Commented on how he played physical and talked at Cody Zeller and whoever wrote the article was impressed with him. Said we will likely see him on a NBA roster.
I see a similar theme playing out as with Harangody. Cooley is playing his tail off in these summer league games and probably playing harder than everyone else similarly to how Harangody did for the better part of his college career. The reality is that two things happen - eventually you go up against better athletes who play harder once the NBA regular season starts and you can't maintain that level of energy over a long period of time.
Kudos to Jack for getting himself on the radar. I hope he can make it for himself and for ND basketball; however, it seems like it will be too much of an uphill battle for the reasons above.
There are plenty of "energy" guys in the NBA. Noah, Faried, Jason Maxiell etc. who have suceeeded by out-working their oppontents. I don't think it's out of the question that Cooley could do the same.
Once in a while, an undrafted player has a decent career; but the odds are heavily against it happening. There are reasons Cooley wasn't drafted, primarily his athletic ability. The NBA is a freak show - large people who are incredible athletes. A center who isn't especially gifted by NBA standards needs to be 7'0" if he's going to play the role of hard nosed hustle guy because his more gifted opposition is going to be that tall.
Summer league is also full of guys who look great and never play meaningful minutes in the NBA. I really just objected to the idea that summer league guys are taking it easy compared to regular season players. And the idea that energy can't translate to the NBA.
near the top players in the league. Also they tend to be sloppy games where hustle can get you a lot of opportunities. Within a more structured game, I don't see his impact being as great.
Reggie Evans- has had a very solid career by outworking almost everyone on the boards.
Some other big man names with different skill sets than Cooley: Ben Wallace, Chuck Hayes, Bo Outlaw.
Also, to this day I have no idea how Brad Miller was not drafted. He was a skilled 7 footer at Purdue.
One other name is Anthony Mason- who while drafted, was a 3rd round pick.
Oh yeah, one other name: Tim Kempton who played in 8 NBA seasons and was a 6th round draft choice! Tim Kempton Jr is a 6'8 and 210 lb class of 2013 recruit who will be attending Lehigh.
with Cooley would be the defensive end. He really can't defend like those guys. Really poor away from the basket. Zeller just blew by him on a spin.
Don't want to envision him having to step out and guard on the perimeter or deal with pick-n-roll etc.
I was more pushing back on the idea that playing hard won't translate to regular season.
Not to be a dick, but the same kid who pretty much vanished for us once conference play started doesn't seem to have much problem getting motivated now.
Just from UND:
". . . this season was the only conference player to average a double-double during the league's 18-game regular-season slate as he netted 12.4 points and grabbed 10.1 rebounds. The 6-9, 246-pound forward led the league with 10 double-doubles in BIG EAST play. He scored a season-high 26 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds for the second time during the season in an overtime win (79-71) at DePaul on Feb. 2, 2013. Cooley also put together a string of six consecutive double-doubles during the BIG EAST regular season. He was three times named to the league's weekly honor roll during the '12-'13 campaign, while scoring in double figures in 15 of 18 contests and grabbing 10-plus boards in 11 league games.
"Cooley was one of three players who started all 35 games for the Irish this past season. He led Notre Dame in double-figure scoring efforts (29), games with 10 or more rebounds (20) and in double-doubles (19). Cooley also topped the Irish with 41 blocked shots. Cooley also finished fourth nationally in double-doubles and was 13th in rebounding."
his season also changed when Scott Martin went down. ND was playing a 4 around 1 and switched to a 3 around 2 with Knight/Sherman/Auguste taking the minutes of Martin. I am sure this affected the spacing and the ability to feed the ball into JC for single coverage.
To be honest, by the end of last season it seemed the only players who showed more than glimpses of motivation were Pat and the 3 Martin replacements.
The 3 around 2 set brought a second post defender into the post area.
Unless you stay strictly in a high/low set the post area really gets
When Martin went down for the season he was shooting the three well.
This all affected Cooley's ability to get post catches and to score.
Just to confuse the shit out of everyone.
identical twins. The league had minimum-play rules; a kid could not play thge whole game. A parent thought the twins were one kid and called the head of the league to complain that the one kid never came out of the game.