Bad night for the Gilbert haters.

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It's clear that Alterique is playing with more confidence and less pressure, and his play has been much better as a result. Does that mean he's definitively turned a corner? Hard to say. But there's two things that seem to have been the key to his new mindset, both of which came out in Hurley's post-game comments:
1. AG benefits from not being the only capable ball handler out there, and playing with Gaffney in particular. Vital never really developed that skillset, which put a lot of pressure on Gilbert to initiate and create offense.

2. The time away seems to have been the right decision for everyone, and I'm impressed with his attitude about it coming back: David Borges on Twitter

It's obviously an evolving situation, but given what we've gone through this year things at least seem to be set up for optimal development and team performance. Kudos to Danny and Al for sticking together through a trying situation.
 
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He’s been watching from the bench the last couple of years. Bring him off bench, allow him to figure it out, then give him 25+ to do his thing.
 
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Anyone here who says they haven't seen posters frequently shredding Gilbert must be blind.

The next time he has a bad game, many praising him today will trash him.
because play well = good and play poor = bad.
 
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He has played at a different pace since coming back. It was never lack of talent.
Not rushing or forcing plays. Pretty much taking what the defense is giving us
Plus last night his shot was on.
Now I'm sure he doesn't feel like he has to do everything like earlier in the year.
Keep it going AG.
 
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AG looked more relaxed last night than I have ever seen him. From his and coaches comments it sounds like he felt responsible for the entire team. This is a huge burden for any player.

He is playing much more freely.
Even when he went inside and got blocked, he went back for a huge kick out which helped open the lane for him later.

All around 3s helped against that nasty physical zone, but a relaxed AG off the bench is great for him and all of us.
 

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He has played at a different pace since coming back. It was never lack of talent.
Not rushing or forcing plays. Pretty much taking what the defense is giving us
Plus last night his shot was on.
Now I'm sure he doesn't feel like he has to do everything like earlier in the year.
Keep it going AG.
I really like Alterique. I think he's been through a lot. McD AA, signs with UConn and looks like the next great UConn PG, after the last two each won a national championship. That had to be what he saw as the future.

2016-17: plays 3 games and a team with 8 top 100 recruits finishes 16-17. Has surgery.
2017-18: Plays 6 games. Team is worse at 14-18. Has major surgery and his coach is fired.
2018-19: Plays 25 games and after a slow injury recovery start he was going well, gets smacked in the face and has an eye injury. Team is 16-17.
2019-20: Finally healthy, and yet the style of play is different. The offense has changed. He no longer has Jalen Adams as another dual threat guard. His shot stops falling and the freshmen don't step up and take shots. Team keeps losing close games. Then he sees the team play better with Gaffney and has to think about what has gone wrong.

It takes some maturity to step back, re-evaluate who you are and what you want.
 
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I don’t think anybody hates Gilbert. But you’ll have to admit that until this performance he’s been meh. At best.
With all the vile directed towards him in the games he didn't do well leads me to believe otherwise. I understand. The BY is an entitled fickle group.
 
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AI is now ahead of Vital and Adams in 3 point percentage and 3rd on team behind Polley and Bouk. Vital is having an epic 3 point slump.
 
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17 points, 6-8, 3-3 from three, only three assists but it led the team. And his usual dogged defense.

This kid is capable of this very often. But it just hasn't happened. It was BEAUTIFUL to watch.
Amen

BTW, this team has officially gelled.. I'm calling it.. They're starting to recognize what to do and what not to do on offense, in the halfcourt sets a lot more....
 

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Anyone here who says they haven't seen posters frequently shredding Gilbert must be blind.

The next time he has a bad game, many praising him today will trash him.
And this is surprising to you? It's always been that way here even for kids who were more successful on the court.

Gilbert caught a lot of heat here because of his very questionable decisions he made at the end of games, and the fact that he seemed to make the same mistakes repeatedly. Last night he didn't and people complimented him on his game. [shrug]
 

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Incidentally, Hurley is not getting enough credit for his, frankly, brilliant handling of the APR academic situation which we saw play out last night.
Good, though cynical, observation.
 

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And anyone pretending that equals you're a Gilbert hater has their head up their behind.
Hyperbole may not be the right word, but it's close. I doubt OP believes the masses hate sny player.
 

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Nobody hates the kid. He gets criticized when he plays poorly and praised when he plays well. That is sports. If this makes you uncomfortable maybe you should switch hobbies.
Wrong on so many levels
Many here demean the kid and college sports is a game - when your not doing it as a business there is no room to be as critical as many have been to a young man playing for his school. He hasn't been disrespectful to anyone, has kept his record while at UConn clean and has experienced some huge setbacks physically and emotionally.
Hobbies are things that bring people joy and if your hobby includes being critical of 18-22 year old kids trying to do their best - its time for you to switch your hobby
Its a freaking game - not life or death
 
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Wrong on so many levels
Many here demean the kid and college sports is a game - when your not doing it as a business there is no room to be as critical as many have been to a young man playing for his school. He hasn't been disrespectful to anyone, has kept his record while at UConn clean and has experienced some huge setbacks physically and emotionally.
Hobbies are things that bring people joy and if your hobby includes being critical of 18-22 year old kids trying to do their best - its time for you to switch your hobby
Its a freaking game - not life or death
Well unfortunately that is not realistic. Everyone, yourself included, have been and will continue to be critical when you're emotionally invested in a program. Nobody actually hates Gilbert.
 
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Well unfortunately that is not realistic. Everyone, yourself included, have been and will continue to be critical when you're emotionally invested in a program. Nobody actually hates Gilbert.
Fair but let's be honest there are those who find every second to tell us his inability to make a play and "here we go again" moments when they happen. There are many of those who point the negatives out immediately who will never find the time to tell you when he does anything good in a game. It may not be hate, but it's a next door neighbor.
 

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