Saturday, January 5, 2008

Rutgers vs. Georgetown

Hamady N’ Diaye- Hamady had an impressive showing against Roy Hibbert because he was able to attack the hoop and defend Georgetown’s primary weapon. His length bothered Hibbert and caused him to receive four fouls with five minutes left in the second half. With that said, his offensive game is severely limited at this point. He is only able to score on easy dunks or layups. However, he has shown a nice touch from the field and this is a sign of an improving midrange game.

Mike Coburn- Coburn was Rutgers’s most steady weapon who was able to penetrate in the lane and score consistently. This freshman showed some nice flashes and proved that he can compete against the most difficult opposition in the Big East. Coburn is extremely quick and athletic. He is able to drive past virtually any defender at this level. If he can learn to finish on the vast majority of the times he attacks the basket, Coburn could become a star for Rutgers. Not only can he score, but he also has nice court vision for a player at his age. On the defensive end, he kept Wallace in check throughout much of the second half.

Roy Hibbert- Hibbert looked a bit sluggish in this contest. He did not possess the same fluidity that he has displayed in some contests last year. He did have some difficulty with the length and physicality of N’Diaye. But, all in all, he displayed some nice post moves such as his improved hook shot, which is virtually unstoppable at the college level. Also, he demonstrated an excellent passing ability- finding his teammates cutting to the basket. On the defensive end, Hibbert contained his man and challenged Rutgers’s guards who were cutting to the basket.

Austin Freeman- Freeman has loads of potential for this Georgetown squad. His three point shooting ability helped his team maintain a sizable lead over Rutgers. He was extremely accurate from beyond the arc and was able to attack the basket as well. Freeman thrived off of basket cuts. Hibbert threw him the ball and he was able to cut to the rim and score. On the defensive end, Freeman stayed in front of his man and contested virtually every shot. He is a bit undersized for an NBA shooting guard at 6’4, but he may be able to make the adjustment to the next level if he continues his steady improvement.

Jonathan Wallace- Wallace was, as usual, a consistent weapon. He made several open perimeter shots off of screens in the first half. He dished to his teammates and found openings to get to the hoop. Wallace’s accuracy from long range is deadly. Despite his nice shooting in the first half, his assertiveness failed to carry over in the second. This is because he is the ultimate system player, who lets his offense come to him.

Patrick Ewing Jr.- Ewing Jr. played a very limited role coming off the bench in this game. However, he made some three point shots and proved that he is versatile- capable of playing inside or on the perimeter. On the defensive end, Ewing Jr. blocked a few shots and collapsed on Rutgers penetration. All in all, he had an impressive showing in his few minutes of action.

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