My Response To Jason King of Yahoo For His Attack On UCLA Freshmen

Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N

Here is my response to Jason's article on UCLA's freshmen (HT to blinkshot):

Jason, I just read your article on the winners and losers of the college basketball weekend, and I have a request for you: Please, PLEASE watch games before making rash judgments as you did in this article. Only the most uninformed or unrealistic fans expected the UCLA freshmen to come in and dominate like you suggest they should be doing. To begin with, there's the problem of simply getting into the game. UCLA starts 3 seniors that rarely, if ever, leave the game while it is still in doubt.

Jerime Anderson backs up Darren Collison, who is possibly the best point guard in the country. So it's absurd to expect Anderson to get enough meaningful minutes to make a contribution recognizable in the box score. He had a rough game, but does that take away from all the good he's done this year? For the most part, he's been a solid backup and hasn't given much away when Collison gets a break. Again, if you actually watched UCLA games, you would know this.

You're only statement about Drew Gordon is that he only averages 3.6 points per game. Well, he's also our most efficient rebounder and our most intense defender. (For stats on his rebounding efficiency, check out these stats posted on Bruins Nation a few days ago. If you need proof about his defense, again: just watch the games). And again, Gordon backs up Alfred Aboya, who's been an absolute rock in the middle this year and rarely gets taken out of the game. Gordon just hasn't had the minutes to make a huge impression in the box score.

As for J'Mison Morgan, only the most unformed fans and writers expected him to be the next Kevin Love from Day 1. Did I expect a little more at first? Sure, but Ben Howland knew perfectly well that he was out of shape and a project. You write that "Forward J’Mison Morgan has been labeled as lazy and unmotivated." Really? Who labeled him that? Because I've never seen a quote from anyone involved with the UCLA program who has called him "lazy" or "unmotivated". He's an extremely talented player who simply isn't ready to compete on this high of a level. Making up quotes with no source is poor journalism at it's finest. Plus you unfairly ripped a kid who has done absolutely nothing wrong except be not as good as some people thought he was.

As for Malcolm Lee, he's our best defensive guard right now. Ben Howland has said that he needs to find him more minutes...but where do they come from?? He's raw offensively (as everyone knew he would be) and Holiday is more polished in other areas. At SF, Shipp rarely leaves the game, and then there's Mike Roll, one of the best shooters in the country (over 50% on 3's...numbers don't lie).

Finally, I'm sure most people expected more from Holiday, myself included. But he's still our best passer and almost always the smartest player on the floor. And he certainly doesn't qualify as a "loser". As for your remark that he doesn't look like a top 5 pick, two words for you: Russell Westbrook. Westbrook was pedestrian last year and I bet you didn't think he was a top 5 pick either. Oops. NBA picks on potential, not on college statistics.

What I'm saying is that there is SO MUCH MORE to basketball than the box-score. The UCLA freshmen aren't lighting the world on fire, but honestly, did you expect them to? If you actually took a look at UCLA's roster it was obvious that Collison and Shipp would carry the scoring load, and Aboya has been way, way better than expected down low. The minutes just aren't there for the freshmen. So Jason, please watch the games and do some real research before labeling a group of 19 year olds as "losers". Thanks.

You can email your response to Jason by going here. Remember be respectful and polite. GO BRUINS.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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