This is really impressive especially with Luke’s injury and Skyy leaving in the mix…
Thing to note; based off this prediction RJ is the lone guy having a disappointing year to you. I had this thought last night and feel even more firm in it…
Disappointments - in order:
- Too much dribbling on a stagnant offense (BU). Sticking with the terrible defense too long (BU).
- Skyy was not the play maker I had hoped for. I predicted only few points for them because I expected them to be making a lot of assists to backdoor cuts; I got reamed for this prediction when I made it. By Mid Dec, I was in favor of benching Skyy. I hope he finds a better fit elsewhere and does well.
- RJ not making the sophomore jump I was hoping for. I was expecting them to be a 1st or 2nd choice on offense. I'm not sure what happened. This could be unrealistic expectations.
- Coleman not stepping up as a leader (or maturing in general) or taking the wide open 3pt shots in the flow of the offense. We get end up taking worse shots as a result. That automatic ball fake has to go.
- Mayer hasn't stepped up as a visible on court leader. Even if leading isn't your preferred action, it is part of the job. It affects team chemistry. See TSJ.
- Goode injury - I think he is a stabilizing force in the rotation. I look to his return, so Coleman can get a few more minutes rest. He has been gassed in some games and missed plays as a result.
- The team has not adopted Barry style free throws. It can be the UofI calling card. It is a recruiting filter. Are you for the team, or your ego?
Kudos - in order:
- Harris has the defense down a year earlier than I expected. His energy is contagious. Well done Harris. He is my current favorite player.
- They don't quit.
- TSJ has stepped up as a leader. He tries to keep the offense flowing vs. playing hero ball (until the shot clock is very low).
Even though I only listed negatives for BU, I'm happy with him as the coach. He seems to listen to others, and adjust. He brings in a great supporting cast.