ll graduate in December with a business degree, and Watson believes Brinkmeyer will be an honest, trustworthy businessman. I can’t believe he won’t be. But college basketball — at least the way USI plays the game and how it’s played in the GLVC, the highest level of ball in NCAA Division II — wasn’t his strong suit.

3 thoughts on “Evan Brinkmeyer’s departure”

  1. Dan,
    you crossed the line with some of your comments. Evan dedicated 3 years of hard work. He is a Presidential Scholar and donated his time and effort to the team. Why would you not just congratulate Evan and let him end his basketball career. You made it personal and that is wrong!!

  2. Not quite sure what you mean by “you made it personal,” unless you objected to my description of what I saw the past three years. But the comments weren’t personal, they were based on what anybody could see with their own eyes. If pointing out facts is getting personal, then I guess I’m guilty.

  3. Dan did not cross any line. Evan didn’t deserve to be on this team and the fact that Watson found so many minutes for him was insane! Some those minutes coming in crucial times of the game no less! If I had to watch him get beat off the dribble or jump in the air with nowhere to pass the ball one more time I was going to explode. I am sure he is a great kid but as for a basketball player at the highest level of DII, he did not belong on the court let alone a practice team. I would not have picked him to be on my intramural team at the REC!

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