I am struggling to evaluate him. He has good skills, but I can’t decide if he will be athletic enough to be effective in college.
He’s still young enough to grow, but at his size, I’m just not sure. I need to see how explosive he is this year.
I like Garrett, but his inability to shoot from distance really stifles our offense with him up top since he doesn’t have gravity at the top of the key.
Without a strong post presence to draw double teams, a nonshooting PG clogs things up because the PG’s man can float on defense, cutting off driving and passing angles.
Sexton is from the south, and he wasn’t a high recruit until later, so KU wasn’t in on him early like Alabama was. Those things have an effect. Dwyane Wade went to Marquette because they were the only school to stick with him through everything. That kind of thing matters to some kids, especially kids that are overlooked, or late bloomers.
Cunliffe has played on the ball before, and has a good shot.
Svi has always played off the ball, so he has a hard time shifting to the point. Vick’s role on this team makes it difficult for him to play point. Malik has handled the ball before, but he’s more of a scorer, and his availability is questionable for at least the next couple of weeks anyway. Garrett can play point, but his lack of shot makes it difficult to fit him in up top.
That leaves Cunliffe, a guy that is comfortable with the ball, and won’t upset the spacing that is so critical for KU’s offense.
Again, we aren’t (or shouldn’t be) asking him to be Frank Mason, or even Tyshawn Taylor. We are asking him to run the offense for a few minutes each half while Devonte rests. Basically, we are asking him to be Ryan Robertson or Calvin Rayford for five minutes each half. Keep the offense steady while the starter rests.
Hopefully Self trusts Cunliffe enough to let Graham sit and rest.
Finances can be tricky.
Perhaps the purchase was legit, but when you open up your finances, that can lead to more questions. What about this purchase? What about that one? Let’s look at your tax records. Let me see your mortgage/rent statement.
When you look into someone’s finances, you usually don’t just answer the question right away. It leads to more questions.
Think about it this way. When you go to buy a house, it takes 30-60 days to close at a minimum. And that’s once you are approved (meaning they already have all of your information when that 30-60 day clock starts running). While you are going through that process, people are combing through your records to make sure your work history and credit history suggest that you can afford that house. They are verifying employment. Verifying raises and bonuses. Checking with former landlords (if this is a first time buyer), etc. Verifying that the direct deposits into your account match your income statements.
Even if the car purchase was legit, they want to see if everything else matches (i.e., are you paying for the car, plus your other expenses, out of your accounts, or is someone else chipping in). That takes time, unfortunately.
The answer, of course (which is unfair to big time prospects), is to show up on campus in a crappy used car so no one questions it.
The injury kind of re-shuffles things for Newman. He’s playing okay, but not exceptional. I certainly think he can be better, but the injury may not allow that with the nature of concussions and how long it takes to get back to normal. He’s been slightly better than he was at Miss. St, while being more efficient. I think he was nearing a breakout, but again, the concussion changes that trajectory in a way we can’t know right now.
How that affects his pro prospects is an open question.
I actually would like to see the ball in his hands some. We have to get Devonte some rest. With Newman on the shelf for however long until the concussion clears, I wouldn’t mind seeing Cunliffe run some point to take the pressure off Graham. We need to get his minutes down from 38 to about 31 or 32. If Cunliffe can run the show for four to five minutes each half, that could change the season.
Malik needs, at minimum, two weeks to truly get right. That’s two weeks of nothing. No running, no shooting. Just rest.
Problem is, once he’s right, he will be out of shape because he’s been sitting around for two weeks doing nothing. And that’s assuming his symptoms go away within about a week and he gets another week to really heal. If he’s still got symptoms after a week or so, he has to rest until those go away.
It could be mid January before he’s contributing again, maybe mid February if the symptoms persist, maybe not the rest of the season.
Concussions are scary. I hope he gets a chance to rest and relax, and that KU’s medical staff makes sure he doesn’t rush back.
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