Reflecting On Our ACC Opener

The Good

 

The good is also the bad. For the first time, Damion Lee did not play well and we still won. I told him after the game, like Puerto Rico, he must understand how the defense will plan to stop him. He must move without the ball and pass more to free himself up as the game progresses. Lesson learned. He is a tremendous young man.

 

Donovan Mitchell – rebounds his misses and finishes. To have a rebounding guard helps with Terry moving on. He is improving each week.

 

Chinanu Onuaku – Although he got beat down the floor in transition, he worked all night for the first time and logged major minutes. He made good post moves, played excellent defense and put players in their correct areas. He’s off to a great start in his sophomore season.

 

Trey Lewis – Fred Hina said he could not go, as he was only 60%. Trey would have none of it. It was a bad ankle sprain. Not many athletes would have that degree of toughness. Really proud of him.

 

The Bad

 

Our low number of assists (7) was due to a lack of using screens properly and not going inside more. Nanu is a willing passer and we must work inside to out.

 

Transition defense – 1, 2, & 3’s did not cover for Nanu, who tried and was working relentlessly on the offensive glass.

 

Low number of deflections ( 26 the last two games) . Our press was ineffective. We must get better in this area. Big drop off because there is so much to learn.

 

MVP chart below:

Wake Forest MVP

 

The road will be tough this year. The BIG EAST has returned, southern style. No wins will come without playing great at both ends, especially on the road. Pivotal week for the Cards!

 

Great to see Russ Smith, Stephan Van Treese, and Chris Jones. Chris has turned his life around, has been playing well in Paris and won Co-MVP of the all star game. Van Treese’s nickname in Japan is “Vanilla Godzilla.” Now that’s funny!!

 

Go Cards!

 

Coach P