Jerry, while I agree about Ford and Smith being incredible players, they (in my opinion) are not PG’s.
Smith reminds me of Todd Day, in the aspect, he’s gonna score against anyone. He’s the type of kid that’s gonna put up 20 PPG. He will have assists, but he’s not a primary ball handler (that might actually be the weakest part of his game, but he’s still better than anyone on this years team).
Ford reminds me of Bradley Beal (less range, but improving). He can also handle the ball, but he’s not a PG. He is another kid I think is gonna score 15+ per game.
They’re both great, but that’s a weak spot for the team. I think Ford will be the SG, and Smith will play SF (in college at least). We need a PG. I don’t know what’s wrong with KK, but if the kid I watched at Oak Hill shows up, it will be a nightmarish back court. He has to show up though.
As for Bigs, I understand what Dudley is saying, but I disagree.
J Will needs another guy with him (4 or 5). I would point to last year, he played really well when Smith was in. He struggled when Smith was out. I’m seeing the same thing this year when Toney is in vs when he’s out.
Now, that would bring me to Walsh. To me Walsh isn’t quite as strong as Toney. I’ve seen Toney and Umude get rejected at the rim as they were coming in, that won’t happen with Walsh. Walsh has freakish athletic ability and will posterize the majority of Bigs trying to reject him.
That will help JWill next year, but he will have to be the leader, I don’t see him in that roll, I can see him being the enforcer (for the vocal leader) and calming influence (kind of like “Uncle Tate” last year) for everyone else. Plus, he’s the only “real inside” guy on the team.
But, we need a facilitator. I’m looking for a PG that can lead. I don’t think that’s Devo.
I just think we need 1-2 more pieces, I would love for Ware to ask out of his LOI and come here. But we’d still need a PG (I do think Black can be that guy, but as I said, I’m not as confident as Dudley and Richard, and I don’t think they’re confident he will come here).