- Oct 20, 2011
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He is disgustingly bad. It is shocking how much worse hes gotten.
ESPN had Oriakhi with four turnovers at halftime. I can think of two more at least in the second half, so I dont know how he only had 3, but thats what it says.Something has to be seriously going on upstairs with this kid - today's line. 2-5 from FT line, 4 personal fouls in 14 minutes, 1 rebound, 3 turnovers. This against...............South Florida and the formidable duo of Augustus Gilchrist and Taorlyn Fitzpatrick. Those are liability numbers. I'm calling he has an injured cerebral fortex that the staff isn't releasing.
AO, please focus on these 4 things: 1) focus on positing when going for rebounds...box out every time the ball goes up
2) set really really good screens for JL
3) catch the ball first before shooting & make your layups!
4) don't even think about making an offensive move if you are more than 5 feet from the basket
The team desperately needs your strength and athleticism but point your energy in positive directions!
These are "new thoughts"?
Sounds like the same old bitching that's been going on for about a month now to me.
i always thought Alex had a ton of potential but i just havent seen that much of an improvement from his freshman year until now
Dude has some limitations, no doubt. He has some bad mechanics and looks stiff/not fluid with a lot of his footwork and touch with the basketball. He's not a natural by any means, ie. Andre Drummond. What he is is an Atlas of a physical specimen - the kid needs to concentrate on his strengths. That is bodying up around the rim, getting cheap points of the rebound and playing strong fundamental defense. He is just never going to be an effective back to the basket post player - that's not his skillset. He's not playing his natural role right now and he seems to want to be something he isn't - and it seems like it's frustrating him. Right now he seems like a fish out of water - reminds me a little bit of Kevin Freeman playing the 3 back in the day - just not a fit.
One might say that he was the MVP of that championship game last year - he was that dominant in the middle. Granted that was against a bunch of Amish looking big men from Butler, but he physically beat them up. So his positive attributes are enough to wreak havoc on the college level - it just seems like his focus is being something he ain't.
For him it all comes down to effort. He obviously lacks certain skills as some have pointed out. And thats why its so frustrating and disappointing with him. When hes playing with effort and intensity he can be very good (see NCAA tournament). But tonight and most of the year, he just plays lazy d and watches his man go right by him finally throwing an arm up at the end for a foul. And he shows no interest in boxing out whatsoever this year. For a player to complain publicly as much as he does about playing time, the least he could do is show a little effort. Especially when your the senior member on the team.i always thought Alex had a ton of potential but i just havent seen that much of an improvement from his freshman year until now...hes not a bad player by any stretch of the imagination. i would classify him as an average to slightly above average Big East big man
Why do we need to say it nicely tho? Thats one thing I cant stand about this board. If hes trying then I will be nice. But when hes being lazy as hell then no I wont be nice. Show some effort. Boatright and Roscoe screw up but nobody complains because they play their butts off.When it's bitching like the opening of the thread I hate it. If you say it nicely and think about it though it's all true!! 1 rebound - 6'9" 255 - is that actually possible?