6'8 6'11 7'0, we own the freshman wall, and it will be a son of a bitch for other teams to deal with.
Originally Posted by Wize
Collectively, I agree with this assessment. To pinpoint individual potential is a bit more illusive. Would it mean that Zues catches all the passes in the post, holds on to every rebound, dunks over all his defenders? Does it mean that Grant learns to slash his way to tomahawk dunks when defenders rush out to defend his jump shots, or that he gets 3+ blocks per game? Does it mean that Brandon turns into the type of player D Will became during his sophomore year, with post moves that left defenders flat footed and the ability to either hit the three or fake and drive to the hole for the and one?
Originally Posted by Pras
I'm only speculating but I think that most people expect these three freshmen to become college all americans and top NBA draft picks for them to reach their potential and that may be fair. If it happens, and it's very unlikely it will be this year, it will be a sight to behold.
I'd be happy with "Catches all his passes," really.
Potential, to me, would be:
Mark Lyons: averaging 1 turnover per 15 minutes played. Makes the right bounce pass, learning how to get the ball inside where the big men can use it. This doesn't make him a pass-first point guard, as we know what we're getting with him (and he's not going to grow Nash-like court vision overnight!) but a better handle on the inside passes would be him reaching his potential this season, and we've already seen him growing in this regard. (This isn't a knock on him -- there's a learning curve to the point position and he's working admirably.)
Kevin Parrom: We've seen his defense rounding into form, but I think there is more to come. However, he is basically who he's going to be, and that's a pretty great player. He makes the offense run much more smoothly.
Nick Johnson: He is who he's going to be. Obviously, he can get better (3 point defense, fighting through picks) but there's no growth spurt I see waiting to happen. I think he can be the player to calm down the team when things are spinning out of control, though.
Solomon Hill: Again, he is who he is.
Brandon Ashley: Stop disappearing in games. Keep working and being active when the ball isn't coming to him. Learn how to work through defenders who are physical with him. Pick and Roll defense. These are all achievable goals between now and March.
Grant Jerrett: I'm not sure exactly here. Much like NJ last year, I think his greatest improvements are going to come with a strength coach and an off season.
Kaleb Tarczewski: Catch. The. Ball. Everything else can come with another off season.
As a team, 3 point defense, turnovers, and calming the pace down more quickly when things get out of control on both sides. 2.5 months more of getting settled in the offense and defense. Against SDSU, we saw where we can end up in the turnovers and 3 point defense. If we can stay consistent with that, nothing's out of reach.
And mind you, these are the differences between a really good team in December and a championship team in March. The "potential" word means that our players have more room to grow, and that's a good thing rather than a criticism. Florida isn't going to get too much better -- that's who they are. Duke isn't going to get much better - that's who they are. Indiana doesn't have too much room to grow - that's who they are. Each of these teams will be better come march, but they are much closer to their ceiling than we are.
For Duke or Florida or Louisville or Indiana, that might be enough for a championship.
Really? A guy 12 games into his sophomore season with explosive athleticism and you're declaring he's peaked?
Originally Posted by ibsulon
Jay: not at all. However, as in-season improvement goes, he's not suddenly going to learn a Kobe-style post up game or an Iverson-style crossover unless he's been hiding it so far. His improvements are day to day, game to game, but it's because he has no discernible weakness that is a matter of 2 months of practices and games.
I will go so far as to say next year he is the leader and star of this team and has a shot at all the major awards. I think he may be the best player on the team today and has a long NBA career ahead of him as a combo guard. But I don't see a fundamental leap in his game. This season. I would love to be wrong!