Mikic was shooting 3s very well throught the first 7 or so games, mostly playing in the flex. Then he went on a prolonged shooting slump that's continued the next 7 games before going 1-1 (2-4 overall) on Saturday. I have a hard time believing that Mikic could be consistently successful at a high mid-major level without expanding his game as teams catch on to 1 trick ponies eventually. I like that he's shooting more 2pt FGs and taking his man off dibble for mid-range jumpers a lot more than he's done previously. He had a couple of wide open looks vs SBU that he normally drains and gotta believe he will drain again some day.
The question for me is related to LSF's assertion that GW won't improve until all of Hobbs' requits are gone. I don't buy that completely. Who from Hobbs' players CAN actually run the flex or as FQ points out are more complete basketball players?
Lasan Kromah can shoot the ball. We've seen it in the past. He's also athletic and has a decent handle. I think he can eventually do well in Lonergan's system.
David Pellom has issues with defense and rebounding but is scoring at a very high efficiency, mostly down low. He'll be used often both this year and next simply because of his athleticism and offense down low.
Dwayne Smith: I thought D Smith was a solid 2 way player by the end of last year, scoring some inside and out, grabbing rebounds and playing good defense. But he's never shot the ball well form outside: .293 and .316 from 3pt and .417 and .400 overall FG% comming into this season. He's shot even worse this year and has looked like he's been afraid to take an outside shot (before hitting a 3 vs SLU). Lonergan said Smith has to learn the offense and didn't play good enough defense. He's mostly been a mess this year but has picked it up somewhat of recent, thus more playing time. Maybe Dwayne Smith will make and maybe he won't. We'll see how the year closes out.
Mikic's shown enough improvement with his overall offense (and effort on D) to warrant some optimism going forward but needs rebound better. He's back for next year as well.
That's about it for Hobbs' players next year and going forward. If 3 of Hobbs' players can make the adjustment, I think GW can have a competitive squad next season.