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  Friday, December 10, 2004

Thoughts on Torin Francis and IU vs. Notre Dame
By Landry Fields

Written href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Deputy href=/profile//> Director href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Scouting href=/profile//> Jonathan href=/profile//> Givony

Lots href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> tradition href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> unfortunately. href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> eye href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> prospects; href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> saw href=/profile//> it: href=/profile//>

Torin href=/profile//> Francis: href=/profile//>

Where href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> draw href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> line href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> actual href=/profile//> ability? href=/profile//> Francis href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> signs href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> life, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> healthy href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> missing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> chunk href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> problems. href=/profile//>

Francis href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> type href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> scouts href=/profile//> drool href=/profile//> over. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> listed href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> 6-11, href=/profile//> 252 href=/profile//> pounds, href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> size href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward. href=/profile//> That's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> it, href=/profile//> though. href=/profile//> Francis href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> big, href=/profile//> soft href=/profile//> hands href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> wingspan href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> reliable href=/profile//> target href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> post. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> problem href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> want/know href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> yet. href=/profile//>

What href=/profile//> impressed href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> Francis href=/profile//> yesterday, href=/profile//> besides href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> terrific href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> skill href=/profile//> set href=/profile//> already href=/profile//> matches href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> demanded href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> modern href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> power href=/profile//> forward. href=/profile//> He's href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> size, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> body, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quickness, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball-handling href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> sweet href=/profile//> outside href=/profile//> stroke href=/profile//> (16-18 href=/profile//> feet) href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> matchup href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> aggressive. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> receive href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> post, href=/profile//> nail href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> mid-range href=/profile//> jumper href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dribble, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> pass href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> reasonably href=/profile//> well, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> decision-making href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> work. href=/profile//> Francis href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> gifted href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket, href=/profile//> though. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> quick href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> matchup href=/profile//> sweat, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> footwork href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> improve, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> go-to href=/profile//> move href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> consistently href=/profile//> rely href=/profile//> on. href=/profile//> Defensively, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> rotating href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> block href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> fair href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> physical href=/profile//> gifts, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> aggressive href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> man-to-man href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> post. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> frustrating href=/profile//> part href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fact href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> dominant href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> active href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> demanded href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> more. href=/profile//> When href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> key, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> contact-loving href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> kind href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> bullies href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> two. href=/profile//> Getting href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> stronger href=/profile//> (he href=/profile//> surely href=/profile//> can) href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> help, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> attitude href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> work, href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> teammates href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> realizes href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> touches href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball, href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> happen. href=/profile//> Right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> Francis href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> content href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> stands href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> waiting href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> happen, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> embarrassed href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> times href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> DJ href=/profile//> White href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> rejected. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tools href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impact href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> League. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> holds href=/profile//> up, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> definite href=/profile//> sleeper href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> lottery href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> (and href=/profile//> maybe href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> higher) href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> indeed href=/profile//> declares. href=/profile//>

Chris href=/profile//> Thomas: href=/profile//>

Thomas href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> disappointment href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> me. href=/profile//> I've href=/profile//> watched href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> times href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I'm href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> seeing href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> remarkable href=/profile//> differences href=/profile//> between href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sophomore href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> today. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> average, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> poor, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> push href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball, href=/profile//> find href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> open href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> three, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> upside href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> limited. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> confident href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> remember href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> either. href=/profile//> Maybe href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> content href=/profile//> setting href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> people href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> flashy href=/profile//> passes, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> Notre href=/profile//> Dame href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> way. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> assist href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> high href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> (while href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> significantly href=/profile//> down), href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> basic href=/profile//> stuff href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> control href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tempo href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> mastering href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> roll href=/profile//> (he href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Torin href=/profile//> Francis href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> running href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> more, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> do, href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> ignores href=/profile//> him). href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> (great href=/profile//> stroke, href=/profile//> quick href=/profile//> release) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> playmaking href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he'll href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> (starting href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> tournament) href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> stick. href=/profile//>

DJ href=/profile//> White: href=/profile//>

I href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> planning href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> talking href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> all, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> young href=/profile//> freshman href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> impressed href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> handling href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> night. href=/profile//>

He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> skinny href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> undersized href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> PF href=/profile//> (6'8"), href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> kid href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> wingspan href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> block href=/profile//> shots. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> night, href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> energized href=/profile//> Indiana href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> frustrate href=/profile//> Francis href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> shots, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> blocks href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> work, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> skinny href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> box href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> hold href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> paint href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> surely href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> time. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> non-existent href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> moment, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> again, href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> plenty href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> work href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> that. href=/profile//>

Bracey href=/profile//> Wright: href=/profile//>

Another href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> disappointment href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> me, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far. href=/profile//> Notre href=/profile//> Dame href=/profile//> decided href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> shut href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Hoosiers href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> Wright href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Wright href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fight href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> letting href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> accomplish href=/profile//> that. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> skills href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> almost href=/profile//> non-existent, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> dribbles href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> doesn't href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> decision href=/profile//> maker. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> step, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> takes href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> down.

 
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