5 Year Member
Agree that S&C wise, there are good differences in the players. I think that the longer they are in the Nebraska program, the worse their outside shot gets (but that might be me being bitter). I think that the players that are showing out right now, Thorbjarnarson and Borchardt have made real changes to their games. I think Thomas Allen was looking better in his second year until about a month ago intensity wise.When I think of better, I don’t limit it to the physical, because some of our guys do look physically better. The places you need to see the improvement, at least from a coaching perspective, is:
-in the system (fewer mistakes, better looks at the basket, better defensive position).
-from mechanics and fundamentals (improved shooting form, rebounding position, percentages, TO to Assist ratio, recognition of opponents offense and defense).
From this standpoint, I’m not seeing the improvement I would expect. Some schools are challenged in this as well, but players are usually only there a year or two. This should be an area we see notable improvement, but we don’t.
For Palmer and Watson, I don't know - Palmer came into the year expecting to be able to run over everyone on the way to the basket, and he learned the hard way with several offensive fouls right off. So he started shooting outside. Glynn has been streaky since he got to UNL, but he seems to be a bad confidence funk the last couple of games. Bad enough that I might tell him to change is game drastically or change his role for a game or two.
Anyways, I think that player development is kind of a tough thing to gauge. A lot of "development" is finding out who is willing to do what the coach says to get to play and who isn't. Since Nebraska doesn't have a lot of players on the roster, there's not a lot of consequence for doing your own thing. And that's college basketball in general with 13 scholarships.