Originally Posted by tupacbiff
It's all mental with Mike. He has to buy in on both ends and avoid nagging injuries. No reason he can't be 1st team all sec.
Exactly, it is not like he does not have the tools, decent size for a guard and decent athleticism to play D. He has some good defensive games down the stretch last year.
I think it really is a matter of focus and focus on every possession on Rosario's part. The same it true for his ball security in my view. Better focus and understanding that the really high risk pass is not his game will go a long way towards him becoming the outstanding player he can become for UF this season.
Per 40 minutes here are his stats for each year have been:
FR: 19.9 points/40min, 4.3 rebounds/40min 1.7, assists/40min, 3.6 turnovers/40min, shooting 50.0% on 2s, 30.2% from the arc, 83.9% from the FT line.
SOPH: 19.8 points/40min, 4.6 rebounds/40min 1.7, assists/40min, 3.2 turnovers/40min, shooting 42.7% on 2s, 32.6% from the arc, 73.9% from the FT line.
JR: 18.3 points/40min, 3.9 rebounds/40min 2.8, assists/40min, 2.5 turnovers/40min, shooting 55.4% on 2s, 33.7% from the arc, 75.0% from the FT line.
So certainly he raised his turnovers and cut down his turnovers at UF, but to me it appears he was the same basic player at UF last year that he was at Rutgers. That is he was a good shooting guard inside the arc, respectable from the arc, a very good FT shooter, who was not great at ball security and a little suspect on D.
Still he has made good progress, the kind one would expect in a college career. He was hurt some early in the SEC season last year. But he increased his shooting from the arc, improved his passing and cut down his turnovers.
If he plays say 25 minutes for UF this season, I would expect his line to look something like:
12.5 points/game, 3.1 rebounds/game, 2.1 assists/game, 1.1 turnovers/game, shooting 52% on 2s, 35% from the arc, 77% from the FT line.
And if he gives UF that kind of season, UF will be a very solid team.