December 18, 2010 by staff
Josh Selby, Early college basketball season is all or nothing. There are high quality game here and there, many invitational tournaments, and a whole bunch of games incompatible. Unlike college football, however, a couple of early losses did not break a season if the excitement does not start until the building opens conference play.
Well conference play is just around the corner, so let the excitement start….
This Saturday also marks the debut of two top prospects. Kansas Josh Selby, a freshman PG 6’3, will start well
Expected and most likely short-lived college career, against USC. Selby is a leader of the first partition that attacks the rim and finish incredible. It also has outstanding court vision and plays solid defense. Selby has been declared ineligible for the “unfair advantage” of an agent, but was authorized and ordered to repay the money. Kansas, already a contender, will have even better on Saturday.
Mississippi State sophomore, Renardo Sidney 6’10 280 pounds, will also debut Saturday against Virginia Tech. Sidney is a former McDonald’s All-American who served on the 1 1 / 2 years because of eligibility problems. He is a true center with great skills on the rebound and is also an excellent passer for his size. Reports are that Sidney is out of form it may take some time for him to get his stamina going.
Even with Kyrie Irving, their scoring leader and rookie of the year favorite, most often carried out for the season with a toe injury, Duke is still the best team in the country. Senior Nolan Smith (16.6Pts 4.5Reb 5.5Ast) and Kyle Singler (16.3Pts 5.3Reb 1.5Stl) are more than capable of taking over and look for sophomores Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry explode. Starting today, Duke were ranked opponents zero remaining on their schedule.
With Selby qualify, this team is scary. The twins are on average 29.2Pts 15.3Reb 2.1Blk Morris and shooting 59% soil combined. Tyshawn Taylor (10.9Pts 6.3Ast 1.8Stl) will resume playing from the point of all Selby moved into the off guard position, which suits his game better.
The Buckeyes have all the components. A big man down, 6’9 Fr Jared Sullings (17.2Pts 8.6Reb 59% FG), the backcourt is experienced in Sr. David Lighty (11.9Pts 4.0Reb 4.1Ast) and William Buford Jr. (12.4Pts 5.4Reb 3.9 ast), and a deadly shooter Jon Diebler Sr. (13.2Pts 3.4 3 49%) which was 3 9-14 against Florida Gulf Coast, including nine straight decisions.
Rick Jackson has been the heart and soul of Syracuse this season. The senior is averaging 14.0Pts 12.5Reb 2.1Ast 1.4Stl and 1.9Blk while shooting 59% from the floor. In a 72-58 victory over Michigan State, he had 17Pts 16Reb and while the rear area of Scoop Jardine (7-19Pts 2Stl 9FG) and Brandon Triche Close All American Kalin Lucas (8pts 6to).
The Memphis Tigers are 8-1 and ranked No. 18, but this team has too many flaws. They are a young team led by three freshmen in 6’6 Will Barton (12pts 1.9Stl) 6’0 Joe Jackson (10.2Pts 3.9Ast 3.8TO) and 6’4 Chris Crawford (9.9Pts 1.9Stl). They play good defense, creating a lot of turnover, but they also commit a ton of turnovers themselves. Although they can pull 3 very good, their free throws are bad and they are small in the front. Their lack of bounce was exposed in their only try of the season so far as to beat Kansas 81-68 and outrebounded those 39-26.
Memphis cruise in Conference USA this year, finishing with a record like 26-5 are rewarded with a high seed in the tournament, then rebounded in the beginning because of their inexperience and shortcomings.
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