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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by alietigator, Jan 30, 2014.
Why can't Walker play the three? He has the range and definitely has a handle.
The staff has been playing him at the five in practice according to Donovan. Not sure Walker can execute our ball screen actions. Plus, I imagine they want his length protecting the rim.
I was. And my point is he is so smooth offensively in the paint.
Yeguete has been on a tear the last couple of weeks. He has been playing very well, even on offense. He could definitely use longer rests and shorter stints (as could Young), but I don't see any way Donovan takes many minutes from a senior who brings so much defensively in favor of a freshman who won't step on the court until February. Our pick and roll coverage would suffer, nor do I think Walker could bring what Yeguete does yet in the press or zone. Walker definitely has a higher skill level offensively, but he is still learning what we do. Yeguete has been rebounding, finishing, and passing the ball much better of late.
I promise you if you watch him play defense for us, you will get why Yeguete is an absolute value. He is ALWAYS in the right position, he challenges intelligently, he never allows his man to slip by for easy points at the basket. The stats will never define a glue guys importance, but his importance is huge.
He certainly has the potential, but no way does he do it in the short term. The five is the easiest position for him to learn and the quickest way for him to get on the floor. He might have to be at UF for two more seasons before he gets time at three positions. When he gets to the NBA, there's no telling what he'll be able to do. There are shooting guards his size. Then there's Noah, who is second on his team in assists and calls himself a "point center." To date, David Lee has started at the three, four and five in his NBA career and he had neither the stroke or the athleticism that Walker has coming out of high school.
I just want to see him play where he's comfortable right now and gives him the most confidence early on. I think that's what the coaches want too.
Intriguing idea though.
That said, can you imagine typical SEC small forward trying to defend him?
I don't know that I agree about Lee's athleticism. I know he's white so it's hard to believe but he won the Mcdonalds slam dunk contest like Walker.
Walker would have been useful last night. Young got 2 fouls with 13 minutes left in 1st half and we ended up only up 1 pt at half. This isn't the first time this year, the team struggled with Young in foul trouble. Walker gives the Gators a legitimate backup center.
Cannot wait to watch him play.
The thing I find most intriguing about Chris in watching the various highlight films of him is the fact that he seems to have Casey Prather like athleticism but in a 6' 10" body. That is a really rare combination.