Sticking with my same response from the past month:
Starting 5: Joe, Moody, Tate, Smith, Jackson. If Moody can defend at a high level, this 5 could be just an outstanding combination of scoring and defense.
6th man: Sills. I don’t disagree about what most others have said about Desi and starting (other than him “not being happy” if he doesn’t). No doubt to me he will likely log top 3-4 minutes for the season. But it takes a mature player to be “Manu Gilobili”, and I think we have the staff who can convince Desi of his value as the first off the bench.
10-15 minutes a game:
Vanover. I’m intrigued by his skill set, but not convinced he will log heavy minutes.
Notae. Won’t be surprised if I’m underestimating his contribution a bit.
Williams. How fast will he mature?
Davis. I think he will be an outstanding player some day
Robinson. Barring injuries to others, I think he’ll log the fewest minutes of all the freshmen.
Henderson: Occasional minutes. He definitely has improved, but I think his primary value will be in practice.
KK off bench for Desi
Devo off bench for Joe
Tate for Moody
Conner for Jackson
Williams for smith
Henderson for Jackson smith williams conner,
There are a ton of combos and substitutions
I will be stunned if moody joe are not on the court at he same time most of the time, like Masons and Joe were, eating a lot of minutes.
Also Jackson and Smith .
Just see no way these 4 are not starting most games and are most minutes guys. Desi at the point and that’s a tough bunch to crack into.
I agree with daytonabeachhog on the starting lineup. I’m not sure what he means with Notae and Sills, but I think Desi will play as one of the first substitutes. Moody may work his way into the starting lineup as the season goes on. Tate is too good defensively to keep him out of the starting lineup.
We agree on the initial starting line up, but we really disagree on KK Robinson. I don’t know if you’ve watched or followed KK, but in the final 247 rankings, he finished one spot ahead of Moody as the #39 recruit in the country. I’ll be a bit surprised if he doesn’t get starter minutes early in the season.
Agree, DD. I don’t think people understand just how talented the Fantastic Four are. They are all gonna play, and they are all gonna win. There are 8 Arkansas kids on this team. They know each other and they have built-in chemistry. That’s why I think they will gel quickly and be an absolute nightmare to play against. I’m so excited, I can’t hardly stand it.
I agree with you about KK. Another site said he’s in the best position to start the season at PG.
However, I disagree with most about Moody. Joe, Sills, Tate, and JACKSON, are more SG/SF guys, and I think as JR and SR’s they’re better than the freshmen. I actually believe Moses plays the least amount of all the freshmen. I also don’t see Jackson in the paint. I think both Williams and Vanover will play inside, and by the end of the season Williams is entrenched as the starter at the 5.