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CubsClapp

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The 3-point shooting efficiency is the biggest thing.


Again, he led the MVC in three-point percentage, while attempting over six per game. As you can see in those highlights, he also has great range and is capable of shooting off the dribble and as a catch-and-shoot guy, while doing so at 6'4". He has a skillset that can really help in half-court sets, an area where they sometimes struggled this season.

They've lost Moore, Thistlewood, Jacobs, and Thomas. Moore and Thistlewood were two of their best three-point shooters entering this past season (and Moore finally got it going a bit late), and Thomas shot 41.4% on threes (and went 5-of-7 vs Michigan). While Jacobs struggled in that department (he wasn't expected to), he was a great veteran presence on both ends of the floor and while providing length at the guard position at 6'3".

Tonje is extremely streaky and shot 36.4% on threes (still a fine number). Lake shot 30.6% (and was really rough in the second half of the season), but he should improve quite a bit. Rivera was highly efficient at 44.4%, but he almost always shot only while open and didn't create much off the dribble there (I hope he starts being more assertive next season).

And again, with all of their losses, they're just looking to add in this department. It's a big part of their offense. Hopefully the guys already in place just get better and better too, and depth is key after they just lost two shooting guards (along with two stretch forwards). Strong and Lake/Tonje/Rivera can play in the same lineup too, all having enough size there (heck, Tonje has even played some small-ball 4 for us).

It's hard to know what his rebounding effectiveness really is, but his average would've been third on CSU in rebounds per game, for example. Additionally, he appears to be a good and willing passer, which is another huge thing to them in this offense.

They're definitely going to need to find ways to score more two-point and efficient buckets. More ways to score than just Roddy. That's surely something they're going to target with the additional transfers- and it would be great if Strong was more like his previous season as a two-point shooter.

But -- as has been made clear by their transfer targets -- they're still going to be looking for three-point shooting and floor-spacing, and an experienced, high-volume 40% three-point shooter would be a solid add for competition/depth at the very least.

(In response to this post by outwash)

Posted: 05/05/2022 at 02:57AM



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