Why Ryan Dunn does not get constant minutes, every UVA participant’s NBA comp, the explanations for Kadin Shedrick’s struggles, and extra

Forward of the Virginia Cavaliers’ 7:00 PM tip in opposition to the Virginia Tech Hokies, I answered various questions from the Wahoo fanbase. To get your query answered, comply with me (@Zach_Carey_) and Streaking the Garden (@STL_UVA) on Twitter. Apologies to those that requested questions that I did not get to answering this time round. Needed to reduce it right down to keep away from this being even longer than traditional.

When you might add one defensive participant and one offensive participant from UVA previous and add them to this squad, who could be the gamers and why?

Hm, this one’s fascinating. For the aim of answering the query I am going to take the soccer strategy to it because the Twitter development asking this query is easier than basketball since basketball gamers play each ends of the ground. However, for this train, we’ll faux that the defensive participant and offensive participant I add right here can solely play on that finish of the ground.

Beginning on protection, I feel Akil Mitchell is a reasonably simple reply right here. A troublesome rebounder who has the dimensions to protect greater facilities within the put up, the quickness and agility to explode ball screens on the perimeter, and the footwork and intelligence to protect premier forwards, Mitchell is precisely the participant this UVA protection wants proper now, particularly with Kadin Shedrick struggling. Virginia’s struggles on the boards and in opposition to groups that may unfold them out and assault the bigs would virtually instantly be solved by Mitchell’s presence whereas his expertise within the Bennett system could be enormous for this squad.

Offensively, I am gonna hold it easy (silly) and go along with Malcolm Brogdon. The capturing for this workforce has improved sufficient that I do not really feel the necessity to add a Kyle Man or Joe Harris and, with Reece and Kihei, including London Perrantes or Ty Jerome feels pointless. Moreover, the thought of ​​throwing prime Jay Huff or Sam Hauser in with this backcourt could be very intriguing, however having Brogdon and his shot-making and slashing capability could be an enormous assist for this offense. He can go get a bucket at a second’s discover and, whereas Armaan Franklin has been superb this 12 months, including Brogdon into the fold would take strain off everyone else and make guarding the Wahoo backcourt an enormous headache for opponents.

What’s every UVA participant’s NBA comp?

This might take some time, so I am going to attempt to hold it quick and candy. Making NBA comps is inherently tough as a result of it assumes {that a} participant reaches their ceiling or perhaps a potential that is not really attainable for that participant. So, in making these comparisons, I am extra so evaluating these guys to the sorts of gamers who play within the NBA and what the very best model of every of the UVA gamers may very well be. With that stated here is a fast comp for every man enjoying greater than 10% of minutes this season:

Kadin Shedrick—Nic Claxton

Armaan Franklin—Damion Lee

Ryan Dunn — De’Andre Hunter

Isaac McKneely — Donte Divincenzo (with higher capturing)

Reece Beekman — De’Aaron Fox

Ben Vander Plas—Joe Ingles

Jayden Gardner—Adam Schofield

Francisco Caffaro — (The present iteration of) Deandre Jordan

Kihei Clark—José Alvarado

@ me on Twitter in case you agree, disagree, or need extra rationalization.

You famous in the course of the UNC 1st helped that it could be time to take a look at the offensive scheme general. Do you suppose that is mandatory? And in that case, how would you alter it? Are the problems with scheme, matchups, streakiness, or the entire above?

So, there is a macro and a micro approach to reply this query. On a broad scale, sure, it would be excellent if UVA might diversify and modernize a few of its offensive units to get away from the identical three units they have been working for the previous 5 years. The edges offense molded with continuity ball display, the three-man offense (which I am going to handle in a second), and UVA’s unfold excessive ball display seems are comparatively simplistic offenses. That is not essentially a nasty factor and it factors to how the teaching emphasis might be nearer to 60% protection, 40% offense than a 50-50 cut up.

However, in right this moment’s basketball, having extra schemes, seems, and units in your offensive repertoire is useful and borderline mandatory. Positive, the ‘Hoos have a number of set performs of their again pocket for late sport/clock eventualities. However increasing the easy offensive rules the workforce depends on to extra participant (and workforce) particular units would undoubtedly be useful in the long term. Opponents have an in-depth data of what UVA runs by now (sides, ball screens, three-man/center triangle) and so the offense is probably too depending on execution and never scheming up beauty. That is the place the scoring droughts come from. The inherent steady nature of sides and even the triangle set are contributing to the indecisiveness and stagnation that each one Bennett groups struggled with

That being stated, that is onerous to do 16 video games right into a season and what Virginia runs can and does work very properly! I’ve liked what I’ve seen out of the small-ball lineups, notably within the three-man offense, as a result of the offense has catered to the personnel slightly than vice versa. Discovering what works for the gamers is often a greater approach to go about offensive game-planning than making an attempt to make the gamers modify to the scheme. There are additionally various very proficient guys on this roster who’ve loads of expertise executing properly in Bennett’s offense.

Lengthy story quick, it would be nice if UVA might steadily incorporate extra various and sophisticated offensive units into its scheme (for example, discovering methods to cater to expert bigs). Granted, what Virginia runs now will be very efficient if the personnel and scheme are molded collectively slightly than one being compelled to cater to the opposite. The small ball experiment has been a implausible instance of that as Vander Plas and Franklin particularly have thrived within the three-man offense whereas enjoying with out true bigs on the ground.

What does the long run maintain for Gardner for the remainder of the season? Does his lack of versatility imply that his function will proceed to lower?

I do not learn about his function lowering, however I feel it will keep about the identical. I believe that the times of Bennett confidently trotting Gardner and Shedrick on the ground collectively for 25+ minutes per sport collectively are lengthy gone, until we see main enhancements from every of them all through the again half of the common season.

Once more, I do not imply to tear on Gardner. He is an excellent faculty basketball participant who is aware of what he is good at, is sound defensively, and might present mandatory front-court scoring in a number of alternative ways. Sadly, he is simply not environment friendly sufficient to be this Virginia workforce’s go-to-guy and his skill-set limits his affect as a complementary participant. Just like the function he is performed for many of this season, I feel he’ll come up huge in various video games the place UVA depends on him offensively. However, in any other case, his minutes will probably be primarily based on how the remainder of the front-court is enjoying and the defensive matchups.

Will we begin to see Kadin play extra of an expanded situational function just like Caffaro from right here on out? Or do you suppose these previous two video games have been exceptions?

Related query right here however a barely totally different reply. The inconsistency for Kadin has been fairly the head-scratcher this 12 months. On the one hand, the analytics level to Shedrick being a ridiculously efficient and environment friendly huge man. His defensive numbers as a shot blocker and disruptor each on the backend and on the perimeter are ridiculous whereas he is been very environment friendly offensively as a stellar finisher and an excellent free throw shooter. Heck, his offensive fee is twenty first nationally on KenPom.

Sadly, he additionally commits 5.1 fouls per 40 minutes whereas he is typically too aggressive defensively which leads to fouls and bottom buckets when Shedrick over-helps. On offense, he can have a tendency to slide into the background and does not present a lot of a menace past being rolling to the basket off ball screens. He is nonetheless that doubtlessly environment friendly offensive participant who’s a game-changer defensively, however the inconsistency has been fairly irritating contemplating simply how expert he’s.

With all that stated, I anticipate him to bounce again and set up himself once more earlier than this season is over. He is too good of a participant with too good of a training employees instructing him for that to not occur.

If UVA twitter appears to suppose Ryan Dunn is the following DeAndre Hunter, why is not he getting extra minutes? What does twitter know that our HoF coach does not?!

Yeah so the Ryan Dunn discourse is unquestionably an fascinating one. Do not get me mistaken, I typically agree with the lots that he in all probability deserves some extra run in video games and that establishing him as a constant member of the rotation could be actually helpful. With that being stated, understanding why Dunn is not that man but or is not getting these alternatives but comes right down to a few various factors.

For starters, Tony Bennett is a win-now coach. He does not care about enjoying guys to develop them. He could not care much less about that. Bennett performs the blokes who’re most definitely to win him video games, not for the sake of gamers rising as people. If that occurs alongside the best way, nice. If not, no less than minutes weren’t wasted making an attempt to make it occur. Bennett-ball can completely be irritating and has seemingly contributed to a couple guys leaving this system after they did.

However, it additionally gained UVA a Nationwide Championship and the blokes that do go away this system sometimes weren’t nice matches within the first place and would’ve wanted to go elsewhere anyway. So the steadiness there’s powerful, though that 2019 banner hanging in JPJ ought to sway most opinions.

In Dunn’s case, the following apparent query is why Bennett does not really feel that the freshman wing contributes sufficient to profitable. That is a barely tougher query to reply, but it surely’s to not spite UVA Twitter, consider it or not. No, there are nonetheless limits to Dunn’s sport. For starters, he does not present that a lot offensive manufacturing. He could make an occasional exterior shot and take a defender off the dribble once in a while, however each are far and few between. Dunn has loopy offensive potential. He actually does and we have seen it on show — most lately together with his 9 factors versus Florida State — however he nonetheless must take one other step or so to ascertain himself within the rotation.

Secondly, I feel the notion of him as this lockdown wing defender is definitely a tad bit distorted. Perhaps I am a part of the issue in overhyping him, however he isn’t all the best way there defensively. Dunn is a flexible defender with the size, wingspan, quickness, instincts, power, and footwork that give him the potential to be an unimaginable wing stopper.

BUT, he is nonetheless about three-ish % off in all of these areas (save pure dimension in fact) which signifies that he is equally possibly a half step away. As a result of he is fast for his dimension however not as fast as perimeter guards, he can wrestle in opposition to guys within the backcourt (it is unfair to make him guard any person like Marcus Sasser, however he did wrestle in opposition to the Houston guard). In the meantime, whereas he is sturdy and prolonged relative to his mobility and footwork, he is nonetheless not sturdy sufficient for many front-court gamers within the ACC, so he will be backed down.

Thus, as a result of Dunn is only a tad missing in various areas and is not routinely an enormous defensive plus particularly when contemplating that his offensive sport is restricted, it is comprehensible that his minutes have not been constant but. He nonetheless boasts unimaginable potential on both finish and will begin to attain that this season if he can transition these superior flashes into constant manufacturing.

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