Hey Robert, you doing OK? Tough stretch for UK. Not that UNC is doing any better. And Coach K just gave up and said no more non-conference games...
Hey J4yDubs.....painful display so far. Maybe a brief glimmer of hope after coming back from 24 down in second half against Notre Dame to 1 down, with the ball and 11 seconds left...only to miss final shot. But then that glimmer faded as I came back to reality....we were playing a crappy ND team at home and went 24 down. Still holding out for a turnaround, but this team could easily end up with double digit losses.
Devin Askew (the point guard) is a high school Harry. He continually picks his dribble up (even when not pressured), has zero clue on passing angles, not that great of a scorer, and can’t defend his shadow. Askew is simply physically over matched at this level he should have stayed in high school for his Senior Year. I think he is giving his best effort I just don’t think he is really ready for big time college basketball. That has to change for UK to be successful later in the year. Guard play is basically non existent and I’m not sure there is a guard on the roster that is capable of being a lead or point guard. I watch the guards often put the forwards in bad position by giving them the ball in the wrong spot on the floor.
It appears that each of our freshman have spent their careers as "the man", where the other four guys play the defense, create some space for them to score from, and do the rebounding. In other words, I don't think it is a lack of skill, it is a lack of being a good teammate. Now, they come to UK, and ALL of them are looking for the other four to sacrifice for them. It ain't happening.
I’m not sure that I have seen a collective group of Freshmen players with less fundamental skills and basketball IQ as this group.
Jackson is the only player with fundamentals and understanding of court and body positioning.
Boston and Clarke have zero court awareness and don’t understand where shots should come from. They do a lot of dribbling and go no where, and when they do they generally head right into help defenders or they are dribbling the ball on their side and not dribbling to drive past their man which makes them very easy to defend.
Fletcher plays hard, but I don’t see much out of him either.
Most of all and what bothers me most is the total lack of desire, heart and fire, not to mention the lack of any school allegiance.