"One of the knocks on him is he hasn't always been in the best shape, and that was one of our focuses this year, and he did that," Berkman said Thursday of the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Leeds. "We don't have a lot of depth on close defense. So those three guys [including sophomores Will Nowesnick and Kyle Tucker] have been playing pretty much whole games. I just think he's continuing to get in better shape. If he does that, he has a really good stick. He's gotten more turnovers, he's gotten himself to more balls that maybe he wouldn't have gotten to before, and when he does get to those balls, he can get the ball off the ground. So I think that's why he's been getting more ground balls, and he's been getting a few more takeaways because he's in better shape and he's put himself in a better position to utilize his skills."