I didn't see the names of those that didn't make it in the article. I'm pretty sure this is the same team.
If so, it's too bad he didn't perform better.
...competing with Grant as well as the full time point guards trying out for the team.
Passing is the strongest part of Grant's game, and his ball handling is pretty good. His scoring, both inside and outside, is wildly inconsistent. We have seen that he is capable of being a scorer; but partly because he isn't as assertive as he needs to be and partly because his shooting fundamentals are wanting, he doesn't do it game in and game out.
Unless he addresses the scoring inconsistency, I like him him more as a point guard than as a wing. Maybe the selection committee saw him as a point, too... at Atkins' expense.
missed. Grant's not a point guard, he's a hybrid until he decides to focus on scoring and become more disciplined in his approach to this aspect of his game. He's had to play point because of recruiting misses leading to no depth at the position. The lack of depth now changes with the arrival of DJ.
If he makes the team, hopefully these coaches will bring out the best in him and allow him to work with a legit point guard in Ferrell to become more of a scorer.
Getting away from Brey and company for a few weeks may be the best tonic for his continued development as he will hear and see things from a different perspective.
Kind of hard to miss this:
Grant makes final 16 (UND)
A new era begins (UND)
Grant a finalist (SBT)
Grant makes cut, Atkins does not (FWJG)
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7 of the 12 I exepcted to make the team are in the top 16.
•Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
•Luke Hancock, Louisville
•Tyler Haws, BYU
•Rodney Hood, Duke
•Cory Jefferson, Baylor
•Doug McDermott, Creighton
•Adreian Payne, Michigan State
FWIW I also thought Joe Harris of Virginia would make it, but I see he is injured.
If he can make the cut, there are some good players there to rub off on him. He now needs to survive the 16 to 12 player final cut.
Grant can be dominant at times, but also completely disappears. I felt that he regressed in 12-13. USA basketball is seeing Good Grant.
Hopefully, he can be a dependable player night after night in 13-14.
He does have pro talent I believe if he can just harness it.
A number of us thought his inconsistency was due in part to the staff asking him to expand his game beyond what he was used to. He was historically a selfless player. I do not believe he ever saw himself as the first offensive option.
Brey and staff wanted him to shoot when he was open and attack the basket to create his own shot. I think he might have been suffering from the growing pains of changing his game. We will now more next year because I think the staff will continue with that.
Conversely, I do wonder if Biedscheid and DJ may take over the score first mentality and let Grant play his selfless game more.
When guys play for these kinds of teams, whether it's a national team or a conference "all star" team touring overseas, the team's head coach asks the college head coach what the player should be working on. The players hear the same things from their college coaches day after day. They take some of what they hear to heart and work to improve it; but whether because of perceived overload, stubbornness, or some other reason, they tune out some of the messages.
It can help a lot to have a coach like McKillop look at a player's game and reinforce the critique he hears back on campus. Whatever new/different coaching Grant gets from McKillop will help his game (and Atkins' game from the week he spent in tryouts), but the reinforcement of Brey's agenda for the player will help just as much.