I realize that we were not playing with our full team, nonetheless, that was an ugly performance. Some thoughts.
Mika great on offense. However, he appears to struggle somewhat with his defense when it’s just one on one. He seems to allow the ball to come in very low, and hence a number of short little shots get passed him. Now, I have to admit he constantly has to help others who have been beat, so he may be out of position a lot. This is not a rip on him, just an observation. He’s a great player.
Emery’s defense is really full of holes. He just can’t stay in front of his guy. Hard to understand since surely he played a ton with his brother, who could stay in front of almost anyone. I don’t believe it’s a lack of quickness, but more a lack of will. He just doesn’t appear to push himself on D.
Haws ill last night so no comment on that but that boy just has to add at least 10 or 15 pounds in the off season.
Childs had a really bad game all around, but in his defense I have to say, what coach forces a 6’9" guy who doesn’t move real well out to play 25’ from the hoop on D, completely out of position time and time again, and all this for no purpose. That pop out that Rose does with his bigs serves very little purpose outside of screwing up the entire defensive positioning of the team. But Childs is a good player so he’ll come around with some better coaching.
Now, for the rest. What a mess. None of those guys really appear to be D-1 talent. Beo and the rest looked lost most of the game. Defensive awareness, movement and positioning was incredibly bad. They really just looked like guys playing a high school pickup game. I just don’t see any of these guys contributing in any way down the road, and regrettably, that includes Dahlstrup. He just appears clueless. Maybe he just needs a ton of off season court time to get in shape and get his basketball instincts back. But right now it’s hard to see.
In order for this team to be better next year, a few things are necessary. Rose has to get rid of whoever is coaching the D and bring in someone who knows what they heck they are doing. As a team, all of them need to work their butts off on fundamentals of sound defense. An offense utilizing screens and cuts has to be developed to get away from that useless 25’ weave that Rose likes to use. Two to three D-1 ready players have to be added and a number of high school talent has to be shown the door. And finally, a tougher mental attitude has to be developed that allows them to clamp down in a serious way when needed.