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Statement heard made at the JPJ today: Justin Anderson is our best player.
He has far surpassed what I expected and appears poised to be a dominant type player, as he refines his skill he will continue to impress I'm certain. I feel like Harris has been struggling since Duke but he remains the best player imo.
He sure is trending that way. He's a consistent jumpshot away from all ACC next year in my opinion.
He clearly is being put into more of a playmaker role the last month. His passing is much better than I anticipated.
More like: Justin Anderson has the most upside of anyone currently playing for us. Harris is still the best all-around player we've got.
For those of us who are old enough to remember I would say his first year was/very similar to certain player who wore the same number.
I think he has been our best player lately but not overall. Harris can take over a game by himself, and despite missing shots he still does everything for this team. Definitely a rough patch but he still commands the most attention. Justin still has some learning to do and be prone to being a little loose out there. That said I absolutely love his game and love watching him. I think a strong case could be made he is our second best player, especially the way Akil has struggled lately. Next year I think he will still be our second best player with Harris leading the team. It will be interest to see his progress from this year to next year and then from next year to his 3rd year. Players have made huge leaps from 2nd to 3rd year under Bennett and seem to improve. Very excited!
It seems like yesterday there were people posting that he hadn't earned his place on the team and was our fourth best freshman. Anyone who saw Anderson play in HS would not be surprised by his penchant for the big play on defense and his excellent court vision and passing ability. That's why Tony wanted him so badly. Anderson makes plays and has an infectious positive attitude that makes everyone around him better. Anderson's shot is fair to good but his overall game is what makes him special. He has tremendous upside if his ball handling tightens up allowing him to do more with the ball in his hands.
To use a baseball analogy - he is probably the guy on our team with the most "tools." Superior athlete, great court vision and awareness, good passing skills, a strong finisher at the rim, lock-down defender potential, and a shooting stroke that has been very good at times and has the potential to be a weapon all the way out to the 3.
All that being said...consistency, and a better feel for when to use all of those tools, and hopefully a willingness to do what Joe has shown and add a piece or two to his repertoire in the off-seasons, is something that will take some time. You can't be the best player on the team and disappear for stretches (last 5 regular season games, outside of the MD game, had highs of 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists despite averaging nearly 30 minutes a game). He will probably follow the Joe Harris trend - positive impact as a frosh, significant contributor (2nd-3rd scorer) as a soph, and a potential all-ACC 1st team player by his Jr year.
I think Justin will be our best player next season. He's been blessed with an NBA ready body so all the kid has to work on is refining his game. Of all the players TB has had, I think he can do the most to help JA, and transform him into an unstoppable player. He'll need to work on his midrange game and scoring off the dribble, but physically he's already there. Given the energy and leadership he shows on the court, I have a hard time believing there is even a chance he won't completely transform his game and take it to the next level over the summer. Not a knock against Joe, but if this kid reaches his potential he will easily be our best player next season.
I wonder if somthing is wrong with Joe we dont know about? Hes been having a bunch of bad games since the Duke game, the fall he took on his knee today was ugly. It seemed to slow him down even more after that.
Joe Harris is our best player. JA is great, but if you put their team's best defender on him and have other coaches game plan against him, he would be much less effective. Joe has been shouldering that all season and especially since the Duke game. He isn't getting any open looks to let him get into rhythm. That and the fact that Harris has been shouldering us all season and he might be worn down have effected his performance lately. He'll be back in a big way next season.
If we can get other guys to contribute consistently, our team will be nasty good.
I think tobey will have more of an impact next year than Anderson. Put 15 pounds on tobey and I bet he becomes a 12 and 7 player for us next year.
Right now? maybe, to me it's Anderson or Mitchell. I think Harris might be done for the year as a scorer, he's lost a lot of his explosion and he's hit a wall with his shot. I'd attribute this to the fact that in a 35 second possession, Harris is running off screens at top speed for 30 of those seconds trying to get open, so he has lost his legs. Anderson has stepped up into more of a role where he is trying to create offense and it's working for now. The question to me is which Joe is the real Joe, the one hitting almost 50% from three while scorer 20+ points against defenses geared to defend him, or the Joe who can't hit a three and struggles to get to the rim and finish.
This post was edited by Willy03 13 months ago
Really a down vote?
Hell I hate Jordan
Lets use them all....
He is certainly playing like it now. JA has been my favorite player for most of the season and he absolutely can be our best player for this reason: he makes the players around him better. He is a motivator and is able to take over games and make an impact at critical points on both sides of the floor. He can block, ball handle, make shots, drop assists and throw down dunks. He is not as consistent a scorer as Joe harris or even Akil but he always is able to make an impact at key juncture in games. His mistakes are never from lack of effort and as he becomes a smarter player he will have a greater role on the team. What really sold me on him is how hard and how motivated he has been playing in the NIT. He and Tevin seem like the only guys that want to be there, and that energy is infectious. He may not be the best individual player on the team, but he is quickly becoming the most valuable because of his ability to impact his teammates/the crowd/etc....
28 games vs 4, easy answer. He's clearly been slowed since Duke, even had a knee brace one game and shot two bricks, I haven't seen two bricks in 3 years unti lthat game.
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