Monday, February 26, 2007

Seth Gorney: Our little Lotus Blossom

This from the Des Moines Register...

Apparently Seth Gorney practices yoga. A lot.

Here's what I want to know: Does this help him play basketball in any significant way? I mean, it's fascinating that a 7-footer can put his feet behind his head, but I suppose that's only helpful if he's actually looking forward to getting boned by Old Man Oden.

To be really honest, I haven't been as down on Gorney as most folks have been this season. He deserves more comparisons to Jared Reiner than to Greg Helmers. The kid can shoot--he's Iowa's most efficient shooter. By a pretty good amount. 1.20 PPWS (points per weighted shot) is pretty darned good.

But that's just about all he does. Here's a quick rundown of what needs to improve:

4.1 boards on 20 minutes per game.
2 (two) assists in Big Ten play this year. If you need to go back and read that again, I understand and I'll wait.
16-20 from the free throw line... for the entire season. 20 free throws is a typical week for Haluska.
As many blocks as Haluska has on the year (7).

The bottom line is that he's a 5 that plays like he's scared of contact and passing. So while it's cute and quirky that Lotus Blossom can contort himself, it would be a lot better if he could spend a bit more time learning skills that give Iowa a mentionable post presence.

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