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    I felt Joel needed his own thread after that game. Wow, what a performance. Time and time again he was the Zags calming presence in a game where we continually got sped up on offense.

    Finished with 13, 5, 3, 2, 1 and most importantly 1 turnover. With the way Gilder, and to some extent Woolridge are playing, I just don't see how you can keep him on the bench much longer.

    I'll have to go back and pay attention to his rotational defense but I really thought his on ball defense was exceptional tonight to the point that I was yelling at few to switch him on to Pritchard late in the game. He moves his feet so well and bodies up without fouling. Don't even get me started on his hands and rebounding.

    I really hope he continues to his heady play because man he was fun to watch tonight.

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    That end to end lay-up alone may have lifted us 2 seeds.
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    He's been a pleasant surprise and given our lack of depth at the guard position, his solid play couldn't come at a better time.

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    [QUOTE=billyberu;1485279]He's been a pleasant surprise and given our lack of depth at the guard position, his solid play couldn't come at a better time.


    quickly becoming my favorite player...

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    Great thread. And he is maturing like a fine Bordeaux

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    Doesn't even resemble the player he was last year. It's a case of Few sticking with him and believing in him that has allowed him to blossom into an entirely confident capable player. His upside is very high IMO.
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    Man I couldn’t agree more


    That fast break reverse lay up saved the game


    Just looking at him on the court, his size always impresses me


    His rebounding has been huge and he will continue to get minutes bc of that and from an offensive stand point he’s really close to being a playmaker

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    Gotta agree. We should not be surprised at his expanded game. There was a ton of discussion all summer about what he was doing in the international games. His rebounding is something to see; dropping down to help, leaping over and snagging the ball time and again. Zags really need him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballbeachbum View Post
    Great thread. And he is maturing like a fine Bordeaux
    Grand Cru!

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    Has he passed gilder in minutes yet?

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    He has made quite the jump from last year.

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    Possibly the most improved player in D1 basketball nationally.
    Almost 10 ppg, 53% FG, 44% from 3, second on team in assists, 2nd in rebs.
    Leads team in steals, 3 to 1 assist to turnover ratio, and has played with great poise.
    Very happy for this young man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaZagFan View Post
    Grand Cru!

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    6'10" wingspan

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    Future first rounder. The most shocking thing has been the improvement of his three point shot. I had no confidence in his outside shooting ability last year, now it looks good almost every time. One of the most impressive off season evolutions I've seen from any Zag.

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    His development has been fun to watch...crazy that this is his 3rd year at GU and he's still only 19 years old.


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    Zags have their leader. Only reason not to start him is that he brings a sensational spark coming off the bench. Bravo Joel.

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    I don’t care who is coming in next year, Joel starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyra View Post
    I don’t care who is coming in next year, Joel starts.
    +1

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    I was glad to see the floater tonight...and the NBA range for 3...and...
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    Watching Ayayi live these past 2 days has really given me an appreciation. Everytime there is a loose ball he has a knack and the quickness to get the ball. His confidence is rising like those cartoon thermometers that eventually bursts when it reaches the top! Been fun watching him, the Kispert resurrection and the entire Zags team!!
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    Thanks for the in-person testimony, GZF. Hope to hear more from you about your experiences at the B4A

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    He is the rock right now. Mike Hart on intensity and boards and an offensive force!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Worthington View Post
    Future first rounder. The most shocking thing has been the improvement of his three point shot. I had no confidence in his outside shooting ability last year, now it looks good almost every time. One of the most impressive off season evolutions I've seen from any Zag.
    Completely agree with this....where the heck did that come from?

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    Joel's turned his Winter game into what we've seen in his Summer efforts. He brings such a new dimension to our guard core. We've waited for him to be what we heard. Now he's arriving. Big, fast, experienced, rebounds, scores well and is a team guy. Can't ask for much more....and he's a load at 6 ft 5 in.

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