Article About the Huskies on SNY.com


Good article about the Huskies on SNY.com, written by Adam Zagoria, also the principal of ZagsBlog.

The premise of the article is that the Huskies will go into 2010-2011 not ranked in the Top 45, for the first time in several years, which is serving as motivation.

What I found more interesting were Jim Calhoun’s comments on last years’ team and players versus this year.

Jerome Dyson: 4 1/2 turnovers per game.

Stanley Robinson: ‘fell short of his potential’.

Overall:  ‘ “…we couldn’t shoot last year and we can really shoot now.” ‘, which segues into a discussion about the incoming players.

Zagoria states: “Still, Calhoun will tell you the 2010-11 Huskies are better than last year” and quotes Calhoun as saying,

‘ “I think we’re more talented. I think we’re going to shoot the ball better.” ‘

I might buy that the Huskies may be more talented this season, but I’m not convinced they will be better yet.  There have been a lot of young, talented Huskies teams that have needed a year or two to gain experience and pull together, and I believe this will be another of those teams.  Frankly, I believe that duplicating last year’s record of 18-16 overall, 7-11 in the Big East, will be a major challenge.

Let’s not overhype the incoming freshman — there is some talent there, but let’s remember that they’re not the Fab Five, and they’re not the Kentucky incoming class of last season.  Or this season.  Or next season.  The Top 15 ranking by Rivals.com has as much to do with quantity (7 players) as quality.

The reason this year’s team has the chance to be better, quite frankly, is addition by subtraction.  As experienced as Dyson, Robinson and Gavin Edwards were, they tended to disappear at critical moments, and the Huskies lost a lot of winnable games.  A young, inexperienced team will have the same issue, but can they be any worse?

Calhoun believes the Jeremy Lamb may be the most talented of the newcomers, and that in Lamb, Shabazz Napier and Kemba Walker ‘ “We got three guys that can transport the ball to good places.” ‘  — not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds good!

He describes Tyler Olander as “really skilled” and says he “can jump”.

Michael Bradley may be redshirted with the influx of current and incoming big men, including Enosch Wolf.  Zagoria quotes Fran Fraschilla who describes Wolf as roughly a Top 200 recruit, and says it will be a while  before he contributes (as previously reported here).  That’s interesting, as I’ve seen (but didn’t necessarily believe) earlier rankings of Bradley that put him roughly around the Top 100, so I’m not sure why he’s not ahead of Wolf.  Frankly, they both seem like major projects.

Niels Giffey is described as a ‘very good, athletic 6-6 swingman that can shoot the ball’, and said to be a Top 100 caliber prospect.  I  believe that those descriptions are also from Fraschilla, who is said to be knowledgeable about European players in general.

Interestingly, there are no comments about Roscoe Smith, the highest rated of the incoming recruits.

Again, I believe that the incoming class is long on potential, but is going to take time to develop.

The article goes on to describe the disappointing front court play of Alex Oriakhi, Ater Majok and Charles Okwandu and quotes Calhoun as saying ‘They’ll have to do more.’

That’s not exactly a startling revelation.

Finally, the article talks about incoming coach Kevin Ollie and Glen Miller, mentioning that they are both former point guards, as are George Blaney and Andre LaFleur.  Now that I read that, it bothers me: with all of the deficiencies in post play, who coaches the big men?  I’ll grant you that one need not have been a star at a position to turn into a great coach, but wouldn’t it be helpful to have one former big man on the staff that can actually show a post move or how to play defense and have the size to demonstrate?  Of course, it hasn’t seemed to have hurt Duke…

The SNY article appears here:

Adam Zagoria talks Huskies on SNY.com

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