|Even when he's right, he's wrong.|
Billy Packer needs to open his eyes. I know that there have been some changes since the idyllic days of John Wooden; the national media is persistently focused on star freshman like John Wall and Jared Sullinger. John Calipari is always one step ahead of the NCAA posse, and in the meantime he calls having five players drafted the "greatest day in program history" at Kentucky. That doesn't mean that the style of college ball Billy Packer misses is gone. He's just not paying enough attention to see it.
Herein lies the beauty of the basketball programs maligned as "mid-majors" by those whose living comes covering the BCS conferences. While OSU fans are rushing to embrace Jared Sullinger before he follows the path of Greg Oden before him, the programs on the tier of the national stage that X occupies have a more nuanced understanding of their players. BYU's Jimmer Fredette averaged 7 point and 18.5 minutes as a freshman; as a senior, he's a POY candidate. VCU faithful got four years of Eric Maynor, including his brilliant effort against Duke in 2007. Steph Curry scored 21.5 PPG as a freshman at Davidson, shot them to the Elite 8 as a sophomore, and still came back for his junior season.
|It was a great shot though|
The best examples of mid-major basketball - my basketball - are not the stars though. They're players like Dante Jackson. Dante poured them in at high school in Greenfield, but he has been asked to do almost everything but be the primary scorer at X. He brought the ball up as a freshman and sophomore, moved to the 2 with the emergence of Tu, and slid to the wing to accomodate Craw and then Cheek. His touches are limited; according to Ken Pomeroy he's never used more than 15% of the possessions he's been on the floor. His role on the offense has been mostly that of a spot-up shooter.
|Love this guy.|