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Published: October 10, 2013, 03:00 PM (CT)
by Cari Gold, Student Assistant SID

Andre Stringer Shoots for Excellence

Small, scrappy, solid. These words have been used to describe LSU men’s basketball senior guard Andre Stringer, but he doesn't let these perceptions define him.  Instead, the confident but humble Jackson, Miss., native takes pride in doing the little things to help the Tigers win.

Although Stringer was recruited under former coach Trent Johnson, he loves playing for current LSU coach Johnny Jones.  Jones plays the up-tempo style offense that Stringer was used to from his high school and AAU days.  Instead of writing Stringer off as being too small, Jones gave Stringer the chance to prove himself on the court, and he did.

Stringer has averaged double figures for his first three seasons and is only 36 points away from becoming the 39th member of LSU’s 1,000 Point club.  He has always been small, and he knew that he needed something to set himself apart from other players.   

“I’ve been working on my jump shot since Day 1,” Stringer said.  “My brother and father just kind of instilled in me that I’m so small that I’ve got to have something special about myself.”

At 5-10, Stringer feels he is often underestimated, but his shooting efficiency proves he can be tough to defend.     

“The good thing about me is that I get pretty high on my jump shot, so it’s difficult to block,” Stringer commented.  “There have been a lot of instances where I’ve hit threes, and guys don’t expect that out of me.”

Stringer, who was a 29 percent three-point shooter his freshman year, improved to 40.9 percent from beyond the arc during his junior year and currently ranks eighth in career triples at LSU. 

Although Stringer doesn’t want to be selfish on the offensive end, his coaches and teammates have complete confidence in him to hit his shots. 

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“It’s just a good feeling,” said Stringer.  “I don’t want to take too many shots, but they keep finding me and encouraging me to shoot the ball.  That plays a big role in my confidence.” 

Stringer’s shooting ability has come from hard work and dedication, but he wants more than that during his final collegiate season.  During the offseason, he worked hard on all aspects of the game.

“I’ve been working on my ball-handling skills more than anything, because I want to do more than just shoot the ball this year,” he said.  “Defensively, I take pride in stopping the players I’m playing against, so I’ve been working on that too.” 

In their first season under Jones, the Tigers persevered, winning several close Southeastern Conference contests.  Stringer often played an important role in these games, making key plays in clutch situations.  Stringer attributes this ability to overcome adversity to his coaches and teammates.   

“We have a coach that does a tremendous job of pushing us, first of all,” Stringer said.  “But it’s also our overall character.  We have a lot of individual guys that take pride in winning and playing hard and not just sitting around being lazy, thinking we have the game won or thinking we have the game lost when we’re down.”

With an athletic freshmen class now on campus, Stringer is excited about this season.  He recognizes that with five freshmen on the team, his leadership is important.  He is looking forward to that role this season.

“I’m a leader this year; I’m a senior,” said Stringer.  “That’s big for me.  I’m always trying to teach our younger guys, even some of our older guys, different things I’ve seen since I’ve been here.”

“Andre has tremendous leadership and he grew up a lot last year,” said Jones.  “He really improved during the summer and into the school year. It’s his senior year and he wanted to make sure he had an opportunity to go out the right way in winning and maximizing all of his potential. I think he’s done it in leading by example and being more vocal with our team.”

 

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