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...to the gym everyday this summer and works on the mid range jummper. He is very easy to defend right now.
layups and 3 footers as.well
and ballhandling. It's painful when he takes more than two dribbles.
seems like a great kid, but he was the cause of about half our defense breakdowns. He is very poor in recognizing and closing out in pick and roll/ switch situations.
Great athlete but poor scorer. A lot like klavon trebert.
His J needs to go back to the gym for some major repairs, there is a hitch in his giddy up.
He's got a long list of stuff to work on. I'm sure he wouldn't have been so frustrating at times this season if he'd been able to spend the summer working on basketball instead of rehabbing his knee. Here's what I'd like to see him develop:
1. Handles. His dribbling was a huge problem early in the season and against elite defenders like Oladipo. If he learns to protect the ball better, we're going to see him get a ton of points on drives.
2. Free throws. His stroke reminds me a lot of Anthony Mason. It's not as jerky as Mason's, but they both get up on their toes and then shoot using just their arms. Gotta smooth it out and get the legs involved in the shot. I'd love to see him have a Nix-like improvement at the line.
3. A jumper. I think I've seen him hit three jumpers in his two seasons. Opponents don't have to respect his shot outside of six feet right now. If he can get himself a somewhat reliable 10-15 foot jumper, he becomes incredibly difficult to defend. Shot fakes become believable, driving lanes open up, etc.
The good news is that he's healthy going into the off-season and will no doubt be in the gym working his ass off. Can't wait to see what he brings to the table next season.
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He needs to be able to stretch the defense. He needs a good 15 foot jumper and enough of a 3 point shot to force a big 4 to go out and play him there.
Let me know when Dawson is voted teams best defensive player three years running even though it was obvious he wasn't going to be the 5 star lottery pick he was projected coming out of high school, like Klavon errrrr Kelvin Torbert was,
what makes you think he will suddenly develop a jumper? He's never had one, even when he was healthy last year.
I will be happy when the kid can dribble a basketball....Baby steps
Possibly the fact that he's got about five months to work on one, and doesn't have to spend that time rehabbing an ACL injury. I know, crazy talk.
Nix developed a free throw........
People refuse to remember the kid blew his knee out just over a year ago. He wasn't going to get better offensively without playing over the summer. This isn't a video game.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
Torbert may not have lived up to the hype, but he became a very solid contributing scorer his last two years. Averaged 10 points a game, shot over 50% from the field and over 40% from three over his junior and senior seasons. He worked very hard to correct that jumpshot.
A similar improvement in some area from dawson would help immensely next year. Not sure he can fix both ballhandling and shooting in one offseason.
I think it is clear that Dawson did hit a wall this year, which is understandable because it was the longest season of bball he's ever played in probably the toughest big ten in years also coming off an ACL injury.
We've all seen flashes of what he can be and I am truly excited to see his improvement over the summer.
He never said he was a poor defender
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He seems to be a great kid! Also is a good defender and can slam a jam!
However, I'd like to see him use the device that they talked about on the Journey that Appling and Byrd were using that forces your to put arc on your shot or it doesn't go in the basket.
If he can develop some arc and not shoot the ball at 110 m.p.h., it would be great! And, his NBA stock would rise.
This post was edited by Final Fours 13 months ago
This. Have we all forgotten that he lost the summer between his freshman and sophomore years? This summer is critical for him.
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There were numerous times in the game when he had an open look to take a 15-17 footer and didn't. He'd be so much more dangerous if he was at least able to take those shots with confidence. I don't think we should have asked too much of him this season, aside from him being so quick to bounce back health-wise.
Ball handling as well. That said, why wouldn't he? If the kid busted his ass as hard as he did last summer to recover from the ACL surgery why wouldn't he bust his ass just as hard to shore up the holes in his game.
Posting member of tRCMB since 1997.
It is ALWAYS a great day to be a Spartan!!!!
Yep, he had to work his ass off all summer just to be physically ready for the start of the season, let alone work on skills or build for an entire season of wear and tear.
I agree. Coming back from that injury that quickly shows us he's a hard worker. I expect Payne-like improvement from Dawson next season.
Torbert was a much better shooter.
JRich's jumper wasn't a whole hell of a lot better than Dawson's in his freshman year, and look what he turned into with a summer of work. There's still hope for Branden.
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