I think the point others were trying to make (partially a result of boring offseason is boring) is that looking good and standing out without pads on is better than not looking good and standing out without pads on. Does it mean he's destined for success this season? no. Does it mean he's moving in the right direction? sure.
...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.