NIT Tournament 2011: JaMychal Green Carrying the Flag for the Crimson Tide
NIT Tournament 2011 Could Be A Special One For Alabama and JaMychal Green
There's no question that among the NIT Teams that were snubbed by the NCAA Selection Committee, Alabama had one of the better cases to be included.
Regardless, the Tide will be playing postseason basketball, and that means a chance to see one of the better players in the SEC in JaMychal Green. NBADraft.net compared Green to J.J. Hickson, which is not a glowing endorsement but not a bad player to be compared to either. But the guy who was named to the All-SEC First Team, according to the Dothan Eagle, is growing into a player to watch.
"Profiling his offensive game, Green is still mostly the same player we've analyzed the past two years, a gritty inside player skill set that is still coming along in polish," Joseph Treutlein of DraftExpress.com wrote of Green. "Standing 6'8 with a good but not great athletic profile, Green does most of his damage within five feet of the basket, where he fights consistently for inside position and has no problem throwing his body around and finishing through contact."
In that case, Treutlein is absolutely correct in his analysis. Watching tape of Green, he has no problem playing with the big boys down low. Of course, like many players, that will be tested once he goes up against bigger players in the post that are more filled out than what he's been facing right now.
Now of course, he will have to evolve his game when he eventually faces those tougher low-post players, and that will me developing a jumper and a face-up game. Chad Ford of ESPN wrote in his analysis that Green does have a jumper out to about 18 feet, but that he needs to work in the paint and that he "relies more on athleticism than skill."
And yes, those are legitimate concerns when dealing with a player like Green. But at the same time, those are mechanical issues that can be taught and fixed as he becomes more refined. In the end, he's still very raw, as a lot of players with his athleticism are. But he's also shown he can carry a team when he's on his game.
He's going to get that chance now.
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