is John Wall the best PG in college basketball?

Everyone seems to think this is a definite yes.  Yeah yeah, we all know he is going to be the top pick in next year’s draft, but we also know the NBA is based on potential and athleticism, not the numbers you put up while in college.  If it was based on numbers, Luke Harangody would be a top pick next year, but instead, he’ll be playing in the NBDL.  My guess is with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

I am going to list 4 players, along with their major stats.  Based on their numbers alone, we’ll see if John Wall turns out to be the best of the bunch.

P1- 15.1ppg, 2rpg, 4.4apg, 2.1topg, 1.2spg, 42%fg, 85%ft, 37%3fg

P2- 18.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.2apg, 3.3topg, 1.4spg, 44%fg, 83%ft, 39%3fg

P3- 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 6.3apg, 4topg, 1.9spg, 46%fg, 78%ft, 35%3fg

P4- 18.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.4apg, 1.8topg, 1.6spg, 42%fg, 89%ft, 40%3fg

Looking solely at these numbers, my vote for the best point guard goes to player 4.  Player 4 is the best scorer, and protects the ball better than the other three.  As much as it pains me to say this, that player is Dookie, Jon Scheyer.

Am I saying I would rather have Jon Scheyer on my team than John Wall?  Absolutely not!  But when it comes time for end of the year awards, John Wall isn’t the shoo-in that everyone is making him out to be.  For what it’s worth, the players that I listed above are Sherron Collins, Greivis Vasquez, John Wall, and Jon Scheyer.

Pitino is Staying!

There are reports all over the web that Rick Pitino is interested in taking over as the Head Coach for the New Jersey Nets next season.  I have talked to someone close to the coaching staff at Louisville and he emphasized that coach P isn’t going anywhere. 

Card fans, please feel free to step back from the ledge now.  Yeah, your team sucks now, but to jump ship to take over the worst team in history…..not happening!

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Is Patrick Patterson the Greatest Role Player in NCAA history?

Patrick Patterson and role player would have never gone in the same sentence prior to this season, but during tonight’s sloppy win, I had an epiphany. Patrick Patterson is a role player on this basketball team, and he might just be the greatest role player in the history of college basketball.

His freshman season he averaged 16.4 and 7.7 per game. His sophomore season he did 17.9 and 9.3 per game. So far this year, Pat is doing 15.1 and 7.5 per game, but during SEC play, he is only averaging 11.8 and 5.7 per contest. In 2010, Patterson has yet to post a double-double, or even grab double digit rebounds in a game. It may sound petty, but during his first two seasons, we grew accustomed to him going out and putting up a double-double.

What exactly is a role player? Some people think of a role player as someone who isn’t very talented but gives it all they have day in and day out. But according to this fabulous article written by a contributor at BleacherReport.com, there are 5 qualities a role player must have.

1. Must fill up the depth chart with versatility – Patterson can play Small Forward, Power Forward, and even Center. Not only can he post up anyone in basketball and hit a hook shot or pop out and hit a 15 foot jumper, but he has developed a consistent 3-point jumpshot. He is shooting 40% from downtown this year.

2. Has confidence and plays hard every game – He could shoot 0-20 and stink the gym up, but nobody would question how hard he fought and hustled. He is one of the toughest guys in college basketball.

3. Plays like a seasoned veteran throughout their career – PPat is a hard worker, good ball handler, has a nice jumper, top notch defender and rebounder, but most importantly he has a high basketball IQ. When the game gets a little sloppy or out of Kentucky’s hands, Patterson always keeps a cool head and never tries to do too much.

4. Be humble – There is really no need for me to even try to prove this. The guy defines humble.

5. Steps up when called upon – My one complaint about Calipari this season is his lack of commitment to get Pat the rock late in the game. But there is one situation that comes to my mind where Pat rose to the occasion. At Florida, with just under 5 minutes left in the ballgame, the Gators were a defensive stop away from blowing the lid off the arena while trying to take the lead from the Cats. Pat had different plans, as he hit a turnaround hook shot while getting fouled. My point is, Cal might not call his number often in late game situations, but when he does, you can count on #54 to capitalize.

By no means am I questioning Pat’s abilities, but on THIS team, he is just a role player. But a role player is exactly what we need. The last thing we need is someone out there trying to score every time they touch the rock. There isn’t enough to go around in terms of stats, but it’s everything else that 2Pat does is what makes him one of the most respected players in recent UK basketball history.

Awesome Day

Sarcasm… Two bad things happened today.

  1. Jodie Meeks-  One of my Top 5 favorite UK Basketball players has decided to forego his Senior year and enter the NBA Draft.  This hurst on multiple levels.  Jodie was the 1st player I ever followed during the recruiting process.  While he looked nothing like what I imagined, he was a pure shooter just like I thought.  It also hurst because with him, UK would have been a been a sure fire Final Four team.  Now, we have no real outside threat and that scares me.  We will still be alright without him, but it would have been nice to have him.
  2. USA Soccer- I root for the US, but they have never been and never will be my favorite team.  That title belongs to the Netherlands.  The US played defending World Cup Champion, Italy today in the Confederations Cup.  The US went up 1-0 on a p.k. but ended up getting beat 3-1.  Tim Howard is supposed to be a beast keeper, but he got beat twice on 35+ yard shots today.  One of which was shot by Giuseppe Rossi.  He would later score again.  Funny thing is, he is AMERICAN.  Born in New Jersey.  Maybe Howard just had a bad day, but still, you can’t have those against teams like Italy.  Here are reason why I hate that I care about the US Soccer Team:

Uniforms are gross.

Our ‘best’ player is the most over-rated player in the world.

Can’t keep U.S. talent in the U.S.

-No flash at all.  Boring Soccer.

-Won’t play young players and let them learn on the fly like the better countries.

-Always a disappointment.

-I’m sure there are more, but I can’t think of any at the moment…

 

 

Next up for the Red, White, and Blue?  BRAZIL!  Should be a laugher.

Oh yeah, my Kickball Team did win the company championship today, so that’s one good thing.

 

The Ball Kickers

The Ball Kickers

WKU

Look out world…  WKU has been the Gonzaga of the basketball world for the past 2 years and they just got even better.  Juan Pattillo is transferring to the Hill.  They have already started getting solid recruits and no solid transfers…

It wasn’t me, it was the one armed man…

 

notice the tongue...

notice the tongue...

 

 

A pretty good story to follow other than UK running the table in the up coming College Basketball season…

Kevin Laue is College Basketball’s version of Jim Abbott.

 

P.S.  I goggled “uk basketball” and this picture came up.  We just so happen to know this person, my neighbor freshman year at EKU and former Theta Chi pledge.

It’s our fault for the bad behavior or professional athletes, not theirs.

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You read that right. It’s your fault. It’s my fault. It’s not the athlete’s fault.

In the last few years, it seems like the trouble that professional athletes have caused has exploded exponentially: countless DUI’s, guys getting tazed, shot, in high speed chases, and caught involved in drugs. Can’t forget about Michael Vick. And I even think I heard something about steroids in baseball the other day.

But honestly, what do you expect? These guys are ticking time bombs that we build from the moment we see talent.

From middle school, these guys are patted on the back and told how great they are and of how great they could be. In high school, they begin to get publicized in the school newspaper, hometown paper, and maybe in the big newspapers around the state. Everything they read and are told is supportive, yet adds volatility; another solder joint in the bomb. After reading about how tremendous he is, the athlete begins to believe it. Why wouldn’t he? At 17, when popularity is the only form of self-assessment, it’s easy to accept that you’re super-human.

Then come the awards. And the scholarship offers. Keep packing on the plutonium. Colleges then give out “free jobs.” The jobs that athletes don’t have to show up to, yet still receive paychecks and no one says a word. Agents and scouts, the guys who pick out talent for a living, start sending illegitimate gift packages while the athlete is still in school. Wrap that plutonium in C4.

Now set the charge by adding national media attention and praise as if he’s the second coming of Jordan, Sayers, and Ruth all rolled into one.

All the necessary elements for an incendiary device are accounted for. Now all you have to do is hand them the detonator and wait for the fireworks. Except this time, the detonator is not a little red button. It’s a lot of green Benjamin Franklins, and a fat bank account.

With the kind of money (i.e. perception of power) that a professional athlete is given, an implosion upon himself is near impossible to avoid. It’s a wonder that it doesn’t happen more often.

They can’t help it. That’s the bomb we built them to be.