- Central Illinois
I have no personal knowledge of AM and his thought processes. It does seem to me that if a player believes himself to be an NBA player he shouldn't be afraid of anyone in the college game. Everyone in the NBA is a top flight athlete and highly skilled. No college team involves that level of competition. If you can't make your mark on a college team I can't imagine you can make a mark in the NBA. Having said that I am sure that several of you have examples of players who didn't star in college but became NBA regulars to show that you don't have to start in college to play in the NBA. It is just a player mindset (again not saying this is AM's attitude because I son't know him) that I don't understand.I think it's as simple as it looks. AM and his camp see the type of ball dominant guards we are pursuing in the transfer portal (TyTy, NB, Franklin) and along with Curbelo it makes it pretty clear to them that AM will not be Ayo's heir apparent.
I don't know if it is something the coaches see in his game, but he clearly expected to be handed Ayo's role after this year and those targets we are after raise legitimate questions.
I hate to see AM go, but I absolutely trust BU and his staff to build the roster they see fitting their game plans.