@jayballer73 Perry Ellis and Dedric Lawson could also dunk and nobody has ever called them an above the rim player. Players of Adams size who play mostly below the rim tend to be poor defenders due to a lack of athleticism and bad rebounders due to poor jumping abilities. Players with Adams profile at programs like KU have a history of struggling and not panning out as expected due to their physical limitations. Another difference between Adams and Ellis and Lawson is the Ellis and Lawson were both top 40 recruits while Adams is barely a top 100 program.
I also remember a lot of people giving me shit when I kept saying that Quentin Grimes was going to be a busy because of him being from an area that’s weak in HS basketball. The HS Adams attends is the top football program in Austin and a top 10 program in Texas having churned out a lot of NFL talent including two Super Bowl winning QB’s currently in the NFL in Drew Brees and Nick Foles, but Austin isn’t exactly known as a basketball hotbed so I also have serious doubts about the level kf competition he’s faced, especially without an AAU season this year to go against better players and improve.
So add all of these factors together along with doubts about a HS season happening and a not very athletic kid without much, if any, organized basketball activity potentially over a year is going to make me skeptical about what he’ll ever be at KU.
If you want to try and claim I’m always bagging on recruits to taking a dig like you did, then you might want to check history, because there’s plenty of recruits I’ve been high on that others weren’t.
I’ll go ahead and breakdown KU’s current roster right now you can comeback and see what I got right and wrong.
Marcus Garrett is going to be an NPOY candidate this year and a second round NBA pick. If Garrett could shoot, he’d already be in the NBA as a lottery pick. His defense alone is going to keep Garrett in the NBA for a long time and he’ll probably have a Pat Beverly type career.
Bryce Thompson is going to be a good, but not great 2/3 year player for KU. My comp for him is Wayne Selden. Thompson isn’t elite at anything specifically, just a solid all around player, but that lack of an it factor is what will hurt his NBA prospects.
Ocahi Agbaji is someone I’ve made pretty clear my feelings on and I’m nowhere near as high on Agbaji as others here are. Even playing on a top AAU team he didn’t get much attention from other P5 programs. I do believe he is the most naturally athletic player Self has ever had at KU, but he’s also one of the lowest skilled players as well and one of the lowest basketball IQ’s Self has had. He’ll be a 4 year player, and test off the charts in regards to physical abilities and maybe get picked up in the 2nd round based on potential, but I believe that’s all he’ll ever be is potential that spends a year or two in the NBA before headed overseas for the rest of his career.
Mitch Lightfoot is a future coach and honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he becomes a GA after this year. Mitch is one of the smartest players Self has had which is why he’s always maximized his time on the floor and why Self wanted Mitch on this team this year. He’s also a great leader and does the little things well like setting screens, knowing how help from the weakside defensively, and whatever is needed to help KU win. Mitch’s game is a perfect compliment to basically everyone who will be on the floor for KU because this is going to be a group that looks to drive the ball first and then kick out to an open 3. Mitch is going to be instrumental in making that happen.
Tyon Grant-Foster is one I’m less up on than others because I’m always naturally skeptical of JuCo’s in basketball. TGF is an above average athlete, but he falls into that Ochai, Jamari neighborhood of a good athlete, but lower skilled player. His shooting is a big concern as are his turnover numbers. He is a solid rebounder for his size which means he’s aggressive. I don’t think he’s a bad player, but I’m less optimistic about the immediate impact he’ll have than others are this upcoming season.
David McCormack is an upgraded Landen Lucas that can score more. He’s a guy we know effort is never going to be an issue with and is always looking to get better. He’s probably going to be 2nd or 3rd team Big 12 this year and a Big 12 POY candidate as a senior. I don’t see him getting drafted, but I can see him making an NBA roster based on his hard work and dedication to getting better.
Christian Braun is that guy we all hate when he’s on other teams. He is that annoying white kid who can go off for 5 or 6 made 3’s any night. Even if Braun doesn’t start this year, I think he should start over Agbaji personally, he’s going to play starter level minutes for his remaining 3 years at KU.
Tristan Enaruna is KU’s best NBA prospect to me. He’ll take all 4 years to develop like Svi, but he’ll be a very good player by his senior year. Being brought up in the Euro game, defense is probably always going to be his achilles heel, but he has the makings of being a Svi clone.
Jalen Wilson is another 4 year guy. Another Texas player with subpar athletic ability. I don’t see him ever becoming more than a role player and if he doesn’t develop a consistent shot, he’s someone I don’t see finishing his career at KU and probably ends up transferring to a mid major conference.
Silvio DeSousa is going to go down as the biggest what if player in Self’s tenure at KU. We saw flashes of what Silvio could be as a freshman, but the NCAA and the KSU incident have majorly derailed his development. Silvio is probably a top 3 rebounder under Self and is a phenomenal shot blocker, but is someone who needs a redshirt to focus on refining his game. If I were Self, I’d seriously consider redshirting Silvio this year honestly because I think Silvio would be best option at the 5 next year out of the realistic options Self has.
Dajuan Harris is someone I’ve struggled to get a solid read on. I don’t see him being ready this year to even be the back up for Garrett which is a little concerning since he’s probably taking over in 2021 for Garrett. He’s currently listed at 160 lbs. on KU’s most up-to-date basketball roster so durability is going to be a big concern with Harris until he can get into the 180 lb. range.
Gethro Muscadin is a player that’s going to need all 5 years to maximize his potential at KU. I think he can eventually develop into something similar to fellow Haitian Skal Labissiere except being able to rebound. He definitely needs to add bulk because so he doesn’t get bullied. He’s also still relatively new to basketball from what I can tell so he’s definitely a work in progress, but I’m just not expecting much of anything his first 2-3 years here.
Latrell Jossell along with Jalen Wilson is someone I don’t see finishing his career at KU. Jossell probably has this season to prove something in practice to convince the staff to not recruit over him, but he’s even smaller than Harris so durability again becomes a major concern because his body doesn’t look like it can handle much past 170-75 lbs. without taking a hit on quickness.