Re: Xavier Basketball
Is Cantino eligible? I had seen some questions about that from X fans, but never did here if he was officially added to the roster and cleared to play.
If you're counting on Redford for 20 points, you better worry about the 20+ he's going to give up on defense. He wasn't forced into an inferrior role so much b/c of the talent at gaurd last season (although Lyons & Tu would limit a lot of college gaurd's minutes) but because he's a complete liability on the defensive end, and for the most part a 1 trick pony offensively. Despite his relatively poor shooting from 3 range last year, he was prior to his injury as good an open shooter as I've ever seen in college. However, he was on the short side in height, a step or three slow, and pretty easy to gaurd as long as your defense remained committed to him. he hasn't grown anything in height as far as I know, and he certainly isn't any faster or more athletic, so he's not going to be creating many of his own shots. Defensively, he is and always has been outmatched on the A-10 level. He can't stay in front of his defender in man2man, he can't outmuscle the typical opposing SG for a rebound.
If X has to count on Redmond for significant minutes this season, they're going to be in huge trouble. Sure there will be nights where the oppossing defense slacks off and gives him space to catch and shot open 3 pointers, letting him post 20+ from time to time, but there will be too many nights where the oppossition will assign their worst perimeter defender to stick close to him and limit the amount of open looks while abusing him on the other end for easy buckets.
I'm intrested to see what Philmore can do as UD recruited him as well when he transferred. he certainly put up points as a 1 man show at his previous shot, and its not like the CAA is a slouch conference, so the numbers should translate well. Its a shame X has to deal w/ the ramifications for him playing too many summer hoops 3 years ago; I wish X could appeal (maybe they can), b/c its pure BS that X has to deal with it. I realize the penalty is on the player in this case, but X is going to suffer the consequences in the first 3 games.
Last edited by medford; 10-19-2012 at 01:45 PM.