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    Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    Is there any way for him to succeed offensively in a scheme such as GMac's? He is great on the boards, and a good defender, but he sure looks lost on offense this year. I never realized just how many of his points were scored off turnovers and breakaways last year.


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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    He needs to drastically improve his ball handling and mid to outside shot. That, plus his athleticism will be awesome!





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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    Quote Originally Posted by isu_bub View Post
    He needs to drastically improve his ball handling and mid to outside shot. That, plus his athleticism will be awesome!
    Yeah, I know that's what we all expected him to do between this year and last. He would be devastating even if he could make one power dribble to the hoop, then elevate, or take a dribble then bust a spin move. I know I'm not as smart as the coaching staff...why are we not seeing this?


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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Yeah, I know that's what we all expected him to do between this year and last. He would be devastating even if he could make one power dribble to the hoop, then elevate, or take a dribble then bust a spin move. I know I'm not as smart as the coaching staff...why are we not seeing this?
    Maybe he is not as accepting of McD's coaching as he should be, or maybe it just isn't helping... who knows? I wish someone at a press conference would bring this up!





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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    If anyone had told me before the season he would be averaging less than 10 PPG at this point, I would have laughed. I expected about 20 PPG, 8 Reb. But give him credit for sticking around and doing the little things. The guy has a nose for the offensive glass. And his effort and attitude is great. I just want to see some of those thunder dunks off drives!


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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    Rahshon just doesn't have the power dribble and some other aspects to his game. He's good in transition and with scrappy rebounds and putbacks. I think he played especially well last year with Blalock because they meshed well together. But then again, what transition player wouldn't succeed with Floor General Blalock?



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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    Rahson's a set shooter who can dunk. Offensively, he'll never do any more than that because he has no handle. Skills are limited. Enjoy the important things he does bring to the team with his game.



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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    set shooter who can dunk describes him perfectly. He succeeded in the old system not necessarily because of the system but because you basically had to people going to the hole creating open set shots for him on the perimeter in the half court game, and those same two leading the fast break, whenever possible and sometimes even when it wasnt, getting him dunks. I just don't see that great penetration and dish as much out of this crew.



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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    Quote Originally Posted by joepublic View Post
    Rahson's a set shooter who can dunk. Offensively, he'll never do any more than that because he has no handle. Skills are limited. Enjoy the important things he does bring to the team with his game.
    Exactly right. He just doesn't have the skills right now to take anyone off the dribble. Maybe it's something he can develop over the off-season but he's just one of those excellent, exciting role players.



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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Is there any way for him to succeed offensively in a scheme such as GMac's? He is great on the boards, and a good defender, but he sure looks lost on offense this year. I never realized just how many of his points were scored off turnovers and breakaways last year.
    Part of the problem is there is no point guard to set him up. Look at Shawn Marion of the Suns, Steve Nash sets him up for a lot of very easy shots, you take him away and he isn't quite as big of a superstar anymore (think Jamaal and Stevie Johnson). I think the other issue is he is just flat out going through a slump and not necessarily uncapable of being productive in a half court offense as some are convinced of. His free throw percentage over the three years has gone from 70% to 76% to 59%, and his 3 year 3% from 40% to 37% to 24%. He basically led the team in 3 point field goal percentage the last 2 years. He wasn't making those on a fast break, he needs a PG that can actually do their job by penetrating and kicking it back out. If we had that he might not be the 20ppg superstar we had hoped, but I think he would be at 13-15 ppg fairly easily.



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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    He reminds me of Kenyon Murray from Iowa.



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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    If I remember correctly I think Rashon Clark was recruited for a run and gun offense and a zone defense. Now he is playing in an offense that runs a lot of set plays in a very deliberate offense. He just doesnt have the right skills for this type of offense and will have to improve to keep his starting spot come next year.

    In the long run GMac's style of offense will keep better athletic teams from pulling away from us on the road. Poor Rashon just got caught up in the transition of coaching regimes. I admire Rashon for staying at ISU when a lot of his teammates moved on.




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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    When he first came to ISU, I thought Rahshon my be a Desmond Mason (Okie State) type player who could get to the rim. Same type of explosive athlete. That's just not his game, however.



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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBobby View Post
    He just doesnt have the right skills for this type of offense and will have to improve to keep his starting spot come next year.
    No way does Rahshon lose his starting spot if he continues to play like he is. He is a very active defensive player and rebounder.



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    Re: Rahshon: Square Peg in Round Hole?

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    No way does Rahshon lose his starting spot if he continues to play like he is. He is a very active defensive player and rebounder.
    Agreed, there are a lot of forwards out there that don't have the skills to play in a deliberate half court offense with no point guard! His 3 pointer will come back, he made way too high of a % his first two years.


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