If Gabe can spend the offseason honing the stand still 3, he’s about to become the perfect stretch 4 for Mike’s motion offense. He’s already becoming a defensive force with his ability to switch, his rebounds, and his willingness to give his body up to draw charges. He could be a really big piece for us the next two years.
He’s very frustrating at times, however he reminds me so much of JaCorey Williams, they sometimes try to do too much, but they do show flashes of becoming a good player and once they figure it out and slow down they’ll be alright. Gabe seems be to figuring it out quicker than Williams did, I agree with you he’s going to be a big piece for us moving forward. I expect him to lock down that starting 4 spot by next year (If the staff doesn’t move Chaney there, I think they’ll start him at the 5 if Gafford leaves).
Kudo’s to Gabe. He’s always hustling but has taken a lot of heat for his decision making at times.
Last night he took 3 charges which was huge. Taking charges is an art.
He will be out there with 4 other guys.
It’s has been his passing that result in turnovers and fouling in the backcourt that drives me crazy. Usually when he commits a turnovers he fouls pretty quick following the TO.
There are time he takes the ball to the hole and looks like a diamond in the rough there’s others where the bull in the China shop shows up.
When he gets the ball down low in traffic he has issues finishing and usually fakes until there’s no chance to finish.
If he’s going to take 3’s I’d like to see him work on his free throws and get above 60%.
When he’s on defense that’s when he’s at his best. Taking charges come natural to him. I’ve been critical of his play when he’s earned it. Today I’m eating crow and proud of it. He has to play well for the hogs to win.
His passing was excellent yesterday.
Gabe’s improvement is really noticeable in the Hog’s last 3 games:
FGs - 3-7 / 3s - 3-4 / RB - 8 / Assts - 8 / TOs - 4 / Stls - 3
What stands out to me is his shot selection improvement and his 2-1 asst to TO ratio. Of course, he’s been the best on the team all year at taking charges. He’s taken 4 3s, but he’s now taking only wide open 3s and proving he can hit them. He appears to finally be letting his offense come in the course of the game and not forcing it. That lets his intense defense be even more valuable to the team.
His passing is coming along, too. He’s nowhere near Trey Thompson, but he is improving.
I like him, and the best thing I like about him is he has a short memory. The way I see it he must make those 3pts shots in practice to take them when he is wide open in the game
Gabe is a scrapper and plays hard, was just getting in a hurry before and trying to do to much. But you can’t deny his energy. Hopefully he is finally settling in & letting the game to him more on the offensive side.
He needs to take those open 3’s and making a few will pull those defenses out clearing space for Dan and our guards to drive in the paint.
Just needs to distinguish when to shoot the 3 and when not to. I think he is getting there.
Yes Navy against LSU his passing was spot on. That’s hasn’t always been the result of his passing.
Don’t go over board Gabe is not a starter far from it smh 🤦♀️ how soon do you guys drink the kool aid…This guy still hasn’t earned his scholarship yet he’s done far more harm than good in his tenure the only thing he’s shown us the last few games is his ‘Potential’ to be impactful ‘Potential’ and nothing more same for Adrio…Last week we were questioning if he ever should have been offered now he’s a starter sheesh!
If/when his potential turns into reality you might be pleasantly surprised. Gabe is starting to turn that corner. One or two games isn’t enough to define that yet but it’s a start. If He keeps improving and another offseason of work who knows.
I’ve never said Gabe shouldn’t have been offered. If you see any of my posts about Gabe, I’ve always been high on him and always made the JaCorey Williams comparison with how he shows flashes but just needs to slow it down and not play in a hurry and try to do too much. He seems to be figuring that out, and I think once he cuts those fouls down and those flashes he shows turns into consistency he’s going to lock down a starting spot. I fully stand by that.
Now Adrio Bailey, you’ve seen me be very critical of him, he’s played better as of late and I’m glad to see that, but I still think Gabe’s upside is much higher than Bailey’s.
Yep, someone says something and thinks every agrees with them. Me and you both have argued with people all year about Gabe. He’s much better than many give him credit for.
In my personal opinion he has tremendous upside.
I can agree with this! If he has a great offseason he can be essential to what we do game in and game out
And that’s where we differ Blu… I put them both in the same boat; Adrio has done good things in his career like against North Carolina but his bad out weighs his good by a land slide and likewise for Gabe they both show flashes of potential but neither have managed to put it together to play a starting role
He’s very frustrating at times, however he reminds me so much of JaCorey Williams, they sometimes try to do too much, but they do show flashes of becoming a good player and once they figure it out and slow down they’ll be alright. Gabe seems be to figuring it out quicker than Williams did, I agree with you he’s going to be a big piece for us moving forward…
[/quote]I felt Gabe was the most “raw” of any of MA’s 3, 4, or 5 recruits, perhaps by far. In fact, he didn’t look like a basketball player last season…but as you note above, Gabe appears to be catching on (and developing skills) at a faster rate than several others. He’s fearless near the boards…which is needed.
For those saying MA doesn’t develop, I think Gabe’s improvements since last season really demonstrate that someone’s really doing a fine job of developing.
Unfortunately, it looks as if we are going to have to depend on Gabe to give us quality minutes. He needs to do what he does best, play defense, rebound and get the ball to someone else if he happens to get the ball. He is not a 3 point shooter and probably never will be. He can be an effective reserve for us, but if he is starting consistently…we are in trouble. We need some guys to get on the glass. Gafford can’t do it all by himself. Chaney and Gabe must come to the front if we are going to finish strong.
Gabe could play for 40 years and never be a smooth or fluid player no matter if it’s MA or coach K coaching him. But he does have the potential if he continues to work and mature physically to be one of those guys that every team needs and that’s the guy who shows up every night with his hard hat on ready to contribute and rarely shows up big on the stat chart other than minutes played. He’s raw but he’s coming around and I think he will become a pleasant surprise before his career is over. WPS