we all saw it. willie displayed a better offensive than nerlens and aran just said it on his mock.
dispite Nerlens running almost what you can call a point forward in HS. willie has also showed better passing and ball handling leading a couple breaks the times i watched UK.
now im not hating on nerlens by all means because i think you cant overlook his potential but willie is bigger, faster, better frame, better hands, (the dude use to play Wide Receiver in HS for fuucks sake). i saw him effortlessly willing to take on perimeter defenders in games and doesn't bite in pump fakes quite as easy
He projects as a lock on the much needed Center position, while Nerlens might be better suited for the PF (I've been saying that)...
After Fridays game i immediately put Willie as a top 10 prospect. come think of it he's gonna put around similar stats to Nerlens.
BTW im not basing this off one game... throughout the 'pre-season', Willie has been more impressive to me
I like them both...Cauley Stein needs to add some post moves,add some weight and improve his footwork around the basket...He could really move up the draft board,if he continue to work on his game...Nerlens Noel showed good timing defensively,people question his lack of offense,but if he continues to dominant defensively,that lack of offense can be overlooked..
But the guy that impressed me the most on that team was Goodwin,his size and ability to make plays and attack the basket,will have him in the top 5 discussion next summer...Those comparisions to Russell Westbrook arent far off...But he needs to add some consistency to his jump shot....
"Nerlens Noel needs to add some post moves,add some weight and improve his footwork around the basket... Willie Cauley-Stein showed good timing defensively,people question his lack of offense,but if he continues to dominant defensively,that lack of offense can be overlooked.."
The only thing I can tell after one game into their college careers is that WCS is more physically ready to compete at this level. Not only is he physically stronger, but he plays more physically as well, wihch probably stems from his football background.
Noel was NEVER a point forward in H.S. not even close. I'm not going to judge UK players just yet since Cal always has them playing 10x better by mid/end of the season. In the begging people on here bashed Anthony Davis, Marquis Teauge but as the season went along and both got better people started to see what all the fuss was about.
I came away from the Maryland game being more impressed with Alex Len, than Cauley or Noel. I understand that those two will improve immensely over the course of the year, as it was their first college game, but Len dominated both of them.
I actually think Kyle Wiltjer is going to blow up, this season. He showed really nice range, and is a complete player, at 6'10''. He's not as long or athletic as Cauley or Noel, but his offensive potential is really appealing due to the fact he's only a true soph.
I think Cauley and Noel are two year prospects, they are very raw on offense and lack the bulk necessary to play C in the NBA. Both have the potential to be taken high, if they are one and done, but I think they would both be wise to stay two.
Enough of their offense, I want to talk about their defense/rebounding.
Am I the only one that saw these two guys get demolished on the boards when Kentucky was supposed to have one of, if not the, best 3-man rotation of bigs in the country?
Both Noel and Cauley-Stein tipped the ball over and over and I don't think I ever saw one of them actually go up there and grab the rebound, it was atrocious.
Not only that but it seemed as if everybody had a free-pass into the lane for easy lay-ups and tip-ins.
Of course, it's only one game but I don't see why these guys are being praised so much for a horrible, horrible game.
WCS has slightly better fundamentals over Noel, but both are not good at boxing out. Noel in particular sucks at boxing out, which was one of the reasons why he wasn't even a prolific rebounder in HS.
Noel's man defense is bad as well. He's got the potential to be a good one because he has great feet and length, but he's got a lot to learn.