Earlier than the Virginia Cavaliers tip at 7:00 PM in opposition to the Virginia Tech Hokies, I answered a variety of questions from Wahoo fanbase. To get a solution to your query, comply with me (MustafaHosny Oh God, Amen(chopping 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.
In the event 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?
Properly, that is fascinating. For the aim of answering the query, I’ll take the soccer method as a result of the pattern 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’ll faux that the defending participant and attacking participant you’ve got 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 strong 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 strictly the participant this UVA protection wants proper now, particularly with Kadin Shedrick struggling. Virginia’s wrestle over the boards and in opposition to groups that may unfold them out and assault the large boys will probably be resolved nearly instantly by Mitchell’s presence whereas his expertise with the Bennett System will probably be enormous for this squad.
Offensively, I will maintain it easy (silly) and go along 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 thought of throwing Premiers Jay Huff or Sam Houser into this backcourt may be very fascinating, however Brogdon’s possession and his capturing and chopping capacity 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 may occasionally take some time, so I will attempt to maintain it brief and candy. Creating NBA fixtures is inherently tough 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 examine these individuals to the varieties of gamers that play within the NBA and what the best possible model of every UVA participant is. With that stated, 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 observed throughout UNC’s first half that it is likely to be time to have a look at the offensive scheme usually. 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 all the above?
So, there’s a macro and micro strategy 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 solid 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 nasty 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 as we speak’s basketball, having extra schemes, appears, and mixtures in your offensive repertoire is beneficial and vital. Certain, the ‘Hoos’ have just a few strong video games of their again pockets for late sport/hour situations. However extending the crew’s direct offensive ideas to particular teams of gamers (and the crew) will little question 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 moderately than planning to look good. That is the place droughts are available. The inherent steady nature of the edges and even the mixture of the triangle contributes to the indecisiveness and stagnation of all Bennett groups.
Nevertheless, it is arduous to do 16 video games in a season and what Virginia manages to do can work very effectively! I appreciated 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 approach round. Discovering what works for the gamers is normally a greater strategy to plan an offensive sport than making an attempt to get gamers to adapt to the scheme. There are additionally a variety of gifted gamers on this checklist who’ve loads of expertise executing effectively in Bennett’s offense.
Lengthy story brief, it will be nice if the UVA step by step integrated extra various and complicated offensive mixtures into its scheme (eg discovering methods to cater to expert seniors). Definitely what Virginia is operating now could possibly be very efficient if the workers and the scheme have been formed collectively moderately than forcing one to cater to the wants of the opposite. The small ball expertise was a terrific instance of this, as Vander Blass and Franklin particularly thrived on the three-man offense whereas enjoying 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 function will proceed to decrease?
I do not learn about his shrinking function, 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, 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 a very good defensive fame, and may present the required entrance court docket 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 affect as a complement participant. Just like the function he is performed for many of this season, I believe he’ll characteristic closely in a variety of video games as UVA depends on him offensively. However, aside from that, his minutes will depend upon how he performs the remainder of the sphere and defensive video games.
Will we begin to see Kadin play an expanded outward function just like Cafaro from right here on out? Or do you assume these two earlier video games have 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 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 a very good 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 typically 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 risk aside from rolling to the basket off the ball screens. He is nonetheless an efficient offensive participant who modifications the foundations of the defensive sport, however the inconsistency was fairly irritating contemplating how expert he’s.
With all that stated, I anticipate 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 assume Ryan Dunn is the following DeAndre Hunter, why not get just a few extra minutes? What does Twitter know that our HoF coach would not?!
Yeah, so Ryan Dunn’s speech is certainly fascinating. Do not get me incorrect, I usually 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 could be actually useful. With that being stated, understanding why Dan by no means acquired 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 fascinated by enjoying gamers to develop them. He could not care much less. Bennett performs the blokes who’re most certainly to win matches, not for the gamers to develop as people. If it occurs alongside the best way, nice. If not, do not waste not less than minutes making an attempt to make it occur. Bennett-ball could be fairly irritating and sure contributed to a couple gamers leaving this system after 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 place else anyway. So the stability there may be difficult, though JPJ’s 2019 banner hanging ought to sway most opinions.
In Dunn’s case, the following apparent query is why Bennett would not really feel the junior winger contributes sufficient to the win. This can be a barely trickier query to reply, however not no matter UVA Twitter, consider 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 exterior 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 – just lately together 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 isn’t defensive all the best way. Dunn is a flexible defender with peak, wing span, tempo, instincts, energy 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 measurement, after all) which suggests it is most likely a half step away. Since he is quick for his measurement 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 could be undone.
Thus, with Dunn only a tad missing in a variety of areas and never robotically a large defensive benefit particularly when contemplating his offensive sport is proscribed, it’s comprehensible that his minutes haven’t been constant to date. He nonetheless has unbelievable potential at each ends and will begin to hit the bottom operating this season if he can flip these nice flashes into constant productions.