Hope Kiah can handle this and gets her act together. Hope the pressure doesn't cause her to make a bad decision.Wow....on Stokes:
“She’s frustrating,’’ Auriemma said. “She’s frustrating. She’s frustrating. She’s just frustrating. That’s the only thing I can tell you. She’s just frustrating. Because she’s really, really good, but I’m trying to instill in her what it takes to play at this level. And I don’t want to reward mediocre and even less kind of an effort or doing what I did in high school. `This is what I did in high school, Coach, and it worked.’ Well, it doesn’t work here. And you’re too good, you’re too talented and you have too much potential. And we’re going to find out how bad you want this. And I think she does."
Yep, Tina got regular criticism and an occasional benching.Kiah should have a little chat with Ms. Tina Charles. Geno only expresses and expends this much energy and frustration when he knows the upside of the project is so very high! Kiah is a great deal like Tina was as a freshman...a gifted and physical phenom, smart and with an incredibly sweet personality. Kiah is oozing potential and blessed to have the greatest mentor she could ever hope for. It will all work out if/when she commits to reaching her highest potential. Gotta remember, freshman are only 18 years old and the maturation process is happening on many levels (athlete, student, woman, friend, daughter, etc.). Geno is just accelerating a few of the processes.
In her sophomore year, Geno wasn't starting Tina in the NCAA tourney. Lorin Dixon was also on the bench and Geno was very public about the fact she wasn't going to play without an attitude adjustment.Yep, Tina got regular criticism and an occasional benching.
Kiah has lots of upside and, like Tina, is a great kid.
She's a great kid and the son of a pro (which I think will help her get through this- dad will help her understand why Coach is telling her some of the things he's been telling her).