Unfortunately, the Summer League is a poor place for bigs to show off their skills. The guards are trying to show what they can do and that means limited passing to bigs (they'd rather drive or shoot). Best of luck to him though.
Posted 27 June 2022, 3:34 p.m.
Hate thy neighbor. Isn't that what the bible says?
Posted 27 June 2022, 3:32 p.m.
The days of lumbering bigs being coveted in the NBA is long gone. 10-20 years he'd be much more likely to be drafted. Even Doke, a much more talented individual, was not highly coveted by any NBA team and plays a limited role.
Posted 27 June 2022, 3:31 p.m.
It seems Torvik's formula over values freshman. I didn't see much in his calculation that I agreed with (including Harris scoring 12ppg or whatever it was). Also had Clemence, our likely starting big, only averaging 3ppg. Makes me want to go back and add up all of the points to see what it was for a team total. Seems like it would be very low.
Posted 29 May 2022, 8:04 p.m.
Yeah, those other coaches were VERY salty about the idea of McCullar playing at KU. It is a great article by CJ Moore.
Posted 29 May 2022, 7:59 p.m.
Two-time honorable mention all-Big 12 performer playing for two coaches who are not good offensively is a waste of a jersey. You heard it here first folks! Some day this guy will be playing in the league.
You know who else scored some games and not others? Jalen Wilson and Big Dave. You know what both of them are just "OK" at? Defense. Were they a waste of a jersey while helping KU to win the Natty?
McCullar is big guard with great ball skills (similar to Jalen Wilson, but way more athletic and with better vision) plus he is an ELITE defender. He'll be more efficient offensively playing for a coach who knows how to get players quality shots (unlike Beard and Adams who McCullar played for previously).
If Jalen comes back and McCullar joins him, there is no reason we won't again excel in the open floor with 3-4 ball handlers and big guards who can rebound and lead the break on the floor at all times, just like last year. That's one of the most efficient offensive opportunities available. Even the bigs next year are "rim runners" who can get out and run and finish lobs on the break (except maybe Clemence).
Posted 29 May 2022, 7:51 p.m.
Yes, Braun's vert numbers were impressive. I think Och had a bad day as his vert was 41.5" last year but either way, they both did well to be in the top 4 of the entire combine. Och can still reach higher (jumping or not) as his standing reach is taller than Braun's, despite being a few inches shorter than him (long arms will do that for you).
Posted 25 May 2022, 11:31 a.m.
It's in the NCAA bylaws. Since their rulebook is 1000 pages long I'm not going to dig for it. It's to prevent schools from "stockpiling" talent and keeping them from going to other schools, and to prevent "shady" dealings where a talented kid is a "walk-on" but a booster is paying their tuition. You can obviously go from walk-on to scholarship but not the other way around.
Posted 23 May 2022, 10:43 a.m.
The new teams aren't coming to the Big 12 next year...
KJ should be a 4, not a 5, moving forward. He's no taller than Braun and not an elite rebounder so he's not really suited to be a 5 full-time. He's an elite defender 1-4 and undersized as a defender against a 5. Better get that jumper working (his social media makes it appear as though he's working on jumpers and drives exclusively).
McCullar will be starting.
Wilson should be back.
Posted 22 May 2022, 1:31 a.m.
With his ball-handling skills (he played PG a lot for TTU last year), in combination with Wilson's ball-handing skills (he played PG a lot in his NBA combine game, and has shown his ability to grab a board and lead the break), you can expect a lot of "run and gun" offense out of KU next year. This is even more likely considering we've lost our best shooters (Och, Braun, Remy) and the only shooters left on the roster are unproven in college (Dick, Rice, Clemence, Cam Martin) so our best chance at making shots is to go fast and get layups.
Posted 21 May 2022, 1:40 p.m.