During that NIT run he had Mel taking all the pressure off of him. Once Mel was gone things went back to normal. Having no bigs on the bench and getting nothing from the 5 spot is absolutely going to crush this team this season.
[quote="jjepsu92, post:2, topic:1563"]We've got 4 seniors on scholarship, 3 are giving their all. [b]It's not that AJ doesn't have the talent, we all saw what he could do during the NIT run.[/b] I'm just really disappointed that the light hasn't turned on for the kid yet. We can really use him right now with Sasa and Graham both out.[/quote]
I disagree. I don’t think this is a matter of AJ just not getting it. I truly think he just isn’t as good as some would make out. People want to point to a handful of games during the NIT to describe his talent level. What about the other 3+ years of games?
The NIT wasn’t against tomato cans, there were some pretty good teams there. I just think that AJ has a case of what Jeff had. AJ thinks too much instead of just letting the game come to him.
He’s a great kid. Just wish he’d just let the game come to him. I really don’t care if he scores just grab rebounds. The last few games he hasn’t been doing that either.
I was specifically talking about the first couple of games when Mel’s arm was dangling from the socket. AJ played like a beast. The kid has it in him. I am not asking for a double double every night, but it would be nice to see him get 9 ppg and 7 rpg.
Figure if he gets 4 rpg that are grab and shoots and he converts 50% (2 shots per game) that 4 ppg. If he gets 2 fouls called on the defense that is another 4 ft attempts. He is one of the better FT shooters on the team, but let’s just say he only converts 50%, that’s 2 more points. So that is 6 ppg and we haven’t even ran any set plays for him (i.e. the pick and roll dunk from Furman).
I like the kid I really do. I get excited when I see him make a putback or a dunk. I just wish the moments of excitement were not spaced 3 or 4 games apart. Like I said I’ve seen him play the way I think he can play and I am sure the coaches have told him that he could play that way, I think that Andrew just doesn’t have the confidence in his game. Jeff had the epiphany, why can’t Andrew.
This is one of those opportunities where I like to use statistics to bring a dose of reality into the equation. You make an observation “Figure if he gets 4 rpg that are grab and shoots and he converts 50% (2 shots per game) that 4 ppg”, that, in and of itself, seems to be a simple request. Four offensive rebounds a game certainly seems reasonable. That shouldn’t be a stretch for Jones. Surely, he can man up and do that.
Guess what? It ain’t so easy. The closest that anyone in the B10 has come to four offensive rebounds per game in the last five years was Greg Oden in 2008 when he averaged 3.53 per game. Jones is not, and never will be, a Greg Oden, so let’s not ask him to put up Greg Oden type numbers.
Seven total rebounds a game also seems like a reasonable request - and on the face of it, it’s certainly not an impossible number to reach like your four offensive boards is. However, if the TEAM rebounds like it did last year when it was the number one defensive rebounding team in the country, I certainly am not going to point a finger at any individual and say he’s not carrying his share of the load. We kllled Furman on the boards (both ends) yesterday and it seems a little unfair to call out Jones for not making a bigger contribution. To me, it reeks of nitpicking.
Rebounding, Ole Miss game notwithstanding, has never been our problem. Overall defense has been, and that, at least through the early part of the non-conference schedule, seems to be something that we’re addressing.