Where is the love for Miami?....The U not the Heat
They have one of the best groups of seniors in the nation in Kenny Kadji, Durant Scott and Reggie Johnson. None of these players are even on Arans top 100. I really like what I have seen from Kadji this season and find it hard to believe that some team will not draft him. He is a 6-11 player who can handle the ball, pass, and even has decent range on his jumper. He is also a solid defender. He reminds me of a more athletic Boris Diaw. You always hear about all the NBA scouts that are attending Miami hoops games but it hasn't seemed to transfer to this site.
What are your thoughts on Kadji and his pro potential and why do you think him and his teammates aren't getting much love here?
Durand Scott is an undersized scoring guard that will be a second round pick and not much else, combo guards are a dime a dozen nowadays, Reggie Johnson is fat and is shooting 42% from the floor as a CENTER!!! I think kadji has the best chance of all of them to stick, still not a good chance I make it though
Scott is 6'5. That's average for a SG in the NBA. Not sure what his wingspan is though.
Kadji got off to a slow start from the field. I think he'll start getting some Mid 2nd round love if/when he brings those percentages back up. He's got an intriguing skill set in that he can stretch the floor, raise up over defenders in the mid-range and occasionally take opposing bigs off the dribble. He also has really good length to block shots on the interior. He's a pretty decent athlete, but it's his length combined with ability shoot the ball that makes him intriguing. If I had to guess, I'd say he has somewhere around 7'3 wingspan. He got knocked in the past for being a poor rebounder, but he's improved his rebounding rate to passable this yr.
I don't know why Miami doesn't get any attention. I think they're a dark horse to making the tourney. Maybe they're not noticed because they're just not known as a basketball school and haven't produced that many prospects. I think the biggest difference with them this yr is the maturation of Shane Larkin. He's playing great.
I don't think Miami is just a darkhorse to make the tourney I think they could contend with Duke and NC State to win the ACC. I know it is a long shot but they have the talent to compete with anybody in the conference.
I just noticed Kadji is going to be 25 in May so that could be the reason why he isn't rated higher.
Miami could seriously do damage in the tourney.
Kadji/Big Reg is one of the best Big Man combos in the land, and as we've seen, many teams are thin down low, and get exposed come Tourney Time.
They've already beaten Michigan State and North Carolina.
Keep in mind that in their loss to Florida Gulf Coast Durand Scott was out and in their loss to Indiana State Reggie Johnson was out.
Miami's three seniors will go through the draft process. Kadji is having a good season, and was great at UNC, but there is going to be a ceiling on how highly a team will consider someone who emerges in his fifth year of college and at the age of 24 (25 by the draft). Reggie Johnson is a great post scorer, but the body is going to worry teams. Scott is a guy who has always been streaky, though a strong ACC and postseason could go a long way.
How is Reggie Johnson a great post scorer? He's shooting 42% from the field as a senior.
I think a four-year track record trumps what amounts to one bad game against Florida Gulf Coast.
He has only played 7 games with 61 shot attempts so I would assume he will be closer to 50% by the end of the year.
I hope so, he was my favorite player to watch when he was a sophomore and was a early second round pick on his site based purely off of potential
My arm actually hurts from patting myself on the back so much tonight.....I LOVE WATCHING DUKE GET CRUSHED!!!!!
And one month later they are ranked #3 in the nation. Wow I am impressive.