Two players should receive significant increases in playing time this season.
The 6'8" sophomore wing was expected to crack into the rotation last season, but only saw action in fifteen games behind more experienced players. Big and athletic, Nash should add a dimension that has been lacking since Russell Carter graduated.
Scott redshirted last season and has four years of eligibility remaining. He used the year off to beef up significantly. A twig at 6'7", 198 pounds last year, Scott now weighs 215 and is more in the mold of Ty Nash. More athletic than Nash, he will also help with penetration from the wing.
I am very excited to see how these guys contribute this season. We really missed Carter's ability to break down the defense last year. Tory Jackson has that ability, but lacks the height and strength to finish. In some looks at practice, Scott has shown off some great dunks and the capability to play above the rim.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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Scott is also a very good shooter. In the six games in Ireland I think he averaged low double digits in scoring, knocking down a number of threes. I'm interested in seeing what he can do defensively. The Ireland footage is only offensive highlight reels, so I'm curious if his athleticism and arm span translates into shot blocks, etc.
I can see Scott as an Ayers-type at the top of the 3-2 zone with his wing span. Shot blocking would be a very nice addition that has not been a part of our defense in a few years.
According to folks who follow the practices, Scott is the most athletic player on the team - very fast, serious hops, etc. That bodes well for defense. I think he will be an emerging star for the team this year. He just needs some game experience.
Speaking of watching practices, I was just watching the practice video they have up at nd.edu and Hansboro can play some defense.
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