October 21, 2011 at 10:46 am #3779
Here is an interesting topic, which of the frosh do you envision having the biggest impact on the team this year? I mean we all pretty much assume that conroy has a shot to carve out a nice defensive oriented/stopper, guard multiple forward spots, rebounder on this team so his opportunity is perhaps the largest, but what if stefan just starts crushing it from 3 land with the deep ball, if he is consistent with his shot he will get playing time. Some have questioned canada level of competition, but bryson johnsom at BU has thrived in PL. Corey, assumed to back up mackey, appears to have smallest window, but if he delivers the goods who knows maybe he fights for pg minutes.October 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm #3780
I remember reading an article about Kenneth Faried, the Morehead State rebounding machine who turned into an NBA first round pick, and the basis of the article was that rebounding was one of the easiest skill-sets to project to the next level. Basically, if you have the desire and ability to rebound – that skill almost always translates to a jump in compeition. For this reason, and the fact that he played in the CHSAA in NYC makes me think that Baltimore will have the largest contribution. 1,000 recbound in a high school career is pretty special.
Stefan seems to have a skillset that this team really needs – knock down 3 point shooter to take pressure of Gabe and CJ. My concerns with him are his athleticism (especially with the knee trouble he has had in the past) and the speed of the game at the Division 1 level. He won’t be able to have near the time he had in the past to get his shot off, and his height, while very solid for a shooter, won’t be nearly as pronounced as it was in high school.
Corey has his work cut out for him backing up Mackey. We also have the least information on him. However, it does sound like he played pretty high level AAU ball, and as the son of a coach, those kids generally know all about hard work and what it takes to see the floor. So I wouldn’t count him out either. Also, I don’t know much about Corey’s game, but if he is more of a shooter from the point guard spot, rather than a push the tempo penetrator like Mackey – that will probvide a nice change of pace for the offense and a tough adjustement for the defense if he comes into the game to replace Mackey. The toughest adjustment for him will likely be the fact that bringing the ball up the court against pressure from St. Johns is a whole lot different from briniging the ball up court in high school ball in Iowa.October 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm #3781
I don’t know who will be the biggest contributor but I’d bet on Baltimore without seeing any of them. However, it seems to me from afar that Schaeffer is the one who has the easiest path to playing time. If he doesn’t play PG for the 10 minutes when McKnight is out, then who does? I can’t imagine Reed wants to play CJ there. The other two frosh seem to have a more experienced player who they will have to beat out for PT: Baltimore vs Adams and Cvrkalj vs D’Orazio. As you can tell by the first sentence, I’m expecting Baltimore to win a lot of those minutes – but I wouldn’t think it’s a certainty.
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