Power of Love
- Aug 24, 2011
Along with a "where has this guy been all year long?"
He was decent at setting screens but otherwise stayed planted. No debating his need for defense but the game Polley had on offense demonstrates Akok’s shortcomings. He’s essentially a non contributor on offense.9 boards and four blocks. Even as a frosh, Akok has learned how to impact game and stay on floor without having to score.
He’s big and can actually jump and dribble (some). This was the first time I ever saw him play with energy. He always gets excited when he makes 3s but never looked to do anything else.Akok didn’t have a good offensive game but he has shown he can contribute on offense. Yes, he has a lot of improvements to make.
Polley seemed to realize how big he is finally. After Carlton and akok, Polley has the most length on the team. Tulane seemed like a bad rebounding team but it was still great to see his aggressiveness on the glass and also with some strong takes
To the hoop. With his length, he needs only one dribble from the perimeter to get to the rim.
I too noticed how solid Akok was on setting high screens. He doesn't move his feet or swing his hips which is where too many bigs waste 1-2 fouls a game.He was decent at setting screens but otherwise stayed planted. No debating his need for defense but the game Polley had on offense demonstrates Akok’s shortcomings. He’s essentially a non contributor on offense.
I will take the over on points.Over/Under next game:
They will see the other end of the spectrum in the Shockers, especially on defense. Will be interesting.I enjoyed watching Polley last night, but i'm not getting my hopes up. This is exactly the kind of stuff i've been talking about with these kids. It's games like this that fool people.
-They played a lot of zone and constantly got caught overshifting. That plays to Polley's strengths anyway.
-I DID like that he drove to the hoop more than just camping the three - but almost all of those instances were him not being covered.
-They boxed out like crap. I love the effort and energy level, but it's different when there's legit big bodies throwing themselves in the lane at you.
Effort was there and I hope we continue to see all of what we saw last night, it's just I've seen games like this and the follow up is never great. I'm just treading carefully on this one.