Naz longs improvement

Discussion in 'Mens Basketball' started by cyclones12321, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. cyclones12321

    cyclones12321 Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Us Cellular
    Newton Ia
    Its been crazy from freshman to sophomore year. I know the seasons still going on but just was curious how much everyone thought he would improve from his sophomore season to his junior?
  2. State43

    State43 Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2010
    Graphic Designer
    Omaha, NE
    I have always heard his work ethic is 2nd to none so I am not surprised. I hope he is ready to step up in Niangs absence.
  3. ExCyment

    ExCyment Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Crescent, IA
    Last year he didn't even look like he belonged on the court, now he looks like he will be a solid upper classman. For all the criticism Matt has gotten, hopefully he improves equally next year. He'll be a really great sophomore if he does.
  4. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Envr Engr/Program Manager
    His defense is much better the last month. He was overrunning the player earlier in the season.
  5. Luth4Cy

    Luth4Cy Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Ames, IA
    Naz needs to improve offensively in terms of his ability to create. If he does that he will be an excellent basketball player. More shooting consistency wouldn't hurt either.
  6. swarthmoreCY

    swarthmoreCY Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2008
    Here nor there
    I agree he has improved, but how much has he improved, given he did not play last year? I think some were way too down on Naz after seeing him in very limited minutes out of position. In other words, I think had he played 20 minutes a game last year, he would have looked a lot closer to this year's Naz.

    That said, he can get even better. He is a good-sized guard that is athletic and can shoot- that is a great starting point. With defense's respecting his shot, he has a good enough handle to at least be a proficient straight-line slasher/creator, and not be a liability in handling pressure. Last night's drive to the hoop is something I think we will see more of. He is also becoming a plus defender, and he could be a plus rebounder too.

    It is clear why the staff has been high on him. He is a great leader and is a solid in the off-guard/third guard role. In hindsight, it would be great if he had redshirted with SDW last year.
  7. BigLame

    BigLame Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2008
    Western IA
    Wasn't Naz a point guard in HS? Think his ceiling is pretty high & he is not close to touching it yet.
  8. marothisu

    marothisu Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2009
    His improvement has been incredible and I've noticed he's actually been taking it to the hoop sometimes in the last handful of games. He did it last night and pretty sure he's done it at least once in every other game in the last half of the Big 12.
  9. bigdaddykane

    bigdaddykane Active Member

    Mar 3, 2014
    he needs to work on gettin to the hoop but other than that we has gotten a lot better
  10. marothisu

    marothisu Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2009
    #10 marothisu, Mar 22, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2014
    Which he's been doing sometimes in the last handful of games. As far as non-3 point FGs he scored, he had 1 last night and 3 against KState in the Big 12 Tournament, and 2 in the OK State game to end the regular season.

    He is a role player though in the end, so it's hard to say how well he can actually do it because he's probably told he doesn't need to very much.
  11. spelhome

    spelhome Member

    Jan 19, 2012
    Woodward, Iowa
    he will.
  12. Cycsk

    Cycsk Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    Naz is really smart on the court. I think his problems last year had to do with thinking too much while he was playing. This year, he has kept both in balance. I love the way he is playing instinctively, but also talking in detail during breaks with the other players. The BB IQs of Long and Morris are off the chart.
  13. wcamnclone

    wcamnclone Member

    Oct 24, 2008
    Internal Auditor
    Fargo, ND
    If he keeps improving like he has so far, the group of Naz, Georges, Monte, and Matt Thomas is going to be a pretty strong and experienced core 2 years from now.

    But in the meantime, let's enjoy the ride we are currently on!
  14. The way he has been slashing to the hoop since the middle of February has told me a lot. Teams have been slacking off or him and he has taken advantage. I think his ceiling is really high. I can't wait to see him out there tomorrow afternoon.
  15. demoncore1031

    demoncore1031 Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2008
    Agreed. I think a lot of it with Matt is just mental. He has a great looking shot. He has improved on defense and at rebounding as the season has gone on. Same with Naz. They have both improved every aspect of their game as the season has went on, and they should both be even better next year.
  16. cyrocksmypants

    cyrocksmypants Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    Being Totally Awesome
    Honolulu, HI
    Don't they normally say the biggest improvement is often between a players freshman and sophomore year? Maybe not so much anymore with one and dones, but I know they USED to say that.
  17. Frak

    Frak Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2009
    I think that Naz has gotten a lot better. Actually, Ejim has too. Niang is better than he was last year...I was hoping that he'd come in next year in better shape, hopefully the injury doesn't prevent that. Really, under GMac, we didn't see a lot of players get a whole lot better except for some of the bigs. Under FH, we've seen Ejim improve his handle, shot and hands. We've seen Naz improve his shooting and confidence. If Thomas, Naz and Morris continue the trend, they're going to be in good shape down the line. It's hard to imagine how good Monte Morris is going to be by the time he's a SR if he gets better every year.
  18. im4cyclones

    im4cyclones Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    Ames, IA
    Love Naz. 100% effort all the time. The next Tyrus McGee!!
  19. madguy30

    madguy30 Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2011
    His comfort and court awareness has generally improved throughout the year. He's knocked down shots like the ones against OSU because he knows he can, because he believes he can.

    And he believes he can, because his coach is a guy who guided Melvin Ejim to become B12 POY, amongst other things that only seem possible after he's done them (the transfer thing, Royce White, players like Kane, etc).

    And while I'm hoping for this team to pull together for a win, I just realized that, no matter how much I've b*tched about this team, how much I'm not sure if I'll be able to watch if it all comes to an end tomorrow. What a group!
  20. kingcy

    kingcy Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2006
    Menlo, Iowa
    Go down the list of players on this team and they all have improved for the most part. This staff has done an amazing job at making players better. Even a guy like Kane has improved so much from last season to this season. Ejim had a lot of holes in his game as a Freshman and look at him now. Long was a PG out of HS and he have become a good shooter. Every time I watch Iowa play I wonder how much Fred could improve Marbles game.

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