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Bill Koch has a new story about UC's shot-blocking ability and the role it played in the Rutgers game. Here's a pretty interesting snippet from the end of the piece from Mick:
The Bearcats might become even more effective rejecting shots if 6-foot-10 sophomore Kelvin Gaines continues to develop. Gaines was the first sub Cronin used Wednesday, entering the game with 17:25 left in the first half, which is an unusually early appearance for him. He played 10 minutes, producing two points, two rebounds and one steal.
“Kelvin is a guy people probably forget about,” Cronin said. “I’m really excited about him right now, where his mind’s at and his development. He’s really been practicing well. If he can get to the point where he’s the 25-to-27 minute- a-game guy, you’ll see shot blocking because he can really block shots.”
I saw that, too. Hopefully, what we saw against Rutgers becomes the norm for him. I actually think he has played much better this year in his limited appearances. I think he is really close to understanding how to use his tremendous athleticism on the court.
Having a third guys at the 5 who can defend, board and block shots would be huge.
This post was edited by Class of 1985 14 months ago
GO BEARCATS!! FIGHT!!! FIGHT!!!! FIGHT!!!!!
kelvin is fast and has great jumping ability. he just doesn't have basketball instints and acumen. its hard to reconcile those together, and as a result hes probably one of the most athletic bigs in the country who looks manges to look awkward and uncoordinated half the time he is out there. for a player like him, the only way he is going to improve his instincts and acumenis by getting game action. he will be a player who will be tough to watch sometimes and will also wow us sometimes- and hopefully a year from now he is able to give consistent minutes.
This post was edited by dp3113 14 months ago
Love Kelvin's body and athleticism, but until he can get to 5-7 minutes a game, I'm not going to fantasize about 25-27 minutes and blocking all these shots. Baby steps...
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I'm sure Chad can answer this but if I remeber correctly didn't Kelvin only have like one or two years of organized basketball under his belt before he got to campus? I thought that was the reason for him redshirting but I could be wrong on that.
Regardless he matches up better than David against some opponents based on athleticism so it was good to see him contribute some solid minutes.
I believe this is accurate and why he redshirted because he was so raw basketball-wise but they loved his athleticism. I'm sure this is why his basketball IQ isn't very high right now. Just gotta hope the light goes on for him.
Feel a little guilty for being cynical but I also read this and thought it hinted that that we aren't going to sign another big.
Although I do agree that Gaines has all the athleticism and he is definitely improving.
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They are far from the same player, but former basketball strength coach Dave Andrews once told me Kelvin's "quick twitch" muscles are similar to Kenyon Martin. If you watch his blocks, his explosiveness is there and he is improving. Now, if we can only find a rugged inside scoring presence who goes to the hole with the sole intent of ripping someone's head off....
At some point earlier this year I remember Mick saying that Kelvin had a tendency to think "next year is my year" and just go through the motions.
it sounds like that's no longer the case which is very good news.
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