The Martin Twins. Mason Jones. Justin Smith. Now Ricky Council.
Not just getting guys from the portal, but finding guys and helping them blossom into pro level players where before they had been role players.
Ricky was somewhat of an afterthought among the 9 newcomers. So far, he’s arguably our best player, leading the SEC in scoring (which won’t last as we are about to become more balanced with NSJ), and on the draft boards as likely NBA draftee in the spring .
Martin twins are impressive player development success stories for Muss. He had them for multiple years, which is what it takes to really develop players from being off the NBA radar to get on the radar. Cody got drafted and is still in the NBA. Caleb got in undrafted and stuck around for a couple of years. That is solid player development.
He is excellent at communicating the role expectations both to new comers and existing remaining staff and players. They get reports everyday to know where they stand. They can go to mirror to see what they need to do to get playing time.
Amen to Toney. Watched replay of the Gonzaga game last year, he and Wade had tremendous defensive games, as well as offense. Wade had a couple of three-pointers that was uncharacteristic, Toney made that critical block in the waning minutes of the game when it looked like they were going to score a layup.
PJ, yes, Caleb was undrafted. But, he is, and has been, playing in the NBA. He and Cody both signed with and played for Charlotte 2019-2021. Cody is still with Charlotte, but injured (he had arthroscopic knee surgery) a month ago and was expected to be out 6 weeks. Caleb was traded to Miami and he’s actually starting and averaging 32 minutes a game for Miami this season.
Oh yes. I have not watched Heat this year yet, but I should have remembered watching him last year with the Heat. What was stuck in my brain is him getting waived by the Hornets last year, Great to hear that he is still in the NBA.
THIS whole thread . . . . expresses my thoughts on Muss and his program better than I ever could.
Muss’ ability to take good players and make them great players. Take great players and to get them to play together as a team. To be able to teach the team the importance of teamwork. He also understand and manages player confidence so that every player from the walk ons to the stars understand their role, somehow he manages the stars so they don’t let their stardom get out of control and the walk ons know how vital their role on the team is that they know they are an important piece. Walkons I suspect are just an extension of the coach on the floor. Every single piece is valuable and works together.
The NBA type experience when they play for him is I suspect very valuable. The comment the other day from a broadcaster about scouts needing to go ahead and buy property in NWA is probably more accurate than anyone really knows.
Muss can evaluate talent! The motor of almost all of the players he has brought in by way of the portal have been solid. The lone exception was Vance Jackson. Of course the A&M transfer didn’t work either last season.
Muss finds ways to figure out what players can do and gets them in situations they can perform. I used matchups better than most coaches and he will let every player defense is a must to see the court.