@BShark What is not being spoken in this discussion is the marketing of players at KU. There is a definite TV payoff for playing at KU where people know you, recognize you, and follow you. Now, simply playing here does not mean you’ll automatically be drafted, but getting publicity never hurts. If Billy had been a double digit scorer on a Final four team, he might’ve gotten more looks.
Exactly what I was thinking. The NBA drafts on potiental. Preston wasn’t able to display his upside so he slipped well out of the first round. With a little productive play at KU (or Duke or Kentucky) and he likely would’ve gotten a guaranteed contract.
Dedric has never been a good deep shooter. He was around 30% in his 2 years at Memphis. Other than Vick, none of these players have a reputation for being able to make 3’s and even Vick has always been a very streaky shooter and a consistent guy. When Vick isn’t making 3’s for several games in a row, it’ll happen at some point this year, KU is going to have to get the ball into the paint and muscle ball it to the basket and live at the FT line.
If I’m an opposing coach, I pack the paint and only worry about Vick on the perimeter. I really wouldn’t be worried about anyone else hurting me with perimeter shooting at this point and could live with myself is a 30% shooter has a hot night.
The question is…would the FBI be able to share information that is not public with the NCAA which is not a government or law enforcement agency? I can see all kinds of privacy issues being raised but I don’t know what the applicable law is in this area. The FBI and other government agencies have refused to disclose information about wrong doing by government officials while doing government work and being paid by taxpayers, so I would think it would be hesitant to disclose information to a non-government agency about private citizens doing things that violate NCAA regulations but don’t necessarily break the law.
The saga continues…frankly, I would be shocked if Silvio is cleared to play college basketball before he decide to either go to the G League or overseas; apparently at one time he had a contract to play in Spain so that might still be a potential destination. At this time, I will guess that KU knows this will the case and has no hopes that Silvio will play but as long as there is a scholarship available it send a message to potential recruits that KU stands by them and gives KU players a capable big for practice.
If KU does Champions Classic, plus Big 12/SEC and Big 12/Big East, plus an early season tournament (Maui, NIT, etc.), and a non-con road test, the non conference schedule will be very strong every year. That’s not a bad slate.
His arms are so long, particularly his forearms, that his shooting motion appears to be herky-jerky. It’s like the saying about what it takes to get to Carnegie Hall…practice, practice, practice. Shooting is a skill that can be improved, so shooting 24% will motivate him to get better. I will say he is my favorite OAD by far.
I think Doke will be a completely different player by fall of this year. His ability to advance rapidly is his biggest upside.
Not sure about his improvement at the FT line. He should just be able to mechanically develop his stroke and form and practice enough to develop muscle memory. That alone should pull him to 60%. Beyond that % he will have to add some additional polish.
I imagine a real beast in Doke appearing next year. Just look at this year… he became a real threat about half way through the year, where teams had to deal with a real scoring threat inside.
I imagine Doke returning with a new defensive game. One where he fouls a lot less but challenges shots better. I imagine Doke learning a lot more about rebounding. That is more about desire than anything else… just look a Silvio. He often snagged rebounds that weren’t even close to him. He really wanted the ball.
I understand that a lot has come out clarifying his comments and how certain things were taken out of context and other statements were overblown. I just still can’t believe he said anything about the situation whatsoever about there being a school change under any circumstance.
@BShark McLemore sat his first season because of academic issues. McLemore was #34 with Rivals. He was not a presumed OAD. But to that point, my analysis is always on presumed OADs. You can’t control whether a guy actually leaves (Like Embiid). But if you know a guy has the intention to just play one season – Wiggins, Oubre, JJ, Cliff, Diallo – then you could avoid those guys. Not always black and white, but each season we seem to have a pretty good idea.
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