At the depressingly desperate request of Admiral Ackbar, S.J., I regrettably make my debut here on the Anonymous Eagle. Seriously, he was begging at my feet.
My name is Marc, but you can call me Chris Grimmace. I got the name from one of the best (ok, ok, let's say " most appreciated") players in Marquette history and Mr. Moving Screen himself, Chris Grimm. Pair that with one of the greatest corporate mascots in corporate mascot history, Grimmace. I'm so clever it's scary.
Anyway, let's stop focusing on how humble I am and start talking MU basketball. I \was able to check out our boys at the Scion Dental Pro-Am last Saturday and wanted to throw out my thoughts on some of our current and soon-to-be Golden Eagles.
Darius Johnson-Odom - Disclosure, this was a tournament of pick-up proportions and defense wasn't exactly on the mind of the players. Despite that, it looks like that DJO has definitely improved. Not only from an ability standpoint, but he looks very confident in his game. Three's, effortless infiltration of the lane and a disturbingly good windmill jam made his appearance more than enough to get me excited for his 10/11 campaign. This may be Jimmy Butler's team, but he may be the go-to man.
Junior Cadougan - Definitely has improved his speed and court visibility, but I worry about our future version of Khalid El-Amin. He didn't seem very animated and happy to be where he was, even though he made some pretty note-worthy plays. It looks as if he's recovered, but he's going to have to work harder than that to be a consistent starting point guard. Apparently we have a lot of guards....? News to me.
Joe Fulce - I think I speak for a lot of people here when I say that I hope he does well, and by "does well" I mean more than taking baseline jumpers (That's Dan Gadzuric's game, jack!). He didn't have much to compete with, considering what his nightly competition will be, but he was dominant on the glass.
Vander Blue - What more can I say that hasn't already been said by Rosiak and Winn? This guy is for real. His game was the one to watch at the Pro-Am on Saturday - close throughout, featured Wilson vs. Blue and was very much back and forth. Out of his team's first 30 points, I feel like he had at least 20 - 25 of them. Hard to keep tracked when you're mesmerized with his combination of speed and strength. Winn sees a future NBAer - hope he's right.
Jamil Wilson - The most purely athletic recruit we've had since D. James. He can sky very very high and has the inside/outside game of Hayward and Butler. He could honestly be lethal in the Big East. Marquette has constantly had problems with the type of guys who can post up and play the wing - he is definitely that kind of threat. He had an alley-oop jam that everybody in the gym saw coming, but were still amazed with.
Devonte Gardner - Kind of looked asleep out there. He was matched up with Quemont Greer (yes, him.), who dominated the post and mid-range, but he was the slowest Marquette player out there (and I don't think it was entirely due to his size) and his lack of productivity was concerning. Hopefully he can come through and provide a few minutes rest for Otule and Fulce - they're going to need it.
Wes Matthews - The new Trail Blazer (talk about an awesome Jersey Tee) was leading his team as coach. Pretty cool to see him educating the younger players. Guess he gained some knowledge after guarding Kobe and 'Melo.
Chris Grimm - He had a moving screen foul within the first ten minutes. No joke. Wes was cracking up on the bench. Man, do I miss the big Night Train.
That's it for me tonight - hope my first post didn't send you for the hills. I hope to win hearts, minds and a lot of arguments in the future. Sincerely, Grimmace.