I think Naz will be very good player, but he just needs to slow down a little bit. He seems a little out of control when he has the ball. I love the energy on defense, but even that is a little too much and sometimes he gets out of position by trying so hard to be suffocating.
Looking forward to see him as he gets experience and gains some more confidence.
On the otherhand...
Jones can be eligible without issue due to the fact that everyone is over-reacting about a player that left school early (probably due to making an emotional decision instead of just working out whatever issues there were...happens with kids all the time).
Bubu could play solid minutes for us in a backup role, as he's been content to do so far last year and probably this year.
Naz could move to the 2 (I think this is most likely) and score lots of buckets for us.
Monte could come in and be the starter once we start Big XII play - gonna look a little shaky at times in non-conference and everyone will be saying how he's gonna stink it up...ala Korie this year.
Bottom line is that everyone's got an opinion - however, most of us are full of crap ;-)
It doesn't sound like Bubu will be at the TTU game, or at least that Hoiberg plans on playing him. I know in his press conference, Bubu said he was going to be ready then, but it sounds like the coaches (e.g. look at Otz's stream on Twitter) have backed off on him being ready that soon.
His referring to Jones possibly not playing at all wasn't about him sitting on the bench, it was in regards to CW's comment last week that Jones "has a lot of work to do" in order to even make it to Ames (qualify) for 2nd semester next year.
If Jones is here, I think most of us believe he'll play a lot, we're just not sure whether he'll even be available.
That's correct. We are so deep at the guard position it is really ridiculous!! Seems to be Coach Hoiberg's way. We will see at the very minimum two guards transfer after this season. I am willing to bet the farm on it..
Anyway, this tread is about Naz we don't need to get off on a tangent. I like Naz's size and effort, he may need some time to adjust to the system and get comfortable. Hopefully he gets a few more minutes moving forward for experience. I do suspect he may see as much time at the 2 next year as he does at the 1, especially if Jones is playing in the second semester.
Our round ballers have the coolest names in all of NCAA. Naz Long, Georges Niang, Korie Lucious, Bubu Palo, Melvin Ejim, Tyrus McGee, Sherron Dorsey-Walker...
I could see him developing into a deffensive stopper like babb. He has the height and quickness, just needs to get a little stronger and comitt to that type of role.
Is Jones practicing with the team now?
I think Monte might see more time at the 2 rather than the 1 in his first year so as to build his confidence in scoring and being on the floor without the pressure of having to lead/direct a Div 1 team. Don't get me wrong, I think he'll get some time but it doesn't have to be in the pressure situations.
hope naz heals up well. but to anyone worried about our backup PG situation.... you are all underestimating how good bubu really is.