Shooting Over Size?

Posted: May 10, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17

Brandon WadeIt looks like the move to a more perimeter oriented(3-guard) system…started in the NBA…is becoming inevitable at all levels of college basketball.  Three great shooting/ball-handling guards, a stretch power forward and the “rim protector” post player.  Even in the professionals, there are way more outstanding guards than great 7’0” footers.

Here is an example of what is happening using San Diego State U is putting together;

Devin Watson 6-foot-1 pointCory Dollarhide 4 point play guard who averaged 20.3 points last season at the University of San Francisco, orally committed to San Diego State over Kansas, Cal and UNLV. He gives the Aztecs, on paper at least, what might project as the most experienced and potent three-guard rotation on the West Coast when he becomes eligible in 2017-18. Mountain West freshman of the year Jeremy Hemsley will be a junior then, and all-conference guard Trey Kell a senior.

pro and big1That gives the Aztecs one remaining scholarship next season, assuming junior-to-be Malik Pope, 6’10”, stretch power forward, returns after provisionally submitting his name for the NBA Draft (he has until May 25 to withdraw). Most likely they’ll use it on a big, preferably one that is eligible immediately.  Now SDSU is looking for that “Rim Protector” and the leading candidate is Washington State graduate transfer Valentine Izundu, who finally received his release to speak with SDSU and is expected to take an official recruiting visit there this week. The 6-10 center who averaged 2.2 blocks in just 15 minutes.

Will JUCO follow suit?

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