BU has said numerous times that cohawk is our trigger on offense.....does many things well and his D is top notch.....Do I wish he was a 18 ppg and 10 rpg player.....h*ll yes I do................But i think cohawk will have a good nba career by emphasizing what BU tells him to do......What? No. 8-15 footer for 70%+. Um…no. That’s exactly what BU does not want him doing. Or anyone.
First of all, very few would convert to the 70%+ you speak to. If they could….shoot it all day every day. That’s like hitting 3’s at a 50% clip. But no one shoots 8-15 footers at that rate.
CoHawk is currently rigid on offense…as are a few others. They haven’t found their rhythm on the offensive if they aren’t in transition. At least not yet.
Hell, the problem in the Virginia game was all of the forced 8-15 footers that were turn around fadeways….terrible, forced shots.
Check my history….I love the O&B. Rarely do I post anything “negative”. But the reality is there is at times very little flow to the offense when not in transition AT THIS STAGE OF THE SEASON.
It will come no doubt, but our success this season will likely be based on cutting, passing, open looks from three, and driving to the basket for relatively easy finishes. Right now we just aren’t in synch like we can (will) be.
Just my perspective.
Hope he's right about our guys.
Can’t like that last statement enough. No matter what your level coming in, this staff will make you better. What a great brand to have for recruiting.Along those lines, Coleman checks in today at #29 in Sam Vencenie's NBA Draft big board.
TSJ at #20 ("Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. is the guy I’ve gotten the most positive notices about from scouts and college coaches in regard to improvement this season").
Once you get outside of the top 10 or so on this list, the 2023 draft is wide open, with plenty of room for players to crash the party.theathletic.com
His footwork is soooooo much better than Kofi it’s not even closeFew things that give Dain great upside
1. Still not in great shape. If he gets in shape like Kofi he will be able to play 35 mpg and run the fast break
2. Has good handles for big man - can take the ball 12 feet from hoop and drive to basket or pull up for jumper
3. Good shot blocking instincts and timing. Get in shape to get another 12" of vertical and he could become elite shot blocker
4. Free throw shooting is rock bottom - can only and must improve
5. Can't tell yet but if he can hit the free throw line jumper and even lob in an occasional three pointer it will open up the drive
6. Nice footwork and Akeem like fadeway. Truly the dancing bear.
Not the Hulk strength size of Kofi or refined footwork but still could become an all time great Illini big. Get to work Geoff!
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Iowa got beat by 13 points tby cu who is unranked, these ratings are a joke, he probably thinks kentucky, duke and n. Carolina and gonzaga are still top 10.B1G KenPom rankings:
Ohio St: 18
Michigan St: 26
Penn St: 32
6 teams in the top 25.
10 teams in the top 38
12 teams in the top 55.
Tough season ahead.
KenPom's rankings are based on data analysis. The rankings will get more accurate as the season goes on. His data currently has Kentucky #4, North Carolina is #21, Gonzaga is #7. kenpom.comIowa got beat by 13 points tby cu who is unranked, these ratings are a joke, he probably thinks kentucky, duke and n. Carolina and gonzaga are still top 10.
And I think we're gonna rip the BIG, FWLIW.
But the point is that these mid-season projections are meant to show what NBA front offices think of players right now, not an attempt to predict who will continue to perform and who will fall off. His mid-season projections last year may well have been spot-on for how NBA FOs were thinking of those players in November 2021, but obviously a lot of basketball got played between then and the Draft.Well if you're going to assess his draft projections mid-season you would use another mid-season projection not an end of season one.
My semi-crazy take: If I see that Coleman in the set offense is touching the ball twice as many times as his teammates - and in multiple spots on the floor - I’m going to mentally divide his total turnovers in half. Therefore, I decree he had 3 turns last game - a respectable number.BU has said numerous times that cohawk is our trigger on offense.....does many things well and his D is top notch.....Do I wish he was a 18 ppg and 10 rpg player.....h*ll yes I do................But i think cohawk will have a good nba career by emphasizing what BU tells him to do......