How come his stock is rising and he i'snt playing.
His stock is rising because Jeff Teague's stock is falling...If Teague let's say has a workout against him and outplays him, then Teague can leap past Maynor and Maynor could be the next point guard to get drafted after Teague...Maynor to me, is a Sam Cassell clone...He may not be a true playermaker and the quickest guard, but he has a knack for putting points up and still get his teammates involved, not to mention he has a great mid-range jumper.
The bottom line is Eric Maynor has been consistent. Every time I watch him he's always the best player on the court. Jeff Teague pontential is better, but right now you know the type of player Maynor is. The fact that Maynor doesn't play with a great supporting cast, and when everybody knows that he's the man stop, and they can stop him tells me Maynor will fit well in the pros. Maynor against UCLA in the tournament was a great example of how well Maynor can play. Don's comparsion of Sam Cassell is good.
Because he is the best pure PG in college basketball. Teague is more athlethic but he doesnt have that basketball IQ or the killer instinct that Maynor has. If u put Maynor on Wake Forest im positive that they would be in the sweet 16 right now and have a good chance of wining it all. Maynor doesnt have anywhere close the talent that Teague has on his team and stills manages to make everyone around him better and win with average talent around him. Im not taking anything from Teague, I personally like the kid he has a lot of talent and potential but he not on Maynor's level quite yet. Thats why is stock is still rising!
His stock is rising because he outplayed Collison, a first team All-Defensive player in the Pac-10. Collison ends the game with 4 fouls because he can't keep up. Holiday is moved over on Maynor and gets 3 fouls because he can't keep up. He always gets double teamed and still flourishes. In the CAA, he is literally a man against boys. When he steps up to a higher level of competition like Duke or UCLA, he still gets it done. He is truly interested in getting the TEAM to play better. If he has to dribble penetrate, he does; if he can make no look passes from the top of the key, he does; alley-oops, etc. When that doesn't work, he takes over and shoots himself. When he is on, he just needs to clear half court and he is open.
Personally, I do not like Teague and he is not comparable to Maynor. Teague is all about Teague first; that's where the comparison ends. Teague does have great potential but he needs to mature.
Maynor will spend the entire first half with 6 points maybe for himself while trying to get the rest of team untracked. He'll burn any team in the second half if he has to. This will probably sum it all up. Senior night - Maynor needs two points to break the scoring record at VCU and we were playing a team we had beaten by 15 on the road. Everyone thought he would light it up for 30 plus, like he did 6 or 7 times this year, but no, he goes for 9 points because he was taking the time to get 9 assists and we win by 28. His comment was records are nice but they will be broken; it's important to win the game.
Maynor has pure PG instincts and tremendous vision of the whole court - knows where everyone is. The assist record he broke at VCU was held by Edmond Sherrod who played for the Knicks. Edmond had the best vision of the court I had seen until Maynor. Maynor is deceptively quick with a stutter, hestitation step that you can't get used to. There may be faster players but not quicker ones off that first step. Solid kid and a pleasure to watch and know.
Si.com posted yesterday their All-American teams and Maynor was the seventh player mentioned and a Second team All-American selection. That could be why his stock is rising while he isn't playing.
I just saw Larry Bird's press conference about the draft. He said that he really likes 4 players. He also said he prefers experienced guys over potential.
Here's the kicker though. At the very end of the press conference he was asked about experience vs. potential. He said and I quote, "If I have the chance to take a 3 or 4 year player I will!"
Now, they clearly need a PG or a Big-man. Of the guys they worked out, Eric Maynor, Ty Lawson, James Johnson and Tyler Hansbrough have the most experience.
I'm willing to bet those are the 4 guys he is looking at drafting. In other words, they are passing on DeJuan Blair. It's just a hunch on my part, but I'm confident I figured out his 4 guys. My guess is Eric Maynor or Tyler Hansbrough.