- Apr 1, 2013
IMO most people on here are looking for a point of reference of what Mir is now vs what we know of past UCONN players. For example-- Gabby and Tamika lived in the paint as scorers (Gabby hit an occasional jumper) and were undersized. While Turner took many more outside shots than either in college. I think most posters want to know right now at this moment what is she more like? Who knows what she'll become? And i don't know what she'll develop into for offense also. Look at Kelly Faris - she couldn't shoot early in her career and by her sr year she was a very good 3pt shooter yet Gabby could never shot from 3. And she wasn't that great of a mid-range shooter. She was awesome inside.I never watched Turner play in high school. I'm surprised that you saw her taking a lot of outside shots then. Do you have a link to videos of her HS play? Most players who excel inside stay inside in HS. Hell, from memory, I once looked up Stewart's offensive stats in HS and she had only taken about a dozen 3 point shots total during her first 3 years at Cicero South. I guess you labeled her "strictly inside".
I love freshmen who come in eager to learn great defense and with the tools to accomplish it. Gabby Williams, despite her meager outside shooting, was a joy to watch play. It seems that any player <6' is judged with great weight placed on her ability to dribble and create her own shot. I myself place the greater emphasis on passing and catching passes when it comes to UConn recruits. If McLean can catch em Paige can throw em. I see a possibly great battery in the spirit of Reynolds/Berra or Guidry/Munson.
IMO I tend to doubt what you're saying in bold in context of on ocassion a star player will show what they can do - show to everyone - that they have "an expanded game" in some capacity. For example look at Olivia Cochran on the same video that was provided on this thread.. She is a stocky powerful player - though not as quick as Mir-- and a strong inside player and she took shots from the outside even though she was bigger that some of the players guarding her. Cochran had no problem going out to 10-15 feet and take at least one and I think she took more. Mir took none. SOCochran showed that she isn;t going to stay inside and that's it. Mir didn't -- but as I said it was just 1 game I saw.
As for Stewie-- - I see the MCD tape here/below in her sr year. True it's her SR year but at the 1:29 mark she is taking a left-handed - almost-fadeaway-hook in which she is outside the lane. In the context of my prior posts when I refer to mid-range game for Mir -- you speak of 3pt shooting for Stewie. Those aren't the same. And if Stewie was taking left-handed fadeaway hooks in a McD game I'm sure there were may games she did some showoff of taking shots farther than 5 feet. That's all I saw of Mir. Maybe Mir can be "Faris" or better in terms of Faris's sr year but at this moment which I think most people want to hear - not h/s vs h/s -- but what is Mir "now?" Cochran showed us she can take some shots. My post just offered that Mir didn't show it. At the 1:50 mark below Stewie knocks down a 3. I'd like to see Mir knock down a 3 in this atmosphere of elites/her peers or in a big game etc. And see if the shot is fluid.
Or maybe as you indicate that Stewie only hit 12 3's her 1st 3 years the link below suggest she hit around 12 her sr year. There is a progression. So let's see if Mir can have a progression.
Breanna Stewart High School Highlights