Preseason Observations

Discussion in 'Butler Basketball' started by Jared Grubbs, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. kac12568

    kac12568 Well-Known Member

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    I would agree with your assesment of the team. Aldridge looked very uncomfortable in his first game, and was a completely different player against Franklin. During the second half of the game, it looked like the freshmen were starting to understand the defensive scheme. Last year it took the team several regular season games to commit to the defense.

    I will admit...... everytime Smeathers hits a shot....based on how he pronounces his last name I want to say "Excellent Smeathers.....Excellent!"
     
  2. Jared Grubbs

    Jared Grubbs Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm still just amazed at how much more athletic Smith is. I know he has had a huge size advantage over everyone in both exhibitions, but he has shown athletic moves that he simply wasn't capable of making last year. Last year he still looked a bit goofy lots of times but not anymore. He made huge strides last summer but he may have topped that this summer.
     
  3. thevinrod

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    Smith is SO much more patient than last year. Learned from Matt how to forego the first look (that someone is waiting to block) to go up and under for the uncontested two.

    Smeathers has a pure soft stroke. His shot flows like Gordon's did his freshman year.

    Aldridge plays like a starting D1 guard. I think he will be the backup 1 behind Nored, but there is not much dropoff in ability to set up teammates between the two, and I hope he is really studying Ron's defensive technique. He could very well start at the 1 next year.

    Chase will quietly average 11 points per game this year.

    Woods is going to average 8 boards per game this year.
     
  4. grtfldead

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    Andrew looks great out there. I think our whole team is looking pretty darn good, right down the bench. Kam Woods is a natural and will be fun to watch as he matures and gains some muscle. Smeathers 3 threes in a couple of minutes towards the end of the game were smooth, Fromm's defensive floor game and energy were nice to see-took a charge and showed some versatility on offense, and RJ seemed more comfortable last night, as to be expected. He's strong and will develop nicely under this system. Stigall was amazing in the first half. Could go right down the list..Aldridge, Ron, etc. All showed what they're capable of.
     
  5. butlerbulldogfan

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    I been trying think who Woods reminds me of, I knew it was someone and couldnt think of it and now I have. Some reason reminds me of Jonathon Bender. Unfortunately never got to see Benders talent because of injuries.
     
  6. VonZipper

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    A great game for all of us Butler fans to get an idea of what we have to look forward to. I saw us do things we have NEVER done before, bouncing the ball off an opponent for the possession, shutting down the inbound pass under the opponent's hoop...twice..and Andrew Smith standing like a ROCK under the basket with Franklin's whole team on his back dishing the ball to Kyle (I think it was Kyle, so excited it may have been RoJo) for the basket..it was awesome. And that dunk from half way between the basket and the free throw line..not to mention his slam in transition that last year would have gone right through his hands! Mr. Smith has arrived! We are lucky people my friends...and 8500+ people in Hinkle for an exhibition game? One of you guys let our secret out! Feel bad that Gordon and Shelvin aren't getting a paycheck but man, we have the REAL good stuff going on in Hinkle this season.
     
  7. dawgsfan

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    I've been saying that Woods reminds me of Tayshawn Prince. Once the college game slows down a little for Woods, his upside is immense. I would love to see Woods develop a 15 foot pull-up jumper, because given where his release point is on his jumpshots, it would be impossible to defend.
     
  8. Staxawax

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    These are "exhibition" games for a reason. Yeah, I know Butler looked bad and lost to Northern whatever, but save the analysis of our talents for REAL competition. This is kind of like praising players and teams of MLB in spring training. It doesn't necessarily pan out once the regular season starts. I know, I'm a Cub fan!

    Having said that, I AM optimistic that Butler is going to be better this year than most of the national experts think.
     
  9. butlerfan

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    Very true. The Evansville game is going to be extremely difficult next Sat. Thye are as physical as anyone on our schedule and it will be interesting to see how our new players react to that.

    I was really impressed with Jackson Aldridge vs Franklin. It makes the CHD recruitment that much more perplexing to me given Clarke and DMorgan can also play point and we have interest in JBrown in 2013.
     
  10. butlerfan

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    See what I mean though in the Eville game today. I don't know how many TOs Hop had but his handles were poor. IMO he has to shore that up, as he is going to play alot of minutes off the ball, but when he does dribble drive /create for himself or create for others his decision making and handles have to improve.

    Hop's talent is amazing, but he is still a work in progress.

    P.S. The coaches are going to go ape "S" when they see the replay of Colt Ryan's steal of Andrew Smith. I have no idea how an official misses that, but then again that crew down in Eville would never be remotely considered good. How a crew like that gets assigned to a physical, rivalry game like Butler/Eville is beyond me.
     
  11. Jared Grubbs

    Jared Grubbs Administrator Staff Member

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    Turnovers are definitely a problem for Hopkins, but I don't believe it is because of poor ball handling. It's because he forces things a lot (and I think he needs to a lot this year). I still believe his ball handling skills are just fine. Turnovers are going to be a little bit of a growing pain with him, but you see that he also makes a lot of good things happen as well when he is aggressive, so its just something you have to live with for now.
     
  12. bd5

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    I agree with Hopkins being a little excited and hurrying some dribbling and passes that lead to turnovers, but truthfully, I believe that the team is just not used to a player like Hopkins yet. Nored, Mike Green, Mack - all of them fundamentally sound, but none of them posses the breaking down skills that Hopkins has shown.

    Players are used to setting up/running off screens and waiting for a pass from the Butler PG who is looking to do nothing more than distribute. With Hopkins, you don't know if he is going to drive to the basket by himself or find the player in the set - which to the defense is EXTREMELY hard to guard, but to the offense, might take some adjusting to at first.
     
  13. Jared Grubbs

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