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May have missed this, but I want to throw the observation out there. Having watched the BB Bucks a few times, I'm amazed the Thompson and Scott (seem to) have no game. Neither can create their own shot in the half court. Who is going to pick up the slack next year when Thomas graduates? They'll have one scorer.
I heard some expert saying that OSU's problem is that they try to go too much one-on-one, but it's seemed the opposite to me. Hate to say it, but the Michigan guys can do that. Shot clock goes down, someone can make a move get off a good shot. Not so much for the home team.
I could be all wet here. Am not basketball expert. But who is going to pick up the scoring slack next year? (Can't go four corners any more.)
Thomas probably won't be here next year.
Yeah, I didn't think so. I was talking about Ross (I think the guy's name is). He's a scorer and will only get better.
the hope is Ross rounds out his non scoring game and can put up 12-15 a game and then everyone else ups their game 2 points a game. Hopefully a freshmen adds some scoring too.
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Well Thomas will have a year of eligibility left but he may enter the draft early so we will see.
Most schools have to really worry about leaving guards open outside, but when Scott and Craft are on the floor together, they are not guarded close at all. Other teams are saying to go a head and shoot, we don't care.
Playing Scott and Craft together is just poison. Neither can shoot well enough for a point guard, let alone a 2-guard and since there is next to no post presence, the Buckeyes get nothing out of their half-court offense. They play at entirely different speeds, too. Scott is a push-it floor general, while Craft simply doesn't have the tools to play at that speed. Both are a little loose with the handle, particularly Craft.
If they are turning over the other team, than these two can play effectively together, but even then its only in spurts. No way a competent opponent suffers a rash of turnovers for an entire game. Take Michigan for instance, the first 15 minutes OSU was dynamite, but Michigan settled in and dominated the last 25 minutes of that game, the hole was just a little too big or they would've come all the way back from a 21-point deficit.
Kansas did the same thing. They got behind in the first half and Matta had to play Scott big minutes in the second half because he had double digits at the break. He did next to nothing in the second half and Kansas smoked us after halftime.
This is a very fragile club against solid competition. At best they can get hot and hold on against a top tier team (like Michigan), or at worst they can get absolutely drilled by anyone (see Illinois).
Craft , Scott , Amir , Thompson , Smith have ALL been disappointments this year.
I surmise to say that if any one of them had shown some measurable growth in their development that this would only be a 1 loss team or dare i say still undefeated.
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I don't necessarily disagree, but the truth is will he ever be a high first round pick? I suspect not and he may simply decide although his stock has not screamed up the charts it may be what it is always going to be and get paid.
To the original post, I think there are holes. That said, if Thompson can work on his mid-range game he would be very good for this team. He needs to be able to get into the paint and finish. Scott is actually playing well. He just needs to finish better. Neither may ever be deep ball players but they can still be very effective and productive for this team.
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