Didn’t take it as an attack, my previous post above was in response to eddieben questioning the both of use.
Didn’t claim there was a board the time of Burke and company, just saying their HS film indicated they were upper tier talents. Nobody can predict POY or lottery pick (although caveats apply because that was probably the weakest draft in the modern era), but you could certainly see that Burke was undervalued by scouts. I distinctly remember talking to an acquaintance of mine at the time that claimed Travis Trice (yes, Travis Trice) would be a better player than Trey in college…I literally laughed and refrained from response.
I certainly agree that we currently have upper tier talent on the current roster. No doubt Walton is upper tier (hell, I may be his biggest advocate to a fault), Chatman is upper tier from an offensive skill standpoint, Levert is certainly upper tier, but beyond that I have questions marks. I wouldn’t classify Irvin as upper tier…although he is borderline. A player that is poor on defense and rebounding, and has only 1 skill on offense…hard to classify that as upper tier until he proves he can do it in a more significant role.
Wilson and Dawkins - I think Dawkins will beat DJ out for PT, especially considering DJ’s injury. I grew to like DJ a bit more when the more recent film came out and it appeared his lateral agility had improved…but I do have serious questions about his game at the high major level. What is he? His ballhandling isn’t strong enough to play on the perimeter, he has no footwork to play in the post, he’s not strong enough to play the post from an offensive or defensive standpoint at this point. So it appears his utility is limited to a catch and shoot player, and honestly, I don’t think he’s all that good of a shooter, above average for his size, but I don’t think he can shoot like Donnal. I can see DJ thriving in transition because he runs the floor quite well and he’s above average in terms of verticiality, but we don’t run, so it negates his strength. Dawkins will be on the floor because his athleticism will allow him to check multiple positions(2/3 and maybe 4), and he’s already a better shooter than DJ, so he has more utility than DJ in my view.
Booker - the definition of a one dimensional, non-athletic player. Bluiett lacks athleticism, but he is infinitely better at creating his own shot off the bounce, and he has great footwork. Booker was so overrated it isn’t funny, I’d be shocked if he lived up to his billing as a 5 star.
The big issue is who do we get to replace the upper tier talent on the current roster. Can you honestly say that MAAR or Duncan Robinson can replace Levert next year? In reality, that’s what you’re looking at because Dawkins certainly isn’t going to take on the role of creator and neither is Zak…so where does that leave us? That’s why I’ve been harping on this…it’s all good to enjoy the good times, but you have to be realistic about the future. We have enough to bridge the gap to 2016 because Walton and Chatman will be the creators…but if we don’t add upper tier talent in 2016, it could get ugly in the future once Walton and Irvin leave…our roster from a talent standpoint would not be very good to be honest.