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It's hard for me to get excited about a 6'1 athletic guard. We need shooters at the guard spot, and a little taller wouldn't hurt. NERR only has him as the 19th rated 2016 prospect in new England. Maybe he's one of those late bloomers and we're in early on him, we'll have to see.
69...I saw the new NERR rankings also and I think they do a pretty good job at it, but in the end it is just an opinion. The junior class is pretty strong(I think Diallo from PSA is as good or better than Jones or Heron) in New England and has plenty of size. As for Mclean, I don't think anyone has a name that describes them as well as he does...his game is very Unique. I have seen him roughly 15 times in the past year and I haven't seen a more athletic guy than him. The City of Palms Classic in Ft Myers wants MacDuffie in their field next year because Spellman is a top 20 prospect but also because Unique would be favored to win the Dunk contest and that is important to the director when he picks his field. Anyway, if UMass wants to continue to play really fast, press all over the court and push it on offense then Unique would fit in perfect...he is definitely a system kid. I wouldn't be surprised if Shaka got involved this summer. Not a great ballhandler, passer or shooter(shooting has improved though) but excellent in the open court, can play defense and can do things that most cannot do because of his superior athleticism.
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A "system kid" for a program not actually committed to playing a system. Part of what makes Shaka's VCU teams work is that basically every guy he recruits fits his system. We sort of loosely go after guys who are "long and athletic" but we routinely deviate from that (which isn't necessarily always a bad thing...DG isn't insanely long or athletic and he's still good...nor is Cady, Bergantino or others). In general, if I were DK I'd commit to an uptempo style but I'd be sure to keep a pair (or at least one) of pure shooters on the roster for when things break down in the half court...our utter lack of consistency from beyond the arch has made it SO much easier for teams to defend us in the half court. Certainly, Trey and Jabarie have struggled to initiate the offense, but some of those struggles stem from our inability to hit threes. If we could hit threes with semblance of consistency, the lane could open up and Trey and Jabarie would be able to create without running into a crowded lane.
https://twitter.com/coreyevans_10/statu ... 0720012288TheOFFSeason wrote:I wouldn't be surprised if Shaka got involved this summer. Not a great ballhandler, passer or shooter(shooting has improved though) but excellent in the open court, can play defense and can do things that most cannot do because of his superior athleticism.
"Lastly, Unique McLean is going to be quite the defensive asset. Killer on ball guy with some Briante Weber to him. Freak athlete"
I don't know what DK's master plan is, or if he even has one. But from what it looks like, he's got his eyes on a large number of PG's, mostly in 2016, all of which are athletic and specialize in dribble penetration.
I'm not sure I'd totally agree with the "all sorts of guys" part. The recruitment of guys that can make shots seems to be something that hasn't been a priority the last few years. Of course there's a lot we don't see/know about, but what info we are privy to can give you an idea of what they're after. In 2016 they've been after a lot of athletic PGs, a fair amount of big SG's and PF's. In the last 12 months I don't think I've heard a single mention of a true SF, combo forward or C that UMass is recruiting in the 2016 class.Chris20 wrote:Why is still a surprise to many that we recruit all sorts of guys, constantly, at every position?
Watched some of his highlights and am very impressed with his athleticism. Correct me if I didn't see this correctly but I think he shoots his jump shot left handed and most of his dunks and floaters are right handed. Also, his stroke looks pretty good except for the position of his off hand. Any shot mechanics experts out there?