I would like to know more about the NCAA. Make a scouting report for your college basketball team. Try to be as unbiased as possible. Your report doesnt have to be as extensive as mine but please provide some insight.
Im gonna do the WVU Mountaineers. I am from WV so that is the team I have always cheered for. However, I dont deny their weaknesses or their shortcomings. Also, I am on a first name basis with coach Bob Huggins and he is great guy. I consider him a friend and of course you cheer for your friends.
Anyway. . .
The Mountaineers are, as of now, a top 10 team in the nation. Currently, they are ranked number 7. This team is loaded with versatile, all around type of players. They seem to be a sure fire Elite 8 team and could very well challenge for a national title. To this point in the season they havent had the toughest schedule but they have played some respectable teams.
Da'Sean Butler is the team leader. He is the foundation of this team. He leads the team in scoring at 16.8 per game and is rebounding at a respectable 5.3 per game. He is a very versatile player. He can play 4 positions on the floor. is primary position on the team is the SF/SG type of player. He is nearly impossible to defend since he can score from anywhere on the floor. He shoots 39.3 percent from behind the arc and can go off the dribble. He makes the game look easy. His short comings are in places that he really cant control. He isnt the best athlete in the world and he really isnt super quick. His position in the draft looks to be late first round.
Devin Ebanks is the best NBA prospect on the team. He is a lanky, versatile player. He can handle the ball well enough to bring it up the floor and start the break. His contributions to the team come on the glass where he lead the Mountaineers as a freshman. He is also a pretty good scorer. He has yet to get into a groove this year because he missed the first 3 games due to personal reasons. As of now, he is scoring 10.6 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game. Ebanks offers good athletic ability and a knack for getting out on the break. Is weaknesses lie in his shooting stroke. It could improve as the season goes on but as of now, he is shooting a horrible 14.3 percent from 3 and 34.5 percent from the field. He needs to improve on his decision making as well. He is projected as high as 4th in the draft.
Kevin Jones is the energy man on this team. He is exciting to watch because of the intensity he brings every night. This guy is a pretty unique player. He is a 6'8 PF with great explosion and some deceptive range. He goes after every rebound and is leading the team in that area with 7.3 and is second in scoring with 13.2. He shoots 38.2 percent from 3 and 57.1 from the field. A huge weakness in Jones' game is his ball handling. He never dribbles and it limits his ability to score because he cant go off the dribble. He isnt a great shot blocker but plays some respectable defense, however, it could be better. He isnt projected to enter this year's draft. Next year, when Butler and Ebanks leave, look for Jones to explode as the go to man on the team.
Darrel "Truck" Bryant is the young, spry PG for this team. He is a good scorer but that isnt what is needed as of now. Instead of taking lots of bad shots, Bryant embraces his role and is leading his team in assist at 4.5 per game and is doing is part on the score board with 10.3. He has a nice stroke on his jump shot and has good speed and bounce for a PG. Next year, like Jones, look for his scoring to go up when Butler and Ebanks leave. His weakness is a big one; defense. While the ability is there, the effort isnt. He isnt projected to be an NBA player but with opportunities next year, he could change that.
Wellington Smith is the unheralded glue man. He is the starting center even though he is very undersized for the position. Smith is the guy that makes the opposing team think twice about driving the lane as he is a strong, athletic shot blocker. His numbers are not anything to brag about but that isnt where his impact is felt. He is mistake free, hits open shots, even threes. Takes the opposing center out of the lane on offense and frustrates him with his stifling defense. This guy is not an NBA player but a great role player for the Mountaineers.
Casey Mitchell is a JUCO transfer that provides scoring. He was starting early in the year but now has been moved to the bench. While he is an excellent 3 point shooter, he has yet to find his range this season. He is, however, scoring at a respectable 8.3 points with some pretty terrible percentages. This guy, as mentioned earlier, was starting early but was benched because of his lack of defense. Anyone who knows Huggins knows that if you dont play defense, you dont play at all. Mitchell could be an incredible weapon if he could start shooting like he can and commit himself on the other end of the floor. Right now, there is no NBA in his future.
John Flowers may be the most under-appreciated guy on the team. He is a great defender and can guard 5 spots on the floor. This man started at WVU as just an athlete, which he most defiantly still is, but now he has become much more. He, like Smith, doesnt blow you away with his numbers. Something that is startling is for a guy that isnt a good shooter, he is shooting an incredible 75 percent from behind the three point line. That number will defiantly go down as the season goes on but it was worth mentioning. The NBA is a long shot for Flowers but, it isnt out of sight. This guy is an incredible athlete who may surprise people next year with the departure of Butler and Ebanks. Dont look for it, but crazier things have happened.
Joe Mazzulla is a former starting PG who was injured for the season last year. He is a change of pace player that provides defense but not much on the offensive end of the floor. He still is struggling because of the injury. If he could ever get over it, he could garner more playing time and could really make this team special. The NBA is not an option at this point.
Bob Huggins is one of the winningest active coaches in the nation. 645 wins and 232 losses is incredible. Not only does he turn boys into men, he turns players into professionals. Some of his notable former players include Kenyon Martin, Nick Van Exel, Danny Fortson, Jason Maxiell, and many more. He has a swagger about him that is almost cocky but he is likable. While he has a great history as a coach, he doesnt have the greatest reputation as a man. He was caught multiple times with DUI's and while at Cincy, he had a bad graduation rate at only 30 percent.
The Mountaineers play an uptempo, in your face type of basketball. If these guys cant score on the break, they run extensive half-court sets that make the defense work for about 25-30 seconds. On the other end of the floor, they press, shoot the gap, stop ball reversal, help on the weak-side, and crash the boards. This team shoots too many threes for their ability. They also have some young players that seem to force shots instead of letting them come. This is not a bad thing according to the team. It keeps the defense honest and many times, catches them off guard. While they are undefeated, they are still trying to find a rhythm and get settled as a team. A couple notable wins include Texas A&M and a rising Portland. They also won the 76 Classic in California.
WVU is projected to go 26-4 before the tourney and challenge Villanova and Syracuse for the Big East title. In the tourney, they are projected, by some, to go as far as playing for the national championship but a more reasonable projection is a Final Four birth. Look for the 'Eers to make some noise starting with Big East play.
Bob Huggins is great at getting everything he can out of players. He is also a great recruiter.
Da'Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks are All-American type players. Look for second or third for both.
Deniz Kilicli is a freshman from Turkey that is suspended for 14 more games. He is an instant help.
This team is pretty undersized in the height department but makes up for it with muscle.
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I agreed with pretty much every thing in that article...
The Connecticut Huskies are one of the best teams in the nation. Notorious for their shot blocking ability, in which they've led the nation in the past 4 seasons, they are a team with great size and depth up front. While they aren't my favorite team, they have been the only team that I've seen enough of this season to give a decent scouting report on.
Kemba Walker, Sophomore
Ferocious point guard out of Rice High School. Listed at 6'1, but is closer to 5'10. Very quick with and without the ball. Energetic defender who never gives up on a play. Shows great leadership skills. Needs to continue to improve outside shot. Could use another year in school, but looks like a future 1st round pick. Currently averaging 15 ppg, 6 apg, 4 rpg, 2 spg, 44% from the field, 50% from three, 73% from the line.
Jerome Dyson, Senior
Aggressive taking the ball to the hoop. The #1 option on offense. Has really stepped up his game this year, after dealing with a knee injury last year. Has shown surprising court vision this year, as well as improved defense. A bit small for the NBA shooting guard position at 6'3. Might not be experienced enough to play point guard immediately at the next level. Needs to improve shot selection, although his percentages might be based on his team relying on him too much to create his own shot. Currently averaging 20 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg, 1.5 spg, 1 bpg, 3 tpg, 3 fpg, 38% from the floor, 27% from three, 71% from the line.
Stanley Robinson, Senior
The best pro prospect on this team. Appears to have gotten his life in order after sitting out the first month of the 08-09 season and working in a steel factory. (Made $700 a week BTW, which is pretty good paper for a college kid.) Extremely long and athletic 6'9, 220 lb frame. Has shown noticeable improvement in outside shooting, shot selection and ball handling. Must continue to improve these skills to alleviate the pressure off of Jerome Dyson. Is a virtual lock for the 1st round. Currently averaging 15 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 bpg, 52% from the floor, 57% from three on 7 shots, 62.1% from the line.
Gavin Edwards, Senior
Big man whose dramatic increase in playing time has been met with solid play. Excellent shot blocker who has blocked multiple dunks. Very good on the offensive boards. Excellent finisher around the basket, and a remarkable free throw shooter. Has only missed one free throw so far this season. A team could take a chance on him late in the draft. Currently averaging 10 ppg, 6 rpg and 3.3 bpg.
Alek Oriakhi, Freshman
Athletic, well-built freshman big man at 6'9, 240 lbs. Excellent rebounder, currently averaging 9 rpg. Can block shots and run the floor. Gets most of his points off of putbacks. Very raw offensively. Must get a better understanding of defense. Looks like a 4 year player. Currently averaging 6 ppg, 9 rpg, 2 bpg and 3 fpg while shooting 45% from the floor and an abysmal 37% from the line.
Jamaal Coombs-McDaniel, Freshman
Skilled big man who committed to the Huskies after his freshman year of high school. Very good intangibles guy who just knows how to play. Shows flashes of an outside shot, but needs to reign it in a little bit. Very active without the ball. Has not shot the ball well at all so far, but I expect him to pick it up as the season goes on. at 6'7, 210 lbs and without great athleticism, won't be an NBA player unless he adds a consistent outside shot. Looks like a 4 year player. Currently averaging 3.5 ppg, 2 rpg, 25% from the floor, 70% from the line, 25% from downtown on 16 shots.
Donnell Beverly, Junior
3rd year player who saw only garbage time during his first two years playing behind A.J Price and Craig Austrie. Is a "game manager," with a propensity towards taking care of the ball and setting up the offense. He's the guy you kick the ball out to after an offensive rebound. Has great size for a PG at 6'4, 190 lbs. Not much of a threat to score. Not an NBA player. Currently averaging 2 ppg, 1 rpg, 1 apg with a 3.33 assist-to-turnover ratio.
In his 24th year as the head coach at UConn. One of only 8 coaches in Division 1 history with 800+ wins. His all-time record is 811-342. Has coached over 20 future NBA players, including Rudy Gay, Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor, Richard Hamilton and Caron Butler. Is a cancer survivor. Well known outside of the basketball world for a controversial incident involving his salary.
The Huskies play an NBA type of game, which would explain why they've had so many good NBA players over the years. Most trips down the court consist of isolations and pick-and-rolls. They also get alot of points in transition. Their biggest weakness is three point shooting. The only two guys on this team that have shown the ability to consistently knock down the three point shot are Kemba Walker and Jerome Dyson, and the latter is often the focal point of the opposing team's defense. They don't always bring the effort on defense, which often results in too many easy baskets for their opponents.
I think that UConn will disappoint some people this year. Syracuse, West Virginia and Villanova have shown to be better teams than them, mainly due to the fact that they have better outside shooters. They'll make the NCAA tournament, but look for them to be on "Upset Watch."
The Huskies have a much-hyped Sudanese-Australian big man in Ater Majok, who entered the NBA draft last year to project his stock. Coming out of high school, he was ranked as a 4-star recruit by Scout.com. He enrolled at UConn last year, but wasn't cleared to practice until January of 2009. He will finally be eligible to play in January of 2010. Many people who have seen Majok play compare him to a poor man's Kevin Durant. He should be able to contribute to a talented, albeit crowded UConn front court.
Very nice OJJ. Thank you.
Haha damn OJ you took my team. But good work.
I hope Kemba stays at school another season because if he leaves the huskies will struggle.
And btw everyone in Connecticut knows Calhoun regardless of the recent salary nonsense. The guy transformed basketball at Uconn and is probably the most well known sports persona in CT.