- Aug 26, 2011
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I think Tyler get shorted here losing the starting 5 hole to Drummond.
Bradley won't get another redshirt. He gets 5 years to play 4 seasons. I wouldn't be surprised if Wolf didn't get a redshirt and played a few minutes a game.
Wolf is 21 years old I believe. He is not redshirting. I expect him to make a big step up this year in terms of getting used to the speed and physicality of the American game. I don't know if that translates into minutes, but a 21 year old European is not playing here to sit on the bench or redshirt.
I assume that as a freshman center, Drummond will get into foul trouble fairly often against the better teams, so I don't see him averaging above 30 mpg. Olander obviously loses a lot of playing time with Drummond's arrival. I think Daniels and Smith take hits too. I had always assumed the plurality of playing minutes would break down with:
Oriakhi, Smith, Giffey/Daniels, Lamb, Napier
Now with Drummond, I think it is:
Drummond, Oriakhi, Smith/Giffey, Lamb, Napier
With Walker's departure, one of the challenges for Calhoun is going to be ball handling. UConn could be a slightly less-talented, better chemistry version of the 2006 team if it is not careful. Lamb has not shown that he can handle the ball against pressure yet, and Smith couldn't dribble at all last year. Assuming Giffey improves just a little in his court awareness, I think Calhoun will be forced to play Giffey just to get a third player on the court that can handle the ball a little. I like Boatwright, but if he is doing anything other than spelling time for Lamb and Napier, we are wasting a player on the bench.
I think a team like Marquette or Villanova which plays three guards could create some problems for UConn.
probably easier to figure out playing times for all considering the big three coming in. Damn - trying to do the numbers - this team is stocked!
Napier 31 Boat 9
Lamb 33 Boat 5 DD 2 (can he play the 2 - trying to find minutes)
Roscoe 19 Giffey 9 DD 12
Alex 22 Olander 12 Roscoe 6
Drummond 24 Bradley 6 Alex 10
I don't see Wolf getting much if any and a RS may be the smartest plan. I guess I see Giffey and Olander getting the biggest squeeze.