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jaydee77
12-23-2010, 07:50 PM
Watching him last night I was thinking, this guy could be the next Anthony Reason. I really liked Reason's hustle, defense and energy. Keita goes 100% every play. Reason was fearless.

Angelo Roncalli
12-23-2010, 08:58 PM
He's the Tasmanian Devil. Energetic, athletic. He has very, very quick hands. He's the guy to put on Jared Stohl...

CDC84
12-23-2010, 09:04 PM
I love how different guys keep stepping up on this team.

bigblahla
12-24-2010, 05:39 AM
He's the Tasmanian Devil. Energetic, athletic. He has very, very quick hands. He's the guy to put on Jared Stohl...

+1.

Go!! Zags!!!

vandalzag
12-24-2010, 06:34 AM
I love how different guys keep stepping up on this team.

This and they way Few keeps looking for answers, not waiting for the known elements to produce. Bodes well for late season success.

MickMick
12-24-2010, 06:45 AM
He is going to come up huge in an important conference game. I'm tired of the raw talk about him.

My definition of raw:
More negative plays than positive plays.

Keita is anything but raw.

ZagHouse
12-24-2010, 06:48 AM
I could swear that after a recent loss, there were those (some fairly big name posters) who were critical of the recruitment of players like Matis. Granted, one game does not necessarily change things, but maybe the coaching staff is in a better position to evaluate talent than those of us who have to scour the internet for team or fan videos to see what kind of players we've been dealt.

The other day after the loss to Notre Dame, a friend told me that the locker room was full of dissension--Steven and Elias were butting heads. The problem with his comment was that I had no idea where he was getting his information, but he succeeded in planting a seed. If we can all stop posting info from our second cousin's boyfriend's sister's friend who know's a guy who is friends with a practice player and stick to what we know or can prove, these boards wouldn't be so maddening.

Baldwinzag
12-24-2010, 07:33 AM
Baseball scouts would say he's a "five-tool" prospect.

He has excellent attributes to work with and has the potential to develop into a terrific all-around guard/wing for the Zags. I'd make it a priority in the off-season to spend extra time with him.

I do have one issue:

Why Keita wasn't utilized as a defensive stopper in previous games is beyond me?

He makes the zone look much more formidable with his length & quickness, plus he's tremendous in one-on-one situations.

I heard it directly from one of our players, saw it in all the highlight reels, watched it during Craziness in Kennel, and confirmed it vs Xavier....Keita is our best defensive player and its not all that close. Of course Gray would be in the conversation if he wasn't required to be so focused on his offense this season. Meech could learn a good habit from Mathis, just as I pointed out in the game thread, Keita moves his feet AND keeps his hands up the entire time. His anticipation is unmatched, plus he isn't afraid to take risks at the right time. Meech is an excellent and active defender in his own right, yet plays like he's covering a WR in football, backpedal, shuffle, rotate the hips, run, & chase, rarely using his arms/hands. He just doesn't have luxury of such gifted length like Mathis. (PS-- the above mentioned is not Meech bashing whatsoever, just comparing Keita to our two BEST defensive players on the team). I think Keita could be better than both of them, imo.

It doesn't matter to me if Keita plays 2 mins or 20 mins from here on out; however, as Angelo eluded to, Keita should be assigned to guarding McConnell, Stohl, Teel, the moment they hit their first three. Keita is good enough on offense to be quite effective vs WCC teams. The Zags wouldn't be sacrificing offense for defense in those games, especially with our frontcourt carrying the load anyway. Mathis is 6'5", athletic, has terrific lateral speed, and with a 6'11" wingspan to boot...he should have been receiving minutes as a defensive stopper--like yesterday.

As Elias stated in a recent interview, "Keita [Frenchie] has been our most intense player in practice, now you're seeing it live." I remember reading this somewhere, so not an exact quote, but something very close to it...Sacre echoed Elias' comments about Keita's intensity & fire as well.

ridgebackzag
12-24-2010, 08:37 AM
Every year we seem to have a "hustle" guy. Maybe it comes from lack of PT and wanting to prove something. Last year it was Arop, this year it's Keita. Sadly, unless we're in foul or injury trouble (knock on wood), Keita won't see much PT unless we're dominating.

MickMick
12-24-2010, 08:41 AM
I always thought his upside was that of former Coug, Kyle Weaver.

When you describe Keita, you are describing Weaver. Weaver had some offensive game as well and so does Keita. He is not a void on offense and appears to work well within the flow.

But it is his defense that is soooo good. It has been a long, long time since I have seen a GU player defend like I saw Keita defend against Xavier. It was "Nored like". The type of player that adds to the mix similar to Butler's Nored.

deathchina
12-24-2010, 08:56 AM
Next year...

Pangos
Bell
Draginis
Stockton
Goodson
Carter
Keita

that is quite a crowd at the guard positions. Who redshirts? Who is going to have to play some SF?

JPtheBeasta
12-24-2010, 10:06 AM
Next year...

Pangos
Bell
Draginis
Stockton
Goodson
Carter
Keita

that is quite a crowd at the guard positions. Who redshirts? Who is going to have to play some SF?

I brought this up in another thread and didn't realize you had first. And I forgot Dranginis. I think this has to be a good dilemma to have but this board is going to go nuts with prognostication next year, especially if nobody sets himself aparts as an obvious starter. Hyland has to be thrown into the mix, as well. This could be a Villinova-type 3 guard team in the very near future. I suppose Dranginis could play some 3, but we still have MM and Arop there, and Drang could probably play some point. I really liked Hyland coming here as the 3 point specialist, but MM has shown he is adept at that, and by all accounts Bell, Pangos, and Dranginis can shoot. Ugh. We're going to have to play 6-on-5 to find everyone minutes.

To stay somewhat on topic, though, Keita does seem to have the market cornered on defensive intensity so that should earn him some playing time now and in the future.

demian
12-24-2010, 10:23 AM
hey Mick Mick for what its worth I feel exactly the same way you do about Mathis Keita.

VinnyZag
12-24-2010, 10:36 AM
Usually we don't start worrying about next season's playing time until the current season has ended.

I found Keita's play encouraging. But I'm going to wait until we see him do it in more than one game before I anoint him.

JPtheBeasta
12-24-2010, 10:46 AM
You're right. I think I will go back to scrutinizing pictures of Elias' gut.

Psychozag
12-24-2010, 11:07 AM
Next year...

Pangos
Bell
Draginis
Stockton
Goodson
Carter
Keita

that is quite a crowd at the guard positions. Who redshirts? Who is going to have to play some SF?


You forgot Hyland.

MDABE80
12-24-2010, 11:21 AM
This 'll have to play out next year although it's quite obvious what will happen.
CDC makes a keep observation. Years ago, we could never tell who would step up in any given game. SOmebody always did though. Unpredicatble as anything I've seen. But just when things look a bit dark.someone would play out of his mind and win one for us.
Well, we have a meager streak of 2. If we hit league with a 10-5 record, we control our destiny again.