HeyZeus wrote:Though, I'm inclined to believe an adult coach over a teenage player
Right. 'Cause the college basketball coaching fraternity is so jam packed with stand-up guys. Cough! Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Jim Calhoun, Kelvin Sampson, etc., etc. cough!
There are gray areas over what kids are promised, but it's completely believable to me that a coach would use some silky language to get a kid to believe that he was going to be a starter when, in fact, the coach was just telling him he was going to get the chance to earn a starting spot.
Here's the truth about Maymon: He's an excellent, ambitious player who finds himself in a system that is not set up to deliver him the ball. At Marquette right now, he's a screen setter who gets his shots from the offensive glass. Maybe if he sticks with the team he can become a more integral part of the flow, get the ball in transition and up his minutes this year. As he develops and takes on more leadership, he'll be a bigger part of the strategy. But Marquette plays in the Big East and Buzz has to bring him along a little first. Maymon is coming out of a system where he's been "the man" on the best team in the state for two straight years. He was also "the man" on one of the most impressive AAU teams in the region.
But I can't understand why guys like HeyZeus are so resentful of 18-year old kids. Is it a jealousy thing? I watched Maymon play a lot of ball over the last three years and found him to be as cocky as any exceptional high school kid in any arena. But instead of being in westside Madison now around his friends and family every day, he's down the road in Milwaukee going to a school with strangers and playing on a team where he's not the featured piece. That's pretty hard.
Another story today says his dad wasn't aware of this news and was going to Milwaukee to talk to Jeronne about it. 10 years ago, this kind of development wouldn't play out in the media like this. But I'm disappointed in the level of schadenfreude associated with it. This kid was not recruited by Wisconsin for whatever reason, yet some around here seem to only wish him the worst at the school he chose.
Does boldly leading a Madison high school team to a state title mean nothing?
Personally, I think he'd be a great fit in Bo's swing offense. He's a hard-working, proven rebounder who is a very nice passer with a decent shot. Plus, he's got some post moves. But there's obviously much more to being on Bo's team than playing well in games. And it's clear from everything I've read that Ryan doesn't make promises to recruits (he alluded to this in a recent presser, so I wonder if he got early news about this).