Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Memo to Bandwagon: This is me jumping on.

After watching most of the sixty games played so far in the NCAA tournament there have been several bandwagons people have started jumping on deservedly. Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas of LSU, Joachim Noah of Florida are the most notable bandwagons still competing. I’m not saying these three haven’t been impressive, but the one I’m jumping on is the Brandon Roy bandwagon. I watched two of the three games the Huskies played, Illinois and UConn, and Roy was easily the most impressive player on the floor and this includes Rudy Gay, who some think will be the first player selected if he enters the draft this year.

Brandon Roy was the Pac-10 player of the year. He led his team with 19.9 points per game (27th in the nation), averaged 5.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. Beyond his numbers, Roy was also the leader of his team. He played great team defense, distributed the ball well, and made crucial plays. He is one of the most complete players in the NCAA this year and should be one of the best players to come out of this year’s NBA draft.

Roy can slash to the basket and finish well. He also can nail the mid-range jumper and has improved his three-point shooting to 40 percent. He is a very tough on the ball defender and his length can make things very difficult for 1s, 2s, and 3s. Moreover, he can even play some point guard because he handles the ball so well. Obviously, he is a well-rounded baller and will help a team out immediately.

If you had to make comparisons for Roy with current NBA players, you would have to look to some of the best out there like Kobe Bryant because they both are very aggressive defensively and can finish well, although, Roy will not have the same baggage as Kobe. Roy is already a polished player and will be a star in the League.

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