And he's stronger than ever; he's been lifting since the season ended, he might be pounds for the opener. This is a kid that could lead the conference in three-point and free-throw percent-age, assists and steals. Look for him to increase his scoring this season, not quite to the level of the 33 points he dropped on Oregon State last season, more in the range. Said one Pac coach, "I love Tyler Hansbrough, and with the media attention it's going to be hard beating him out for player of the year, but if I could have one player in the country this season, it'd be Collison.
And it'd take me about a second to make that decision, too. I bet most coaches would say the same thing, too. His parents were world-class sprinters, his mother, June Griffith-Collison, having competed in the Olympics.
Other than his speed, what makes Collison special is the fact that not only can he penetrate the lane, if a defender drops off even an inch, he has drained nearly half his three-point attempts the last two seasons. Voted the most outstanding player of the Pac Tournament, he's also the top defensive point guard in the conference. And in the clutch, Collison is the guy, as he drained of free throws in the final four minutes of games while also making each of his six field-goal attempts as the shot-clock buzzer sounded.
Collison should be a top pick in what is considered a somewhat weak NBA draft. For the official purpose of this preview, we'll be listing Holiday as a two, but he's more of a hybrid guard, capable of running the point or roaming the perimeter off the ball. Actually, no one seems quite sure what he is -- Scout.
If nothing else, both recruiting services rated Holiday as one of the top four incoming freshmen, Rivals.
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And in the McDonald's All-American game, if Holiday wasn't the best player on the court, he was certainly on the short list with 14 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists. For a high school kid, he's solid defensively; he doesn't gamble. For a right-handed player, he has as good of a left hand as I've ever seen at this level.
And he's a winner, too, having won three state titles in high school. As for his immediate goals this season, he wants to follow Westbrook as the Pac Defensive Player of the Year. Ask college basketball coaches and 99 will say that the majority of players see their greatest degree of improvement between their freshman and sophomore seasons. Of course, there are going to be exceptions to that rule, and Shipp appears to be one of those cases. Howland expected him to lead the team in scoring in , but instead he was limited to four games after hip surgery and took a medical red-shirt.agendapop.cl/wp-content/cellphone/bidag-como-hackear.php
As a sophomore, he was solid, averaging However, he spent the summer and fall recovering from surgery on his other hip. Still, he averaged Shipp was percent healthy this spring and summer. He scored 21 points three times in conference play and drained an improbable baseline floater that gave UCLA an victory over Cal on March 8. Shipp -- the lone Bruin to start all 39 games -- scored in double-digits 25 times and led the team with 70 three-pointers. A solid defender, Shipp also finished with 52 steals and 16 blocked shots.
If he remains healthy, look for Shipp to take an increased load offensively, especially early as he lifts some of the pressure from the five freshmen. An NBA prospect, he can play both the two and three, although based on personnel, look for the majority of his defensive match-ups to come at the latter. There were rumors circling this summer that Aboya would be leaving UCLA to play professionally overseas, but he was enrolled in classes in late August.
Aboya started 17 games last season and was among four UCLA players to take the court in each of its 39 games. He's not much for offense, although he converts the majority of put backs and finish opportunities, including 12 dunks. But he's without question an asset on defense with 20 steals and six blocked shots last season.
The reason we have Aboya listed at the four rather than the five is simply a hunch, not that it really matters in UCLA's offense. Defensively, it'll depend on match-ups whether Aboya guards the opposition's four or five -- he's strong enough for either.
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A second-team Pac All-Academic pick in , Aboya -- who has talked about law school after graduating -- does all those little things coaches rave about. For example, he took a team-high 11 charges last season while also diving for nine loose balls. He took a team-high 23 charges as a sophomore in The team's most physical player, he tallied 90 personal fouls and four disqualifications, and trust us, it's not like the officials are giving him an unfair shake.
Defensively, Morgan should be ready to compete in the Pac He's a strong pounds and can alter shots with anyone.
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In the Texas 4A state title game, against Beaumont Ozen, he registered six blocked shots. He won't be a focal point offensively; the majority of his points in high school came on offensive put backs and in transition. In a roundabout way, Howland can thank his old adversary at Stanford, Trent Johnson, for helping him land Morgan.
Johnson was hired to replace Bradey, and though Morgan was undecided for a while, giving Tiger fans hope he'd hang around, he ultimately ask out of his scholarship. Howland was only too happy to give him a scholarship. Morgan helped South Oak Cliff win four consecutive state titles, so he's certainly used to a winning culture. Both rated him a top player overall. Many ex-pected Keefe would take a medical red-shirt last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in mid-August, but after missing the first 12 games of the season, he returned because the team was in desperate need of depth.
After a slow start, Keefe really came on in the latter stages, highlighted by his point, rebound performance against Western Kentucky in the Sweet He was also crucial in the Pac title game win over Stanford with eight points and three boards. Howland is looking forward to a stellar junior campaign from Keefe. He was up to pounds as of Labor Day and could crack by the season-opener. It wouldn't be shocking to see Gordon join the starting lineup at some point, and perhaps more importantly, don't be surprised to see him logging crucial late-game minutes during non-conference play.
The talent is there; it's just a matter of if he's ready physically. And all indications this summer were that he was more than holding his own in pick-up games. There are really no limitations to what he can do on the court, from knocking down a three to a solid drop-set in the post. He can pass, and can he ever block shots, with a career-high 11 three times last season. We have 18 practices before our first game, that's all we have for these freshmen. Rated the No. He's by no means the most highly touted recruit in UCLA's version of the Fab Five, but he could have signed with a lot of major conference teams and started from the first practice.
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Still, he signed with the Bruins, where his role as a freshman is expected to come off the bench at minutes per game, depending on junior Michael Roll's health. National Team this summer.
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And while he has quickness off the dribble, Lee can also knock down a three-pointer. There aren't a ton of minutes at the point, but Howland has no issue with playing three guards even if Shipp moves to the four defensively. And Anderson, like the other four incoming freshmen, didn't come to Westwood to ride the pine. Oakland 2.
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