February 22nd, 2011 at 11:55 AM ^

I'm glad hes rising and I understand why he's not higher because he's only a sophomore. But in all honesty, I think he's one of the best PG in the country, and by best i mean higher than 11th(even though 11th is still very good). The man can somehow get anyone the ball....


February 22nd, 2011 at 11:57 AM ^

How can Hardaway be 11th in the freshmen rankings?   Everyone knows Beilien can't recruit, identify or coach elite talent.  This ranking is obviously garbage.

oriental andrew

February 22nd, 2011 at 11:58 AM ^

Also on the freshman list, with THJ, are Sullinger (#1), Basabe (Iowa, #15), and Craft (osu, #23).  I get a feeling that Basabe and Craft are going to be annoying me for the next few years.  Also, i just can't WAIT for more no-pun-intended intentional puns on Craft's name from BTN announcers, ie, "He's a crafty player, no pun intended, lol".

Colt McBaby Jesus

February 22nd, 2011 at 12:48 PM ^

Did anyone else notice that Izzo is on the top 25 list? How do they decide who is on the list? He's lead a pre-season top 5 team to the brink of not making the tournment. I realize he's a historically great coach, but this season has been weak to say the least.


February 22nd, 2011 at 1:08 PM ^

To me, Smotrycz is the guy who could turn this team into a complete monster next season.  He's shown a high ceiling already (18 and 6 @ Clemson, 14 and 6 against OSU).  With his size, skill, and shooting ability he has a chance to be a beast if he can somehow mirror the Darius Morris offseason development program.  If he can make that kind of leap while those around him continue to improve, the sky is the limit for this team going forward.

Flying Dutchman

February 22nd, 2011 at 1:36 PM ^

If Shurna was 6'3", he would be an all-conference 2-guard for a Division 3 program, because he can score the damn ball and does have some hoops moxie.   And he would get burned on D by the other D-3 shooting guards, but would simply outscore them.

But instead he's 6'8" or taller, so he's a pretty solid 3 on a 2nd tier Big 10 team with those same attributes.

One of my Northwestern buddies, who knows nothing about sports but thinks he does, was describing Shurna as "such a great athlete".  I had to correct him with my strong opinion that he's not a good athlete at all, he's just 6'8" with a pile of basketball skill (very distinct from being a "great athlete").

Sorry for turning this into a Shurna thread.