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17 hours ago, Huskerpapa said:

From what I have heard we may have a difference maker sitting on our bench this year after transferring in (referencing Dachon Burke).  I hope that is proven true.

 

Burke's example is proof that recruiting rankings neither assure that a guy is good nor assure that a guy won't be.

 

They generally give you a decent, somewhat reliable indication, but they're not always spot on, and really good players can slide under the radar, in part because they might blossom later or their game might translate better to the next level.

 

I'm hoping Adams-Woods is like Burke: A guy who was under-rated by the recruiting services and other D1 coaches.  Miles has a solid history of spotting talent that will translate.  I haven't seen many of his players come in and just be total stiffs.  Especially at the guard position.  In fact, a lot of his recruits have done waaaaay better than anyone expected.

 

The trouble is, in order to compete for top-half league finishes and possible NCAA tourney trips, you gotta have some studs.  And though Evan Taylor was far better than any of us had any reason to expect, he wasn't a stud.  He was a fine role player, which you need, but he wasn't a stud, which you also need.  And I'm not sure what to make of Mika.

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50 minutes ago, Norm Peterson said:

 

Burke's example is proof that recruiting rankings neither assure that a guy is good nor assure that a guy won't be.

 

They generally give you a decent, somewhat reliable indication, but they're not always spot on, and really good players can slide under the radar, in part because they might blossom later or their game might translate better to the next level.

 

I'm hoping Adams-Woods is like Burke: A guy who was under-rated by the recruiting services and other D1 coaches.  Miles has a solid history of spotting talent that will translate.  I haven't seen many of his players come in and just be total stiffs.  Especially at the guard position.  In fact, a lot of his recruits have done waaaaay better than anyone expected.

 

The trouble is, in order to compete for top-half league finishes and possible NCAA tourney trips, you gotta have some studs.  And though Evan Taylor was far better than any of us had any reason to expect, he wasn't a stud.  He was a fine role player, which you need, but he wasn't a stud, which you also need.  And I'm not sure what to make of Mika.

I expect Burke to be a great addition for us.

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4 hours ago, Norm Peterson said:

And I'm not sure what to make of Mika.

 

We offered him after seeing him play at the Peach Jam where I think Gates was present. He had a pretty good rep at Northwestern though not real experienced on his hits and misses.

 

If nothing else he's rated by Rivals in the range of Mitchell so he must be pretty good.

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Just read through 4 years of posts about MAW on the Syracuse board.

https://www.syracuse.com/orangebasketball/index.ssf/2016/08/mika_adams-woods_his_interest_in_syracuse_basketball_his_summer_his_prep_possibi.html#incart_river_index

 

It seems like a deal where they like his skill set but see him projecting as a mid-major though he could develop.

I think we're good at physically developing kids so for a kid with his noted work ethic, defensive skills, and facilitation I think he could end up being really good here.

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On ‎9‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 9:50 AM, hhcmatt said:

Just read through 4 years of posts about MAW on the Syracuse board.

https://www.syracuse.com/orangebasketball/index.ssf/2016/08/mika_adams-woods_his_interest_in_syracuse_basketball_his_summer_his_prep_possibi.html#incart_river_index

 

It seems like a deal where they like his skill set but see him projecting as a mid-major though he could develop.

I think we're good at physically developing kids so for a kid with his noted work ethic, defensive skills, and facilitation I think he could end up being really good here.

 

Yeah, I think the skill level is fine, but I suspect the question mark would have to do with whether he's explosive enough to break down college-level defenders off the dribble and get to the lane, and can he get that shot off at the P5 level?

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On 9/25/2018 at 5:12 PM, hhcmatt said:

http://www.zagsblog.com/2018/09/23/mika-adams-woods-to-nebraska/

 

Zags notes he has a 6'7" wing span. Also worth noting since that doesn't seem to be a thing on this year's squad that he's a "vocal leader" on the court.

This sounds overall encouraging but would explain not being a high flier even though he's still able to dunk pretty easy.

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