If someone calls you “a pest” you wouldn’t think it’s a compliment.
It is if you’re Wyoming junior point guard Jeremy Lieberman.
Over his last six games, the 6-foot-1 Lieberman has averaged nearly five points per game, and his assist-to-turnover-ratio is 2-to-1. Those numbers aren’t eye-popping, but isn’t the only thing first-year coach Allen Edwards has seen from Lieberman.
“He’s embraced the defensive part of it, and he’s taken it upon himself to be a pest on the ball,” Edwards said. “I thought he was really good at San Jose State (an 80-70 UW win where Lieberman had nine points on Jan. 18), and has been really good since with him taking on that role.”
Edwards’ comments on Lieberman came earlier this week and prior to UW’s 66-65 home win over UNLV. Lieberman did a good job of being a pest against UNLV junior point guard Jovan Mooring, especially in the first half where Mooring scored just two points at the free-throw line.
Lieberman must be careful with that “pest” mentality. He had four fouls against UNLV.
Lieberman gets another good defensive test Saturday when UW (14-7 overall, 4-4 Mountain West) hosts Boise State (12-7, 5-3) at 4 p.m. at the Arena-Auditorium. Broncos sophomore Paris Austin in one of the quicker point guards in the MW. He’s second on the team with 11.1 points per game, and also averages three rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest.
Over the last six games, Lieberman has made 11 of 24 shots and is 5 of 11 from 3-point range. He’s made at least one 3-pointer in the last three games. For the season Lieberman has 43 assists and 27 turnovers.
“Another thing Jeremy has done is getting better looks in terms of his shooting,” Edwards said. “Early on, he was trying to prove he was just as good a shooter as anybody else on team. Now he’s more of a point guard, and if a if shot presents it he’ll take it. That’s been a positive, along with his energy.”