Michael Kruse, over at his new gig as Senior Writer at Basketball America, was up in New Hampton, N.H. recently and focused on the ever-improving Rashad McCants (who committed to Carolina before the summer).
McCants, after all, always has been a player. He's always worked the baseline for layups and dunks. He's always flashed into the lane for jumpers and floaters. And his ability to create space remains uncanny: He can get a shot off from just about anywhere against just about anybody.
Some of his skills have shown marked improvement in the past 12 months – his ball-handling, his outside shooting and his defense, to name a few – but McCants' true maturation has had little to do with basketball.
On what people are saying about Coach Doherty ...
"That he's hard," McCants said. "That he likes to run you a lot. That he likes to condition you and get after it. That he's very intense. But that's what I like about him – I love that about him."