« on: December 10, 2015, 11:20 AM »
These threads are fun. Full disclosure, I rewatched the GW game last night which definitely changed some of my initial impressions.
I don't think it's unfair of anyone to point out that Josh Reaves did not play well. Outside of a nice pick-n-roll with Julian and a steal/Eurostep finish on another possession, he did not do much else while being responsible for at least two open threes. But it is absurd to be "very concerned" about him at this point. His instincts and athleticism are obviously there, but he's going to continue to make mistakes as he gets more experience. Unfortunately, the rest of this team is pretty terrible so his mistakes look just as bad as everybody else's. Anyway, he is exactly what we should've thought he'd be at this point. His offense is going to take some time to develop. His quick trigger in this game was not helpful, but at least understandable considering his family and friends were in the stands.
Devin Foster was brought in late because Tim Frazier graduated and Graham Woodward transferred. He should not have been recruited for this level and I will just leave it at that. We just don't have anyone else we can play this year.
I agree with LP on Taylor. Still wildly inconsistent and not a good passer. Before the first media timeout of the game, he had a bad foul on a missed boxout, two terrible turnovers from double-teams that he's seen all year and caused a lane violation. This is our supposed senior leader who's a focal point of our offense. This is why there's so much pessimism (from me, at least) on the Basketbro show. He does not seem much improved to me despite the numbers, but he's Chambers' guy and we'll continue to ride him. In fairness, he certainly has paid his dues.
I'm higher on Banks than most, but after rewatching the game, he had more terrible possessions than I recalled in-game. However, Chambers said he played with a fever on the radio show last night, and he also kept this team from getting its doors blown off in the first half with 8 needed points. After 4 years of Ross Travis offense, I'm just happy to get something from that position so far, even if he uses more possessions than he should. Travis had all of 6 double-figure scoring games last year, Banks already has 6 this season! It's not like this team has many other options. Can we get away with more Washington/Zemgulis at his expense? I don't think Pat thinks he can, but at the same time, it's not like this team has much of a ceiling. As for his defense, I wouldn't say it's good, but I don't find it to be so much worse than everybody else's.
Shep's man defense is good, but he has a tendency to fall asleep in zone. Then again, he's logging marathon minutes so that's excusable in my eyes. He's already playing like an all-Big Ten player the last three games, so it feels like nitpicking to say anything bad about him compared to the rest of the team. Terrified to think where we'd be without him right now.
Need to see more Davis without the knee brace. I was encouraged with him in this game. More there already than I initially expected.
Tony Carr is blue chip. Don't care what anyone else says about freshman and expectations. Watch him play. He will change the game for us next year. Not quite like Melo Trimble did for MD last year, but a similar effect. Now it may not lead to more wins right away considering how small the roster will be up front, but the staff's banking on finding another big in the spring. That's the only explanation in my eyes for their lack of offers to 2017 bigs like Zach Kent, Luke Garza and Ejike Obinna.