Every Thursday, we will take a look at the hoops landscape for the week and give our three takes on things that catch our eyes. These topics can range from any and all aspects of the game and are designed to open things up to conversation. This is the Ryze Thursday Triple Take.
Since watching Baylor play a couple of weeks ago, I have thought a lot about the ascension of their co-leading scorer and former Duluth/Atlanta All Star guard Adam Flagler. I thought about his recruitment out of high school to his freshman year at Presbyterian to shining on the big stage. It's amazing how someone can go from an under-recruited senior guard to playing for one of the country's best teams and being a huge contributor. To all of the players out there that are worried about their recruitment: be patient, your time will come.
Aidoo Commits to Marquette
Our staff was extremely high on Liberty Heights (NC) & Team Curry big man Jonas Aidoo. Today, he made the decision to commit to Marquette. The 7-footer has all of the physical tools to really excel for the Golden Eagles and we like his potential to be an impact player in Milwaukee as a big time rim protector and glass eater.
How to Get On the Floor in College
Looking back at the 2020 class and seeing where those players are now in their freshman years it makes me look at the differentiators in who is excelling early and the rest of the pack. Three things come to mind: efficiency, defense, and motor. At the next level you have to be able to score without using a lot of dribbles, you have to defend with everything you have on every possession, and you have to play hard on both ends. Three guys that did all of those things in high school as well as this year and are currently starting or getting major minutes for big collegiate programs: Dwon Odom (Xavier), Caleb Murphy (South Florida), and Sion James (Tulane).