I noticed that, too. I think Malik is starting to realize he needs to find other ways to help the team. It is going to be a process getting him to become more effective in the obvious areas, like driving and passing… and most, just seeing more of the court.
A while back, I heard some people call him a ball hog. I never thought that. Self pushes him to contribute, but he just hasn’t figured it out yet and how to mesh with his teammates. So he has taken some ill-advised shots… just wanting to contribute.
He learned a lesson or two last night, along with several of our players… on NOT what to do against a defender with a 7’9" reach.
I hope Doke watches that tape over and over. His shot was exposed for sticking it right out there to get blocked, instead of keeping his big body between the ball and defender. Those low post moves… he needs to stop turning his upper body directly towards the goal. He should practice a baby hook and a few other moves. In the second half, he scored directly on Bamba by just taking the ball behind his head to make more space away from Bamba and his release.
Now I’m curious for the Texas game in AFH. What changes will Doke make between now and then? He really has been impressive concerning advancing his game. He focuses well, has lots of emotion, his heart is in the right place (for his team), he is intelligent, has a solid athletic base and he works his tail off. Can’t wait to see his game by March!
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