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1 minute ago, TimSmiles said:

this was a necessary pickup, but 26% from the FT line is pretty scary. hopefully he can at least get to 50%

 

  • Hopefully he just doesn't get fouled.  Or better yet, get an "and 1" so he only has to shoot 1 freethrow but already has 2 points. :lol:

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8 minutes ago, hskr4life said:

 

  • Hopefully he just doesn't get fouled.  Or better yet, get an "and 1" so he only has to shoot 1 freethrow but already has 2 points. :lol:

i'd be concerned with hack a shaq, but i don't think duby will be on the floor in crunch time.

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I tell you, his highlights video make him look like we're getting Shaquile O'Neal.  I needed to see some full length Winthrop games to see what he looks like on offense and defense in the coarse of a full game.  Didn't take too long, because you just skip to when he's in.  Here's my take:  

 

On defense, first and foremost he is a shot blocker/shot alter-er.  He wants that block, he'll challenge almost everything.  He has good blocking instincts, and there were multiple  times when he didn't get the block but still made the guy to miss.  Still, it can get him in trouble, i.e., you can get him off his feet with a good shot fake.  He hedges well, and moves his feet well on defense.  Blocks out pretty well, though there were a few times he got beat on the boards.  

 

As part of the Winthrop offense, he simply just was not featured at all, hence the 2 pts / game.  He was a starter, but in the offense they ran, it was a guard oriented, motion offense, with them taking lots of threes.  Keon Johnson being the main threat.  Okeke's role in the offense was to set up along the baseline, then come out and set a screen up top, then roll back down low on the opposite block, taking his defender with him and opening a lane for the driver.  The only time the guards looked to him was when they penetrated off the dribble and dished it to him when his man left him to commit to the drive.  He hardly ever sealed his man up and posted down low, and even when he did the guards never passed it in.  In tight games down the stretch like Illinois (Winthrop to Illinois was like Gardner-Webb to us) Okeke was on the bench, or, they subbed him in for defense.  

 

It will be interesting to see how he fits in our offense.  But in short, how I see Duby Okeke is that he is the player I hoped Moses Abraham would be but never was, which is a quicker athletic big who rebounded, blocked or altered shots, and occasionally got some points off misses.  Guy can seriously dunk if you give him the chance.  I'd love to see our guards throw up some passes for the ally-oop with him.  He can go get it.  And maybe, maybe, in the short time he is here he can develop a few more offensive moves, or, better free throw mechanics, cuz...damn.   

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2 hours ago, TimSmiles said:

this was a necessary pickup, but 26% from the FT line is pretty scary. hopefully he can at least get to 50%

 

Lack of Practice?   <_<

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8 minutes ago, Red Don said:

 

Lack of Practice?   <_<

 

2 hours ago, TimSmiles said:

this was a necessary pickup, but 26% from the FT line is pretty scary. hopefully he can at least get to 50%

 

I'd be all right with zero percent under the right circumstances.... and I'd be perfectly fine with 100 blocks added on to that. ;) 

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