Larry Sanders VCU
I do not want to come off as bashing the guy, but I do not believe he has a lottery pick by any means. While he does have the very large wingspan and the height along with the ability to block shots, his game is weak in many areas. Also, he plays in the CAA which is not even among the strongest of Mid-Majors, usually gets 1 team to the tournament every so often has a team ranked in the conference. While I am a big CAA fan, I am a Hofstra student, so I have a little bit more than basic knowledge in the conference I do not believe he is a top 10 pick. I think he is a poor man's Hasheem Thabeet. If I am a GM I would use him with a late 1st round pick and be ready for this to be a 3-5 year project. He is a Junior, so I think it would be foolish for him to forgo his senior season bc he will need the development. Well, I am excited to hear your thoughts.
I go to VCU and i usually go to every home when I'm in town. I really think he is over hyped to a certain extent. I definitely don't think he should be a top ten pick as of right now. His rebounding is very weak for his lack of strength, gets boxed out of position way to easily by smaller but stronger post players. He has some good post moves, but he struggles to fight for position in the paint. He struggles to finish around the basket after getting the offensive board, because he can't go up strong. His athleticism is overrated, his vertical seems average at best, just his wingspan makes up for it. He's listed at like 6'11,6'10, i think he is closer to a 6'9 at best. Larry is way too skinny, hes a twig, i think worse than tayshaun prince. A lot of points are from garbage baskets and alley-oops. Also he gets into way too much foul trouble, a big problem.
Key word he's all potential, he hasn't started playing organized basketball till he was a junior in high school. Hes improved so much since his freshman year of college, by leaps and bounds. He can shoot outside now, he has a mid-range shot that demands respect. He can even extend out to college 3 and hit the shot. He's been regularly been taking at least one 3pter a game. If and that is a big if he can get positioning in the paint, then he will use a nice array of post moves. He loves that turn around hook, and can shoot fading away too. He dribbles the ball up occasionally when there is a full court press. His handles don't seem so horrible, seems like he has potential in learning some guard skills. Everyone knows about his defensive presence, he completely changes the college game with his wingspan. Teams fear driving into the basket when he sits in the paint, ask Willie Warren. When VCU played Oklahoma Larry Dominated Tiny Gallon, and Willie Warren seemed scared and hesitant of driving to the basket. Even though Larry seemed alot weaker than Tiny, he never gave up fighting for position.. He's an awesome leader on the team, and plays with great passion, but I think he should demand for the ball a lot more. My honest comparison of him would be a poor-mans Anthony Randolph, IF and a big IF he keeps developing his jumpshot and dribble. Larry lacks the athleticism of Randolph, but I truly think he has more passion and intensity for the game than Randolph does. Not saying Randolph doesnt bring it, but he seems like he turns it on when he wants to and sometimes he just coasts. Larry is kind of an energy player and brings alot intensity to the game.
great description better than I could have imagined. I believe Larry is the reason VCU will win the CAA b/c big men in mid-majors dictate the way the conference goes. In addition, if he gets Lottery Potential than better players such as Charles Jenkins deserve respect because I know they play two different positions we know who the better player is. Fine post either way.
yeah...as much as i hate to say it, as the last few years with maynor have made me a pretty big VCU fan, i agree...his offensive game is just waaaaaaaaay too far off for him to be a lotto pick right now...
Has a Hofstra fan, I really believe he can be exploited very easily. If guys just pump fake he is likely to jump first and guys can draw fouls, which will lead to him being on the bench. I think it is foolish for him to even forgo his senior season.
the same way and reasons ya'll dont like larry is the same reasons i give for demarcus cousins. he out plays lower level guys but struggles against the good big guys( although i never really watched larry against good level big men) so i can never understand why people will say a guy in a small conference isnt that good and disreguard how he does against low comp but give praise to a guy at a big school who does well against low level comp but lookes average to below average against good level comp
I don't like guys that are just athletic and long but have nothing in terms of actual basketball skills and smarts out there. He seems like an worse version version of Tyrus Thomas to me, I really don't see why people like him as a lottery pick but think Jarvis Varnado is a 2nd rounder. I think both of them should be 2nd rounders so they can be low risk players and you won't be signing them for guaranteed money and he ends up being no good.
i would agree that he should be right around where varnardo is projected, late first-early second rounder...i.e. he should probably come back for his senior season
i think the difference between him and cousins is their physical presence...sanders is a skinny 6'9" guy, while cousins is well built and 6'10-11"...
(and i hate to say it knicksfan, but if loren stokes can't get drafted while being a better all-around player on a better team, jenkins is a pretty big longshot to hear his name called...he's probably going to have to turn heads in summer league and preseason to get his shot)
Unfortunately, I have to agree with you on Jenkins. I love the guy and everything his game is, but unforutnately GMs love guys from big schools. Though, Jenkins will turn heads where ever he goes. I believe in him.
varnado can eventually gain weight an dhes a better defender now then cousins even though hes skinner. with cousins its more about potential
Varnado's going to have a very hard time gaining weight...He's got a narrow frame in the mold of a Kevin Durant. It's never good when your that narrow, it makes it easier for guys to get past you off the dribble and when they make other moves to the rim...
im not high on varnado either but he at leats does something when he faces good comp..im not high on cousins at all untill he ups that 7pts 7reb average against good players/teams..his numbers is fools gold right now for some