You make interesting points; I just happen to disagree with many of them to some degree. Three players on MSU with great hype fail to move the needle for me: Ward, Langford, and Winston. In shape Ward is a much better talent than fat Ward; right now he’s fat Ward. Langford is a nice talent, but he’s not super athletic, despite his McDonalds pedigree. Winston, I love his shot, but would argue he’s more skilled than talented, which is why he struggles mightily with Simpson.
One sign of how talented and athletic the Wolverines are is…Defense. Matthews and Livers are two very athletic wings. Simpson and Rahkman are very athletic guards. Also M’s new found propensity to rebound has a lot to do with having better athletes on the floor than past seasons.
Then we have bigger, stronger Moe Wagner who can play with any big man in the country.
As for Dylan and others, they had a bit of a hard on for Ward and Winston I don’t share. Fat Ward to me is a one trick pony, he has scoring ability going to his left and nothing else that impresses me. Winston I’ve already commented on, I will just add, his defense is atrocious, he doesn’t even make the opposition work to get past him.