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Nix's offense is raw. He's only effective with one hand really. He's been effective in certain situations, but against top defenders he hasn't really been able to do much more than get putbacks.
Costello has raw post moves, but he's does have range. As a backup, they aren't running plays for him, but he has the potential to be a pick and pop guy. My projections for his increased production isn't because he's going to transform himself into a dominant post presence overnight. He's going to be a stretch five of sorts.
I've heard a couple of times that Payne wants his degree. Based on that seems like a degree would mean almost as much as anything won on the court. Would be a great story for him to overcome his learning disabilities and graduate.
Appling is ok, but he will not see more than a cup of coffee in the NBA. Trey Burke is an average NBA player at best, and Appling couldn't even hold his jock.
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He did just fine against him in the game at tBres. Appling's problem is consistency. If he can find some, he will play in the NBA.
Mookie - Was Ricky Grace your backcourt mate? Good times
@KevinGehlWLNS: Branden Dawson: "The [NBA] money will still be there, so first I wanna get my degree and win a national championsip."
2 more years?!?!?!?!?!?
Ill just hope Payne and Harris stay....if they leave ill just panic then
To die in ann arbor is redundant
I never knew this board had so many NBA scouts.
I think Marty Blake posts under several different screen names.
His FG % has gone down each year from 43.6 to 42.7 to 40.3.
3 pt. shooting % has bounced up and down from 41.1 to 25.0 to 30.6 this year. (Harris, Payne, Trice & Valentine all have better 3 pt. shooting % this year than Keith).
And free throws have gone down yearly from being money 89.5% to 78.8 to this year 74.5% .
Yup, that's real improvement.
I read the news today, oh boy .. ..
About a lucky man who made the grade
They all scout for the D-League and Euro- League
My seats at SS. My driveway in winter.
I think he has the potential to be better if, like I said, he finds some consistency.
Appling's problem is exhaustion. He's had to carry a heavy load this year without Kearney and Trice. I think he's just running out of gas.
Nix is a perfectly fine man to man defender. I was not implying that he wasn't good. Costello just brings a bit more in his shot blocking ability on top of his man defense.
yep. He's also in the best position to get taken in the late 1st round of all of them probably though. If he gets a first round grade I wouldn't begrudge him for going, but if everyone comes back and he continues to develop his shot like he has he could very easily become a top 5 pick. a 6'10" stretch 4 that can routinely drain 3s is the NBAs wet dream. Even more so is the fact that he seems to be getting stronger and having better longevity in games.
If he does go, though, I can see Kaminski and Costello and Gauna stepping up and giving us a very good front court to go with Dawson, Harris, Appling, Trice, Valentine. That's still a hell of a team. I've been most impressed with Costello's hops on Defense and his tenacity. he's going to be damned good. and Kaminski was the scorer of the bunch...he'll bring some points to the table too. We're going to be just fine.
And how certain were we all after his sophomore season that KLIF would've been drafted? Or Summers after his junior year? The fact is, there aren't many spots in the draft, guards are a dime a dozen coming out of college, and despite all the success we've had in recent years, we haven't had a player taken in the 1st since 2006.
Appling could very well come out of his slump Thursday, have a great run in the tournament, turn in an incredibly solid senior year...and still not make it to the league. That's not a knock on him; it's the reality of the draft.
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This post was edited by ashamanAJSV 13 months ago
Maybe, but Burke and Craft have just as heavy a load or greater.
Mods, ban this scUM schtick!!!!
Awesome news! He and his team mates have some unfinished business next season! Hoping for a great end to this season and a special season next year!
They don't dribble in the NBA.
Get off my lawn.
Nix does great against just about any single defender. It's well designed defenses that confuse him. As for Costello, his post moves may be raw but I don't remember him making a single one this year.
Appling 33.5 minutes per game
Burke 35.1 minutes per game
Craft 33.6 minutes per game
I think he's hit a jumpshot or two. Hasn't really gotten the time to attempt many.
This post was edited by Braintrust 13 months ago
Difference is that Craft and Burke aren't asked to do as much as Appling.
Craft is asked to be an incredibly tough defender on defense and run the offense, but he's not asked to be a primary scorer.
Burke is asked to run the offense and be the primary scorer, but B____ doesn't really ask his guys to play really tough, on-ball defense all game long.
Only Appling is asked to run the offense, and be the primary scorer, AND play man-to-man defense with the intensity Izzo demands. His minutes per game are comparable, but his workload and responsibilities are heavier.
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