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Ruzhentsev gone?

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by jhsgator, Jul 21, 2021.

  1. murphree_hall

    murphree_hall GC Hall of Fame

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    Yeah... Scottie’s problems were not coaching related. It’s that he was not mentally a great basketball player. He had all the tools, but he was timid and lacked basketball IQ during his time at UF. He seems to have been able to dominate in college based on athleticism, but eventually, real basketball players that are less physically gifted will outclass you.

    He was a guy playing basketball, but not a basketball player.

    He needed more time to develop his mental game. Maybe he has made that leap. It’s almost like a light bulb turning on when you get it, so it’s possible that we see great improvement quickly.
     
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  2. BLING

    BLING GC Hall of Fame

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    I dont think White does our guys any favors with X’s and O’s (if anything it totally relies on somebody beating a guy 1 on 1, so might actually be good for highlighting a guard with elite scoring potential... i.e. Mann in year 2) But Lewis did not seem to have very good handles for a guy who is basically locked in as a 2 guard. If you are a 6’4 guard who can’t dribble, unless you are an elite 45% shooter then there really aren't a ton of offenses you’ll do great in.

    There’s no questioning he is a high level athlete, it’s kind of just down to what you can get in the open court or scramble plays where you can go right at the rim. He could sprinkle in a mid-range shot or hit an occasional 3, but he wasn’t consistent enough to do that all the time. So he’ll need to reinvent himself skill wise.
     
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  3. akaGatorhoops

    akaGatorhoops GC Columnist VIP Member

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    Scottie’s biggest issue was believing he was better than he actually was... and not really ever losing that mindset in order to embrace a more humble approach toward improvement.
    Scottie seemed to be the last person on the team to realize he wasn’t the best player on the team.
     
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  4. philnotfil

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    Agreed, a great athlete, but basketball isn't his sport. One wonders what he could have done if he continued in track, or some other sport. But there is probably more money for him in basketball, even playing in Europe.
     
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