I'm starting the OFFICIAL C.J. McCollum bandwagon. Jump on before you look like moran.
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So... Marcus Smart, McCollum, Kobongo or Nate Walters?
Burke- Burks- Burked.
I'm not crazy about any I them. There's a couple of decent backups in th group, but that's it.
SI.com's Chris Mannix has an upcoming story on Calipari's ability to develop pros, and he posted some quotes from NBA evaluators online about the four UK freshmen. To sum up the general feeling about each:
Noel: Needs polish offensively, great defensively, surprising showcase of effort.
Poythress: Great body and talent, works better at a 4 but needs to develop a perimeter game for the NBA (they all see him as a small forward).
(Chad said he thinks Alex is a sleeper to go #1.)
Goodwin: Great athleticism, dynamic playmaker, but plays out of control at times and doesn't function great as a point guard at this stage.
Cauley-Stein: Mixed. All think he has underdeveloped potential but most see him as possessing the tools to become a solid pro, possibly after this year.
From Chad's chat today;
Q: Does Roy Williams not get the most out of his players? It appears that Macadoo is
doing teh same thing that Barnes did. A big recruit that isn't playing
up to the potential.
Chad Ford (1:41 PM) It's a question I was discussing with a number of GMs yesterday. Obviously
UNC gets a lot of blue chip talent which means they're going to be good
no matter what. But how many of those players actually develop or get
better while they are at UNC? I can name a bunch of players at Kentucky
who improve their games with Cal. Much harder to come up with examples
among the elite UNC recruits. Not sure how much development they get
UK played tonight, my take;
Wiltjer - Played like ****. 9pts, 4rbs
Harrow - Still out.
WCS - Played very unimpressively. 2pts, 4rbs, 1blk
Poythress - Still lacking a consistent motor .. not motor as much as it is killer instinct. Was invisible most of the game. Did all his damage, twice, after Calipari lit his ass up. 20pts, 8rbs (I think he's just taking things slowly as he adjusts to this level of bb.)
Noel - He is not overrated. A little raw, needs strength, but is the real deal. Biggest hustler on the floor for 40 minutes. 9pts (3/4), 11rbs, 4asts, 6blks, 3stls
Goodwin - Good God his speed and athleticism reminds me of one guy.. Wall. He's unstoppable off the dribble and the dude just wants to kill everyone around him.. epitome of killer instinct. Making much better decisions only after 3 games. No telling what he'll do when Harrow returns and he gets to move off the ball..
28pts, 6rbs, 4asts, 3blks (kid is scary fast and athletic)