Self can say all he wants, but I do think it can be a factor for some players. Just look at the stats and look at the actual shots that are consistently falling short.
It's a one-year deal. They're limited to 81 scholarships in 2020 but back to 85 in 2021.
He was never a candidate. I touched on this earlier.
He did not sign anywhere but has said he's still committed to Mizzou. He's attended three different high schools and it's always been know that there could be some qualification challenges. With only 81 scholarships available MU has to be careful with any eligibility risks.
Martin was willing to go small at times last year when they struggled to get production out of the four position. It might be an option this year, but you can play Mitchell Smith (6-10) at the five and surround him with perimeter players and it's not all that different from what they're doing now at times during games.
I'll be interested to see how his offense fares in that division against defenses at Bama, LSU and Auburn. When you hire Leach you better hope he hires a strong defensive coordinator, because he just doesn't put any work into that side of the ball. And you are going to run into some potent offenses led by good offensive coaches with elite talent in that division. Leach has thrived without needing five-star players on offense - but you better land some five-stars on defense or 9-3 or 8-4 is probably your ceiling in that division.
I just don't see it in McKinney. He can't shoot. He's athletic but not a great ball-handler. Routine passes are a chore. Maybe giving him some extended minutes will get him seasoned, but if you're in a tight game do you trust a player who's such a liability with the ball in his hands? The other night he put up an ugly jumper, was athletic enough to get the rebound then instead of passing he put up a wild shot that didn't hit anything. A few short stints per game would be good for him, but he's not a point guard yet - and doesn't have a jump shot.
Ole Miss beat Saban twice with Hugh Freeze in charge. A&M beat Saban with Kevin Sumlin in charge. I don't think it's that much of a stretch to think Kiffin and Leach can't beat Saban.
At this stage, yes, but he wasn't recruited to be a freshman starter. This team returned two point guards - and most teams don't give heavy minutes to three players at that position. Just because he's raw as a freshman doesn't mean he can't develop into a more complete player.
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