As much as UNC missed Marshall, I think Barnes is more to blame for the loss. If he hits a decent percentage of his shots they would have not gone to OT against Ohio and probably would have beaten Kansas. I know Marshall gets Barnes easier looks but come on. White and Watts filled in pretty good and combined for about Marshall's average. I realize that neither are nearly the playmaker that Marshall is, but you would think the 2 time pre-season All-American and team's leading scorer could manage to hit a few shots without Marshall holding him by the hand.
Dan Patrick's comment on Barnes was that he played "politely" this weekend. I hadn't thought of it that way.
Hearing that made me wonder if Barnes was worried about injury, and especially about his draft stock.
Yesterday could have been HIS MOMENT, instead, it was a prime example of the major deficiencies in his game. And while this may be wishful thinking as a Duke fan, if I were him, imagine what another subpar season could do to his NBA stock, and how much money he could lose if he was to return and play poorly or be injured. Kid needs to take his money and run, get an agent and out of CH.
For me, the single most important physical skill, especially for perimeter players, is handle. Barnes spent last summer working on it, with still-limited success.
The single most important mental/psychological attribute, again, for me, is relentlessness. These 2 posts....
The obvious contrast is with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, whose handle and motor are much superior.
Both were advertised as versatile, talented small forwards and were approximately the same size.
What happened when Grant Hill's team lost it's point guard to injury for a key stretch?
Duke 77 Louisiana State 67
Grant stepped into the primary ball handling role and responded with a clutch performance against a very tough opponent (Shaq in the middle) on the road.
His stat line included
16 points on 6-9 FG shooting
And he was likable.
"soft?". No way. He's the "Black Falcon!".