Instant starting Center if that happens and moves Bostic to PF. Low post player who can score and ideal fix if looking for one year player.
I'm curious what should give us confidence that Camille Hobby would have such a positive impact on our performance next year.
I believe our goal is to improve our front-court depth from what we had this year. Based on what I saw of her in extended highlights from NC State's 2023 tournament loss to Princeton (she played 18 minutes), I'm not convinced that Hobby is a meaningful improvement over our most used bench big, the graduating Geovana Lopes.
In those extended highlights, I see a slow-footed player who didn't move her feet well and was badly limited and exploited in key areas--rebounding, help defense in the paint, defending screens, and shot blocking. Perhaps Princeton's small ball lineup that was a horrible match-up for her. In Hobby's favor, she made a couple nice baskets and averaged 8 points, 4 rebounds in 21 minutes per game across the season to Lopes' 1/2/8. Hobby probably has more offensive game, and you may give value to her starting every 2022-23 game for NC State, a tournament team; yet watching Hobby in the tournament game, I don't see Hobby moving the needle over Lopes in what they give you on the floor.
Again, I'm curious what others think or see. I think I hope for better from the portal.
Camille Hobby, NC State #41