Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
This 6-foot-7, 180 pound small forward has all the offensive moves. He has a beautiful jumper, though he is streaky with his shot. He can create his own shot off the dribble and doesn't force the offense. He is getting better rebounding and will improve with more size on his frame. He thrives in an uptempo game and has a lightning fast release. His defense needs work, though his length and size gives smaller guards fits. While he plays in Georgia, he isn't shy about playing anywhere. He has recently pulled his offer to USC, because of their scandal, and according to ESPN he has offers from Georgia Tech, UNLV, Miami, LSU, Seton Hall, Florida, Florida State, UConn, Pitt and Georgia.
Posted by David Gillett at 1:06 PM
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is a versatile, 6-6 and 195 pounds, small forward that can play the point as well. He possesses great floor vision and is always around the ball during clutch situations. He has a knack for attacking the basket, but has a tendency to get in trouble with pump faking and double clutching while in the air. With his aggressive play, he draws plenty of fouls. He needs to get stronger and work on his post play and rebounding. He isn’t the most athletic player and doesn’t have incredible hops, but he is smart with the ball and is a vocal leader on and off the court, especially on defense. His shot isn’t perfect and tends to thrust his elbow out and have a flat shot when he misses, but he has steadily improved each year.
Posted by David Gillett at 8:52 AM
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Alex Oriakhi is a chiseled 6-8, 225 pound beast in the paint. He is a rebounding machine and has developed a 15-foot jumper to his arsenal. He works well in traffic and doesn’t shy away from contact in the paint. While he isn’t athletic due to his bulk, he knows how to finish strong. If he plays with a sense of urgency, then he is an unstoppable force and he’s shown the ability to stick with a play and makes the hustle plays, fighting through box outs for offensive boards and tip ins. He doesn’t have the footwork yet to pull off any advanced moves and gets called for traveling often, but he has a solid base of skills with a drop step, turnaround jumper, and can extend for reverse lay-ups. On the defensive end, he has tremendous upside though he tends to leave his feet early. He should fit in nicely with the departure of Jeff Adrien.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Not only does he have the best basketball name, Fab Melo is a 7-footer and 270 pounds with incredible talent. He's in the 2010 class from Brazil. He's looking at playing in the Big East with Louisville, Connecticut, and Syracuse high on his list, but Florida, Florida State, Miami and Texas are not far behind. He might choose a team in Florida since he is already playing there on Weston's Florida Rams.
Posted by David Gillett at 9:34 AM
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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Kemba Walker came into UConn with a blue chip resume, playing on the 18 and under USA team and leading several teams to tournament victories. There were still questions as to what he could transfer over to at the next level. He flashed his speed early on, he didn’t look for his shot and rather focused on defense and distributing the basketball, getting most of his points in transition. As the season wore on, shots that had bounced off the rim began to sink for him. The most impressive aspect of his game was on the defensive end. He rarely had a freshman lapse, and when Dyson went down with his injury, Walker became the Husky’s best on the ball defender.
The bench was rather short with Walker, Edwards, Beverly, and Haralson at Calhoun’s disposal . Walker showed he could weather the heavy playing time and consistently played 30 or more minutes. He also showed great poise in crucial stretches of ballgames, coming up with a game tying bucket against Syracuse. He was an invaluable asset to have coming off the bench and gave the team an instant shot of energy. He by far had the most impact coming off the bench then any other player, though Edwards also played a solid and as important role too.
It will be interesting to see how Walker takes on the sole point guard position and the responsibility to score more. He’ll need to show more of a jump shot and ability to create his own shot, but he has shown enough to not worry about his ability to start. He’ll have a better grasp on the play calling, and another year in the training room will have him stronger and more durable for what he knows will be another rigorous season.
Posted by David Gillett at 7:55 AM
Friday, May 8, 2009
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
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Saturday, May 2, 2009
No one knew what to expect out of A.J. Price coming into the 2009 season. His previous season’s bar was set high, ending the year as one of the elite point guards in the Big East, but he was coming off a major knee injury and had just finished a rigorous rehab program. It took a few games under his belt to knock off some of the rust and his frustrations showed early on, punching an opponent in the ribs during a game. He had to adjust his game more then any other player on the team with Kemba Walker earning time at the point. By the end of the year, he had become UConn’s most consistent offensive threat.
He showed drastic improvement from outside, hitting .369 last year and .402 this year. It was even more amazing considering that he was UConn’s only outside threat. With Austrie not able to find his range, teams made it a point to double team Price on the perimeter, but he was still able to get open and knock down shots. He was much better when receiving the ball then creating his own shot. As the season progressed, so did his legs. He started getting that first step that he had the previous year and found his way to the rim, but the zone tended to frustrate him. Though he struggled from the line throughout the season, he improved over his junior year, and ended with a .721 average from the line.
Although he had an M.V.P. like year, it wasn’t statistically better then his junior year. His assists-to-turnovers, free throws, and shooting percentages were all down this season. Much of that had to do with Dyson going down, so much of the backcourt scoring fell onto his shoulders, and with the ball not in his hands as much, he wasn’t the same player. He had trouble seeing the floor and turned the ball over in bunches. Even with all the knocks, he carried the team that had not won a tournament game in years and made a deep run into the Big Dance. Being the floor general that steadied the team through the toughest Big East conference in the history of the league and the player that wanted the ball in his hands in the closing minutes, Price became the leader of the team.
On a roster full of potential NBA caliber players, he by far was the most valuable and deserving of this award. If there was one word to describe Price, it would be perseverance. He has been through just about every conceivable obstacle on his pursuit towards his dream and he has met every challenge head on, never running, and has defeated it. He is the embodiment of a true Husky.
Posted by David Gillett at 8:42 AM
Friday, May 1, 2009
Posted by David Gillett at 6:12 AM