A&T MBB Lands Former 4-Star/NC State G Blake Harris May 23, 2020 14:13:40 GMT -5
Post by neighborhoodsuperstar on May 23, 2020 14:13:40 GMT -5
What ? If he gets the rebound and starts the break he has done his job as pertaining to the flow of the game . Someone has to layback to defend the basket in case of a turnover . NHSS I just have to ask this . What is it about Harry that makes you feel that he is not made to play in coach Jones's system or is not a good fit for Jones's system . The kid just completed his first season under Jones and at the college level give the kid more credit than that because Harry did show potential and should comeback stronger this season.
I don't know many players who would be content on being a defense-only player.
"Someone has to lay back to defend the basket in case of a turnover" - how many ballers do you know of, whether it be pro, college, high school, middle school or rec ball, that would be content with just laying back on defense? This ain't soccer. He ain't a goalie.
Last year, we had a 6'8 center, a 6'8 power forward and 3 guards in the starting lineup. Our lineup wasn't predicated on height. To me, Jones wanted to put his BEST PLAYERS on the floor. Who's to say the same thing won't unfold this year? Kam, Kwe, and Harris will definitely be on the floor. That leaves 2 spots. Can Harry outwork the recruits to get more time on the floor? I haven't even mentioned Lyons, who's at 6'6. I really don't think Coach Jones is focused on height - he's focused on who has the talent to pay dividends on the floor. I'll say this though....if there's a tie between a good 6'8 dude and an equally good 6'11 dude....I'd want the 6'11 dude out on the floor.
Harry had a decent first year. Nevertheless, at year's end, I was very concerned about his hands (ie. firmly securing rebounds; catching passes that come his way). His endurance/stamina needs to improve. I'm not saying he cannot improve these things, but these aspects have to improve if he wants to see quality minutes on the floor. I'm hoping for a significant jump for him between his freshman and sophomore seasons. All I'm saying is we got a 6'8 JUCO in Quenton Jones coming in. We got a 6'7 graduate transfer in Tyler Jones coming in from UMES. Both dudes have been exposed to college ball. Even though not as tall, we got 6'5 Jeremy Robinson coming in. He could theoretically be a 4 at certain times at 6'5, 215.
I just think we need to be prepared to see lineups on the floor that are going to nontraditional. We may even go 4 guards for brief periods, with Kam, Kwe, Harris and Maye. Although he's clearly our tallest player on the team, Harry's gotta improve to not only get on the floor, but stay on the floor. Our other not-as-tall recruits are already college basketball-ready. I don't see Coach Jones formulating his lineups game in and game out based on player height....