Purple Reign regular StephanCat watched the BGSU game from a different position for him - behind the bench - an interesting perspective because it gives a very different feel than watching on TV. Anyway, here are his impressions - and they're our Post of the Day..."> Purple Reign regular StephanCat watched the BGSU game from a different position for him - behind the bench - an interesting perspective because it gives a very different feel than watching on TV. Anyway, here are his impressions - and they're our Post of the Day...">

Impressions from Courtside

<b><font color="#330033">Purple Reign</font> </b>regular<b> <font color="#330033">StephanCat</font></b> watched the <b><font color="#FF6600">BGSU</font></b> game from a different position for him - behind the bench - an interesting perspective because it gives a very different feel than watching on TV. Anyway, here are his impressions - and they're our Post of the Day...

Frankly, I can analyze a team much better with TV because it's what I'm used to and use as a baseline. Still, this was alot of fun.

1. Say what you will, Aaron Jennings is our MVP.

I know he plays soft, has zero intensity, is a major underachiever etc... However, he's our only inside presence and he hits 3's and free throws. Has anybody thought of just putting him on top of the arc and shooting 25 3's a game. Who'd stop him and if the other team brought their big man out to play him, we could let TJ Parker and Jim Maley drive the lane. Just a thought. TJ and Maley are better players, but if we lost either of them, somebody else could step in. We have nobody to fill Jennings shoes. And by the way, he's the only upperclassmen that is doing anything at all on the court.
2. Something must be wrong with this team internally. Jitim Young looks frustrated and lackluster.
Winston Blake and Jason Burke look like they're in a coma. Why are the upperclassmen playing with no intensity. Do they not like the frosh, have they been deflated by the loss of Vedran Vukusic, has Coach Bill Carmody peeved them? Right now, the only player we'll miss next year is Jennings. Maybe Blake's ankle is the problem, but that doesn't excuse a lack of emotion. Besides Maley and JT there is nobody out there talking to each other and trying to get fired up.
3. Maley is special.
He has one of the softest shots I've ever seen. Despite that he puts very little rotation on it, it's a thing of beauty. Maley's release is extremely high and he just seems to push it, like a knuckler, at whatever trajectory he needs, which is why it's so hard to block him and why he can shoot with a guy in his face. You pretty much have to be on top of him to block his shot.

He also has tremendous touch around the basket and can hang and adjust his shot in the air. Maley is also the smartest, most poised ball player we have. He reminds me of what [NU Freshman QB - Injured in the TCU game] Alex Webb looked like in his brief football appearance. When Maley has the ball, the fans, coaches, and his teammates believe he can make something happen. By his junior year, I think he can be one of the top 10-12 players in the conference.

4. TJ's ability has been well documented.
He has more upside than Maley, but I don't think he's any more important to this team right now. If TJ can develop a consistent jumpshot, he could become one of the best point guards in the country by his junior year. If he grew 4 inches as well, he'd be in the NBA by his junior year.
5. I can't begin to understand how poorly Thomas Soltau must be practicing
if he's not getting PT over Davor Duvancic. Unless something drastic happens, neither of these guys are likely to make a significant contribution in their careers.
6. Seacat is a tough call, because he hasn't gotten enough PT.
I think in 1-2 years he will be a great outside threat. He hustles on defense and I think he'll hold his own out there. With Maley, Vukusic, Seacat on the outside, defenses will have a tough time playing zone next year.
7. Mohamed Hachad didn't play as I saw.

8. If VV comes back strong and Carmody can find 2 pretty good big guys

(Tolic or some recruits), we can be very, very good next season. The only thing keeping us from being good next year is losing Jennings and having a huge question mark underneath. Carmody said that losing Hardy and Collier was big because they were our toughest players. Now I know what he means because the upperclassmen have shown no toughness in the 2 games I've seen. TJ and Maley are very tough however.
[There's already a decent thread on the basketball board about all this - what do you think???]

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