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Old 03-20-2017, 12:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I can totally understand Matt Ryan's frustration, the point he needs to appreciate is that HE will now get that benefit of staying on the court during 1-12 shooting nights that VJ had all year (really last two years). VJ was a liability on defense, played as small as any 6-8 guy in the country despite some pretty long arms - would be interesting to see what his high water mark for rebounds was all year. Nobody should have been shooting threes over VJ yet it happened all the damn time. Ryan showed a lot of defensive improvement toward the end of the year and I think he can lock down a core position in Brey's short line up (by that I mean his 6-7 man go-to rotation, not height wise). Geben and Torres may play bigger but Ryan opens up the offense for everyone.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Colson is a great college player, and his unconventional "shape" allows him to play three to four inches "taller" than he is. But it's difficult to see how that translates to the NBA with all its 6'8"/6"9/6'10" skywalkers blocking shots. Secondly, the NBA requires almost all its people to run and, if in position, to shoot the threes. Plus, it's hard to see him being slotted into a near-the-basket position offensively, and more important defensively --- raw height-without-yet-jumping still counts there. CAN he be a wing?

Colson's such a winner-warrior that he'd be good to have on your bench, but if you're an NBA coach do you want to spend a high draft pick (without him proving more to you in, say, another year of college)? If anyone here knows what his family's economic situation is, that might be a factor.

His senior year should be a lot of fun, and something that he'll never get a second crack at. That and graduating might be valued over other factors unless his family needs the money now. I'd stay, but no one asked me during my intramural days with the Chem Club team.
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Bonzie doesn't need to come back, it's not like he's going to get taller or become more skilled of a scorer (because he already is very skilled), but if he does, he should focus on his fitness big time. I think that's the only area he can improve - broaden those shoulders and cut some fat.

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I disagree. He can still improve his offensive game, but his biggest area for development is on defense. If his aspirations are to play in Europe, then he should go now. Given the number of second round guys that make a roster is pretty low, if he wants a legit shot at the NBA he needs to stay and improve himself as much as possible.
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I disagree. He can still improve his offensive game, but his biggest area for development is on defense. If his aspirations are to play in Europe, then he should go now. Given the number of second round guys that make a roster is pretty low, if he wants a legit shot at the NBA he needs to stay and improve himself as much as possible.
Well yeah, everyone can theoretically improve their game every year. But can he handle the ball for a big? Yes. Can he score in the post? Without a doubt. Can he pass? Without a doubt. Can he shoot from the outside for a big? Without a doubt. It's not like his offense has any glaring weakness he has to perfect.

His defense can improve, and that'd improve as a by product of shaping his body better, which is my only 'weakness' I can find for him to actually improve to a significant degree.
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Well yeah, everyone can theoretically improve their game every year. But can he handle the ball for a big? Yes. Can he score in the post? Without a doubt. Can he pass? Without a doubt. Can he shoot from the outside for a big? Without a doubt. It's not like his offense has any glaring weakness he has to perfect.

His defense can improve, and that'd improve as a by product of shaping his body better, which is my only 'weakness' I can find for him to actually improve to a significant degree.
But he isn't a big. In the NBA he needs to transition to a wing if he has any value for an organization. He's 6'5.... He can't play the post in the NBA, this isn't Charles Barkley's NBA. He needs to improve that outside shooting to not just be "good for a big." He needs to shoot well for an NBA player.
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Well yeah, everyone can theoretically improve their game every year. But can he handle the ball for a big? Yes. Can he score in the post? Without a doubt. Can he pass? Without a doubt. Can he shoot from the outside for a big? Without a doubt. It's not like his offense has any glaring weakness he has to perfect.

His defense can improve, and that'd improve as a by product of shaping his body better, which is my only 'weakness' I can find for him to actually improve to a significant degree.
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But he isn't a big. In the NBA he needs to transition to a wing if he has any value for an organization. He's 6'5.... He can't play the post in the NBA, this isn't Charles Barkley's NBA. He needs to improve that outside shooting to not just be "good for a big." He needs to shoot well for an NBA player.
Beat me to it, but you're correct. Reshaping his body isn't going to fix everything. The margin for getting into the NBA is so small that the smallest improvement might make the difference. Can he handle the ball? He's not bad, but I see more than marginal room for improvement in ball handling and driving to the basket. Especially having to play at the 3 or 4.
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I don't remember where I read it, but Colson will be back. Brey expects him, and I think will encourage him, to go through the pre draft process without signing with an agent like Beachem did last year.

Colson, and the rest of the team, could really benefit from some time in the weight room this off season. They looked like they were really wearing down the last couple weeks. Part of that is the short rotation playing big minutes all year, but the guys just looked weak. Brey alluded to that after the West Virginia game, calling WVU a bunch of men. Maybe we'll see him in the weight room with the team at 6 in the morning this summer.
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