Arizona fans were salivating over the explosive guard after getting glimpses of him on Fox Sports' Preps. The documentary on Chicago high school hoops showed the diminutive Bynum excelling against some of the nation's best players. Arizona fans were even more enthused after watching the athletic guard strut his stuff in pre-season pick-up games.
Then reality set in.
Arizona fans had been spoiled by the likes of Jason Gardner, Mike Bibby and Gilbert Arenas. In this age of pro defections, people expect 18 year olds to play right away. Many forget that Arizona standouts like Damon Stoudamire, Khalid Reeves and Michael Dickerson all had a period of adjustment. Many forget that they weren't thrust into the limelight.
Bynum has been.
It might not have been the coming out party that fans have been waiting for, but Bynum had a strong game in the Wildcats' 90-80 loss to Oregon. Bynum was able to utilize many of his skills against a very talented crop of guards.
"Bynum showed some signs tonight of doing the things he can do," said Olson. "One of the hardest things for a player to learn is how to move without the basketball. As soon as he learns that he is going to be a handful. It was good to see him take the ball to the lane, down the middle a few times."
Bynum had a strong line, scoring 15 points on 7-of-15 scoring. Although he only hit one three point shot, but most were good looks which just didn't fall.
Bynum showed great quickness, going to the hoop and scoring a number of his points off of pull up jumpers. He was able to create his own shot, and made good decisions.
Bynum showed his renown leaping ability when he seemed to nearly grab a Duck shot hovering over the cylinder. Although the block attempt was a goaltend, the crowd and his teammates were impressed with how high he got up.
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