Post by ghostofdylan on Nov 25, 2009 14:07:24 GMT -6
All I know is that he was one of the two N.C. recruits whom Rob and Duffy visited last month and who was mentioned, though not by name, in an article by Mark Miller on wishoops that perhaps detailed the signings of Kyle Kelm and Evan Richard. He was the ultra-athletic wing and the second player was a tall, lanky big.
It's hard to beat Raf, Sean McDonough and Jay Bilas going back and forth with each other! That's off topic, though. When did news of this signing get Leeked? Sorry, sorry!
And after Leek cleanly blocks a shot to send a game into overtime we can hear all three look at a replay that shows a clean block and repeat three or four times it was a foul (I'm referencing the end of the Gonzaga-Cincinnati game)
"I found out (about the award Tuesday) from one of the coaches," said Eayrs. "It was really fun. I'm feeling pretty comfortable out there. But I give it up to my teammates a lot because without them, I'm nothing."
Quote: "He's a very athletic, powerful kid," said Jeter. "He's a little bit raw offensively, but defensively he can really shore up our defense at that wing position. So we're very excited. I think he's a high-level athlete and we're excited to add him."
Translation: He does not know how to play basketball and will be a huge project that may or may not contribute while at UWM. Either way, we'll be lucky if he gets it figured out by his junior year and is getting playing time.
I think most kids that come to a mid-major program are a bit raw on offense unless they are a spot up shooter. I would rather have Jeter be saying what he did than trying to oversell a kid to the fans.
Besides as we have seen this year, some strong defense would be a welcome addition and is much needed.
Post by ghostofdylan on Dec 3, 2009 9:50:46 GMT -6
I didn't expect to see this, though I suppose anything is subject to be criticized.
Frankly, Rob's had mixed success with jucos. On the one hand, there's Burleigh Porte and Tyrone Young. On the other, there's James Eayrs and Tone Boyle. If you're going to rip Rob for Porte or Young, you have to praise him for the big fella. Marcus Skinner is a player who for whatever reason Rob and the coaches didn't even know they had until midway through his senior season. Perhaps Michael will become one of those. That says a few things.
As for Leek, I'm not going to oversell him because I've never seen him play. Obviously, if he could hit the 3-point shot reliably, he wouldn't be coming here. I do know that he is a 3-star recruit on a nationally renowned scouting service who was also offered by Houston and DePaul. Having followed the program for 20 years, I can tell you that it's a lot more exciting and generally -- but not always -- a barometer for a higher level of success when you beat out teams like DePaul and Houston rather than teams like Albany and Alcorn State. How many times have we beat out DePaul and Houston for a recruit?
In summary, I'll take my chances with a class-full of Kyle Kelms and Leek Leeks over one filled with Charlie Swiggetts, Kaylan Andersons and Al Hansons.