Kansas vs MSU
Kansas vs MSU
Kansas really is a great team. They just have too much talent. It should be interesting too see how they play against Purdues frontcort. Can Lucas hold them off.
Another thing I wanna touch up on is... the refs really wanted to see Kansas advance and play in Kansas City. 3 phantom fouls on Ward and about 6 unwarranted free throws for Mason turned this game around. At first glance it looks even because MSUshot more free throws but whenever Nairn or Winston drove to the rim and initiated contact there was no call yet Mason got such easy calls on no contact multiple times. Really a shame too. Kansas would have likely pulled out the victory anyways but with Ward on the bench MSU stood no chance. They were like - 25 or - 30 with him on the bench.
Bridges loses to Jackson once again which is the story of his life. They grew up together in Detroit. He has never beaten Jackson in competition. He has never been ranked higher as a prospect and after this game he will get drafted lower as well. Real rivalry here.
Jackson proved to me his jumpshot is legit, or at least will be in the future. He could go 0-10 the next game and it wouldnt concern me. I think he will be able to develop a consistent jumper, it might not be a versatile jumpshot where he can get it off in any situation but he will be able to knock it down. He hit some tough turnaroumd jumpers in the post and some threes. Josh was an absolute nightmare defensively as well. Reminds me of Kawhi Leonard.
Bridges played well but the gaurd play of MSU was terrible. Bridges does not project to be a 1st option. For what its worth he played great considering he was the defenses main focus all night. I cant hell but imagine how good he wkuld be with somebody creating easy shots for him or at least someone that draws the defense allowing Bridges to operate with some freedom. Cant help but wonder how good he would be on that Kansas team if he took Jacksons role.
Mason Jr. seems like an NBA player. Just a very smart guy that understands the game. Has a few go to moves Ive seen him do every game. Whenever its time to close the game he has the same couple of moves. He slowly walks up to the 3 point line then looks like he will drive and pulls up for a 3. Then he uses that to his advantage and instead of pulling up for a jumper he pulls a hesitation dribble and attacks the basket.
Nick Ward was running today. At the beggining of the year he couldnt run. The dude lost 35 pounds at MSU. Thats ridiculous. What Izzo does for these kids is unparalleled. The only coach I would say that rivals him in terms of development is Mark Few.
The Spartans will be in my preseason Top 5-10 next year. They have Winston, Nairn, Langford and Ward returning. Jaren Jackson the versatile freshman forward joining and are currently the favourites to land Brandon Mccoy. This year was a mess but Izzo coached them to some sorts of success
Josh Jackson is a stud, he is making a strong case to be consider the number 1 overall selection
Kansas guards should dominate Purdue...as long as Lucas stays out of foul trouble they should come out on top. Villanova is a similar team to Kansas and they beat Purdue with virtually no inside presence earlier in the year.
i'm pretty sure Jush has secure the number 1 overall pick with his recent play, flashing that Clyde Drexler similarities and the ability to be also a SG in the NBA...
I agree about Michigan State being in preseason top 5-10. When we (Kentucky) played them they looked like nothing special, but I didn't know how young they were and they looked really good against Miami and for a while against Kansas. Them and Wichita State have to be in the top 10 next year
And like someone said, Josh Jackson needs to get consideration for the top pick. I've always thought he had a legit shot but people slept on him for a while
I would draft Jackson first overall. I have no zero problem with Fultz or Ball. I just see Jackson's defensive wing potential as too necessary and rare to pass up.
To go a bit more in depth on Bridges he has a very weird offensive game. When I say he doesnt project as a 1st option I feel I need to elaborate more. He could develop into one and has potential but he needs to drastically improve a few things. Although his scoring mentallity, competitive nature, physical and athletic profile and abillity to get to the free throw line really are all qaulities you could never teach some players which is why I think he deserves to be groomed as a prized prospect.
But...His dribbling is very basic and predictable at this point. He is not shifty or creative and very mechanical. Almost seems a bit to bulky and muscalar to use all of his natural athletisism. May benefit feom slimming down although his weight helps him be the player he is so its tricky.
Kind of like Jackson and more so like Ball his shot form lacks versatility when in the midrange especially. He has low release which means he needs a bit more space to get off his jumper. This will lead to alot of off balance shots in attempts to create that space or just him passing up shot opportunities. This combined with his lack of ball handling moves creates a limited skillset. Really needs to improve his inbetween game and add floaters and runners to his game as well.
His shooting is legit and he will be an absolute terror on the fastbreak. He is strong and athletic. Looks to be 6'7 230 with a 6'10 wingspan. Should find minutes at PF in todays NBA I wouldnt have a problem with him there. His body control/athletisism and abillity to finish reminds me of Demar Derozan which is saying alot. Like Demar coming out of USC his ballhandling needs to improve for him to find success.
Worst case scenerio you get a versatile defensive player that can pass well, knock down the three, get your team extra possessions and be a spark of life and energy for the team. Although I would bet he improves his ballhandling and shooting and become a very good player. Ive got him in the lottery this year.
By the way unless he has already stated he will enter the draft and I missed it dont be too sure he will enter this year. He is not being heralded as a lottery pick and has unfinished buisness in MSU. Next year will be a big year for this team and he seems like a guy that really enjoys the college culture. He may choose to return.
I don't think you need to qualify what you said. Miles Bridges will probably not be a 1st option in the NBA, and that's okay. I don't think Wiggins is a 1st option either. But like Wiggins, Bridges has great defensive potential and can shoot.
I hate how the term 3 and D has become synomous with being mediocre. There is no such thing as having too many 3&D guys, and there is currently a high demand for these type of players.
Bridges will be able to switch with just about anyone, especially if he slims down.... On offense, he can hit open shots and drive in when someone closes out on him. His floor is a bigger, stronger Terrance Ross. I honestly see him as the second best SF in this draft ahead of Tatum, behind Jackson.