Last year while everyone on the team had inconsistencies in shooting at times, the one area where we consistently struggled on offense was post play. I like everyone else had hopes that Amir would develop and hopefully by the end of the season show some signs of a post game. Sadly that did not happen, and though he had very limited playing time his freshman year, I do not have high hopes that he will develop a good post game we can rely on in the future. While our team showed growth throughout the season last year, our Achilles Heel and ultimately why I think we lost in the tournament was our inability to consistently get to the rim and find easy baskets.
I don't like to criticize Thad because I really think he is a top 5 coach in college. However I feel like a big part of the Matta offense is having a big who can effectively finish at the rim. At times it seemed like we were unable to get a good shot because the other teams felt no threat from our bigs. When we couldn't pass to our bigs and weren't able to get dribble penetration, it almost always resulted in a questionable long shot. There were many times where it was incredibly frustrating to watch as we seemed unable to get any easy or open shot which then led to long droughts. Deshaun is gone and it sounds like Matta has a similar plan of going small and setting up Q in the post.
There has been a lot of talk about player potential in the off season and what could change on offense, but I'm wondering if we won't have the same struggles as last year. Can anyone offer any hope as to why this year will be different?