I wouldn’t say Hazen wasn’t productive, he was just behind a lot of older guys. I thought if he stuck around he could be the type that made a huge impact on this team his junior and senior year.
As far as the other scholarship, I wonder if we go after Gabe Obasahan at Southwest Christian now. 6’8 combo F probably fills the same type of role Hazen would have had, plus he’d be a guy that knows he’s going to have to wait his turn and develop for a couple of years.
I wasn’t saying that he wouldn’t be productive I was just saying that we could have somebody that would be more productive, but yes I agree on Gabe, and there are a couple others out there that may think twice on this.
This was a little surprising given the timing, but he was the one I wondered about most. Lot of guys in front of him for PT. But you can see why the staff is disappointed. His skill set is really valuable. Arkansas’ downturn in 3-point attempts the last 2 years is directly linked to not having a big/bigs who could stretch the floor.
Yup. There is no one on the roster who really fills that role. Just because of his frame and athleticism, Gafford can be a good rim-running big who also scores off offensive boards and dump-offs, but he isn’t going to generate any offense on his own.
In talking to the staff, that’s what they valued about Brachen. He had the potential to be a scoring threat with his shooting ability and skill set, which would be big if he could improve physically and in the other aspects of his game. But he did have a ways to go defensively and physically.