Monday, September 17, 2012

What might have been

Here's Eamonn Brennan on someone who supposedly strongly considered Utah State:

"And if the [Baylor] Bears are smart, they'll find [Brady] Heslip when he's open. No player in the country -- I'll repeat it: no player in the country -- posted a higher offensive rating in 2011-12 than Heslip's 138.6. He finished among the top 15 players in the country in effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage, made 45.5 percent of his 3s, and had the fourth-lowest turnover rate in the nation (7.5 percent). A couple of those figures are inflated, thanks to Heslip's role as a straight catch-and-shoot assassin, but even so, there's no denying how lethal the guard was last season. Unfortunately, he was also the second least-used Baylor player during his minutes, finishing with a usage rate of just 13.1 percent. That number needs to be much higher this season. When Heslip shoots, the ball usually goes in."
Imagine what the 6-foot-2 Heslip, now a junior, would do coming off single and double screens in the Aggie offense. He started 37 games for Baylor, averaging 27 minutes and 10.2 points per game.

Preston Medlin has a wider set of skills but Stew Morrill certainly would have a found a way to utilize both.

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