This is a open-ended question concerning players that were in search of greener pastures. Would any of the below players “STARTED” or “SAW MAJOR PT” this past season:
Keyshawn Embery-Simpson - Tulsa
Gabe Osabuohien - West Virginia
Jordan Phillips - Texas-Arlington
Simpson had to sit out a year last season.
Gabe was 6th or 7th man and a key player for West Virginia.
Phillips became eligible in the Spring semester and started a lot of games for UT Arlington.
Change of scenery helps some kids. It’s not a reflection on any coach. We all need to remember that especially me!
My guess is that all of those guys would have had a chance to make a major impact last year because of how limited the roster was. I don’t think any of them would have significant roles on this year’s team or going forward because of the infusion of talent that Coach Musselman has brought in.
Interesting observation. Something worth tracking as careers of these three move forward.
Gabe was a really nice fit for Mike’s system. He was also a good fit for Huggy’s system at West Virginia. He doesn’t seem to be a great fit for Muss’ “I want at least 3-4, 3-point shooters on the floor to spread the defense”, system. Last year, he would probably have received significant minutes because of the personnel shortage.
I think Simpson would have got some minutes last season with our player shortage. I’ve never been a fan of Phillips. Just don’t think he was a Power 6 caliber player.
Don’t have any strong arguments against what you stated, except maybe three qualifiers.
On Gabe, he is a high energy guy. I have seen several tweets from Muss talking up energy guys that are not three point shooters.
Embery-Simpson was Mr. Oklahoma as a junior before he went a Prep School as a senior. He was a four star.
Philips is I think one of those Anderson guys that starts producing at a higher level starting with the junior year. Also I remember mid range scoring was his specialty.
The one thing I’ve noticed about getting to the next level at the 2 guard or forward spot is height. Good playerS are 6-6 and up. We’ve got taller players at those positions
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