Of the three bench players seeing any significant minutes at all, I think I’m starting to trust Woodyard more than the others. He seems to have a better understanding of what needs to be done. Marshall obviously has the most potential, especially offensively, but is a little unsure (expected for a Freshman) as evidenced by his play againt the NW zone last night.
Billy Oliver has played the most minutes of the three, but to me, doesn’t appear to have improved a whole lot. I really thought his outside shooting and rebounding would be better, or at least improve. Since one of the bench players has to be a bigger body, that might explain why he sees the most minutes. For me, I’d rather see Kirkpatrick play those minutes going down the stretch in 2011. Although he may be somewhat limited, his hustle and hard work are appreciated.
So were I asked for my opinion (no one has asked to date), I would increase Woodyard’s minutes, reduce Oliver’s, and include Kirkpatrick in the mix.