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Rockford College's Weber as quick with a steal as with an assist

Thursday, December 24, 2009  
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By Jay Taft
Posted Dec 24, 2009 @ 07:06 PM
Last update Dec 24, 2009 @ 07:17 PM

ROCKFORD —  After the display he put on last Tuesday night — just before the holiday season really kicked in — it has become quite clear that Rockford College guard Andrew Weber is almost as good at giving as he is at taking away.

Weber, who set the school record for steals with 81 last year, dished out 15 assists during the Regents’ 93-67 win over Knox on Dec. 18, the team’s last game. The 6-foot-2 senior guard had 12 assists in the first half, already more than any Regent player had in a full game last season.

He now leads the team with 46 assists a third of the way into the season — still a bit off the pace of Greg Schott’s Rockford record of 178 set in 1975-76 — and he has 144 for his 11/3-year career. But it wasn’t just about the number of assists he gave out in the team’s final game before its 12-day break. It was as much about his methods.

"I don’t know how sometimes. I guess being a coaches’ kid kind of helps me anticipate and know where guys are going to be. That helps with steals, and in the assists department, too,” said Weber, a former Boylan standout. "Honestly, I’d rather get the assist than score the points myself. And when you shoot the way our guys have been, it’s just easy.”

One over-the-shoulder, no-look dish to a fast-breaking Robert Malone and another one-handed, 3/4-court bullet to Taylor Stinson — both of which ended up as wide-open shots — stood out among the rest in the team’s last game. On the season, the Regents (6-3) are shooting 49 percent (285-for-581) from the floor. A lot of that is due to hot shooters, led by Malone’s gaudy 64-percent field-goal-shooting mark. The rest can be attributed to smooth passes from Weber and the team’s other flashy guard, Danny Armelin.

"He said to us before the game that if we move, he’ll find us. We did, and he sure did. He and Danny have been tremendous in that department all year,” said Malone, the team’s leading scorer (21.7 points per game). "Andrew just knows where everybody is going to be. He’s been playing a long time, and he always seems to be in the right place.”

At Boylan, playing after his brother Matt, who was a Titans’ star, and before his brother Luke, who came off the bench, Andrew Weber said he has always been about getting his teammates involved. He transferred from Ashford (Iowa) University, an NAIA school, to Rockford, a Division III program, before last season, and has been a fixture in the Regents’ starting lineup ever since.

"He is definitely one of the most unselfish kids I’ve ever coached. He just sets guys up whenever he can, in any way he can,” Rockford head coach Ryan Rebsom said. "He’s a big IQ kid. He’s a ‘We before me’ kid all of the time.”

In keeping true to form, Weber insists his all-out attitude on both sides of the court has nothing to do with building stats; unless that stat is wins.

"If my teammates are happy. I’m happy. And when that’s the case, we’re usually winning,” Weber said. "We really wanted to go into the break with a good feeling about where we are. We wanted to take a break in good spirits. It’s a lot of fun when you’re playing like this. We just want to keep having fun.”

If Weber can continue to give and take the way he was leading up to the holidays, the Regents could be in for a lot of fun. They will return to action Wednesday when they travel to North Central College, and will play host to Concordia-Chicago on Jan. 9 in their next home and Northern Athletics Conference matchup.

This story appeared at on December 24, 2009.

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