Right now it is quiet in the world of Ben Ball. I imagine our guys are busy with their finals. Not much news coming out except for little tidbits here and there. So Pucin took the time to chat with Bob McKillop, the Davidson head coach, and asked him to compare UCLA to Texas, UNC, and Duke, the teams Davidson took on before losing to UCLA. Here are some choice grafs from that LAT article:
Curry had 15 points against UCLA on six-for-19 shooting. He scored 20 against Duke on eight-for-17 shooting and 24 against North Carolina on eight-for-22 shooting.
On Davidson basketball message boards, anonymous fans were more willing to make value judgments.
"Let me say as a College of Charleston fan, UCLA is ridiculously tough," said one. Another said, "UCLA has the athletes, desire and coaching to lock you down defensively and keep you off the boards. Duke and UNC don't."
And then there was this: "I think we just played the team that will win the national championship. This was the best game [Davidson] played all year."
"It is what it is," Howland said. "I don't think it's going to happen that often. I think it's going to be more the exception. But it's a positive for some kids. Recruiting is a tough experience. For some, it's very distracting.
"It has to be the right kid, the right situation in terms of the parents and the background," said Howland, prohibited by NCAA rules from discussing the oral commitment made by sophomore guard Kendall Williams of Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos High last month.
Going back to our warriors PE.com has some nice notes on Westbrook, who is auditioning hard to feel the role of new AA:
After playing sparingly last season as a backup point guard, Westbrook spent much of the offseason in the weight room, adding much-needed bulk to his spindly frame. The hard work has translated into increased playing time as Westbrook started at point guard in November, then slid over to wing once Darren Collison returned from a knee injury.
Westbrook played 37 minutes against Davidson on Saturday, chasing Curry through a barrage of screens and picks and limiting him to 6-for-19 shooting. Before that, Curry had scored at least 20 points in six of the seven games he'd played.
"My main focus is coming out and playing great defensively," Westbrook said. "Coach said we'd need me to play well defensively, and I have to do any role I can to get on the floor. If defense is what it is, that's what I'm going to do."