http://bluedevilnation.net/2012/03/a...eason-at-duke/ I had a recent one on one with Alex Murphy and he seems to be fine with the decision to redshirt him but it is tough not playing for a kid who has never sat out a season.
Over the next 4 years though, I believe we will be very happy that Alex redshirted. I loved hearing from him and seeing his perspective. He's got the mindset of a Duke player. Thanks, Mark!
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Or you could say we as a team were cold. Whatever -- in either case, it doesn't mean that the team didn't put in effort. They were executing the offense reasonably well, and just not making the open shots. Meanwhile Carolina was making shots like henson's ridiculously awkward running left handed hook shot over Miles. It happens. I'm certainly not saying Duke played error free, but sometimes the shots just don't fall.
This decision to red shirt Alex and play Michael only very limited minutes seems to go hand in hand. Both players would have gotten a lot of PT at other smaller programs and lord knows, we really have needed a solid small forward. They really would have competed with Andre for PT. That said, coach K must feel neither is ready for major program NCAA div I basketball. He sees them every day and we don't, so we have to abide by his judgment.
We have been guessing at what the roster will look like next year. With so few leaving, it seems like these kids will be facing the same up hill battle for PT next year as well. I wish the best for them.
At least Marshall knows a spot will be open for him next year.
Gbinije pretty much wasted the season not getting any serious playing time, it felt like he was getting red shirt.
Cook could have used an injury red shirt to get his knee right.
Basically, I would argue that shooting is a complicated process. There is a lot that goes into the ultimate odds of making any given shot: the defender's proximity, height, and hand-placement; the shooter's talent, height, sight lines, and psychological constitution; the type of shot; the crowd's influence; and, of course, random chance. To make matters worse, the amount of influence carried by each of these factors changes with every shot. No wonder people have such a hard time deciding why a particular shot just didn't drop.
As for the UNC debacle, I felt like once we missed a few early, we did psych ourselves out a little. Things began to seem rushed, even nervy. That nervousness made each of the following shots less likely to swish (though still possible), and that combined with some bad luck led to our prolonged drought. At least, that's my take. Others are free to disagree.
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So is there any info on Alex and Marshall's progress this year as players while practicing with the team?
I think Q was an insurance policy to stay active and get minutes in the event of multiple injuries.
As for Cook, he had some brilliant moments. Nice moves, added lift to the team. However, something in his body language made me think he was still favoring his knee... at least mentally.. I think having a pre-season to actively participate will help him more than anything. The biggest key element missing is someone who can make an effective entry pass to the Big in the right position to execute. Having a passer like a Marshall would have made it look like Miles and Mason took quantum leaps in their post development.
When we're discussing this, remember that redshirting was Alex Murphy's idea. Not only that, it was expressed intention when he decided to come to Duke early— http://dukechronicle.com/article/mur...-redshirt-year
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Maybe redshirting is the right thing for a couple of hypothetical reasons. One if the player you thought you recruited isn't ready in ability or strength or in the other case maybe the year redshirting will help him improve so much that a player (let's call this one Murphy) will need only one or two years at the college level to be able to make mega bucks at the next level.
Re your first reason, obviously a possibility--I think it's important to remember, though, that in Murphy's case his concussion in practice seemed to be a big piece of the puzzle. It set him back at a crucial time and appeared to play a pretty big role in what was billed as a mutual decision (initiated by Murphy) to go with the redshirt.
The redshirt seems applicable only in a situation where a player is seriously considering the possibility of playing for 4 years in college, but isn't ready physically (likely applicable as Murphy was pretty skinny) or is so far buried in the rotation that he isn't going to get minutes (not applicable).
I guess this is all a product of the one-and-done way of thinking where we all think every freshman will come in and contribute in some way.
Could the redshirt freshman have a place in basketball? I imagine top programs could use some 5 year leaders to help direct and anchor the one-and-dones. Is this K on the cutting edge again?