I would think the Dee/Deron group was a better shooting team also. The 89 team did get a lot of easy baskets off their press. Both were a joy to watch, but I’d give the edge to the 89 team with their team athleticism and quickness. Their size and quickness eliminated most mismatches on defense.
Alstork had trouble staying on the court. I wonder if he would have had more success if Underwood had changed his defensive system like he did this year. He picked up a lot of silly fouls getting up into the body on traps.
Coming out of high school, Okoro was heavily recruited, but pretty raw . He’s smart and strong, but wasn’t skilled. He wouldn’t be the first big guy that didn’t develop well in all facets. Illinois has seen its share of those through the years. My point is it’s not always on the coach.
I appreciate those who can see the game completely and understand how contributions needed by players may change. Trent’s 3 point percentage went down as a result of his new role. He accepted that role gracefully. Had he not taken over the point, who knows where the season would have gone. In 50...
He plays the passing lanes well and has quick hands, so I believe he’ll get a lot of steals. Obviously, at his size , getting stuck in switches could be a problem. He’s very instinctive, so I’m sure he’ll be fine.