Odds and Ends: What Sucky Weekend
I Don’t Wanna Talk About It – Last Saturday was an ass whupping pure and simple. You know you got your shit worked when you thing of all of the things your team could have done differently and the end result is still “well it would have been a more competitive game.” And for those talking about getting revenge in the ACCCG, fuck that noise. I don’t wanna see these assholes again until next season. I saw nothing that said the outcome would be any different if played them again at the end of the season. I think I just became a de facto BC and Wake Forest fan.
I Need Backup – I’m still the only Jacket actively posting on I Gotta Rant. Maybe I scared folks off talking about the number of leghumpers over there, but it’s a good board and could use a Jacket presence. The Arcade alone is worth it.
One Tech Team Still Won on Saturday – Of course it was a scrimmage so it was impossible to lose. I made it to Hoopsfest down on campus and watched the scrimmage for the men’s basketball team (tickets got here last week: shiny). As depressing as the football game was there is a lot to be excited about for men’s hoops this season. I quick rundown of what I saw
Thaddeus Young – Folks, he is everything that is advertised. He scores from all over the court, plays defense, rebounds, passes, and is athletic as hell.
I’m really excited to watch all of college basketball this year with the influx of NBA level talent. Especially considering how talented this year’s freshman class was on the whole.
Javaris Crittendon – Ran the offense really well and was definitely looking to push the temp. His outside shot was off, but he drove to the basket with reckless abandon and played really outstanding defense for a freshman player. Banged his ankle up a little bit, but then came back.
Zack Peacock – Obviously you take a step down from the two talents above and Peacock was no exception, but as more traditional college freshman go I was very impressed. First, he looks like he’s about 23 years old. If he grows into his frame even more, he’s going to be a beast. He also knew his role: rebounding and defense. He had one ugly shot and one great shot so consistency will need to develop there.
Brad Sheehan – A better athlete and more skilled than Luke at the same point in his career, but he will have to add muscle and knowledge to compete in the ACC. He is my most likely candidate to receive a red shirt this season.
Alade Aminu – Thicker and more skilled than he was last season. He’s not a Dickey, but he’s not the decrease in skill that he was last year. Other 4’s and 5’s will get sick of chasing this young man down the court during the season.
D’andre Bell – Moved to the back-up PG spot and looked like his handle has improved. From what I saw he’ll be fine at spelling Critty when he needs it, but his minutes should decrease significantly. He can still hit an open jumper out to 3-point range and that should not be discounted.
Lewis Clinch – Had a bad day shooting, but smartly became content to play defense and work the ball around. He still hit some nice shots, but he obviously was having an off day. I would like to have seen him drive to the rim more than he did.
Paco Diaw – Surprisingly improved in my opinion. He’s thicker and improved his handle from the looks of it, but could still be a reds hirt candidate since we’re so deep at combo guard this year.
Muha Faye – He had 14 points, several rebounds, played good defense, and negotiated peace between North and South Korea. All in all, a below average day.
Jeremis Smith – He had a typical Jeremis day. Several nice rebounds in traffic, good defense, and a couple of put backs and that’s all I really want him to do. He took a 3 and barely missed it, but he shouldn’t be shooting rather out than 10 feet with the rest of the players we have this season.
Ra’Sean Dickey – Dickey’s hands looked good, his moves to the basket looked good, his outside shot looked good, and his FT’s looked good. But he’s still one of those players that you feel could have played a little harder than he did once the game is over. I think it’s just his style and attitude, but if he plays like he did on Saturday we’ll be fine in the post all season while wondering if we could have gotten more.
Anthony Morrow – DNP. He looked thicker, but I don’t if that’s weights or the fact that he’s missed workout with the back injury.
Mario West – Mario did his Mario things. Picked a couple of pockets, made life hell on the perimeter for Critty in bringing the ball up and hit a couple of jumpers and dunks. By far the most emotional player on the court and hopefully he fills that Clarence Moore role that we were missing last year.
Matt Causey – He’ll sit this year due to transfer rules and that is a shame, because he would be an excellent back-up for Critty this year. He wasn’t hitting his outside shots, but he had several nice moves to the basket and also likes to run the court. He’ll fit very well into our system.
General Observations – The team is very tall and very athletic top to bottom. I think you’ll see a lot more transition baskets and a very up temp offensive style. Especially when Critty is running the show. It’s obvious that he, Thad and Dickey have a nice rapport between them as the blue team scored several times by taking the ball after a basket and catching the gold team loafing up the court some on defense. I also saw a lot more motion from the boys in the half court sets that will hopefully take some pressure of Hewitt for the poor offensive showings we had the last two years at times.
I was very concerned about FT shooting though as the team was struggling with that on Saturday. I think Dickey was the only person to go 100% and with the athletes we have and their ability to get around the rim these boys need to hit FT to punish the other team for lazy defense. Hopefully it gets better or Saturday wasn’t indicative of the team as a whole, but considering our woes from the charity stripe the last couple of years it was a little disconcerting.
No matter what this team should be fun to watch. There will be growing pains with two freshman in the starting line-up, but they are definitely stars in the making and since they’ll be surrounded by a talented and experienced junior class this could be a very special season in the making.
With that, I bring you your moment of Yellow Jacket Zen: