Because he is a difference maker defensively outside. I give him a chance to totally shut down McLemore McGruder or McClellan.
I am going to assume he was paid to throw the Iowa game or something since it was such a disgraceful performance and apart from that game he really hasn't been a disappointment, move on, and not hold it against him and have my fingers crossed that the tall rangy 20 point a game scorer shows up for Big 12 play. Outside of that one game he's been OK for a guy that new to the team and didn't play for a year pretty good D that hopefully continues to improve and good rebounding.
This team has nice size at the perimeter if they get it to click defensively, Lucious decides to play smart, and guys hit 40% of their 3s (they're gonna take tons of them) they should be in every big 12 game. THe teams pretty well built to win games in the 50s. I see a decent amount of second chance points in the conference games as well if everyone, Clyburn in particular is playing hard and crashing the glass offensively. There is no point in getting down on Clyburn hes going to give you points, and that tweener forward position you refer to is well manned by Niang and Ejim.
The last thought I have about Clyburn and Lucious though is it really sucks that the wrong one of them wants to show off to everyone in the gym that he is the best player on the court every time he touches the ball. I wish it was Will and not Korie that thought he was LeBron/Kobe.
Unfortunately Clyburn's 3 point shooting hasn''t clicked yet.
At Utah he shot 5.1 3's per game, made 40.3% and had 10 games with 3 or more 3's.
Here he has shot 3.5 3's per game, made 28.6% and had one game with more 3 or more 3's.
If his 3 point shooting returns to where it was at Utah, he will be much more of an impact player.
Sure he has played some minutes at PG when Corie sits, but Clyburn basically plays the wing forward position. IMO that is his best position. He isn't a strong dribbler in traffic and doesn't have the strength to play PF in the Big 12.
The reality is ISU's offense is a PG, a Post player and 3 interchangeable jump shooters (Babb, Clyburn and Ejim). Each has slightly different strengths: Babb- defense, Clyburn- slasher and Ejim -rebounder, but they are interchangeable.
As far as Niang playing center- I don't think he has the height or defensive skills to be effective in Big 12 play. We need Gibson & Booker to be solid at center. Niang and McGee can then fill the minutes as the other starters get a break.
Man- am I jonesing for some Cyclone hoops. One home game in almost a month- hope Fred never schedules that way again!!!!!!
Is Clyburn in an unlucky shooting slump or is 28% from three what we're going to get? I think the success of the team might depend on the answer to that question.
Although it's uncertain how many dividends it will pay over the full season, isn't it nice we can debate merits of so many legitimate lineup permutations?
I think we have some matchups that this would work with, but IMO it would really only work as long as either Booker or Percy was at the 5. Will and either Ejim or Niang would be a great offensive lineup but not so much on defense.
I think Freddie sees the preconference season as a time to experiment with different looks and positions. Pretty sure he will have everyone in the best position to succeed when it gets real (which is very shortly).
I think Will Clyburn kind of sucks. He just disappears. He had like 3 good games this year, but he's so one dimensional, put a little pressure on him and he has no game. McGee is a way better player, I don't care what anyone says. Clyburn was overrated coming here, and playing in a weak Mountain West conference made him seem like some unstoppable scorer but he isn't. Ill bet anyone he averages less then 10 ppg in the big 12. Start McGee, at least he looks like he cares. Clyburn looks like he could care less
What is wrong with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and only 2 turnovers? Should have had 25, 15, 8 and 0 turnovers huh?
Key is to tap into his explosive abilities, not rely on him to carry the load game-to-game.
By the way, quick note, a fair amount of the second half when we made our run, Clyburn was playing power forward, and also for part of it, he was playing point
I wish we could play Will at the 4. Unfortunately though we need Melvin out there for his hustle and intangibles. If we are going to do anything in conference play, Will has to start hitting the 3 ball consistently. Him and Babb have been throwing up a lot of bricks.