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    Royce White playing point forward

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    Word is Royce White is handling the ball the majority of the time in early Iowa State practices. Could excel as a point forward.
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    I think that would be ideal for this team if he can be really good at it. We would have some insane matchup advantages.



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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    If he can develop a consistent 10-15 jumper, just iso him on the elbow and let him go to work.

    Also, he will be great in the 2-man game. Let him start with the ball and create a dribble-drive handoff with another guard (Allen) where Royce would screen Allen's man as he is handing off. Then on the defensive switch you have Allen against Royce's defender (a big man having to guard on the perimeter) and Royce rolling and posting against Allen's defender (a small having to guard in the post). He is a matchup nightmare to say the least.



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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    It's either a really good thing or a really bad thing. No middle ground.


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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    I would assume that if he is doing it it is because he is doing it well. We do have players who can handle the ball on our team that can handle basic responsibilities if we need it.

    I'd rather have an average point guard surrounded by 4 good playmakers than a good PG surrounded by average talent. It ****** me off to no end watching Diante make great no look passes that bounced off an unsuspecting players face/chest.



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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    Quote Originally Posted by HiltonMagic View Post
    It's either a really good thing or a really bad thing. No middle ground.
    This is true, although I think the reason for it, is a little of both. Hopefully the end result is really good though.

    Regardless, we can have lineups where everyone on the court can dribble. If the starting line up from Italy remains, Ejim would be our worst ball handler. That tells me that getting the ball up the court shouldn't be a huge problem against most teams.



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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    If he can play point forward in the Big 12 that will be a very good thing. I have doubts he can though.

    But I do think we have people that can play point guard. It'll look different than DG (who will be missed more than a lot of people care to admit) but it should be OK.



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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    I would contend that it will be important for Royce to be able to dribble with either hand equally well.

    Otherwise, he will be doubleteamed late and his "off hand" will be attacked and pushed away from the direction in which he feels comfortable dribbling.

    Hey, whatever Fred thinks is best, I'm there.

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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    When I was in HS our big guy brought the ball down the floor in man-to-man defense because he had good handles and the guy guarding him would just take off for the other end of the court. Not sure how Royce at point works with full pressure. Maybe he's better than what I am imagining. Gotta trust CFH!



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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    That ... is going to be really weird looking.


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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    If he can handle the ball that well, picture him bringing the house down on fast break dunks. This team might not live up to the hype, but I'll bet they're the most fun team to watch since the Stinson/Blalock years.


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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    He doesn't have to be a great dribbler because he won't be guarded by a pesky PG. It's about creating mismatches. If the defense has an answer for him we'll go a different way.

    Royce CAN pass so he'll find somebody if the mismatch is there.



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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    I would think that Royce moving out would drag out a big man from the middle. Potentially, this would make a lot of space for guys cutting to the basket.


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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    I think the most important factor that will effect his success is his fantastic passing ability, not necessarily his dribbling. Since a big man will be guarding him. If he gets doubled he can get rid of the ball and get it to an open man.



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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    i'm not worried about PG. i'm worried about defense and rebounding, both of which were horrible last year.



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    Re: Royce White playing point forward

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydkar View Post
    He doesn't have to be a great dribbler because he won't be guarded by a pesky PG. It's about creating mismatches. If the defense has an answer for him we'll go a different way.

    Royce CAN pass so he'll find somebody if the mismatch is there.
    The only thing that would have me worried about ball handling is he might get automatically double teamed/trapped when crossing half court every time down the floor. With his size and height though, a cool head would be enough to pass out of it, especially if his passing ability is as good as coach says.


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