Random Thoughts: Basketball Color Commentary

Coach Roy used to do football color commentary on the radio, a long time ago, but he was pretty impressed with the man who sat down next to Dave "Mr. Wildcat" Eanet Sunday afternoon for the Wildcat's last preconference game...

This might be heresy for an old NU Broadcast Major
but I really like our alumni when they do Basketball Color on WGN, especially the latest former basketball player to sit down next to Mr Wildcat, Dave Eanet.

I think there is already a concensus that Shon Morris does the best job of color analysis of Northwestern basketball games, and Bob Hildebrand is just behind him in bringing his experience to the mic, but Sunday's game with Dave Eanet and Nate Pomeday stood out in my mind as one of the better games I've heard lately in terms of concise, accurate live commentary on the game.

Maybe it was a fresh voice with a new perspective, maybe it was the big win, but I wasn't alone in thinking that here again "was still another NU alum with the right stuff to be a commentator." Most folks know we fans not at the game, chat on the internet. We were all impressed with Nate.

One thing he said that really stood out was his comparison of Sterling Williams to a "young Jitim Young." I could immediately see just what Williams was doing to the other guy's defense, and was able to put some of the freshman's play in that perspective.

A lot of former athletes try and fail to make the transition to broadcasting games. They either bury us with too many technical details or they wind up making the game about themselves.

I always prefer to listen to a game when Mr. Wildcat is paired with one of our alums. Now there are 3 guys to take the "other" chair.

At least that's my opinion....
-- da Coach

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