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First of all, I'm not ready to fire TB. He's putting the pieces together bit by bit, but what really ails us is poor point guard play, and that's because we don't have one. Think about it...point guard play is EVERYTHING in college basketball. When we had our best team in 1999, we lost to OSU in the sweet 16 because they had two outstanding guards in Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd, who is still in the NBA today. PGs have to be able to penetrate and score, penetrate and dish, create open shots off of the dribble or crossovers (Moochie Norris was the BEST at this), hit open shots, and maintain a good assist to turnover ratio. The guy running point now is a wee little man that can do none of these things well. He can dribble around the floor and take care of the ball okay, but someone with some size could score a lot more off of the penetration that Wallace gets. He tends to loop back out to the perimeter and rarely pulls up to shoot. Basically he's a non factor.
Now, think back on our best teams. For me, I worked on Ellis' first two teams and watching moochie and wes flannagin manage the backcourt was something else. First of all, they were much better athletes than anyone we have on our roster at guard. Hands down. Wes Flannagin was an animal on defense and Moochie was incredibly creative with the ball. One practice I saw him get trapped under the basket by pat burke...he pump faked a pass so well, Pat turned around to look for the ball and moochie layed it in while pat was looking the other way and it all happened in a split second. He schooled people. We also had a pure shooter in Weems. Ellis created many plays to get him open and when he did, he was deadly. Of course, the guards could also create double teams from their ability to penetrate, which created scoring options all over the place. Doc Robinson was also able to do this. How many running floaters did he sink after beating his first defender off the dribble? He was a great passer as well.
Obviously, you need a solid shooter, which we don't have. I think we can add some weight on our post guys once they mature, but guard play changes everything. IF Justin Coleman will join us along with Shamsid- Deen, we could be a completely different team. In two years, these guys would be in soph year along with strong upperclassmen that are our freshman today.
Anyway, that's my rant for today. I'm confident that if we can improve our guard play we can be competitve again.
Do people say ALL IN anymore?
I've stated it before in other threads, but I'd like to see Denson at PG. He reminds me of Siva who plays for UofL, and I guarantee if Denson played for Petino, he'd be a PG. He has good ball control, a damn quick step, he can score after penetrating, and has some ability to get the ball back out.
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