@justanotherfan Rewind a few years ago and I was saying the same thing about Releford, EJ, Selby, White, Diallo, Adams, Greene, et. al. You have to let a guy settle in, be comfortable, relax a bit, and just play. Confidence is key. Game experience is invaluable. I think you’re right. I like your suggestion of just holding him out – the roller coaster does him no good. If he’s not Self’s choice, so be it … use him only if absolutely necessary, or in scrub time.
One thing I will say, though, is that I do think Self has dialed it back on the quick hook. Cunliffe got one of the epic quick hooks vs. KSU. One, quick/silly/out of control foul, and immediately out. Haven’t seen too many of those this season (in comparison to past years). The most epic hook I can recall was Anrio Adams – in the game, excited, inbounds to Adams, dribbles off his foot out of bounds, turnover, and he’s out. Total game time, 3 seconds. Beautiful. No cereal eating on that one.
The difference is, Self reinserted Cunliffe pretty quickly. Adams, not so lucky. Where is that guy, anyway?
On the dialing it back thing, Self really seems to be a shadow of his former self (pun intended). But the Cunliffe yank was a clear reminder of seasons’ past.
I like Cunliffe, but I’m not on his bandwagon for increased PT because I don’t think he’s more talented than the guys we’re playing. Meaning, I don’t see his upside this season as outstripping the guys Self is playing right now.
Picking a scab – imagine that Reed and Morningstar were both injured and could not play beginning January 1, 2011. And imagine the national championship trophy sitting in KU’s trophy case. Just imagine.