Looking at the remaining schedule and the way we played today the optimist in me says we could go 11-7
@Penn state W
Valentine says he's day-to-day and hopes to come back for this one, but it's looking like Izzo will wait to bring him back for a home matchup vs. Iowa (revenge?) on the 14th.
It's still early in the season, but anyone know what's up with DJW? I get he's a freshman, and I get his defense needs work. But as far as I could tell, the scouting report on him was he'd be a decent contributor this year with his length/skill set...I'm a bit disappointed.
I remember him making some pretty sweet plays this past summer in the euro trip and haven't really seen any of that carry over into the season :/
DJW is a 3/4. There are certainly minutes available to him at the 4, given the injuries we've had on the front line but he's a pretty slender kid and needs some time to mature and get stronger before he's ready to do much there, IMO.
At the 3, he's competing with Hill, Nunn, JCL and Jordan. He's not good enough right now to get too many minutes against that group.
And things might not be much better for him next year given that a lot of those guys will be back. If he sticks around, though, I think he can be a big factor as a junior.
Another ring to remember: A lot people were discussing DJW as a likely red-shirt candidate. That got scuttled this year due to the amount of injuries.
I think that eventually he could develop into a productive player for us. I am just not sure when he will get that chance.
qoute: "Williams is the one who has been hurt the most by our injury situation. He is much less offensively developed than the other freshmen and he really could have benefitted from using this year as a redshirt year. "
See, I was under the impression DJW was one of our more offensively developed freshman... I guess this is why I'm confused? I remember in the 13/14 season(his junior year at Simeon) Williams was a top 50 recruit, and I'm pretty sure once upon a time he was briefly a top 25 recruit for his class his freshman year or something when he was on the National team for his age group. I know he had a down senior year and dropped into the 60-70 ranking range, but AJ for example barely cracked the top 100... And yet I'd agree AJ seems to be more offensively developed at this stage. I just remember hearing hype about how next to Charles Matthews, DJ was the best hs player out of Chicago and how versatile he is at his size and ready to contribute right away, etc. and we're not seeing it. Not yet at least