It’s good to be Tony Shaver.
Ten months removed from his third appearance in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in the last seven seasons, William and Mary’s head coach fields a 9-6 squad that’s playing as well as any team in the conference. Saturday’s 81-73 win over James Madison pushed the College to 3-1 in league play.
Even after losing career 1,000-point scorers Brandon Britt ’14 and Tim Rusthoven ’14 in May, Shaver has found ways to win and ways to score. Sophomore guard Daniel Dixon and sophomore forward Omar Prewitt each chip in significant minutes, while junior big man Sean Sheldon offers his best Rusthoven impression night in and night out.
Not as prolific as last season, Shaver’s bench holds its own. But it’s what is still prolific that makes Shaver’s job one of the best in the CAA: senior guard Marcus Thornton and junior forward Terry Tarpey.