Well the midterm exams have been taken. The work has been assessed. It is time to give out the grades. Every player gets a letter grade and a coinciding number grade. Also the team as a whole will be graded on several aspects.
Doron Lamb A+ 98
Lamb has been more than what people expected him to be this year. He is this teams leading scorer thus far. Doron is shooting 50% from the 3-point line, that is crazy good folks. Doron Lamb would get a 100 from me, but I would like him to be more of a leader on the court.
Anthony Davis A- 94
With Davis standing at 6-11, you would expect him to be a good shot blocker, well I’m sorry Anthony Davis is not a good shot blocker. Anthony Davis is an excellent shot blocker. After just 12 games, he has over 50 blocks(4.3pg). He is on track to come close to last years shot blocking king William Mosley 156(4.87pg). Davis gets a 93 because he needs to be more of a dominating force down low on the offensive end. Learn post moves, get a hook shot or even pass better.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist B+ 93
When it comes to defense Kidd-Gilchrist is phenomenal. He is one of, if not the best, defenders in college basketball. His motor is unbelievable; he gives his all on every single play. He is bringing down 7 rebounds a game. He only gets a 93 because he needs to be a more reliable 3-point shooter. Also with the type of player he is, he will get fouled a lot, he needs to be a better free-throw shooter. Currently he only shoots 77% from the charity strike.
Terrence Jones B- 88
Terrence is bigger, stronger and has more swagger. BUT where do you wander off to when the big games are to be played? Where were you the North Carolina game? Indiana game? Are you going to show up for the Louisville game? I hope so. Terrence Jones is an All-American, IF… He starts being a dominating factor for this team when they need it. If you haven’t wondered, that is why he gets an 88.
Darius Miller B- 88
Well, except for that dunk against St Johns, Miller is the same old player he has always been, good but not as good as good as he could be. And for that he gets a middle of the road grade to match his performance on the court.
Kyle Wiltjer B- 86
The awkward play that Kyle had in high school, has definitely found it’s way in college in Lexington. Although he is in the rotation he only sees the floor 16 minutes a game, he is productive most of the time he is in the game. Averaging 7 points in 16 minutes. He also shoots a cool 82% from the free-throw line. He needs to take the wide open 3′s that he so often passes up.
Marquis Teague C 80
Ahhhh Marquis Teague, you sir are electric. But that was in high school. You have yet to do what this team needs you to be, and that’s an assist monster. You are only averaging 4.5 assists a game… Really dude? 4.5? Goodness Davis almost averages more blocks than you, and thats tougher to do. so you need to step it up. On flip side, you are just like every PG Calipari has had, you are teachable. So, around February I think you’ll be one of the top 3 PG’s in America.
P.S. – Sllllooooow down
Now on to the teams assessment as a whole:
Offense: A- 94
Defense: A 95
3-point shooting: B+ 92
3-point defense: C 83
Post Off: B 80
Post Def: A 95
Free-Throw Shooting: C+ 86
As you can see people were graded fairly and nothing was sugar-coated. Overall the players and the team are all way above passing grades, and that is why they are the #3 team in the country.