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Before I get into this, let me say I am not normally a proponant of saying negative things about high school kids. But for whatever reason I kind of felt the need.
Tonight I went to the Grove CIty vs. Pickerington Central basketball game and got to watch Tate play. I thought Tate was a good high school player, but I have to be honest...I did not see a player who is B10 caliber. Most disturbing, I didn't see a player who has the mental/emotional discipline. He did a lot of complaining and let what he perceived as bad calls affect his game. He ended up with I think 30 points, which would seem to make my criticism illogical, but it was the quietest 30 points I have ever seen. I don't pretend to know 1/100th what Matta and his staff know, but I really think they are making a mistake with this young man. I certainly hope he proves me wrong.
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Getting a kid to quit talking to the officials is one of the easiest things for a basketball coach to change.
Don't know the kid and never saw him play. That said, to me a quiet 30pts would be 30 on 30 shots. Or from better shooting, but accompanied with too many TOs, too few assists and too few rebounds.
Which team won?
I like what I've seen from him. He's pretty strong, has nice form on his jump shot and is very crafty around the hoop. Above average athleticism but definitely needs to improve his handle significantly if he's going to play on the perimeter. He's a unanimous Top 100 talent but he better be the lowest rated prospect in our 2014 class or we're in trouble.
He's a top 50 kid on most sites and if you expect him to be our lowest rated recruit than your going to be very disappointed. With another weak instate class next year it's just unrealistic to think your going to get 5 top 50 kids.
He sent out some signals in the Shaker game on TV and that was touched on in the Boarding House this week. Like whoever wrote that said, he needs to follow Thomas' lead. He used to let the officials get into his head (see Kansas, Superdome, Final Four, whole world watching). Now he's easygoing, lives to fight another day, keeps his mouth shut (for the most part).
If Tate does that, he'll be fine. What I liked in the Shaker game was he scored inside and outside, showed great strength for a 6-4 or 6-5 guy and looks like he has a Big Ten body (kind of like what I thought with Gary Harris on the AAU circuit).
Hey, he gets it honest. His dad wore his feelings on his sleeves (both of them) as well. Passion ain't a bad thing.
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He's a junior in high school!! He'll be fine once Matta gets ahold of him. Thomas is a perfect example of Matta's ability to develop kids emotionally.
I certainly hope your right. And I agree passion is a good thing. But it needs to be channeled in the right direction. He defiately has some growing up to do. Fortunately, he has time...he just has to do it.
Perhaps. And again, hope you are right. But there are also kids that Matta has had (like most coaches) who come in as a freshman, find out they aren't going to be the star and then transfer. I hope it works out, but I have to be honest, and right now I have concerns. But I'm just a fan and not a coach, so I guess it doesn't really matter what I think.
You should have kept with your rule. Your talking about a 16yr old junior, legit 6'5" 220. That's a B1G body. Dropped a quiet 30! That's what you want. If he took 30 shots to get 30 it would be an issue. He has almost 2 years before he shoots a jumper on a college campus. When you were a junior you were 5'6" 120 and played in the band. Shake yourself!
Maybe Coach Matta should let him go. Then SCum, Michigan State, Indiana, or U.C. can get him and have him start for three years. I hate kids who score 30 points.
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