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OU basketball Insider: Tiny Gallon has growing up to do

BY DAVID UBBEN, Staff Writer, Modified: January 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm •  Published: January 18, 2010

llon offers a more earnest effort at a heavier load of class work.

"This is something I’m planning on having a future in, so I’m taking it more seriously,” Gallon said.

On the court, he’s still developing his back-to-the-basket game without ignoring the ball-handling skills, outside shot and agility rare for a player his size.

"I think he can shoot it. We just don’t want him doing it and let that be the only thing he does,” Capel said.

Capel wants Gallon to put pressure on opposing defenses with his low-post game, forcing defenses to collapse and opponents to slip into foul trouble.

Said senior guard Tony Crocker, who added that Gallon has improved his ability to take criticism in his first season: "Tiny’s understanding that when he gets the ball on that block. He can do a lot of damage.”

But Gallon said he hopes he’lll be able to accentuate his outside game at times, specifically when he’s matched up against big men who can’t match up with him.

"I’m up for the competition,” Gallon said. "I’m up for playing against Dexter Pittman and Cole Aldrich, because they’re really good players.”

Gallon’s minutes on Saturday show he’s not near their level yet. His words suggest he wants to be. The rest of the season will determine how far along he gets.