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    I believe the ceiling for 2019-20 Zags comes w Ayayi as starting PG. Either Gilder or Woolridge needs to come off the bench, probably Gilder because although he and Woolridge are both shooting absolutely atrociously, Woolridge is impacting the game. Gilder disappears.

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    I believe Joel can shine even more brightly for his squad if given the opportunity.

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    I think he's well on his way to getting his minutes. I'd expect that he'll get a lot of minutes against TX Southern to give our other guys some extra recovery time. Let's see what he can do!

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    Ayayi played 29 minutes wooldridge 32 and Gilder 19. Ayayi just wasn't effective most of the game as with the other guards.

    In the last 4 games he averaged over 30 minutes. How many more do you think he needs a game?

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    Quote Originally Posted by White lightning View Post
    Ayayi played 29 minutes wooldridge 32 and Gilder 19. Ayayi just wasn't effective most of the game as with the other guards.

    In the last 4 games he averaged over 30 minutes. How many more do you think he needs a game?

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    Save Tillie, no one was effective but Joel wasn’t close to the basement of this lot. I’m concerned about Woolridge’s knee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White lightning View Post
    Ayayi played 29 minutes wooldridge 32 and Gilder 19. Ayayi just wasn't effective most of the game as with the other guards.

    In the last 4 games he averaged over 30 minutes. How many more do you think he needs a game?

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    I’m not concerned about Ayayi's mpg. I’m saying by starting him coaches give him a huge vote of confidence which I think will free him up to do even more for this team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GonzagasaurusFlex View Post
    I believe the ceiling for 2019-20 Zags comes w Ayayi as starting PG. Either Gilder or Woolridge needs to come off the bench, probably Gilder because although he and Woolridge are both shooting absolutely atrociously, Woolridge is impacting the game. Gilder disappears.

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    I believe Joel can shine even more brightly for his squad if given the opportunity.

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    With such a thin bench the Zags are probably better off with Ayayi coming in as a change of pace microwave. Otherwise you’d have Gilder coming in and bringing little. His (hopefully temporary) offensive weakness isn’t such an issue at the start of games because everyone else can score. And the Zags raced out to leads in all these games. The most important thing is that Ayayi comes in and keeps things rolling. He doesn’t seem to lack for confidence even coming off the bench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuManShoes View Post
    With such a thin bench the Zags are probably better off with Ayayi coming in as a change of pace microwave. Otherwise you’d have Gilder coming in and bringing little. His (hopefully temporary) offensive weakness isn’t such an issue at the start of games because everyone else can score. And the Zags raced out to leads in all these games. The most important thing is that Ayayi comes in and keeps things rolling. He doesn’t seem to lack for confidence even coming off the bench.
    Your logic is irrefutable; nonetheless, I believe that if Few were to hand the proverbial keys to Ayayi and trust him to drive the car from opening tip he would spark the Zags and elevate the entire team with his play.
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    I much prefer Ayayi as a top-tier sixth man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alum08 View Post
    I much prefer Ayayi as a top-tier sixth man.
    Yep instant energy change of pace good offensive options and strong defense with exceptional rebounding creates a unique 6 man
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    I like Ayayi coming in as 6th man, 3rd guard. I suspect Few has had to work extra with keeping Ayayi in the zag mold, like he did with Zach Norvell. Both guards love to dribble around looking for their chance to shine, to get their shot, and tempted to shoot right away while team is setting up. Both have been stallions who needed training to get them to pass a lot and become a zag guard. The good thing is both of them exhibit, exhibited, respectable assist stats.

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    I definitely see and appreciate Ayayi’s value as 6th man getting starters minutes. My gut intuition tells me Zags jumping out of the gate w Ayayi starting in the backcourt will help this team find their next gear. Zags need as dynamic a scoring backcourt as possible vs teams that can shut down their low post centric offense. There are more big bigs coming for Petrusev et al, more L’s too if Zags’ backcourt doesn’t score more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GonzagasaurusFlex View Post
    I definitely see and appreciate Ayayi’s value as 6th man getting starters minutes. My gut intuition tells me Zags jumping out of the gate w Ayayi starting in the backcourt will help this team find their next gear. Zags need as dynamic a scoring backcourt as possible vs teams that can shut down their low post centric offense. There are more big bigs coming for Petrusev et al, more L’s too if Zags’ backcourt doesn’t score more.
    I think playing Joel alongside the other scorers actually limits his potential (as opposed to 'freeing' him). I like his creativity and fluidity and would rather see him as a focus point of the offense with the second unit than as a third or fourth option with the starters. Additionally, every shot that Joel takes is one less for Filip, CK, et al., and those guys need to get going too (as we've seen with CK, specifically).

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    I’d rather see Joel start over Gilder at this point. Joel is a stat stuffer and I have a suspicion he’s just warming up! Gilder needs to heal up...and hopefully he could be a nice scoring and defensive spark off the bench.
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    Watching Ayayi play in the FIBA games this summer I thought he would be a starter for sure. After 8 or 9 games there is no doubt he should be starting. He is the best guard on the team.

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    I expect he experienced grad transfers will start....Ayayi is a very good 6th man who plays big minutes and brings energy and a change of pace....unless there is a injury ….. Few knows what he is doing....Ya think ?

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    The main reason I'd start Ayayi is that then you would not have to have two players in at the same time who can not shoot from the outside. Yes there would be a few minutes when they'd be in together while Ayayi is resting on the bench. I'd give Ayayi Woolridge's minutes, 34. He can handle it. I would at least try it and see how it goes.

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    One of the reasons Joel has an advantage over the other guards, especially Gilder is knowing the system. I think once Gilder gets a few more games under his belt he'll be ok. He's obviously struggling with timing and not playing to his full potential.

    At the texas a&m game he was just playin and not overthinking. A familiar atmosphere and he had a decent game. 16 pnts and 43% from 3.

    Nigel and Clarke had a year practicing in the system. Both great players who would probably have shined as a grad transfer still had an advantage of the year in Gonzagas system.

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    I like Ayayi off the bench right now but he should be a starter next year whether Suggs comes or not.


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