Earlier than the Virginia Cavaliers tip at 7:00 PM towards the Virginia Tech Hokies, I answered plenty of questions from Wahoo fanbase. To get a solution to your query, comply with me (MustafaHosny Oh God, Amen(reducing grass)@worker) on Twitter. I apologize to those that requested questions that I could not reply this time. I needed to reduce it to keep away from it being longer than regular.
For those who might add one former UVA defensive participant and one offensive participant and add them to this group, who would the gamers be and why?
Properly, that is attention-grabbing. For the aim of answering the query, I’ll take the soccer strategy as a result of the development of Twitter asking this query is much less advanced than basketball as a result of the basketball gamers play each ends of the ground. However, for this train, we will faux that the defending participant and attacking participant you have added right here can solely play on that finish of the ground.
Beginning on the protection, I believe Akil Mitchell is a fairly straightforward reply right here. A stable participant with the dimensions to guard the larger positions within the place, the velocity and agility to blast ball screens on the perimeter, the footwork and intelligence to protect high quality forwards, Mitchell is precisely the participant this UVA protection wants proper now, particularly with Kadin Shedrick struggling. Virginia’s wrestle over the boards and towards groups that may unfold them out and assault the massive boys might be resolved virtually instantly by Mitchell’s presence whereas his expertise with the Bennett System might be large for this squad.
Offensively, I will preserve it easy (silly) and go together with Malcolm Brogdon. The capturing for this group has improved sufficient that I do not really feel the necessity to add Kyle Man or Joe Harris, and with Reece and Kihei the addition of London Perrantes or Ty Jerome feels superfluous. Plus, the concept of throwing Premiers Jay Huff or Sam Houser into this backcourt may be very attention-grabbing, however Brogdon’s possession and his capturing and reducing means will assist tremendously with this offense. He can seize the bucket at a second’s discover, and whereas Armaan Franklin has been superb this yr, including Brogdon to the fold will take the stress off everybody else and make Wahoo backcourt guarding an enormous headache for opponents.
What are the NBA comps for each UVA participant?
This will likely take some time, so I will attempt to preserve it brief and candy. Creating NBA fixtures is inherently troublesome as a result of it assumes that the participant is reaching his ceiling or perhaps a chance that isn’t truly achievable for that participant. So, when making these comparisons, I evaluate these individuals to the kinds of gamers that play within the NBA and what the best possible model of every UVA participant is. With that mentioned, this is a fast rundown of each participant who performs greater than 10% of minutes this season:
Caden Shedrick – Nick Claxton
Armand Franklin – Damion Lee
Ryan Dunn – DeAndre Hunter
Isaac McNeely – Donte Divincenzo (with higher capturing)
Reese Beckman – Daron Fox
Ben Vander Plaas – Joe Engels
Jaden Gardner – Adam Scofield
Francisco Cafaro – (present iteration of) Deandre Jordan
Kehei Clark – Jose Alvarado
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I seen throughout UNC’s first half that it could be time to have a look at the offensive scheme usually. Do you suppose that is vital? And in that case, how would you modify it? Are the problems with plot, matches, blurring, or the entire above?
So, there’s a macro and micro option to reply this query. Broadly, sure, it will be ideally suited if UVA might diversify and modernize a few of their offensive lineups to maneuver away from the identical three units they have been operating for the previous 5 years. The facet forged assault with the continuity ball display screen, the three-man assault (which I will get to in a second), and the UVA excessive ball unfold display screen look are comparatively minor offenses. This is not essentially a foul factor and signifies that the main target of coaching might be nearer to 60% Protection, 40% Offense than a 50-50 cut up.
However, in right this moment’s basketball, having extra schemes, appears, and mixtures in your offensive repertoire is beneficial and vital. Positive, the ‘Hoos’ have a couple of stable video games of their again pockets for late sport/hour situations. However extending the group’s direct offensive rules to particular teams of gamers (and the group) will little doubt be useful in the long term. Opponents have an in-depth information of what UVA is engaged on now (siders, ball screens, three males/center triangle) and so the offense most likely depends an excessive amount of on execution relatively than planning to look good. That is the place droughts are available in. The inherent steady nature of the perimeters and even the mixture of the triangle contributes to the indecisiveness and stagnation of all Bennett groups.
Nonetheless, it is exhausting to do 16 video games in a season and what Virginia manages to do can work very properly! I preferred what I noticed from the small ball formations, particularly within the three-man assault, as a result of the assault focused people and never the opposite means round. Discovering what works for the gamers is often a greater option to plan an offensive sport than making an attempt to get gamers to adapt to the scheme. There are additionally plenty of gifted gamers on this record who’ve loads of expertise executing properly in Bennett’s offense.
Lengthy story brief, it will be nice if the UVA progressively integrated extra various and sophisticated offensive mixtures into its scheme (eg discovering methods to cater to expert seniors). Actually what Virginia is operating now may very well be very efficient if the workers and the scheme had been formed collectively relatively than forcing one to cater to the wants of the opposite. The small ball expertise was an excellent instance of this, as Vander Blass and Franklin specifically thrived on the three-man offense whereas enjoying with out actual massive gamers on the bottom.
What does the long run maintain for Gardner for the remainder of the season? Does his lack of range imply his position will proceed to decrease?
I do not find out about his shrinking position, however I believe he’ll keep the identical. I believe that the times of Bennett when Gardner and Shedrick confidently trotted the ground collectively for 25 minutes or extra per sport collectively are lengthy gone, except we see massive enhancements from each of them in the course of the again half of the common season.
Once more, I do not imply to tear Gardner down. He is an excellent school basketball participant who is aware of what he is good at, has an excellent defensive popularity, and may present the mandatory entrance court docket scoring in many various methods. Sadly, he’s not competent sufficient to be the go-to man for the Virginia group, and his talent set limits his impression as a complement participant. Just like the position he is performed for many of this season, I believe he’ll characteristic closely in plenty of video games as UVA depends on him offensively. However, aside from that, his minutes will rely on how he performs the remainder of the sphere and defensive video games.
Will we begin to see Kadin play an expanded outward position just like Cafaro from right here on out? Or do you suppose these two earlier video games had been exceptions?
Related query right here however barely totally different reply. Inconsistency for Kadin has been a head-scratcher this yr. However, analyzes point out that Shedrick is a ridiculously environment friendly and efficient massive man. His defensive numbers as a shot blocker and deflector each on the backend and on the perimeter are ludicrous whereas he has been extraordinarily efficient offense as a superb catcher and an excellent free thrower. Heck, his assault price is twenty first nationally on KenPom.
Kadin Shedrick: 10% block price, 3.5% steal price, 82.5 FT%, 24 dunks, 84 2P% on the edge, 75% actual capturing
Solely 8 high gamers since 07-08 have completed with 8% block, 3% steals, 75 ft% (Eve Abogidi, Paul Reid, KJ McDaniels, Thibul, Khadim Latin)
– Brian Geisinger (@bgeis_bird) January 9, 2023
Sadly he additionally commits 5.1 fouls each 40 minutes whereas usually being very aggressive defensively leading to fouls and buckets within the ass when Shedrick over-assists. On offense, he can are likely to sneak into the background and is not a lot of a menace aside from rolling to the basket off the ball screens. He is nonetheless an efficient offensive participant who modifications the principles of the defensive sport, however the inconsistency was fairly irritating contemplating how expert he’s.
With all that mentioned, I count on him to get well and show himself once more earlier than this season is over. He is an excellent participant with an excellent teaching workers guiding him in order that it would not occur.
If Twitter UVA appears to suppose Ryan Dunn is the subsequent DeAndre Hunter, why not get a couple of extra minutes? What does Twitter know that our HoF coach would not?!
Yeah, so Ryan Dunn’s speech is certainly attention-grabbing. Do not get me improper, I typically agree with the followers that he most likely deserves extra of a run within the video games and solidifying him as a constant member of the rotation can be actually useful. With that being mentioned, understanding why Dan by no means received this man so far or did not get these alternatives comes down to 2 various factors.
For starters, Tony Bennett is a profitable coach now. He isn’t concerned about enjoying gamers to develop them. He could not care much less. Bennett performs the blokes who’re probably to win matches, not for the gamers to develop as people. If it occurs alongside the way in which, nice. If not, do not waste no less than minutes making an attempt to make it occur. Bennett-ball may be fairly irritating and sure contributed to a couple gamers leaving this system after they did.
However, she additionally gained the UVA Nationwide Championship, and the individuals who left this system often did not slot in within the first place and wanted to go some other place anyway. So the stability there may be tough, though JPJ’s 2019 banner hanging ought to sway most opinions.
In Dunn’s case, the subsequent apparent query is why Bennett would not really feel the junior winger contributes sufficient to the win. It is a barely trickier query to reply, however not no matter UVA Twitter, imagine it or not. No, there are nonetheless limits to Dan’s match. For starters, it would not ship that a lot of an offensive manufacturing. He could make an occasional outdoors shot and take a defender out of the dribble now and again, however each are far aside. Dan has loopy offensive potential. He actually does and we have seen that on show – not too long ago along with his 9 factors vs Florida — however he nonetheless must take one other step or so to show himself within the rotation.
Secondly, I believe his notion of him as a lock-wing defender is definitely a bit distorted. Possibly I am a part of the issue in overdoing it, however he isn’t defensive all the way in which. Dunn is a flexible defender with top, wing span, tempo, instincts, energy and footwork that give him the potential to be an incredible wing stopper.
However, it is nonetheless about three % off in all of those areas (apart from regular measurement, after all) which implies it is most likely a half step away. Since he is quick for his measurement however not as quick as perimeter guards, he can struggle again towards the blokes within the backcourt (it is unfair to have him guard somebody like Marcus Sasser, however he struggled towards the Houston guard). In the meantime, whereas he is robust and comparatively tall for his mobility and footwork, he is nonetheless not robust sufficient for many frontfield gamers within the ACC, so he may be undone.
Thus, with Dunn only a tad missing in plenty of areas and never routinely a large defensive benefit particularly when contemplating his offensive sport is proscribed, it’s comprehensible that his minutes haven’t been constant to this point. He nonetheless has unimaginable potential at each ends and will begin to hit the bottom operating this season if he can flip these nice flashes into constant productions.