Tuesday, May 27, 2008

HOOS HOOPS RECRUITS EARN ESPN HONORABLE MENTION

UVa’s incoming freshmen hoopsters made the Honorable Mention category at ESPN (not among the top 25, but better than everybody else). The top three commitments are Big Mac All-American Sylven Landesburg, a 6-6 small forward from Holy Cross H.S., John Brandenburg, a 6-11 center from De Smet Jesuit H.S. and Assane Sene a 7-0 center from South Kent High School.

We enjoyed what Scout.com said about Brandenburg: Brandenburg displays great passion for the game but he has some issues to work out. He desperately needs to improve his hands and his ability to finish. It seems as if he brings the ball down to his knees every time he touches it. Right now he is simply a space eater in the paint. The good news is he really wants to get better and works very hard. The potential is there.

In other words, he’s a gigantic white guy who hustles, but he keeps bringing the ball down when he shouldn’t which is a habit he cultivated while being the biggest guy on the court for all of his life…

Here’s what they said about Sene: A long and lean shot blocker, he needs time to develop. His lack of strength keeps him from maintaining possession of the ball (bad hands). He's a great kid who plays hard and really wants to get better. The best word to describe him is raw.

Hmmm…two words come to mind: Manute Bol. Maybe it was the “bad hands” thing…

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