Julyan Stone, who hit the big shot last Saturday in the win over the University of Houston, is almost always on the job.
Since Conference USA play began, Stone has been the proverbial blue collar guy, the iron man who is always at work each day and night.
Stone has missed just 10 minutes of action since the Conference USA race got started. Coach Tim Floyd got him out for the final 10 minutes against Rice, giving him a break in a game the Miners' had won at an early stage.
Of course, Stone more than made up for that in Birmingham, Ala., playing all 55 minutes in the triple overtime loss to UAB. Stone has played 40 minutes against Tulsa in the opener, 55 minutes against UAB in the second game, 40 minutes in the win at Tulane, 30 minutes in the win over Rice and 40 minutes against Houston.
Given the extra 15 minutes at UAB, Stone has played five minutes longer than the normal regulation time of 200 that would go with five games.
Most of us believed that if Stone could shoot at all, he could play in the NBA. Now many of us believe he might be able to play in the NBA anyway. Assistant coach Phil Johnson, an NBA assistant under Floyd, said there has been some interest. Floyd said Jeff Van Gundy called a couple of scouts about Stone after watching him in the Houston game.
Some will remember former New Mexico State standout Randy Brown, who played many years in the NBA. Brown was not a good shooter, either. But he could guard the best of guards.
So, who knows ...