Paul Nilsen on Nika Muhl



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UConn commit eager for an American experience
“I want to play in the United States because of the education I can get here but also because of the high level of basketball that is here,” Muhl said. “I love how Americans think about basketball. I love how they represent it. I could go always back to Europe in a couple but playing here would be an experience and an opportunity not many people back home get.
I am not crazy about the embolden line. No, no! No going back in two years.
 
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UConn commit eager for an American experience
“I want to play in the United States because of the education I can get here but also because of the high level of basketball that is here,” Muhl said. “I love how Americans think about basketball. I love how they represent it. I could go always back to Europe in a couple but playing here would be an experience and an opportunity not many people back home get.
I am not crazy about the embolden line. No, no! No going back in two years.

better than Miss St. ;)
 

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While Nika is still a year away, look at those arms. She’ll definitely show up at Storrs with a college ready conditioning level capable of banging with the likes of UCF and others who play “Hack a Husky” defense.
 

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10 pts, 10 steals, 10 rebs and 17 asts in 17 mins this is just awesome.
Is this a new record?
Did you notice the tweet saying 24 hrs. later she had 14-13-10 triple double? A backcourt of Williams, Bueckers, an Muhl will scary good. We need one more big at least to partner with Olivia.
 
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While Nika is still a year away, look at those arms. She’ll definitely show up at Storrs with a college ready conditioning level capable of banging with the likes of UCF and others who play “Hack a Husky” defense.
The best way to describe the European players I have worked with is “well rounded” in their basketball skill set. As a general rule passing and ball handling are very strong. One thing that is always embarrassing to me is that most of these players speak at least 3 languages fluently, while I am still trying to master my native tongue. Worked with a coach at one time who could swear like a mule skinner, and told him one day that speaking fluent profanity was not really not considered a second language.
 
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The best way to describe the European players I have worked with is “well rounded” in their basketball skill set. As a general rule passing and ball handling are very strong. One thing that is always embarrassing to me is that most of these players speak at least 3 languages fluently, while I am still trying to master my native tongue. Worked with a coach at one time who could swear like a mule skinner, and told him one day that speaking fluent profanity was not really not considered a second language.
Sorry, one too many “nots”. Proved my own point about English.
 

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UConn commit eager for an American experience
“I want to play in the United States because of the education I can get here but also because of the high level of basketball that is here,” Muhl said. “I love how Americans think about basketball. I love how they represent it. I could go always back to Europe in a couple but playing here would be an experience and an opportunity not many people back home get.
I am not crazy about the embolden line. No, no! No going back in two years.
I agree with you. In theory, I am often concerned about foreigners, because they could get homesick or they could turn pro back home. They have a different perspective than American players. But, empirically, I see very few players who come the the U.S. and leave early. It's more common for them to go pro at home and not come to the U.S. at all--see the Ezi Magbegor situation. I'm happy that we have Nika. I'll be even happier if we add Anna Makurat. If Geno can work a miracle and get Iliana Rupert, I'll be thrilled. I also like Aliyah Edwards from Canada.
 

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I agree with you. In theory, I am often concerned about foreigners, because they could get homesick or they could turn pro back home. They have a different perspective than American players. But, empirically, I see very few players who come the the U.S. and leave early. It's more common for them to go pro at home and not come to the U.S. at all--see the Ezi Magbegor situation. I'm happy that we have Nika. I'll be even happier if we add Anna Makurat. If Geno can work a miracle and get Iliana Rupert, I'll be thrilled. I also like Aliyah Edwards from Canada.
How about that “foreigner” we’ve got as our HC. He’s hung around for quite a few years...:rolleyes:
 

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I haven't read every post on Ms. Muhl, but I haven't seen pointed out that she has 3/4 of a season of pro ball under her belt. She led the Women's Adriatic league in assists, and was top-ten in rebounding and top-20 in scoring. OTOH, her team didn't win a game.

She's also already 18 years old. I'm not sure why she wouldn't come to UConn this year; presumably there are requirements that the standard Croatian curriculum doesn't cover?
 
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Another Kelly Faris?
Looking at the highlights, Muhl looks pretty versatile like Faris but at the same stage looks like she has a better jump shot and passing skills. OTOH, Faris was a much better athlete and probably a better defender as well as rebounder. I would be thrilled if she turned out as good as Faris, but I don't know if she has the athleticism or physicality to play 3 positions like her that effectively.
 

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