Another exciting game and wonderful final 4 minute war. Hey, we can’t ask for much more given the turnover and injuries. No excuses, but this is a VERY demanding league/schedule, and thankfully we have a proven top-tier coach. This victory keeps us in the hunt and within striking distance of the bubble. No reason to contemplate that all that much as each game going forward is huge and we will see many ups and downs - winning one or two vs top 35 NET while not losing the ones where we are favored will be the deciding factor. Strap on for a roller coaster final 3rd of the season.
Now for the St. John’s gm thoughts:
- Des was a rock star. Love the kid. I do not want to jinx a thing but wow has he improved his FT %. We all see him struggle from the perimeter. But damnit, I want him to keep shooting two or three a game cuz he is wide open. ( likely on purpose) and honestly, we need him to eventually add that to his mix if we want to be able to compete with the top 3 teams in our league.
- Quincy. What a godsend...... the young man has ice water in his veins.
- Dayvion. Has to smile everyday about his decision to choose X and have Coach Miller take him under his wing. Dayvion has the perfect mentality and fortitude to be a consummate PG. and that was not an obvious given when he first stepped on campus.
- Abou. Is there no one in the building that can teach him how to not drop his arms when defending near the bucket???? I inherited a talented post player long ago in the 6th grade. It took me about three practices of intense drilling and reps to rid her of that habit. She rarely ever got in foul trouble again yet played stellar D and rebounded like a maniac. I just do not understand......
- Ciani. Yes, agree, he has been vital and an unexpected contributor. Remember, initially he was advertised as a project that would take a year to develop. Yet due to injuries, Abou picking up fouls like they were free donuts, and other players not being as advertised, Sasa knows his role, knows his strengths and, more importantly, understands his many limitations. Can’t wait to see his Soph jump!
- Trey, can’t teach his ability to score, but can we go one game without him committing the silliest foul ever on a 3 pt shooter?
- Lazar. Saving the best for last. I posted last week that Sean can no longer continue the Lazar experiment. That it was unfair to the other players. Seems like he had reached that same decision. Now I see ‘Hops mention he is on the verge of giving up and going home. Hopefully the staff can keep him. My goodness, he is a true Freshman and this is Big-Time college bball. Lazar has some tools. No reason to doubt yourself at this early stage. Maybe have Jason Love talk to him, or James Farr.
Now let’s put our game face on, head to Chicago, and take care of business...