Didn't get to watch much of UK's game tonight, so I treated myself to watching their game against Albany as well. Here are my first impressions
Tyler Ullis= Overrated
John Callipari= Better Coach than I really want to admit
But on to the things people care about-
- Early on the first thing I noticed was that he struggled, even against the small Albany front line, to establish solid low post positioning. Given Anthony Davis' body transformation from UK to even his rookie year in the NBA, this probably isn't a huge gripe, but something to watch.
- He's a very intelligent player off the ball, both offensively and defensively. Unlike some more athletic bigs, many of his rebounds and blocks come from very good defensive positioning. He always keeps an angle where he can see ball and man, and while he can be slow to bring help defense, generally isn't caught off guard much.
- Offensively off the ball, he maintains great spacing, moves a ton (product of both his IQ and the UK offensive system), and creates some really good angles.
- One standout thing here was when he was in the game with Marcus Lee. When they ran high-low action, he did a great job of always making small shifts in his positioning to adjust to where the doubles on Lee were coming from and keep himself available.
- With the ball, his skill is undeniable. He still looks like a freshman from time to time when the opponents double down on him, but as the game went on, his decisions came quicker and he looked better and better. Wide variety of fadeaways, spins, and sweet finesse moves around the bucket. Not a ton of power to his game, but lots of skill.
- I'm going to go out on a limb and say he gets drafted 3rd overall, and is the best value in the draft.
- Intelligent, mature, and goodness gracious his shot mechanics are gorgeous.
- His frame is way ahead of his actual age. He looks like a college upperclassman out there.
- Defensively, like Labissiere, I really loved what he did when he wasn't defending the ball. Not a wild, smothering defender, but always maintained great angles, and really could take his man out of the play once they let go of the ball.
- His shot is so friggin beautiful.
- Offensively, as Calipari gives him more possessions once he realizes Ullis can't even hold his jock strap, he's going to absolutely terrorize people. Tight handle, good court vision, GREAT use of pick n rolls, and range out well beyond NBA range. Drilled a 30 footer off the dribble about 5 minutes into the game.
- The most polished freshman in the country and it's not remotely close.
- Poythress still can't play basketball, but he's still a freak of nature too.
- Marcus Lee can't play basketball, but I like him. Does a lot of the little things really well.
- Given Murray's ability as a one or a two, he could potentially be exactly what the TWolves ordered, even if they are keeping Rubio forever
- I still hate UK, but Murray-Labissiere pick n pops are never going to get old