Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The WAC is getting whacked and other notes

First to some notes before the cleaning lady mistakes them for scribbles to be disposed of properly -- in the trash:

As expected, former Nevada point Ramon Sessions has been sent to the Tulsa 66ers of the Developmental league. He needs to play and hadn't seen any court time in the young NBA season to date. There will be those who will disagree but Sessions going up against opponents in Tulsa will be much better for his progression than if he had returned for his senior season in Reno. Let's hope he keeps his head up and uses the playing time to better his skills set...

...Fresno signs a big who actually plays in the paint!!! Sure, we're being facetious but 6-8 240 Joey Cameron out of Chipola JC (Florida). Raisintown will be Cameron's fourth or fifth stop since high school so hopefully he will finally be in a place and situation that works for him...

...6-11 Shawn Taylor looks to be out of the rotation at Fresno. He's a 6-11 senior (also out of Chipola, like Cameron, and Alabama before that) who originally signed with LA TECH but ultimately landed with Steve Cleveland. Taylor hasn't been able to develop the basketball skills that match his athletic prowess. He has played four minutes this season so far and this is with Rekalin Sims still out for disciplinary reasons...

...Who is going to step forward and become THE point guard at New Meixco State? The position is for the taking. JayDee Luster is a freshman and there should be no expectations that he be able to step right in to the job. Chris Cole has a redshirt season with the system behind him and a fairly successful year at Hartford prior to that -- he would be our pick at this point to win the point guard derby but had five TOs against Duke. Let's call that an anomaly. Fred Peete is putting in major minutes at the point but would be better off as the two guard. Will anyone step up as this is a postion not generally filled by committee?...

...What is up with the WAC this season? Have any of the teams won a game they weren't supposed to so far?

Fresno State loses 89-72 to San Diego State. Hawaii falls at home to San Diego 73-72. Central Florida beats Nevada 63-60. New Mexico State loses 80-72 on the road to Ohio and then gets smacked at Duke 86-61. Mississippi State plays rude host to Louisiana Tech 75-45 and Utah State gets beat by in-state rival Weber State 78-71 in Ogden.

The WAC RPI number is taking an early beating and getting anyone other than the tourney winner into The Big Dance just may require some of the league members to both start coming out on top in some games where such is unexpected but to also be winners in the games that should go into the win column. But it's early and a turnaround is certainly possible. But otherwise, it's going to be a down year for the WAC in men's basketball.

3 comments:

patrick h said...

I disagree about Ramon assuming he was going to be a first round pick next year. He raised a lot of eyes in the pre draft camp and there was a good chance that would have happened. That would have given him 2 years guaranteed along with at least 1.5 million guaranteed plus his degree. Instead he has one year to make his mark or it's off to Europe and no degree.

wacster said...

Forecasting next year's NBA draft is a difficult task to do at this point and I'm not sure if Sessions even bothered doing so at the time of his decision to come out this past season.

There will again be a rash of one-and-dones along with some high schoolers and foreign players crowding into the first round. So no one really knows what the 2008 first round of the NBA draft will look like at this point.

But more importantly, my sense (no inside info here just speculation) is that Sessions was done with school, period, and had no desire for attending classes any further. Also, he more than likely would not have earned a edgree by the end of his senior season at Nevada anyway as most players take five or even sometimes six years to actually graduate.

I just don't see the college competition he would have been facing as a senior as being any factor that would have lead to a better skills set for Sessions.

He will be going up nightly against far more talented opponents while at Tulsa, which I think is critical in upgrading his game.

But it's all to-may-tos versus to-mah-tos, which makes this world so interesting. Nobody knows the 'truth' in this situation because it cannot be proven -- we are speculating based on our experiences, judgments, knowledge, biases, etc.

Anonymous said...

You're right it's hard to predict but after the Florida camp many guys that make their living writing about hoops said he should return to Reno as he was a sure thing first rounder next year if he had a decent season. I think you're also correct that he was simply done with college and ready to go.