C – 6’11” – Marshall
The next post in a quality series from our valued TWolves Blog Forum member “Pants.” His forum posts and further discussion can be found HERE. (Feel free to join us, we’re always looking for more quality members.) As a poor follower of the Wolves, Pants is always trying to talk himself into a light at the end of the tunnel. Usually that means talking himself into players we have, or could potentially have. How many guys will be stars from this draft, probabably a few? Will they be available to the Wolves? He’s going to do his best to convince himself that they will be.
The consensus is that no one thinks more highly of Hassan Whiteside than Hassan Whiteside. Having Midwestern sensibilities and being recently burned by Randy Foye, there are few other red flags as great as inflated self-worth. There would be nothing better for Mr. Whiteside than to be drafted out of the top 10. Guys who are nearly 7 feet tall get cut a little slack for two reasons: first, they are on a short list of guys big enough to play center; and secondly, it has to be so damn odd to walk around being that tall that it would have to warp your view on the world.
The first thing you’ll notice is that Whiteside looks nothing like the standard small school 7 footer who hits the scene out of nowhere. He isn’t awkward, slow, or very rough on offense. He looks every-bit the part of a hyped center prospect out of North Carolina or Kentucky. He wasn’t playing 30+ minutes every game, but he had a couple of stretches where he was for a week or two at a time. He isn’t going to look completely gassed after 5 minutes on the court.
Oh and I almost forgot, the other 7 footer on our roster (who happens to be terrible)… remember him? Check out Ryan Hollins’ college stats, he was SIGNIFICANTLY worse than Hassan Whiteside when he was a 4 year Senior. He was neither a good rebounder or shot-blocker.
For more of the “Talking Myself Into…” series see here: