That post got me really believing that we are getting there. OK, I want to start with two observations of your coverage... (1) this won't happen overnight; and (2) We have so many more scoring parts than we had last year. --and, because of injuries and resting players--we haven't seen everyone who will be impacting our system.
1. Paris is a fast offensive big man. I did note that you knocked him down to a "big 3" ... however, I know that he will be a gtreat 4/5. What we do know about Paris is that, even as a freshman, he is totally capabie of ringing up 10 in a half. In an organized game, he will be more than adequate as a rebounder.
2. The more that people see Larsen, the more that they expect. That's not a bad thing, nbut it shoud be clear that we have, as a group, established a very high expectation.
3. While many have as much as dismissed him from the team, Mikic is a quality part of a starting GW five. What's more, he isn't a shooting moron, but has to be encouraged to pick his spots.
4. We have some quality in the backcourt. Throw in the 3 and we have some of the best talent from any GW team in recent memory. With Lasan improving over last year and the addition of the 2 guards and Pato, we have a lot more points than the year of Taylor or nothing. Again, it most likely won't be a straight line improvement, but it is there.
Smith and Larsen... say no more. If you haven't heard it before, those two will present problems right out to the box.
The final point of interest: We DO HAVE almost 11 players who can make a strong argment to play ball. This team "WILL RUN" and this team "WILL PRESS." This program will go after the opponent. What's more, What's more, The guys joining the team will be more than willing to shoot the tempo up and out of the gym. In fact, if we don't see it early on, it would be that Lonergan isn't tipping his hand..
Finally, this team is fast.With Kopriva more assertive in a loose fun game, we should see a number of new players hitting the score card on a regular basis--also folks that many here dont' thing are going to score. I will make a "herve" point here... Paris will be much more effective in a game where ti opens up. He is big and he is fast. Sure a 7 footer will be able to lean on him in a slow game set play situation, but we are going to be running. This is an uptempo team as it is constructed. I know that I am way out on a limb here, but look at an increase in GW scoring by about 8 to 15 points a game.
The era of GW having a single guard who is both in charge of the ball and also the main scorer is gone. Lonergan's little secret is that we can now bust it up the court and we are deep enough to pressure the hell out of the opponents. The fact that Smith is already looking like the Hulk means that more talent is going to be waiting in the second wave. If I'm not right, I will eat a plate of dried squid. (idle threat, I grew up in Hawaii).