I Watched Terrico White Tonight Against Kansas State....
He's the real deal. He should be able to score in the NBA pretty well, he reminds me of Caron Butler more than anybody. He has a sweet stroke from 3-point land, a good 1st step and the strength to finish, and long arms. He's not a great ball-handler, but he's not teribel either. He isn't a great defender really, he's quite average on this end actually. But he should be a good player in the NBA, I can see him being one of those underrated players that is good at everything but goes unnoticed by alot of basketball fans when discussing the better players in the game. He finished the game with 25 pts on 8-14 shooting and 3-5 from 3-point land, and 6 boards.
Man, K-State is not quite where they need to be, but they always start seasons off slowly..Denis Clemente was horrible, Wally Judge is at least 2 seasons away from really being a true NBA rotation player (he's like a young Tyrus Thomas at this stage),Curtis Kelly was solid and should be mentioned as a borderline NBA prospect, and Pullen was pretty good but no one was quite good enough.
Ole Miss won 86-74, as they had better guard play on both sides of the ball than K-State. But Ole Miss' PG Chris Warren is a very good player, he's actually a better player right now than Terrico White, but he's not the prospect White is. He should get some love by scouts, because he knows how to score amongst the tree despite his size and defend. He finished with 27 pts on 9-15 shooting and 3-6 from 3-point land, and 4 assists.
I was fortunate enough to be able to watch both the Fresno game last night as well as this game and I came away much more impressed with Paul George. I like White, I just wanted to see more of him off the ball, I'm not sold on him really being able to succeed without the ball in his hands and I'm not sure he has the IQ to be a starting PG in the league. He does have pretty good passing ability though and a very quick first step, but as was with George, I didn't see a whole lot done with the left hand. His athleticism is definitely well above average, but I don't think he's up in the Elite status, he reminds me a little of OJ without the handle (he can get his J off just about anywhere on the court and they have that same type of good to great athleticism, White maybe quicker though), but with more of a willingness to drive to the hoop. I think scouts are trying to see Tyreke Evans in this kid, but I don't believe he has nearly the length or that type of smoothness to his game when driving to the hoop, like a B-Roy or Evans. He does have the ability to absorb contact when driving though, and made at least two hanging or acrobatic shots in the game vs K State. He didn't look as focused on defense as offense, but they also played a lot of zone and it just seemed like there was less urgency when they weren't being forced to play man to man. Hopefully this will get better with maturity.
Finally got to watch him for the first time tonight on FCS and he looks pretty good. You'll see that he had six turnovers in the loss to Seattle U (who also has a very interesting prospect in Charles Garcia, which one coach said is the best pro prospect out of the city of Seattle right now, including Abdul Gaddy), but most of those came on passes his teammates couldn't handle, or them calling out for a lob and missing it. He can definitely create off the dribble with his right hand, didn't see a whole lot with the left, but as we all know, there's no hand checking fouls or illegal defense in College, so he's going to get many more opportunities to get to the hoop in the NBA, lane clogging is the worst part of College. He also takes very long strides and when he goes to the hoop or is at the hoop and draws contact he shows exceptional body control and explosive athletcism, very balanced for his size, 6'8" with a 7'0-2 wingspan. He had a couple of really nice shots within a few feet of the basket go in and looked effortless in the process, protecting the ball from his defender and banking it off the backboard, he's shows the neccesary agility and quickness to have some pretty good back to the basket moves when he reaches his potential, extremely quick spin moves, much like Rudy Gay. He also looks for open teammates when driving to the hoop, but they just don't have enough guys that can make consistent shots, including the enigmatic 6'9" Sylvester Seay, that dude plays out of control, Lenny Wilkens was tearing that dude up in the broadcast. I'm not sure if he's Top 10 this year, but if continues to progress a Top 10 in 2011 is very probable, I just don't know how good of a program he's in and if it's really benefiting him to stay past this year. I'd say he would be a very close lock for the First Round this year.
I noticed that as well about Terrico White...he's not as effective off the ball, but he can function as a spot-up shooter. But that wouldn't be getting the most out of him at all, he needs the ball in his hands to be at his best.
I think White will struggle with Warren and Polynice as teammates. Too many playmakers, not enough finishers on that team.
Granted, that's a nice problem for a coach to have. Still, it could hurt White's NBA Draft stock.
I do believe he will be a good player in the NBA, though his shooting must improve.
Too many playmakers, not enough finishers on that team.
the story of my life lol, at the NCAA level I would rather have finishers on my team
if I were Terrico White
yeah he was actually better then i thought..and yeah judge probably has to wait a couple years..im underwhelmed by this years freshmen class so far...probably because the class 2 years ago set the bar so high