EMU 81, Earlham 55 exhibition
Well, that was fun, eh?
I’m not talking about the score, I’m talking about the effort we saw from the team. It wasn’t always pretty, particularly at the offensive end, but there was an energy present, particularly for the first 10-15 minutes (until EMU was up a good 20 points) that all-too-often was missing last year.
As expected the team generally defended with a full-court press that collapsed into a 2-3 zone.
Aside from the blurry pictures (sorry, I’m out of practice at taking basketball photos…they’ll get better) the following photos show the press working exactly as designed.
“Should have been easy points for the Eagles” is the phrase that best-describes my biggest concern. Although some of them were hitting well, others just put up brick after brick.
Chart! Chart! Chart!
|EMU game stats v Earlham|
What’s it mean?
Well, of course there are some caveats. One game is a fairly small sample size, particularly one non-competitive game in which the coach is obviously trying out different lineups to see what works well. But there are several clear concerns. Sims was 0-5 for the game in 18 minutes played, Chandler was 0-1 in six minutes with no other stats (e.g. assists) to compensate. Dailey only took two shots in 19 minutes, though his rebounding was nice. In 12 minutes, Janton never took a shot or registered an assist. Balkema’s shooting was also not as good as one might hope for from a starting center.
Harper played much of the game at point guard, with Lampley starting and Chandler also taking turns running things. Lampley was effective, Chandler not so much, but that difference is to be expected when you compare a senior who started most of last year to a freshman walk-on. I think Chandler has some potential, but strikes me as someone who needs to hit the weight room hard and add at least 7 to 10 pounds; he’s the same height as Lampley but 15 pounds lighter (and it looks like more of a difference than that). Speaking of whom…
I really wish a had a picture of Chandler and Lampley side-by-side to get a good visual comparison.
Given the available players this year, Harper seems like he might fit best as a swingman or even a straight-up small forward, but in the long term (the two seasons after this) he’ll probably be more needed as a point guard, so he may stay there in the interest of development.
In terms of potential lineups, what makes sense to me is to play Lampley (backed up by shifting Harper or briefly subbing in Chandler) at point guard, Thompson, Green, and Dailey as shooting guards, Harper at small forward, Harris at power forward, and Balkema (backed up by Janton) at center. Janton is fairly gangly for a center (6’10” tall and 230 pounds — Balkema is the same height but more than 50 pounds heavier) and might fit better as a forward, but I don’t see him learning a new position now, as a senior. Strickland did not play, so I still don’t know anything about his story or where he might fit.