MAAR is a huge loss for this team. While not an all American, he was extremely solid in almost every facet of the game. Solid scorer, solid shooter, solid ft shooter (way above average for this team), decent rebounder and extremely good at taking care of the ball, solid defender. Add in his experience of playing almost 150 games, nearly 120 of which were starts I think it’s clear he’s leaving a big gap. In my eyes Poole is already as talented from a scoring stand point, maybe even better, but his decision making isn’t anywhere close and neither is the defense. The biggest concern for me being his defense. A lot of people have pointed to it being mental and not thinking that’s an easy fix. I think that it is 100 percent that not the physical part, but that doesn’t make it an easy fix. From my experience defensive principles can be taught and learned but it is a highly instinctual thing. That’s my biggest concern with him.
As for Iggy I really like his ability to finish with either hand at the basket, looks very comfortable doing that. I think his shooting stroke looks like it can be solid. Defensively I see the concern, but I’m not sure if it’s as much of a matter of he can’t as it is he doesn’t seem engaged. He’s not a Charles Matthews athlete but he looks way more aggressive with the ball on offense than when he’s playing defense. I have a feeling he’ll find out quickly how important defense is and hopefully that translates into being at least a decent defender. As far as position, I don’t think the # matters on offense, they’ll find roles for him and other guys but defensively I think he needs to be able to defend the 4 and eventually the 3.