Why Ryan Dunn isn’t getting consistent minutes, NBA accounts for every UVA player, reasons why Kadin Shedrick struggles, and more

Earlier than the Virginia Cavaliers tip at 7:00 PM towards the Virginia Tech Hokies, I answered a variety of questions from Wahoo fanbase. To get a solution to your query, comply with me (MustafaHosny Oh God, Amen(slicing grass)@worker) on Twitter. I apologize to those that requested questions that I could not reply this time. I needed to lower it to keep away from it being longer than regular.

If you happen to may add one former UVA defensive participant and one offensive participant and add them to this crew, who would the gamers be and why?

Effectively, that is fascinating. For the aim of answering the query, I’ll take the soccer method as a result of the pattern of Twitter asking this query is much less complicated than basketball as a result of the basketball gamers play each ends of the ground. However, for this train, we’ll fake that the defending participant and attacking participant you have added right here can solely play on that finish of the ground.

Beginning on the protection, I believe Akil Mitchell is a fairly simple reply right here. A stable participant with the scale to guard the larger positions within the place, the velocity and agility to blast ball screens on the perimeter, the footwork and intelligence to protect high quality forwards, Mitchell is strictly the participant this UVA protection wants proper now, particularly with Kadin Shedrick struggling. Virginia’s wrestle over the boards and towards groups that may unfold them out and assault the massive boys might be resolved nearly instantly by Mitchell’s presence whereas his expertise with the Bennett System might be enormous for this squad.

Offensively, I am going to preserve it easy (silly) and go together with Malcolm Brogdon. The capturing for this crew has improved sufficient that I do not really feel the necessity to add Kyle Man or Joe Harris, and with Reece and Kihei the addition of London Perrantes or Ty Jerome feels superfluous. Plus, the thought of ​​throwing Premiers Jay Huff or Sam Houser into this backcourt may be very fascinating, however Brogdon’s possession and his capturing and slicing capacity will assist tremendously with this offense. He can seize the bucket at a second’s discover, and whereas Armaan Franklin has been superb this 12 months, including Brogdon to the fold will take the strain off everybody else and make Wahoo backcourt guarding an enormous headache for opponents.

What are the NBA comps for each UVA participant?

This may occasionally take some time, so I am going to attempt to preserve it brief and candy. Creating NBA fixtures is inherently troublesome as a result of it assumes that the participant is reaching his ceiling or perhaps a chance that isn’t truly achievable for that participant. So, when making these comparisons, I examine these folks to the kinds of gamers that play within the NBA and what the very best model of every UVA participant is. With that mentioned, this is a fast rundown of each participant who performs greater than 10% of minutes this season:

Caden Shedrick – Nick Claxton

Armand Franklin – Damion Lee

Ryan Dunn – DeAndre Hunter

Isaac McNeely – Donte Divincenzo (with higher capturing)

Reese Beckman – Daron Fox

Ben Vander Plaas – Joe Engels

Jaden Gardner – Adam Scofield

Francisco Cafaro – (present iteration of) Deandre Jordan

Kehei Clark – Jose Alvarado

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I seen throughout UNC’s first half that it may be time to take a look at the offensive scheme usually. Do you suppose that is vital? And if that’s the case, how would you alter it? Are the problems with plot, matches, blurring, or the entire above?

So, there’s a macro and micro strategy to reply this query. Broadly, sure, it will be very best if UVA may diversify and modernize a few of their offensive lineups to maneuver away from the identical three units they have been operating for the previous 5 years. The aspect forged assault with the continuity ball display, the three-man assault (which I am going to get to in a second), and the UVA excessive ball unfold display look are comparatively minor offenses. This is not essentially a foul factor and signifies that the main focus of coaching might be nearer to 60% Protection, 40% Offense than a 50-50 break up.

However, in right this moment’s basketball, having extra schemes, seems, and combos in your offensive repertoire is helpful and vital. Certain, the ‘Hoos’ have a number of stable video games of their again pockets for late sport/hour eventualities. However extending the crew’s direct offensive ideas to particular teams of gamers (and the crew) will little doubt be helpful in the long term. Opponents have an in-depth information of what UVA is engaged on now (siders, ball screens, three males/center triangle) and so the offense in all probability depends an excessive amount of on execution somewhat than planning to look good. That is the place droughts are available. The inherent steady nature of the perimeters and even the mixture of the triangle contributes to the indecisiveness and stagnation of all Bennett groups.

Nevertheless, it is laborious to do 16 video games in a season and what Virginia manages to do can work very effectively! I preferred what I noticed from the small ball formations, particularly within the three-man assault, as a result of the assault focused people and never the opposite means round. Discovering what works for the gamers is normally a greater strategy to plan an offensive sport than making an attempt to get gamers to adapt to the scheme. There are additionally a variety of proficient gamers on this record who’ve loads of expertise executing effectively in Bennett’s offense.

Lengthy story brief, it will be nice if the UVA progressively included extra numerous and complicated offensive combos into its scheme (eg discovering methods to cater to expert seniors). Actually what Virginia is operating now might be very efficient if the workers and the scheme had been formed collectively somewhat than forcing one to cater to the wants of the opposite. The small ball expertise was a fantastic instance of this, as Vander Blass and Franklin particularly thrived on the three-man offense whereas enjoying with out actual large gamers on the bottom.

What does the long run maintain for Gardner for the remainder of the season? Does his lack of variety imply his function will proceed to decrease?

I do not find out about his shrinking function, however I believe he’ll keep the identical. I believe that the times of Bennett when Gardner and Shedrick confidently trotted the ground collectively for 25 minutes or extra per sport collectively are lengthy gone, until we see large enhancements from each of them in the course of the again half of the common season.

Once more, I do not imply to tear Gardner down. He is an excellent school basketball participant who is aware of what he is good at, has defensive repute, and might present the required entrance court docket scoring in many alternative methods. Sadly, he’s not competent sufficient to be the go-to man for the Virginia crew, and his ability set limits his influence as a complement participant. Just like the function he is performed for many of this season, I believe he’ll characteristic closely in a variety of video games as UVA depends on him offensively. However, aside from that, his minutes will depend upon how he performs the remainder of the sector and defensive video games.

Can we begin to see Kadin play an expanded outward function just like Cafaro from right here on out? Or do you suppose these two earlier video games had been exceptions?

Related query right here however barely totally different reply. Inconsistency for Kadin has been a head-scratcher this 12 months. Then again, analyzes point out that Shedrick is a ridiculously environment friendly and efficient large man. His defensive numbers as a shot blocker and deflector each on the backend and on the perimeter are ludicrous whereas he has been extraordinarily efficient offense as a superb catcher and free thrower. Heck, his assault fee is twenty first nationally on KenPom.

Sadly he additionally commits 5.1 fouls each 40 minutes whereas typically being very aggressive defensively leading to fouls and buckets within the ass when Shedrick over-assists. On offense, he can are likely to sneak into the background and is not a lot of a risk aside from rolling to the basket off the ball screens. He is nonetheless an efficient offensive participant who modifications the principles of the defensive sport, however the inconsistency was fairly irritating contemplating how expert he’s.

With all that mentioned, I anticipate him to get well and show himself once more earlier than this season is over. He is an excellent participant with an excellent teaching workers guiding him in order that it would not occur.

If Twitter UVA appears to suppose Ryan Dunn is the following DeAndre Hunter, why not get a number of extra minutes? What does Twitter know that our HoF coach would not?!

Yeah, so Ryan Dunn’s speech is unquestionably fascinating. Do not get me unsuitable, I usually agree with the followers that he in all probability deserves extra of a run within the video games and solidifying him as a constant member of the rotation can be actually useful. With that being mentioned, understanding why Dan by no means received this man thus far or did not get these alternatives comes down to 2 various factors.

For starters, Tony Bennett is a profitable coach now. He isn’t considering enjoying gamers to develop them. He could not care much less. Bennett performs the blokes who’re almost certainly to win matches, not for the gamers to develop as people. If it occurs alongside the way in which, nice. If not, do not waste no less than minutes making an attempt to make it occur. Bennett-ball might be fairly irritating and certain contributed to a couple gamers leaving this system after they did.

However, she additionally gained the UVA Nationwide Championship, and the individuals who left this system normally did not slot in within the first place and wanted to go someplace else anyway. So the stability there’s difficult, though JPJ’s 2019 banner hanging ought to sway most opinions.

In Dunn’s case, the following apparent query is why Bennett would not really feel the junior winger contributes sufficient to the win. This can be a barely trickier query to reply, however not no matter UVA Twitter, imagine it or not. No, there are nonetheless limits to Dan’s match. For starters, it would not ship that a lot of an offensive manufacturing. He could make an occasional outdoors shot and take a defender out of the dribble every so often, however each are far aside. Dan has loopy offensive potential. He actually does and we have seen that on show – not too long ago together with his 9 factors vs Florida — however he nonetheless must take one other step or so to show himself within the rotation.

Secondly, I believe his notion of him as a lock-wing defender is definitely a bit distorted. Possibly I am a part of the issue in overdoing it, however he is not defensive all the way in which. Dunn is a flexible defender with top, wing span, tempo, instincts, power and footwork that give him the potential to be a tremendous wing stopper.

However, it is nonetheless about three p.c off in all of those areas (aside from regular dimension, after all) which suggests it is in all probability a half step away. Since he is quick for his dimension however not as quick as perimeter guards, he can struggle again towards the blokes within the backcourt (it is unfair to have him guard somebody like Marcus Sasser, however he struggled towards the Houston guard). In the meantime, whereas he is sturdy and comparatively tall for his mobility and footwork, he is nonetheless not sturdy sufficient for many frontfield gamers within the ACC, so he might be undone.

Thus, with Dunn only a tad missing in a variety of areas and never robotically a large defensive benefit particularly when contemplating his offensive sport is proscribed, it’s comprehensible that his minutes haven’t been constant to this point. He nonetheless has unimaginable potential at each ends and will begin to hit the bottom operating this season if he can flip these nice flashes into constant productions.

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