"Once or twice a year, we empty the entire ball rack by throwing or punting each ball into the stands, then make the rookies climb the steps to get each ball. I'm not sure why, but I really like doing that." - Nick Collison
The other major loss, other than Ogilvy, was point guard Jermaine Beal. And his loss was not so readily replaced. Starting off-guard Brad Tinsley has completed the transition to the point guard spot that he began last season, yet he's more of a ball mover than a creator. He moves it well, keeps mistakes down, is a high IQ player, seems to have rediscovered his jumpshot, and has a knack for old school one handed straight-armed dunks that make him instantly likeable. He is also, however, a shade average. And his backup, freshman Kyle Fuller, can't be trusted at the moment. Guard play is far from a weakness when you consider that Vanderbilt's off guard, 6'4 John Jenkins, is one of the nation's best shooters, averaging 19.5 points per game as a sophomore and shooting 40% from downtown. Jumpshooting is pretty much Jenkins's only tool, but he maximises its value with decent size, decent athleticism, judicious shot selection, the ability to get open off the ball, the ability to shoot off the dribble, knowing how and when to sell a fake, how to create spacing, and how to get to the foul line with it. With him also in the mix, Vanderbilt lack for neither talent nor versatility. They do, however, lack for an extra ball handler.
Pick 23: Right after Penn champions the logic of looking for specialists in the late first round, the ultimate specialist is selected as John Jenkins goes to Atlanta. Jenkins is the best shooter in this draft; indeed, he could be the best shooter in most drafts. But he is also the very definition of a one dimensional player, as the rest of his game is somewhat average. So much so, in fact, that scant little time is dedicated to his analysis. It doesn't take long to cover one dimension.
Atlanta - John Jenkins: Jenkins spend the one week with the Jam that Cunningham didn't, and averaged 21.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He shot only 22% from three, but was successful at putting the ball on the floor, getting to the basket, and finishing. Albeit in a small sample size, this is an intriguing development for his future.
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