Outlaw_Wales wrote:drbluejay wrote:I think Sam is better than some people give him credit. He is 2 years past playing high school, has added 20 lbs or more and grew 2 inches. He is stronger, and my thinking is he is a much better player than he was 2 years ago. This is why he left Lafayette. I see his position similar to Huff and Watson leaving to a bigger and better stage just not as polished as those 2. Sam will end up on scholarship sometime in the near future. I wish him luck and thank him for picking Creighton.
I honestly hope you guys who think that Dunkum is going to become some kind of force in the paint in the Big East are right on.
But I'm really baffled at why anyone thinks that is likely. I don't have a clue what his best or worst case scenario is because he has basically never played meaningful minutes in college anywhere.
You say he's bigger, stronger, and much better than he was 2 years ago -- what do you possibly base that on? He's absolutely 2 years older, but have you actually seen him do anything at all on a basketball court in the last 2 years? Are you going to practices and seeing him show how much better he is? Or are you just guessing that because our coaching staff took him in that he must be really good? It seems to me like the coaching staff would jump at the chance to bring in a transfer, not on scholarship, with a 7 foot frame, if for no other reason at all than you can't find guys with that size and length growing on trees to throw out there in practices.
You say his improvement is why he left Lafayette and it's like Huff and Watson coming to a bigger and better stage. What is that comparison and conclusion based on? Huff and Watson both played big-time minutes and demonstrated on the "smaller" stages that they had a ton to offer. Dunkum wasn't able to get on the floor playing for a terrible bottom-feeder Patriot league team. His situation seems nothing at all, even remotely in the wildest stretches of imagination, similar to Huff or Watson. That could totally be his motivation and he could be a sleeper -- but based on what he did at Lafayette, I don't see the comparison.
You say he will end up on scholarship soon. But I'm looking at the roster and the outstanding offers, and I'm not seeing where an open scholarship is likely for a guy that appears to be a big body brought in for practice team work. And I haven't heard anything from anyone associated with the program to suggest a scholarship is likely.
Like I said -- I would absolutely love for you to be completely right. I'd love for this dude to get so good that he starts popping up on preseason player of the year lists. I don't want to see him amount to nothing, at all. But I just don't see the basis or reason for people's expectation that he's going to be an impact player. Maybe you can shed some light on it that I've completely missed?
Well, he might not amount to much at this level...but then again, maybe he will? There have been countless recruits that simply didn't get recognized or developed into much more than initially thought so it's not out of the realm of possibility.
For me, it's not as baffling whether some people believe he "comes good"...it's more baffling those here that scoff and attack anyone that does think that way. I mean, I hope every player that sets foot on our campus is a gamer and can have a positive impact. Why wouldn't everyone want that?
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