Saturday, June 30, 2012

Jeremy Lamb Draft Press Conference

Friday, June 29, 2012

Andre Drummond Gets Drafted By Pistons

Jeremy Lamb Gets Drafted to Rockets

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Blessing in Disguise

The rumors swirling around the NBA prospects are that Drummond and Lamb are slipping in the draft.  Drummond is projected anywhere from 2nd to 10th in the draft and Lamb has been everywhere from 15th to slipping out of the first round all together.  They both have the same knock against them that they lack the motor or drive to be that elite All-Star player that would warrant a top level pick.  Even though they didn’t show that type of mentality last year for the Huskies, they have the potential to be that type of player which is why they are so enticing.   While the money is better at the top of the draft, it would probably be better for them to actually slip in the draft.

Drummond needs time to mature and work on the weak aspects of his game from getting comfortable with his back to the basket to finding a bit of range to his game.  He’ll instantly provide the defensive presence in the post and a finisher around the rim especially on the break, but he would benefit to have someone on the team as a veteran presence that can show him the amount of work it takes to make it in the league.  It would be detrimental to him to go to a team that expects him to play 30 or more minutes and give a consistent double-double performance.  He isn’t that now, but in the right environment he could be molded into an All-Star.

Lamb on the other hand needs to land in an offense that has a number one scorer already.  That way he can compliment their role.  He is best when he is getting to his spots without the ball and when teams scheme to eliminate his comfort zone, he tends to settle.  His hybrid body type is hard to pin point an exact NBA role.  If he had some more muscle, he could slide into the wing position, but he hasn’t shown the ability to be a solid rebounder.  He isn’t going to be like the scoring two guards that have entered the NBA recently and he doesn’t have the foot speed to match them.  What he does have is one of the softest touches with the ball which really shows itself in his mid-ranged game.  He would thrive in a system like the Spurs.

While the number you go at in the draft is important right away considering the dollar amount, it isn’t always the best case scenario for a long and productive career.  It tends to become more of a power ranking or ego boost for these players instead of looking at the big picture.  So if Drummond and Lamb slip and land on a more successful team, it wouldn’t be the end of the world but instead a blessing in disguise, because no matter where you get drafted everything eventually gets settled on the court.

Drummond Youngest Player in Draft

Drummond: youngest player in NBA draft:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Omar Calhoun: 2012 NIKE PRO CITY

X-Men Vs Take No Prisoners (TNP)
 X-Men Roster
 (Black): #3 Elan Davis [ ASA College ]
 #11 Michael Haynes [ Fordham University ]
 #12 Donnie McGrath [ Providence College ]
 #15 Chris Wehye [ Quinnipiac University ]
 #21 Smush Parker [ Fordham University ]
 #24 Omar Calhoun [ University of Connecticut - Christ The King High School ]
 #25 Mike Campbell [ LIU Long Island University ]
 #31 Lance Goulbourne [ Vanderbilt University ]
 #33 Jenar Harrison [ AIC American International College ]
 #35 Gordon Malone [ West Virginia University ]
 #44 Tommie Eddie [ University of Mississippi ]
 #53 Mike Davis [ Seton Hall University ]

 Take No Prisoners TNP Roster (Gray):
 #3 Antawn Dobie [ LIU Long Island University ]
 #5 Kenny Satterfield [ University of Cincinnati ]
 #10 Kirk Williams [ Longwood University ]
 #11 Fabian Pinnock [ CSU California State University Bakersfield ]
 #12 Taaj Ridley [ Iona College ]
 #15 Allan Sheppard [ St Francis College ]
#21 Charles Jones [ LIU Long Island University ]
 #25 Kyle Cuffe [ St John's University ]
 #31 Aaron Williams [ Delaware State University ]
#35 Anthony Glover [ St John's University ]
 #40 Ryan Pearson [ GMU George Mason University ]
 #44 Tyshawn Valentine [ Sullivan County Community College ]
 #50 Anthony Cox [ Farmingdale State College ]

Jeremy Lamb Nicknames

Friday, June 15, 2012

DeAndre Daniels: Seize The Day

The biggest surprise off the off-season for UConn has to have been the transfer of Roscoe Smith. He is only a junior, was heading into a situation that would give him plenty of starter minutes, and he still faces a year long wait unless he gets a waiver.  It made no sense and left Calhoun with another chess piece off the board.  It also puts some undo pressure on little used DeAndre Daniels and places this sophomore in a golden opportunity to play those elusive extended minutes he wasn’t getting in his freshman year. 

The wing position has been hard to fill since Rudy Gay left and players like Marcus Johnson, Stanley Robinson, Jamaal Coombs-McDaniel, and Roscoe Smith have all tried their hands at it and have found the combination of consistent jump shooting and rebounding a hard lock to break.  Daniels will be thrust into making that impact early.  He has shown a nice soft jumper, though they tended to not go in, but has yet to show that he can become the rebounder this team desperately needs.   He’ll need a few more pounds to hold his position and be a more fundamentally sound position rebounder.  This team shouldn’t expect a double-double out of him, but he will have to average around five boards a game to warrant significant minutes.

Points for this team will come mainly from the three guards of Napier, Boatright, and Calhoun, but Daniels must show an ability to chip in for this team to get wins.  Teams will create schemes to bottle up the dribble penetration and they will face a variety of zones.  So whichever of the forwards that can demonstrate the ability to knock down that 15-foot jumper will have the upper hand at getting huge minutes.  Daniels needs to focus on that aspect to his game.  He was too reliant on the three point shot from the wing and while he has the ability to knock those down, they weren’t falling for him.  He should be focusing on the mid-ranged game this year, making that his number one option and taking the ball to the basket more.

With his limited minutes last year, it was hard to tell how good his defense was.  He didn’t do a bad job, but he also didn’t make impact.  If he wants to get those starter minutes, he’ll have to show that he can keep his defender in front of him and not foul.  If he keeps it simple and can show that he can handle the pick and roll, then he should do fine, but this aspect of his game is still a major question mark.

The chips have lined up for Daniels and he has to make the most of this opportunity.  He can’t come into training camp thinking that he has the starter role locked up.  He needs to play with a bit of urgency because this window won’t be open for long and he needs to snatch it.  Sink or swim, Daniels will go as far as he wants himself to go and hopefully he seize this opportunity and make the most of it.