Earlier than the Virginia Cavaliers tip at 7:00 PM in opposition to the Virginia Tech Hokies, I answered quite a few questions from Wahoo fanbase. To get a solution to your query, comply with me (MustafaHosny Oh God, Amen(slicing grass)@worker) on Twitter. I apologize to those that requested questions that I could not reply this time. I needed to lower it to keep away from it being longer than regular.
Should you might add one former UVA defensive participant and one offensive participant and add them to this crew, who would the gamers be and why?
Effectively, that is attention-grabbing. For the aim of answering the query, I’ll take the soccer method as a result of the development of Twitter asking this query is much less complicated than basketball as a result of the basketball gamers play each ends of the ground. However, for this train, we’ll fake 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 reasonably simple reply right here. A strong participant with the dimensions to guard the larger positions within the place, the pace 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 battle over the boards and in opposition to groups that may unfold them out and assault the massive boys shall be resolved nearly instantly by Mitchell’s presence whereas his expertise with the Bennett System shall be large for this squad.
Offensively, I will preserve it easy (silly) and go together with Malcolm Brogdon. The capturing for this crew 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 slicing means will assist tremendously with this offense. He can seize the bucket at a second’s discover, and whereas Armaan Franklin has been excellent this yr, including Brogdon to the fold will take the strain 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 quick 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’s not truly achievable for that participant. So, when making these comparisons, I examine these folks to the sorts of gamers that play within the NBA and what the very best 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 basically. Do you assume that is vital? And if that’s the case, how would you modify it? Are the problems with plot, matches, blurring, or the entire above?
So, there’s a macro and micro strategy to reply this query. Broadly, sure, it might be best 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 aspect solid assault with the continuity ball display, the three-man assault (which I will get to in a second), and the UVA excessive ball unfold display 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 break up.
However, in at the moment’s basketball, having extra schemes, appears, and mixtures in your offensive repertoire is helpful and vital. Positive, the ‘Hoos’ have just a few strong video games of their again pockets for late sport/hour eventualities. However extending the crew’s direct offensive rules to particular teams of gamers (and the crew) will little question be useful in the long term. Opponents have an in-depth data of what UVA is engaged on now (siders, ball screens, three males/center triangle) and so the offense in all probability depends an excessive amount of on execution fairly 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 onerous to do 16 video games in a season and what Virginia manages to do can work very effectively! 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 normally a greater strategy to plan an offensive sport than attempting to get gamers to adapt to the scheme. There are additionally quite a few gifted gamers on this checklist who’ve loads of expertise executing effectively in Bennett’s offense.
Lengthy story quick, it might be nice if the UVA steadily integrated extra various and sophisticated offensive mixtures into its scheme (eg discovering methods to cater to expert seniors). Actually what Virginia is operating now might be very efficient if the employees and the scheme have been formed collectively fairly 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 particularly thrived on the three-man offense whereas taking part in with out actual huge gamers on the bottom.
What does the longer term maintain for Gardner for the remainder of the season? Does his lack of variety imply his position will proceed to decrease?
I do not learn about his shrinking position, however I believe he’ll keep the identical. I think 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, until we see huge 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 faculty basketball participant who is aware of what he is good at, has an excellent defensive fame, and may present the mandatory entrance courtroom scoring in many various methods. Sadly, he’s not competent sufficient to be the go-to man for the Virginia crew, and his ability 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 quite a few video games as UVA depends on him offensively. However, apart from that, his minutes will depend upon how he performs the remainder of the sector and defensive video games.
Can we begin to see Kadin play an expanded outward position much like Cafaro from right here on out? Or do you assume these two earlier video games have been exceptions?
Comparable query right here however barely totally different reply. Inconsistency for Kadin has been a head-scratcher this yr. Then again, analyzes point out that Shedrick is a ridiculously environment friendly and efficient huge 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 fee is twenty first nationally on KenPom.
Kadin Shedrick: 10% block fee, 3.5% steal fee, 82.5 FT%, 24 dunks, 84 2P% on the edge, 75% actual capturing
Solely 8 prime 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 inclined to sneak into the background and is not a lot of a menace apart 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 anticipate him to get better and show himself once more earlier than this season is over. He is an excellent participant with an excellent teaching employees guiding him in order that it does not occur.
If Twitter UVA appears to assume Ryan Dunn is the subsequent DeAndre Hunter, why not get just a few extra minutes? What does Twitter know that our HoF coach does not?!
Yeah, so Ryan Dunn’s speech is certainly attention-grabbing. Do not get me flawed, I typically agree with the followers that he in all probability 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 acquired this man thus far or did not get these alternatives comes down to 2 various factors.
For starters, Tony Bennett is a profitable coach now. He’s not excited by taking part in gamers to develop them. He could not care much less. Bennett performs the blokes who’re almost definitely to win matches, not for the gamers to develop as people. If it occurs alongside the best way, nice. If not, do not waste a minimum of minutes attempting to make it occur. Bennett-ball might be fairly irritating and certain contributed to a couple gamers leaving this system once they did.
However, she additionally received the UVA Nationwide Championship, and the individuals who left this system normally 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 does 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 does not ship that a lot of an offensive manufacturing. He could make an occasional exterior shot and take a defender out of the dribble every so often, 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. Perhaps I am a part of the issue in overdoing it, however he is not defensive all the best way. Dunn is a flexible defender with peak, wing span, tempo, instincts, power and footwork that give him the potential to be a tremendous wing stopper.
However, it is nonetheless about three p.c off in all of those areas (apart from regular dimension, in fact) which implies it is in all probability a half step away. Since he is quick for his dimension however not as quick as perimeter guards, he can battle again in opposition to the blokes within the backcourt (it is unfair to have him guard somebody like Marcus Sasser, however he struggled in opposition to 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 might be undone.
Thus, with Dunn only a tad missing in quite a few areas and never mechanically a large defensive benefit particularly when contemplating his offensive sport is restricted, it’s comprehensible that his minutes haven’t been constant to date. 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.