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Date Posted: Fri, November 19 2004, 22:02:43
Subject: 18 decent minutes of ball
A few quick impressions without seeing the box score to back up any of my assertions:
I left with about 10:00 left to play, TCU was up by about 25
UTA played OK the first half, TCU was making a lot of early-season mistakes (fouls, turnovers, etc.). Down by 12 at half, UTA came out ice-cold and TCU cruised. Shropshire for TCU will play pro ball some day. If not the NBA, then ABA, Europe, somewhere. Wow.
TCU, as expected, was much bigger than we were and we didn't really touch the boards all night. TCU looked really sloppy at times. We could have kept it interesting in the first half, but we couldn't make a free throw.
Dawkins did absolutely nothing to impress me. Stand out there 40 feet away from the basket and look for an open man. Most of the better point/shooting guards we've had (Jabari Johnson, Barber, Beacham, even Daniel to some degree) were a threat to pass, penetrate to draw a foul or pull up for 3. Dawkins is one-dimensional: throw a questionable pass from 40 feet out or shoot a 3 from 30 feet out. At least pretend to try to rebound once in a while. Give the defense an idea you might step within the perimeter and school someone occasionally.
Someone mentioned it from the exhibition game: Neukomm is a work in progress. Against a physical TCU team, he was not a presence inside. The few times he got the ball inside he either passed or missed a wide open shot.
Eddie was experimenting a lot but he's got some good pieces to work with.
Any of us on this board could play point guard and get 15 assists a night with Thomas and Posey working down low. Thomas absolutely outworks, outpositions, outquicks much bigger players. And when he gets the ball underneath, he takes it strong to the rack, usually getting the 2 and going to the line.
I was looking forward to seeing Posey and he is not only big, he is talented. He reminds me a lot of the players TCU recruits: big, strong, good instincts for the game. He's the real deal. Maybe I'm missing something, but I think some bigger schools really missed out on this guy. Another inch or two of height over the next few years, he could be unstoppable around the paint. But he's got a nice touch from 15 feet out as well. Dribbles and passes well, works the boards, very confident.
Beyond that, we've heard McCarter mention speed and athleticism and he's right. Floyd, Epps, Sauls all can run the floor and make shots from anywhere.
The big question right now is can the freshmen, undersized as they are right now at times...stick together until SLC play gets here? There's gonna be some long nights vs. better, bigger teams but I think when other SLC schools come to Texas Hall, there's reason to think a playoff berth is realistic.
Also: considering there might have been 2000-3000 folks there, why is the parking so bad? I had to park on the other end of the football stadium...
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