Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Wilderness a defensive stopper

Charlotte 49er fans, meet An'Juan Wildnerness - the freshman defensive stopper.

Two games into his first season with the 49ers, Wilderness has already shown himself to be one of Charlotte's toughest defenders on a team that is quickly developing a reputation for stingy defense.

That, of course, is a good thing. And the freshman forward's defensive skills were much needed in Monday night's win over Appalachian State when the Mountaineers' Kellen Brand connected on all four of his 3-pointers and racked up 16 points in the first half.

Enter Wilderness, who Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz stuck on Brand most of the second half.

"An'Juan was terrific on Brand in the second half. He didn't score much when An'Juan was guarding him. He still made plays and shots but An'Juan did a very good job in the first 10 or 12 minutes of the second half of slowing him down," Lutz said.

Brand never took another 3-pointer until late in the second half when Charlotte appeared to have the game well in hand.

"Coach said to get on him, so I got on him and did my job," Wilderness said. "I got on him, pressured him and didn't let him breathe. That's about it."


Unknown said...

brand got lost in the wilderness.

Anonymous said...

Great job by Anjuan, he plays D with passion, we haven't really had a guy like him since Eddie graduated. GO NINERS! BEAT GT!

Anonymous said...

Wilderness is going to be a very memorable player in 49er folklore.