Re: UC Basketball
I think there are players on UC's team that offer different types of explosiveness. Deonta can be explosive from behind the 3 point line, as well as Dixon recently. I thought Alvin Mitchell lit a fire in UC yesterday. Gates shows flashes of what he can be which is very explosive. Wilks definately can add excitment in small bursts. Sure, there isn't a Hicks type player, but I think that is what Gates can be. You can only expect on Kenyon Martin in a great while.
It might actually benefit UC to not have that explosive player right now. They need to rely on consistency rather than wait on that explosive play. Mike Williams is a good example IMO. He isn't "explosive," but he is very consistent recently. If something bad happens or if the other team has an explosive play, he can slow momentum by making a mid range jumper. Young teams tend to play out of control when emotions get involved. Especially when they have a hard enough time with ball control.