View Poll Results: Predict the most improved player

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  • Michael Taylor

    24 17.65%
  • Wesley Johnson

    46 33.82%
  • Cory Johnson

    31 22.79%
  • Jiri Hubalek

    14 10.29%
  • Rahshon Clark

    21 15.44%
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    Who will be most improved next year?

    Trying to think of something fun for next year, so pick who you think will surprise us fans the most come next fall/winter.

    My vote goes to Wesley. He already hit it big as a freshman, but with some weight training, he could do damage.


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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    I love me some Jiri, and I think with 15-20 more pounds on him he can play a lot better defense and really get after it next year.




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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    I voted Mike Taylor. I think it's just wishful thinking, but if he eliminates his sloppy play and turnovers, he could be a dangerous, dangerous player.


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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    Quote Originally Posted by AirWalke View Post
    I voted Mike Taylor. I think it's just wishful thinking, but if he eliminates his sloppy play and turnovers, he could be a dangerous, dangerous player.
    Especially to dorm rooms.



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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    I'm going with Mike T. based on two possible things...

    A. He is still here and plays most of the year, plus stays out of future trouble
    B. The point guards coming in are as good as advertised and adjust to Big 12 play.

    If that happens, yeah - Mike will be very dangerous.



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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    Wesley received my insignificant vote. Based on this past season, the only thing really missing from his game was extra bulk and stamina. A full year of Big12 weight training and this guy could really become the special player that he showed in flashes last season. For a freshman he played very very well, as a sophomore I expect to see a nice progression in his game. Wesley's Junior year is the year that gets me thinking about how good this kid could be. After two seasons of development I can see Wesley becoming a First Team All Big12 player and having a monster year. The future seems bright with this kid.



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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    I think Rahshon will be the most improved player. He will be a senior on a young team that needs someone to step up, and I think he can do it. He will work on going off of the dribble and taking the ball closer to the rim for his shots, and if he can do that, he should be able to greatly improve his offensive scoring ability. He is already a great defender and we need him out there, so long as he can create his own shots.



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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    Another one to consider is Cory Johnson. He showed he had great fundamentals. If he can improve his tenacity, strength and speed, he will be a formidable player


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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    I think Cory Johnson will be the most improved. He was only a freshman and he has fantastic potential. I think he will have the greatest improvement.



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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    I suppose I should have added Alex Thompson. Then again, he obviously has been the most improved since he transferred from Iowa and has had a year of practice under McD.


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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    If Clark can get his scoring back to where it was at 13 ppg during his sophomore season he will be our most improved player.



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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    Another one to consider is Cory Johnson. He showed he had great fundamentals. If he can improve his tenacity, strength and speed, he will be a formidable player
    I do not believe this guy is a legitimate Big 12 player...and I don't care who he was recruited by coming out of HS. He signed with us and I see nothing more than a practice player that is using up a scholarship.

    Not trying to be harsh here but usually saying a guy has "great fundamentals" is some sort of code-speak for "slow and unathletic" (which this kid is).

    And make no mistake, everybody would be a better player if they improved their strength and speed/quickness!! The bottom line, in my opinion, is that this kid is too small to play inside and too slow to play outside in the Big 12.

    Hey, while they are making him stronger, faster, and quicker...maybe they can make him grow about 4 inches!!



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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    Quote Originally Posted by pulse View Post
    I think Cory Johnson will be the most improved. He was only a freshman and he has fantastic potential. I think he will have the greatest improvement.
    Kevin Durant, DJ Augustin, Darrell Arthur, Greg Oden, Michael Conley Jr, and the list goes on were "only freshmen". The difference is they could all play big time college basketball...In my opinion Cory Johnson cannot. I would love to be wrong about this but I frankly am not seeing all of this "fantastic potential"...what specifically is the evidence of this?



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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone#1 View Post
    Kevin Durant, DJ Augustin, Darrell Arthur, Greg Oden, Michael Conley Jr, and the list goes on were "only freshmen". The difference is they could all play big time college basketball...In my opinion Cory Johnson cannot. I would love to be wrong about this but I frankly am not seeing all of this "fantastic potential"...what specifically is the evidence of this?
    Even trying to compare CJ to the above list is unfair, imo. If we are going to expect freshman to contribute like the above we are all going to be disappointed. I know these are different times but don't most players develop the first few years and then really contribute their final two? Paul Shirley as an example. I think Stevie Johnson struggled his first two years before he found his role the last two. CJ was never going to be anywhere near Durants level but he seems smart has good size and 3 more years. I think he can be a good player, just give an 18 year old a chance!
    That said, I think WJ will be the most improved. MT a close 2nd being his main focus will now be on scoring.


    Last edited by cydsho; 04-11-2007 at 12:00 PM.

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    Re: Who will be most improved next year?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone#1 View Post
    Kevin Durant, DJ Augustin, Darrell Arthur, Greg Oden, Michael Conley Jr, and the list goes on were "only freshmen". The difference is they could all play big time college basketball...In my opinion Cory Johnson cannot. I would love to be wrong about this but I frankly am not seeing all of this "fantastic potential"...what specifically is the evidence of this?
    Well nobody said you had an eye for talent, so don't be down on yourself. I hope you aren't comparing Cory Johnson to Durant, Oden, and Augustin because we weren't. Those guys aren't normal freshmen and they only reason they are college freshmen in the first place is because the NBA changed their rules on playing in the NBA.

    The evidence you speak of is just by watching him play. I saw similar potential in Paul Shirley too when he was a freshman. You can see the potential in him by his hustle, his offensive skills, and his passion for the game. He will be a major player on our team in the future.



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