FARGO — North Dakota State head coach Dave Richman said he is in no hurry to make a decision on the early-season Paul-Miller-to-point-guard experiment.
The Bison senior, in his first year at the position, will start at point guard Wednesday night when the Bison host Florida A&M. But, at the least, freshman Cameron Hunter is giving the Bison coaching staff something to think about.
Hunter was productive in two of NDSU's three road games to start the year—including scoring 24 points at Southern California last week. The only freshman in NDSU's Division I era to score more points in his first two career games was Mike Nelson, who had 15 against Minnesota and 21 against Hamline in 2005.
"I'm very comfortable at where we're at right now, especially early in the season of letting certain guys get their feet wet in different spots and seeing how those things play out," Richman said. "It's about not being reactionary and taking it out over a body of work. We're three games into this."
NDSU is 1-2 heading into the home opener at Sanford Health Athletic Complex. The one victory was the last Friday when the Bison posted a 57-54 win at pre-season Missouri Valley Conference favorite Missouri State.
So the Bison will take some semblance of momentum into Wednesday's home opener. Still, a few statistics need some on-court TLC, like Miller who is 11 of 41 from the field for 27 percent. He's had moments of being streaky in his career, and Richman said Miller, last year's leading scorer, is the last guy he's going to worry about.
"Believe me, I have those conversations in my head and as a staff," Richman said. "Are Paul's numbers not where they need to be because he has a bigger responsibility? Certainly, but I also watch film with Paul and he would tell you first and foremost he's missing some good looks. If he does a couple things here or there, those numbers are drastically different."
The 6-foot-2 Hunter, from Olathe, Kan., said he's just concerned about helping the team and competing.
"This is what I've been waiting for my whole life," he said.
But switching spots on the floor, like Miller has been, is something A.J. Jacobson has done most of his career. The 6-foot-6 senior has been anywhere from the shooting guard to power forward, or pretty much any position except point guard and center.
"I think you go out there and no matter what you try to do the job the coaching staff has asked you to do for that specific game," Jacobson said. "Over the course of the year, we all have things the coaching staff thinks we do well and no matter what position you're playing you have to go out there and do those things."