Date Posted:Wednesday, March 04, 07:16:47pm Author: SPC Dawg Subject: Re: Substitute Willard for Dunne In reply to:
's message, "Re: Substitute Willard for Dunne" on Wednesday, March 04, 06:33:24pm
That is just not true. SPC wins a few games against the weaker teams in the MAAC and now you think we are a good team.Hall was never mentioned by anyone as better than anyone.. Hall has been a huge underachiever this year to boot.
As one who noted, early on, Brandon's need to become a reasonable scoring threat, let me say a few good things about his performance this year.
First of all he is a freshman. It takes almost all freshmen a while to get accustomed to D1 ball, no less a coaches system and plays. If Lampley didn't depart, I doubt if Brandon would have seen anymore playing time than Jack Hill. He has gained some valuable experience and looks like a confidant player and not a scared frosh.
Performed quite well for a first year player. Handles the ball as well as any point guard in the league, had a great assist/turnover ratio and was one of our better defenders. Strong player with a great body and not sacrificing very much quickness. No doubt he has areas of weakness but that is what college ball is all about. Some players improve their level of perfprmance, others do not. I'm sure this year was a valuable learning experience for Brandon.
One thing I feel very positive about having watched him play. At the very least John Dunne has a very valuable role player/back up point guard who can contribute a minimum of 15 minutes a game and help the club. As posted previously, if Belin and Conley perform as expected (once they learn the system) or if JD recruits another scoring threat at the #3, it won't really matter how much Brandon improves. Nick will become our point, as he has played at least half of every game this year, Wesley will play the #2 and Belin/Costner or ? will play the #3/#4.
Bottom line for me Brandon has and will be a contributor on a hopefully improved team.
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Re: Substitute Willard for Dunne -- Cindy Crawford, Wednesday, March 04, 10:15:31pm 
Dunne made it clear last season that he sorely missed having a true point. I'm not so sure that Lamply would have played ahead of Hall.
With Lampley on the floor Nick would not have had the scoring opportunities that he had this season,and all the others shots would have been diminished by the number Daryl chucked up at 35%.
Accepting the fact that Brandon needs to shoot and penetrate enough to keep the opposition honest,I'd rather have him distribute to better scorers like Nick,Wes,and Bacon,than to have Daryl heaving up prayers.
BTW in approximately the same number of minutes per game Hall 79 assists 53 turnovers 33 steals,Lampley 48 assists 72 turnovers,25 steals.
With what we have, Brandon is the better offensive fit and I believe Dunne would have also,playing him ahead of Lampley.
Hall makes those around him better,I'm not sure Daryl did to as great an extent.
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Re: Substitute Willard for Dunne -- oldtimer#1, Wednesday, March 04, 10:40:36pm 
Cindy, thank you for stating what some of us said about DL all last year and got some temporary grief over it as you recall. That said DL was improving his shot selection and poorer tendencies and most likely have been given an opportunity to perform over a newcomer. What would have happened several games into the season is anybody's guess.
No question that IMO Brandon's performance this year was a net positive, especially for a freshman and I agree is a much better fit than Darryl. He will play significant minutes for us unless JD recruits somebody more wonderful. Like you I am happy to that we recruited Brandon.