“Right now to get my degree would be the perfect ending,” Arnett said, “but further on is to continue playing, then my story will never end.”
Arnett is averaging a team-high 16.7 points this season. He has posted seven games of 20 or more points with a single-game high of 34.
“I think this has probably been my first year where my coach has told me that when we need a big bucket I’m one of the guys he’s looking for to get the big bucket,” Arnett said. “It’s a lot of responsibility, but I enjoy it.”
Arnett is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, averaging just 11.6 shots per game. He shoots 76.4 percent from the free-throw line, where he averages 6 trips per game.
“Alan is very versatile,” Georgia Southwestern coach Mike Leedy said. “He can make 3-point shots. He gets to the free-throw line a tremendous amount and he’s very efficient and doesn’t need a lot of shots to get his points.”
Still, Arnett is more than an offensive threat, averaging 6.2 rebounds per game, along with 1.7 assists, one block and one steal per outing.
“I think I value him just as much as a perimeter defender,” Leedy said of his 6-foot-5 standout. “He can guard the other team’s point guard, shooting guard or small forward. He’s also a tremendous rebounder from his position. ... He knows how to use that length. He doesn’t go for a lot of shot fakes or ball fakes, and has a really good feel for timing when he’s guarding smaller guards that try to shoot it over him. And he’s physically strong enough to not get pushed around in the post.”
Since his days at Kokomo, Arnett has considered his defense a strength.
“Coach and my teammates believe I’m going to lock down the opposing team’s best guard,” Arnett said. “That’s one of my duties and if I’m not doing that then I’m not doing part of my job.”