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Denzel is the real shit.
Its five o'clock somewhere.
Happy Valentine's day, bitch!
35,600 posts and counting since 09-09-2002. tRCMB Dead Pool Commissioner.
Yes. Love Valentine. He and Harris are cool customers.
Denzel was the only Spartan with a full box score, other than FTs. What I mean is, he had statistical production in every single category. 3 pointers, rebounds (O and D), assists, steals points, blocks. I'm hoping this was a breakout game of sorts for him. He was the assist leader (4)and the rebouding leader (9). The kid had 8 defensive rebounds. Hell of a night for a guard/wing. Still needs to watch those turnovers, but even then his A/TO ratio was better than Applings. He wasn't perfect, but he did give Appling a break when he needed it, and I thought ran the point very respectably (other than the strip by Burke). 'Zel could flat out be a difference maker come March, especially if Trice is having health issues.
Denzel has more upside than any freshman in that game last night save for Harris. To have a 6-5 point guard in the making who can rebound, defend, and run your offense is extremely valuable. I wouldn't trade Denzel for GRIII or Stauskus or of course Bitch.
Yes that's what I heard him say (one polaroid ahead). Valentine sees the court incredibly well, knows where everybody is and where they are going to be. Some of his great passes don't get counted as assists because the shooter gets fouled and gets FTs. Kid's amazing.
I love Valentine's game, and the best is yet to come. He still makes mistakes, and occasionally is out of control, but his enthusiasm is contagious. One pass Denzel made to Nix underneath just lit up both the crowd and Nix. . . The constant flow of balls into the post has the BIGs happy, and they are not hesitant about returning the favor to the guards at the 3 point line. Valentine's unselfishness makes this old guy think of Magic. . . getting everyone involved in the game.
I love his length out there on the perimeter with Harris, just like we saw it against Kansas and other early opponents.
As much as I love having Trice as a backup for Appling, I like having the long backcourt when it creates havock for the opposing offense.
When Denzel is contolled, he's a very dangerous weapon. I like his smoothness and deceptive speed. Like Harris, he makes every movement look slower than it is. The kid can scoot and he can see shiat!
There is romance in all of us
When he came in for Appling, and Burke immediately stripped him, an alarm went off in his head. He was an absolute beast after that. Also nice that Harris (I think) knocked down a three next time down the court.
Agree. Getting minutes against Burke was one of the positive tradeoffs for Trice being out. If Trice was available to play, then Denzel doesn't get those PG minutes. I thought Denzel grew last night as a player. Kid rose to the occasion and I take my hat off to him.
Projecting what Denzel's game will be like in a couple years is like drinking green kool-aid spiked with a serious hallucinogen. Can it be real?
I can't believe the progress he's made this year. Watching him earlier in the season I didn't like when he handled the ball. Now he's got more confidence, some more quality playing time under his belt and the kid makes plays. Isn't afraid to drive to the basket. And he's only a freshman! It's gonna be a fun next couple of years.
I really hope Izzo doesn't curtail those explosion plays that Denzel has been trying to do. ie. the lop to Payne. Those are huge momentum controlling plays. He's not going to get more comfortable and better at throwing those lobs and making those passes unless he keeps throwing them. And his teammates aren't going to expect and anticipate those plays to be made (Payne sure as hell wasn't expecting it until it was too late) unless Denzel has the green light to keep playing aggressive with the ball. It'll eventually become second nature to everyone invloved and when that happens, watch the **** out.
The sky is truly the limit with that kid.
That missed lob to Payne was kind of strange. I didn't think it was a bad decision on Valentine's part. I couldn't tell if the pass was too high or off target, or if Payne just missed it. Either way, while Izzo didn't seem mad about it, they did take Valentine out of the game right after that. He came back in a few minutes later.
He made some brilliant passes last night (and a couple not so brilliant).
I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this.
My sister goes to Oakland U, so I call Denzel "the good Valentine"
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
Another sweet coach's kid - Great vision and awareness with a High BBall IQ. his handle needs some work, but that will come.
I think Payne got caught napping just a bit, and wasn't ready to attack. The earlier poster is right, sometimes those plays are ok even if the pass is thrown away, because a guy like Payne will be looking for it next time around. Appling has a much stronger tendency to shoot when he gets in the lane (although he's much, much better than he was last year with those decisions), so sometimes having a guy like Valentine throw that pass will ensure the bigs have hands and feet ready as they get into the lane.
This is happening for Dawson, now, too, in a different context..when he cuts into the lane off the ball, he's doing it with ready hands because Nix has shown he'll hit him with that pass. It's a dimension we didn't have before, he either cut relatively half-heartedly, or just cut through without really expecting a pass (sort of just "running the set").
Something needs to be said about DV's tremendous change in shooting form. I don't think I've seen a bigger change in form from any player in MSU during the season.
The beginning of the year his shot had a hitch and looked like a laser beam. Now it is a beautiful high arcing rainbow. Kid has put in some serious work this year on that.
I loved the play. I just don't think Payne was ready or even looking for it. Like Dakitch was saying, Denzel frequently is looking at the play ahead of the play and if, as Denzel's teammate, you aren't also looking at and anticipating that "other" play, you're not going to be in position to take advantage of his vision and passing. Both sides will improve in that regard though, both in the remainder of this season and over the next couple of seasons.
Thank you, Denicos.
Another thing about Denzel, beyond his playing ability, is his leadership. The kid is a coach on the floor, and a winner--a true floor general which we aren't really getting to see yet but will. Back to back state champs. He seems to have that 'X' factor.
That alley-oop to Costello was beautiful. Also 7 points, 5 boards in the first half.
Loving his play and all-around game. Future team captain?
Coach Dantonio is my Spartan!
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