Seth Davis at CNNSI is stealing my opinions. Bastard! He suggests to Coach K the need to give more playing time to a couple of Duke freshmen.
Here’s Seth Davis today:
• If Coach K asked my advice (which he does all the time), I would tell him to force-feed freshmen Andre Dawkins and Mason Plumlee a lot more minutes, even if it means losing a few games as they learn the ropes. Those two need to learn to play through mistakes, and the Blue Devils will need their help to reach the Final Four.
Now here’s me after the Georgetown loss two weeks ago:
The question is, moving forward, what can Coach K do about it, if anything?
I’ll be honest, I don’t have the answer. There is no quick fix. If I had a say (which I don’t), I’d probably say screw the regular season and screw worrying about our tournament seeding. We need to develop Mason and Andre. One is our best athlete, the other could be our best shooter. They’re not going to ever improve playing just 10 minutes per game.
Hell, here’s me this past weekend:
Mason’s increase time is a good development. As we’ve discussed before, this Duke team with Mason and Andre Dawkins playing few minutes, has a ceiling and it’s not in the final four. It’s Sweet 16 at best. I’ve been preaching for a while that it was more important to develop these two through playing time, because if (and I know that’s a big ‘if’) they can improve and play to their potential, Duke’s ceiling is raised.
And two weeks ago after the win over Georgia Tech:
Duke has a ceiling if he (Mason) doesn’t get better then that ceiling is not the Final Four. I’m not saying it is with Mason, but if he can get better here in the last month and a half, then Duke’s ceiling can only go higher.
Note: I actually don’t think Seth Davis stole this from me. If anything, I would steal from him, just to improve my standings around the ladies (does Seth Davis articles really help with the ladies? Not sure, we’ll check on that).
We’ll go out on a limb and say he’s certainly never heard of Big Duke Balls. Hell, I’m sure someone else has said the exact same thing long before I did. However, he and I both have good points. Mason and Andrea need to play.
Now if only I could get Seth’s salary.