Fortunately we only lose one (Booker) out of those four bigs after this season so we have a little time. I don't think we should panic but it should definitely a top priority to get another big
Hopefully Hunter or Washington. They would each fit very well in our up tempo offense
Thoughts on the new depth chart at Fanatic
Booker starting over Gibson could be a stretch. I think Okoro will be third on the SF depth chart instead of Ejim, and Dorsey-Walker will be third on the SG depth chart instead of Naz. Naz will only be third on the PG depth chart, not both the PG and SG. Overall though i think it is right.
Here are the minutes distribution IMO if there was just a 9 man rotation:
They also all played PG at some point in the year. Lucious will average 5-6 assists a game. Clyburn will average 2 a game and then collectively we will make up for the other 2-3. It's not like Allen or Scott were good passers. Lucious is just as good of passer as Royce. Maybe not top 10 on ESPN good but he is a quick PG with great vision. He also wont turn the ball over as much as Royce did.
This years team will be better than last years team IF Babb and McGee can hit shots consistently. If they can't we may be in trouble. Every category improves especially on the defensive end, where we don't have to watch Scotty and Allen try and stay in front of guards. (not trying to bash them)
its hard to say which team is better. This years team is more of a traditional lineup, as last years team we played with a point forward. we lost the 3 best players from last years team, but we are replacing them with some good players so it is very tough to say.
1) Booker is a better defender than RW -- I would disagree
2) Clyburn is a better defender than CA -- What observable evidence about Clyburn are you using?
3) Lucious is a better defender than SC -- What observable evidence about Lucious are you using?
I've watched all available Clyburn and Lucious game film and have no reason to beleive they will be anything but average defenders (as were SC and CA). I see our team defensive ability about the same as last year. FYI -- we led big 12 in 3 point field goal %' defense last year.
All that being said, I would think that it's probably a push or this year's team collectively is better defensively.
Let's take a look at our two transfer new comers.
Lucious Stats(3 years at Michigan State):
17.5 minutes per game
4.8 points per game
1.4 rebounds per game
2.6 assists per game
1.6 turnovers per game
.56 steals per game
1.2 fouls per game
34% overall from the field
31% of overall shots from 2 pt range, 69% of overall shots from 3 pt range
40% from 2
1.45 2 pt attempts per game
.57 2 pt makes per game
32% from 3
3.2 3 pt attempts per game
1.04 3 pt makes per game
73% free throw percentage
.67 free throw attempts per game
.49 free throw makes per game
-Granted Lucious only played half the minutes that Clyburn did, didn't have as big of role as Clyburn, and also played with better players than Clyburn. He shows that he can score and pass. He has a 1.6 to 1 assist to turnover ratio which is solid. He doesn't shoot it that well percentage wise and shoots twice as many 3's as 2's. So his shot selection isn't the best. He also needs to get to the free throw line more. Hopefully with a year off he worked on all of these things. If he did i see him averaging 10 pts 5 assists per game.
Clyburn Stats(1 year at Utah):
34.7 minutes per game
17.1 points per game
7.8 rebounds per game
1 assist per game
2.5 turnovers per game
1.1 steals per game
2.3 fouls per game
45% overall from the field
58% of overall shots from 2 pt range, 42% of overall shots from 3 pt range
49% from 2
6.9 2 pt attempts per game
3.4 2 pt makes per game
40% from 3
5.1 3 pt attempts per game
2.1 3 pt makes per game
75% free throw percentage
5.5 free throw attempts per game
4.2 free throw makes per game
-Clyburn didn't play with the best players at Utah and had a huge role there. He also played double the minutes that Lucious did. He obviously can score and rebound very well. He shoots a great percentage from 2 and 3 which shows that he must have good shot selection. He also shows that he can take it to the hole and hit the deep ball. He gets to the line with ease as well. He needs to work on taking care of the ball as he had a 1 to 2.5 assist to turn over ratio. I could see Clyburn having a similar season to his season at Utah and being a first rounder by the time next June comes around.
Someone said apples to oranges, and I think that's right. Next year will be a much more traditional team.
Last year, it was everyone focusing on Royce, while about 6 other guys drained 3s. It was really a gimmick offense, and you have to give the Mayor credit for making chicken salad out of it. This year, we look to have a PG (Lucious), some shooting guards, more penetration (Clyburn), and maybe even a couple of posts underneath (Gibson/Booker). Much more normal looking team. So in that way it's more balanced and conventional and better. But you can't underestimate the Royce factor. Teams will have a conventional way of guarding this more conventional team, so in that way it's easier to defend too.
I think this team will be deeper, and better defensively than last year. Scotty will always be a great Cyclone, but he couldn't guard a gallon of milk. Royce was still learning how to defend. So I think the offensive output will be same, but the defense will be better, and great depth. I think next year will be better, though the record may or may not show it. My only concern is chemistry, they will have to learn to play with themselves (see what I did there?) and that will take some time. They might be late bloomers and may not come on strong until late.
Money where mouth is: just bought season tix last night.
Side note, I am glad for this thread. Took my mind off football for 10 minutes, and I am pretty much geeking out and freaking out about FB. Can't wait!