Re: Mason's eliteness.... he only averaged 15 points a game his senior year in high school. Tyler Zeller averaged 33 points a game his senior year. Everyone knows this right?
Mason was always destined to be inconsistent on offense because he doesn't have natural touch. His high recruiting ranking was mostly due to his height and leaping ability, not things that necessarily translate into becoming an offensive force.
If you took Mason and added more natural touch, more flexibility in his torso (has anyone watched Mason run? who runs like that?), and a wider base, he could become a great scorer. But there are some natural gifts missing with him.
Still, I am happy with his development for what he is. If he were to actually be around for his senior year, I think he'd become a good scorer, perhaps mid-teens in scoring average.
I don't get where the complaints about Coach K's recruiting are coming from. We brought in the #2 class in America this season featuring three McDonalds All-Americans, and Alex Murphy probably would have been a fourth if he had remained in the 2012 class. Even if you take Austin Rivers out of the equation, this was still a great recruiting class. The year before that, we had the #6 class, featuring the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, Kyrie Irving. If you would rather us not go after big name recruits who have the chance of going one-and-done, that's fine; it seems to be the strategy Coach K took until he signed Irving, when he realized the college basketball recruiting game had changed and he needed to adapt. I know our recruiting class this year only has one player (a very good one might I add), but we still are in the running for three McDonald's All-Americans, and we also have two hold-overs from the 2011 class who red-shirted and will bolster our freshman class (we're basically bringing in one 5-star recruit and two 4-star recruits).
Also, transfers hurt our 2008 class badly, as I'm sure you all know. As we saw with both of their new schools, Elliot Williams and Olek Czyz were both very good basketball players that certainly could have contributed on this year's Duke team, but for one reason or another it didn't work out in Durham. With the lack of a full senior class, it was a good opportunity for our underclassmen to emerge as leaders, and we got a good idea of who had that in them and who didn't. I think this will pay dividends for the team next season, and I definitely don't think we will be "down" like many critics have hinted at; I think we will be in contention for an ACC championship just like we have the past five seasons. Whether this translates into tournament success is another story, and it's a long ways away.
Last edited by CameronCrazy06; 03-26-2012 at 06:32 PM.
How did we get to this point?
I agree. How did we as a fanbase get so self-entitled and spoiled that we angst about recruiting classes outside the top five, and an early loss with a key player injured?
Eat Mor Jonny.
If Mike was the athletic wing we need so bad; why did he log so few minutes? Mike must not have been ready; or his defense needed some fine tunning. Beats me
Mike G has to be as good at his position as Josh was at his and he's not undersized.
Not that it's everything but how many dunks did we get from our non bigs...I can think of 5 the whole season and two of them came from Mike in his limited minutes...I think he's going to bring that athleticism and defense to the 3 spot next year.
I think there are a couple issues at play here. First thing is that while we recruit great players, most of them specialize in long range shooting and don't give us any extra dimension. We need to recruit more slashers, skilled big man, etc. Just need a more well-balanced attack. I also think the NCAA tournament is poorly officiated which works against finesse teams such as Duke. In the spirit of "letting them play", less talented teams can get away with little bumps that should be fouls. It amazes me how NCAA tournament games always tend to be choppy with no flow because of this. This won't change, though, so the gameplan should be to recruit more athletic slashers and bangers down low to complement the outside shooting.
He will still be playing behind Kelly and maybe Dawk, Murphy and Plums3. Mike is going to have to work hard over the summer if he wants to get major burn next year. He may be 8th or 9th on depth chart.
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