Should Vandenburg play more?
unc70 Jan 28, 1:08 p.m.
He wasn't lost for long. Only played 3inutes.
ImCarmen_ Jan 28, 12:35 p.m.
NOOO! Vandenburg is 7'1 and CANT even get a rebound!... Even in the game against UNC he always looks lost on the court, like he does not know what to do or who to guard. There was one point in the game when Rodney Purvis had to yell at him and tell him to get the rebound smh
Lux Libertas Jan 28, 11:34 a.m.
lazydawg58 Jan 28, 11:32 a.m.
Gott discussed his play on the tv show last night. I get the impression that he has shown that he can get out there and not hurt the team, give the big guys some rest, disrupt a little inside, a basket or two is just gravy. A couple of blocked shots and some altered shots make up for not running the floor as well as the others for a few minutes a game. Vandy is 7 foot one. I would rather he not jump much. That just gets him out of position. He needs to keep his arms up and move his feet. I think their are more positives than negatives in giving him more playing time. In the tourney, both ACC and NCAA, one game with Calvin or Richard in major foul trouble and it could all be over. Let Vandy give us 3 or 4 more inside fouls a game without putting our best players behind the 8 ball.
The Favorite Jan 28, 11:17 a.m.
We can only hope they paly Vandenburg more...lololol
kato_karma.v4 Jan 28, 11:12 a.m.
In the scheme of things, there is more of a "this year" need to develop Lewis than Vandenburg. No true ball-handlers after Zo and Purvis.
Toddler10-21 Jan 28, 10:59 a.m.
With that performance aganist UNC YES he still should get more playing time. Dude reach down and grab the ball instead of standing there looking.
Packman24 Jan 25, 11:49 a.m.
Yes! He's a big body in the paint! I would give him quality minutes every game!
TVs_Deceit Jan 25, 6:33 a.m.
I would thing that just about everyone, with practice and training, should be able to jump at least a few inches. Maybe he's just not confident in his ability to land after jumping without falling, especially if bumped while in the air.
That goes back to confidence/balance while doing extreme movements that can be gained through ballet/martial arts training.
TVs_Deceit Jan 25, 6:11 a.m.
Seems I read about a tall player once who took ballet to improve their balance and movement. Martial arts would be good too for that.
Maybe there's an issue with his speed getting down court after a missed shot. If he's much slower than the other players, that leaves a four on five allowing for a quick drive/shot.
You can't teach athleticism, but I would think with his size, if he improved his movement and Bball IQ, he should be able to get in position and jump high enough to almost drop the ball in, with any block being goaltending.
You can improve reaction time with practice, but speed can't be improved much. Howell is such an impact because he positions himself so well. If Vandy could improve his positioning skills, it would help reduce the effects of lack of speed.
Add to that improving getting back down court faster to play defense, and he'd be a force to reckon with.
So, three things.. positioning on offense for easy baskets, and on defense to prevent them [plus rebound] -- and speed/reaction time to move up and down the court. -- add to that overall balance and movement improvements [ballet/martial arts].
Though, I've never seen him play in person and rarely on TV, so, those are just some guesses about what's up.
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