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The discussion: Who are the five most overrated prospects in college basketball?
Jay Bilas: I am not a big fan of "overrated" prospect lists. When we go through this exercise, I always get the feeling that we are simply blaming the player for our mistakes in projecting and evaluating talent, or our "irrational exuberance" over a player's future potential. Instead of calling ourselves out for our mistakes, we tend to pile on the player for failing to live up to our billing of him. We rate and hype them, and if they don't meet our standard, we call them "overrated" instead of stating that we whiffed, or simply moving on to those players who are meeting that standard.
Look, I'm not naive. I understand that, right or wrong, dealing with expectations and the media is part of the deal. But I am still not comfortable with it. Notwithstanding our whiffs, there are some players who have not lived up to our advance billing. But it should also be noted that they haven't lived up to it yet. There is no clock on this, and just because Anthony Davis figured it out as a freshman and was ahead of the curve while Nerlens Noel hasn't (yet), doesn't mean that Noel won't get there, or that what he is doing now is not impressive.
Consider Noel's numbers and performance so far. Halfway through his freshman season, Noel is averaging 10.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, 2.7 steals and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor and 58 percent from the line on 3.9 attempts per contest. Noel is the only player taller than 6-foot-5 who ranks in the top 30 in the nation in steals, and is the only player in the top 30 in the country in both steals and blocks.
Contrast that with the freshman season of Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing. In his first season at Georgetown, Ewing averaged 12.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 1.08 steals and 0.6 assists per game while shooting 63 percent from the floor and 62 percent from the line on 4.5 attempts per game.
Does the fact Noel's numbers are comparable and in some categories superior to Ewing's numbers indicate that Noel is as good or will be as good as Ewing? Of course not. However, it underscores that this is not a race, and today's "overrated" player can be tomorrow's hot prospect. These players who are not yet where we want them to be -- or where we projected them to be -- may very well get there in time. Yet time is the one thing we don't allow them.
Here are four players that might need some more time to develop:
1. James Michael McAdoo, F, North Carolina Tar Heels
Perhaps no player in America has had more expectations heaped upon his shoulders than McAdoo. A top-five prospect in the 2011 high school class, he is North Carolina's leading scorer and rebounder, yet is considered to be disappointing. I compare McAdoo with former Tar Heel John Henson. Henson came to North Carolina with similar hype, and would similarly be referred to as a disappointment early. Henson was projected as a perimeter player with great versatility. In his first season, when North Carolina went to the NIT (in a season similar to what the Tar Heels seem to be experiencing this campaign), Henson averaged 5.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 44 percent from the line. This season, McAdoo is averaging 14.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game on 46 percent shooting from the floor and 62 percent from the line. McAdoo has not been efficient and has struggled to find consistent production with a young team as the primary target of opposing defenses. He does not yet have a reliable back-to-the-basket game, and he is not skilled on the perimeter. He needs space to operate, and when that space is taken up by the defense, he can be limited. But he is athletic, bouncy and can really run the floor. On a better and more experienced team, you can see his tools more clearly. As he matures, I believe McAdoo will continue to get better, and will figure out how to take over a game and impact it. This kid will be a terrific college player who will play in the NBA.
2. Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky Wildcats
Poythress is like McAdoo in a way. He was hyped coming out of high school and has been very good. However, he has not been as good as we said he was going to be. Coming into the season, I projected Poythress to be among the top candidates for SEC Player of the Year. After 15 games, Poythress is averaging 13 points, 6 rebounds and shooting 63 percent from the field. But over his past five games, he has averaged 10 points on only 5.5 shots per game. Poythress has been inconsistent against the best teams. He is a spectacular athlete who can physically dominate an opponent with his size (6-7, 239), athleticism and length, but he lacks a position and an understanding of how to impact games consistently. Poythress is not a natural perimeter player nor a natural back-to-the-basket post. But he is a freshman playing with other freshmen, none of whom have it figured out yet. Poythress is going to get there, and will be a first-round pick in this year's draft. I believe he will get there this season as a college player, but he is not there yet. To date, he has not yet lived up to our hype.
3. Adonis Thomas, G/F, Memphis Tigers
Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty ImagesAdonis Thomas has not shot well this season and is pulling down only 4.1 boards per game.
Thomas came into Memphis as a much-hyped player who would be a first-round NBA draft pick. He is physically gifted but lacks a position and position skills. As a freshman, Thomas averaged 8.8 points and shot 48 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range. This season, Thomas is averaging 11 points, but is pulling down only 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting only 41 percent from the floor and 19 percent from 3-point range. Thomas has been up and down all season; he will put up 19 points in one game and score five points the next contest. Yet Thomas has played with injuries and is still very young in his development. He has not gotten there, but he still can.
4. Le'Bryan Nash, G/F, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Nash is 6-7 and a spectacular athlete with all of the physical tools to be an outstanding player. Last season, he put up good numbers and was Big 12 Rookie of the Year, but he did not have good shooting percentages due to the high volume of bad shots he took -- and he was very loose with the ball. He can go off the dribble and can rise up and hit midrange jumpers, even when challenged. Plus, he can score in the post or face up and drive it, and he can get on the glass. Nash got off to a great start this season, and looked as if he had shed his inconsistency and perceived attitude and work ethic issues. But Nash has not been consistent over the past month or so in terms of his effort and production. His talent level suggests he should be among the very best players in the college game, but his play suggests he hasn't figured it out yet. Nash's numbers are identical to last season -- and just as inefficient. There is no reason that Nash cannot be as good and productive as we all want him to be.
Chad Ford: I think it's harder to rate the "overrated" players than it is the "underrated" ones. Most players are overrated for a reason: they either come with great pedigrees, have huge, unrealized upside or have great production under questionable circumstances.
Last season, Duke's Austin Rivers was the poster child for the pedigree problem. An elite high school basketball player whose dad, Doc Rivers, was a former NBA stud and current NBA coach, he had everyone fawning over him, even when his production in college didn't warrant it.
Perry Jones often garnered buzz for his unrealized upside. He had every physical tool a basketball coach could want and he worked hard. But he rarely showed the consistency to dominate in the college game. Jones slid the last few weeks before the draft, but that was more due to injury than how scouts viewed him.
Finally, there are players like Jimmer Fredette, who light it up in special situations. They tend to be older than everyone else on the floor, play in special offenses, against weak competition or, like Fredette, have a college coach who gives them the ultimate green light -- something they'd never get in the pros.
Here are five college players who are probably ranked higher than they should be on our Big Board:
1. Isaiah Austin, F, Baylor Bears
I want to love Austin. What team couldn't use a 7-footer who can launch 3s and score from anywhere on the floor? Plus, he's having a very good freshman season. So why does he top the list? Because a handful of teams still have him in the top five on their draft boards and I struggle to see it. If he was a better shooter or if he had a better midrange game, then maybe I could see it. But as it stands now, he looks like a classic "tweener" who might struggle to find a position he can defend well at the NBA level. That may change with time and when his body fills out more, but if he were to declare for the NBA this year, I'd have my reservations.
2. James Michael McAdoo, F, North Carolina Tar Heels
McAdoo already suffered a pretty big slide on our Big Board thanks to a disappointing start to the season. But McAdoo seems like the perfect example of an "upside" guy who is struggling to reach it. He has the physical tools and an elite high school pedigree. But watch McAdoo play and it's clear that he hasn't developed much since high school. That may be Roy Williams' fault, but NBA scouts are getting wiser to prospects who struggle to develop.
3. Tony Mitchell, F, North Texas Mean Green
Andrew B. Fielding/US PresswireTony Mitchell has flashed big-time playmaking ability but has yet to put it all together for North Texas.
It's getting tougher and tougher to get excited about a player who's struggling to get his team above .500 in the Sun Belt conference. Mitchell, who is clearly very talented, just doesn't seem to have it in him to dominate the game the way his talent suggests. I've watched a few North Texas games, and every time came away shaking my head at what could be if Mitchell played to his potential.
4. Doug McDermott, F, Creighton Bluejays
McDermott is one of the five best players in college basketball. He's an efficient scorer who has proved that he can consistently score from anywhere on the floor. But if you compare his physical tools and game to anyone in the NBA, you're left scratching your head a bit. He may be the classic case of a kid on the right team in the right system in the right conference who, when they hit the real world of the NBA, inevitably falters. Luke Harangody, not Larry Bird, might be the better comparison.
5. Patric Young, F/C, Florida Gators
Young has always looked the part of an NBA player. He's built like a smaller version of Dwight Howard. But his impact on the court has never been there. Despite his reputation as an elite defender, he's never been an above-average rebounder or shot-blocker, and his offense remains as raw as the day he put on a Gators uniform. The only reason Young is in our Top 50 right now is based on his high school reputation.
Prospect on the rise
Ford: Ben McLemore, G, Kansas Jayhawks
We've featured McLemore in this space a few times, but after his signature 33-point performance against Iowa State when he went 6-for-6 from 3 and banked in the shot that sent the game to overtime, it's time to start evaluating McLemore as the potential top pick in the draft. Noel, Shabazz Muhammad and Alex Len are all in the mix and they've all had their moments. But none of them consistently dominate the game the way McLemore does. Yes, he has his off nights (like his 10-point performance against Texas Tech on Saturday), but he looks like an NBA stud almost every night.
It's very rare for an NBA team to take a wing with the No. 1 overall pick. The last time it happened was 2003 with LeBron James and before that 1994 with Glenn Robinson. But there's actually a dearth of great swingmen in the league right now and McLemore could end up being a Ray Allen-type player. While he hasn't quite made it to the top of our Big Board just yet, it could happen really soon.
Bilas: Dwight Powell, F, Stanford Cardinal
Powell is a 21-year-old junior from Canada who came to Stanford from IMG Academy in Florida. He is 6-10, long, athletic and very skilled. Powell can face up, post and run the floor, and he has a varied skill set that allows him to play all over the court. He is not a big, bruising and physical player; rather, he is a skilled player who has been called soft at times early in his career. Powell has shown more toughness in absorbing physical contact this season -- and finishing through it -- and he has been much more consistent. Plus, he has had some very productive games, including putting up 22 points against Minnesota and 23 points against NC State, two teams that possess big, athletic front lines. Powell is a perimeter-oriented big, averaging 15 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 49 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 79 percent from the line.
What to watch for this week
Bilas: I'm lucky to have another great week. I have the honor of calling Louisville at UConn on Monday, which will feature two dynamic backcourts in Peyton Siva and Russ Smith going against Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier. On Wednesday, I'm calling NC State at Maryland, which is an important game and a big opportunity for both teams. On Saturday, we'll have "College GameDay" at Butler when Gonzaga comes to Hinkle Fieldhouse, one of the coolest venues in all of college basketball. The downer is that Rotnei Clarke will likely be out after the nasty fall he had at Dayton.
Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY SportsC.J. Leslie and the Wolfpack have a tough game this week at Maryland.
As far as other good matchups, Michigan travels to Minnesota on Thursday for a great game at The Barn. The Wolverines suffered their first loss of the season at Ohio State, and Minnesota is coming off of a loss at Indiana. Both teams will be hungry and alert. I am also looking forward to Arizona at Arizona State on Saturday. Herb Sendek has a good team in Tempe. The Wildcats are led by freshman guard Jahii Carson, an ultra-quick scorer, and Carrick Felix, an outstanding wing defender and rebounder. Expect the Sun Devils to give Arizona a fight.
Ford: The Kansas-Baylor game on Monday should be a great one. Baylor has struggled a bit out of the gate, but there is a lot of talent there if it ever jells. I can't wait to see McLemore go out against a team loaded with NBA athletes.
Last week, I said I was a bit skeptical about Minnesota. Not so much anymore after the Gophers whacked Illinois and then came close to winning another big game in Bloomington versus Indiana. If they can take out Michigan at home, I think they could be a very dangerous team down the road. I've focused a lot on Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbakwe, but Dre Hollins is really growing on me. Finally, I can't wait to see how Michael Carter-Williams plays against Louisville on Saturday. After getting off to a very hot start, he's cooling a bit. This Louisville team is the type of squad that will either expose him as a point guard or prove he's the best point guard prospect in the country.
The discussion: Who are your top second-half breakout candidates?
Chad Ford: We are at the halfway point of the college basketball season. Typically, the first half of the season is when draft prospects really break out. Faced with soft schedules and incomplete scouting reports, it's a great opportunity to make a name for yourself.
A number of players, including Kansas' Ben McLemore, Maryland's Alex Len, UNLV's Anthony Bennett and Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams have already dramatically improved their draft stock in nonconference play.
Now that teams are beginning conference play, things change from a scouting perspective.
Conference opponents scout much the same way NBA teams do. They understand what star players in their conference like to do and try to take it away from them. Some of the guys on the list above are going to start to struggle.
However, for other players, conference play is where it all starts to come together. With a dozen or so games under their belt, they finally start to feel comfortable, and their draft stock really takes off.
So as conference play begins, here's a look at a handful of players whom I think could break out in the second half of the season.
1. Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma Sate
NBA scouts want to love Smart. He's got huge size for his position, is an elite athlete and a natural leader. After a breakout game against NC State, the results on the court have been problematic. He hasn't shot better than 40 percent from the field since that game. He's been turnover-prone and, with the exception of the Virginia Tech game, he hasn't really been getting to the line. However, every scout I've spoken with believes he's going to continue to improve dramatically over the next few months, and when he does, he has the potential to be a top-five pick. If Smart really gets it going in the second half, he could move up 10 spots on our Big Board.
2. Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
Adams got off to a very rocky start. He just looked completely overwhelmed against college competition. He still is trying to figure out what he's doing on the offensive end, but his defense has been getting better and better and a number of scouts who have seen him play recently are encouraged with his stronger play. NBA teams are always on the lookout for athletic big men who can rebound and block shots. Fab Melo, if you remember, went in the early 20s last year. If Adams continues to improve and does well in Big East play, he could make a jump back into the lottery.
3. Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas
Kabongo is a pretty easy case. He hasn't played a minute for the Longhorns this season and won't be back in uniform until mid-February. His stock has been hurt by the NCAA suspension, but from what I can gather, there's a fired-up Kabongo waiting to be unleashed on the Big 12. With a number of teams on the lookout for elite point guards, if Kabongo can come back and dominate the last month of the season, he'll rocket up our board.
4. Glenn Robinson III, F, Michigan
We haven't written much about Robinson, in part because he's been overshadowed by tons of talent on Michigan. Trey Burke is a legit player of the year candidate. Tim Hardaway Jr. has been great, and Nik Stauskas has actually been the standout freshman on the squad. However, a number of scouts I really trust have been telling me to keep my eye on Robinson. He's an NBA-level athlete, comes with a great pedigree and has put up terrific numbers in three of the past five games.
5. Willie Cauley-Stein, F, Kentucky
Cauley-Stein was a bit of an afterthought going into the season. Considered by most to be a long-term project, Cauley-Stein wasn't expected to have the impact that Kentucky's three higher rated freshmen -- Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin -- were supposed to have. However, since Day 1, Cauley-Stein is proving to have similar talent to Noel, Poythress and Goodwin. In fact, Cauley-Stein is now in the starting lineup for Kentucky, and against Louisville he was terrific, scoring six points, grabbing eight boards and blocking three shots in 23 minutes. Noel, Poythress and Goodwin are all virtual locks to be selected in the lottery. If Cauley-Stein keeps up this learning curve, he could join them in the Green Room this June.
Jay Bilas: We have already provided our thoughts on a number of players this season, both as college athletes and NBA prospects. Rather than go over players I have opined on before here, I am putting forth 10 new names for my breakout players in the New Year. These aren't necessarily the best players or the best prospects, but a collection of 10 players who have improved, impressed and are having a positive impact now and will continue to do so going forward. There are a lot of good players in college basketball, and a number whose play I really admire. Here are 10 who have caught my eye, but haven't yet gotten enough attention here:
Rich Sugg/Getty ImagesJeff Withey's wingspan recalls prehistoric beasts.
1. Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
If he never scores a point, Withey is still one of the most valuable players in the country because of his defense and rebounding. Withey is not a great scorer, nor is he a physical player that can dominate by bullying opponents. He is a long-armed pterodactyl who can block shots without fouling. Opponents cannot get into his body, and they cannot get to the rim when he is around the goal. Thus far, Withey has 59 blocks (second in the nation to St. John's freshman Chris Obekpa) and only 14 fouls. That is remarkable.
2. Kelly Olynyk, F, Gonzaga
Olynyk has put it all together this season. When he arrived in Spokane, the Canadian 7-footer was a skilled, face-up power forward who could stretch you, but he did not venture into the post as much, and did not carry the bulk to bang bodies in the paint. This year, Olynyk is bigger, stronger and tougher, and has played a more versatile game. This season, Olynyk is averaging over 15 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 68 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free throw line. He is not a shot-blocker, but can move his feet to guard ball screens, and he can play pick-and-pop, or roll hard to drag the defense with him.
3. Russ Smith, G, Louisville
Smith's quickness is blinding, he has shot-making ability and he is fearless in trying to make things happen. The tiny Cardinals guard has been criticized in his career for taking tough shots, but this year he is working harder to get better looks, and he is taking more good shots than ever. Smith is an engaging personality and a smart person and player. He plays at both ends, leading the Big East in steals (2.8) while still averaging 19.8 points. Smith's jets allow him to get into the lane at will, and he is working his way to the free throw line more and hitting a much better percentage. Go ahead, tell me that Smith makes too many reckless mistakes. He can play on my team any day.
4. Dwight Powell, F, Stanford
Powell has terrific skills and athleticism. He is a legit 6-10 with springs and a really nice touch. Averaging over 14 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block per game, Powell is still developing a killer instinct and a star's assertiveness, but he has shown flashes of being one of the best big men in the country. The next step for Powell is getting to the free throw line more, taking a meaner approach to the game and being more consistent. He cannot get 27 points in one game, then two in the next. He's too good.
5. Tyler Haws, G, BYU
In his first year back after a two-year Mormon mission to the Phillipines, the 6-5 wing has blossomed into an outstanding scorer that is much stronger physically and mentally. Haws can really shoot it, but he balances that with getting to the free throw line over five times per game. Haws is averaging 21 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field, 42 percent from deep, and over 94 percent from the foul line. He has already had eight games over 20 points, including a 32-point game against Northridge and a 42-point outing against Virginia Tech.
Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesJack Cooley's simple approach to the game has helped him excel.
6. Jack Cooley, F, Notre Dame
Cooley is a great story. A guy who came to college and didn't really play much or accomplish much, he was noted most for being a Luke Harangody lookalike. Now he has blossomed into one of the best and most productive big men in the country. Cooley is a worker, and he is terrific on the glass and finishing plays through contact. In fact, he seeks out contact and welcomes it. And he is just plain efficient at doing the "easy" things and not complicating the game. He gets great low post position, plays angles really well and does his work early so he doesn't have to make intricate post moves. He is good on pick-and-roll situations, and he is a strong cutter. Cooley averages 15 points and 11 rebounds, including almost five offensive rebounds per game. He gets Notre Dame extra possessions, and they are high percentage second opportunities.
7. Treveon Graham, G, VCU
Although Darius Theus is a better passer, Juvonte Redic a better rebounder, and Troy Daniels a better shooter, Graham has the most complete package on the Rams' roster and is the best all-around player. Graham is a 6-5 matchup nightmare who can step out, drive it and is a terrific guard rebounder. Graham plays hard, is tough-minded and is getting better and better.
8. Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State
The transfer from Minnesota, Iverson teams with Pierce Hornung to form a formidable rebounding tandem. Hornung is just 6-6, but Iverson is a rarity today. He is a 6-10 center who wants to play with his back to the basket and does not aspire to play on the perimeter. Iverson embraces playing inside, and rebounding and defending. While not a shot-blocker, Iverson is averaging 14.5 points and 9 rebounds per game, and he has improved in every category since getting to Colorado State.
9. Allen Crabbe, G, California
Crabbe is a shooter. He has beautiful mechanics and has worked hard to vary his game and begin putting the ball on the deck and attacking off the bounce. Crabbe averages 20 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists, and he is an excellent free throw shooter.
10. Nik Stauskas, G, Michigan
The Canadian freshman and YouTube sensation can flat-out shoot the ball, which opens up counters against a closeout and opens up the floor for his teammates. Stauskas is the most efficient shooter in the nation to this point, hitting for 14 points per game on just 8 shots per game. He is hitting 52 percent from the floor, 56 percent from behind the arc and 89 percent from the free throw line, which is absolutely ridiculous.
Prospect on the rise
Bilas: Erik Murphy, Florida Gators
Murphy is not a first-round pick. Rather, he is a Matt Bonner-type NBA prospect who will not light up draft boards, but will be a valuable member of a winning NBA team. He can stretch the floor and make simple, smart plays, and he can blend in with others.
Murphy has NBA range on his shot and can play pick-and-pop, but he can also roll down into the post and make a quick, simple move when he has a size advantage. He is primarily a stand-still jump shooter, but at his size, he can get his shot off quickly and he has improving strength. Murphy is not an NBA athlete and may have question marks on the defensive end, but he is an NBA player. If the focus is on what he cannot do, you will raise questions. If it remains on what he can do, he will be a productive player on a good team that values his skills and ability to be a spoke in a winning wheel.
Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsErik Murphy could make an impact in the NBA.
Ford: Isaiah Austin, Baylor Bears
Austin had his best game of the year on Friday, scoring 20 points and grabbing 8 boards against Gonzaga. He's put up better numbers (23 and 17 against Lamar) but not against elite talent.
Austin is clearly skilled. He can score from everywhere on the floor and isn't afraid to take a shot when it's there. At his size, he can score over anyone. And unlike Baylor's other elite prospects of the past -- Perry Jones and Quincy Miller -- Austin is producing.
So why isn't a 7-foot-1 scorer higher on our Big Board?
NBA scouts have struggled with a couple of things regarding Austin. One, given his frame, where does he play at the next level? He's not strong enough to hold his own in the post in the NCAA, let alone the NBA. Two, is he really good enough to play on the perimeter in the pros? Against Gonzaga, he credibly looked the part, nailing a couple of 3s (one from NBA range) and hitting some turnaround jumpers.
If Austin continues to show that he has the skill level to be a poor man's Kevin Durant at the next level, he may warrant a pick in the top 10 in next year's draft.
What to watch for this week
Ford: There's a terrific slate of games I'll be tuning into on New Year's Eve. First up is Cincinnati versus Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is 12-1 this season, but its only tough opponent has been Michigan. Steven Adams, Talib Zanna and freshman point guard James Robinson are all potential draft prospects, so it will be great to see them tested.
Michigan State-Minnesota also looks like a terrific matchup. I've been a skeptic of Minnesota and have wondered how it will fare in a very tough Big Ten. This will be its first great matchup. Minnesota has a couple of seniors -- Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbakwe -- whom NBA scouts love. And Michigan State is loaded with terrific prospects led by freshman Gary Harris.
I'm also looking forward to the Gonzaga-Oklahoma State tilt. The last great game for Marcus Smart was when he went up against another elite team. He's been struggling a bit since then. NBA scouts are hoping he can step it up again.
Bilas: I am most looking forward to the first games of the week, most notably the aforementioned Spartans-Gophers clash in Minnesota on Monday night. The Spartans are coming off of a good performance against an improving Texas team and got really good performances from their two big men, Derrick Nix and Adreian Payne. To win on the road against a good Gophers squad, Nix and Payne will have to play big again.
I am also interested to see just how good Minnesota can be when healthy and tested against a team that has traditionally been good on the road. Tubby Smith has his best team at Minnesota, and guards Austin Hollins and Andre Hollins have been very good, and athletic forward Rodney Williams has become a more reliable and efficient player. Minnesota is solid on both ends of the floor, but has not been a great defensive rebounding team. If Minnesota gives up second shots, Michigan State can take one on the road.
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Just one thing irritates me is when scouts say he has to develop a killer instinct (refer to the Dwight Powell write up by Rich Sugg). I personally think you either just have it or you don't. It's in the individuals personality.
It's something that can be developed by being in pressure situations, and developing confidence in your abilities in those situations. Unfortunately the average player isn't called upon in "clutch" periods all that often. Thus it never develops for a lot of folks.