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Dylan Burkhardt

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  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    3 things:

    1) Providence has two away games to finish the season, one very losable one at Villanova. They’re 2-7 against RPI top 50 and have a pathetic non-conference schedule. If they get in ahead of Michigan it will be a travesty.

    2) Why is anyone even talking about Zach Gibson playing? He’s a poor man’s version of Graham Brown. If Cronin can’t get the starting gig over him, it’s not a good sign.

    3) I don’t know what’s up with all the CJ Lee hating. The guy actually plays defense, unlike most players on this team. He plays til he barfs. If I’m Beilein, I care about setting a tone in my first few years in town. That starts with playing bust-a-gut D. Who cares if KG is much more of an offensive threat. If he wants to play, all he has to do is match Lee’s effort in practice and in game, and he’ll get PT. If not, it’s his problem. Beilein is a guy about principles, and hard work is one of those principles. Yeah, Lee is painful to watch on the offensive end, but he gives opposing PG’s a hard time (the exception being Kelly this past weekend).

  • JDS

    Agreed w/ Gibson. I would think and hope one or more of the new big guys can outplay him for the starting roll and get the bulk of the minutes inside…IMO, he’s a no more than bench player next year unless he really improves his game

  • JDS

    * I meant starting “role”

  • Giddings

    The only thing Gibson and Graham Brown have in common is that they’re both white big men from the state of Michigan.

    Brown was a wide body, specializing in setting screens, fighting for rebounds, and muscling in layups when he got the ball close to the basket. Gibson is a finesse player (guard stuck in a center’s body) who struggles with setting screens (see the Iowa game) and getting rebounds but runs the floor very well and can hit a jumper all the way out to the three point line.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    Calling Gibson a finesse player or a guard stuck in a center’s body is just laughable. The guy plays hard most of the time, but he is the second-worst 3-point shooter on the team and can’t do much outside of 8 ft. He does run the floor a bit better than Brown did, but doesn’t do anything else much better. Both play shorter than their height due to lackluster hops, get their shots blocked or altered fairly easily, and get taken by quicker post players with frequency. Many more similarities than differences.