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This is purely gut level, more than an argument per se, but...

...for some reason I really have no concerns about Morsell’s offense. Don’t get me wrong — I get how ugly it’s been, I agree that it’s puzzling, and I understand that it can’t continue indefinitely if he’s going to get starter’s minutes.

(Having said that, a lot of folks around here still have a soft spot for a former Hoo guard who had a strong build and played great defense, but couldn’t throw it in the ocean if he was standing on the beach!)

But I don’t think Morsell is going to be Bub.2. It’s not just message board buzz; the kid scored well and often, inside and out, against legit competition both in HS and in AAU. We know it’s there. We don’t know what his offensive ceiling is, but we know this is his floor.

So what’s going on? We obviously can’t see inside his head, but it sure looks like it’s all mental. First game jitters leading to second game pressing, leading to third game frustration. Poor kid is probably locked in his own head right now, hoping every shot goes in rather than expecting it to. If he were a struggling QB, you’d call some safe short passes to build confidence. But what can you do in hoops, beyond extra reps in practice, and continuing encouragement from his coaches and teammates to keep shooting? Thank goodness we don’t really need his points yet, and are winning without them.

My guess is that when he breaks out, he’s going to have himself a day. The hoop will go from the dancing dime-sized demon it is now to something more like a hula hoop. Then he can settle into becoming whatever he’s going to become.

I wish I had the same unthinking confidence in Stattman. I’ve already voiced some “I don’t see it” on that front, and don’t want to turn into That A-Hole who seems to be rooting against his own. I hope he blossoms, and certainly trust TB and staff to see and develop what he can offer. It’s just that, purely by my own (meaningless) eye test, I just don’t see him as an ACC player, much less a starter on a top 15 team. But I will have my favorite crow recipes ready, and will eagerly wolf it down if and when he joins the long list of guys who have proven me wrong!

(In response to this post by ThatDadgumBiscuit)

Posted: 11/17/2019 at 1:53PM


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  Three pt line is nearly 15 percent farther than hs -- CavalierIU 11/17/2019 3:03PM
  He's shooting better than the women's soccer team -- Fred F. 11/17/2019 1:41PM
  Thinking too much ** -- The_Hoo 11/17/2019 3:00PM
  Both will go off against Duke ** -- ThatDadgumBiscuit 11/17/2019 1:37PM
  His defense is what is keeping him playing alot ** -- redskin1 11/17/2019 1:05PM
  3 of 29 ** -- Arch97 11/17/2019 3:18PM
  0 for a lot. (Or close to it) ** -- Haney 11/17/2019 1:57PM
  Relax. Casey’s going to do just fine. Give it time. ** -- LeadingEdge 11/17/2019 12:39PM
  I think so too, just startled at the minute is all ** -- ThatDadgumBiscuit 11/17/2019 12:49PM
  Casey just needs Morsell time! ** -- BleedOrangeNBlu 11/17/2019 1:36PM
  That seems to be the Casey ** -- ThatDadgumBiscuit 11/17/2019 1:36PM
  Saw a good post on IG that said London started 2-21ish too ** -- Boris HOOinski 11/17/2019 12:36PM
  It is shocking given the USA basketball reports. -- Hoodlum 11/17/2019 12:29PM
  It’s way early to call it “shocking” -- Early Cuyler 11/17/2019 12:36PM
  So you get to decide at what point I’m shocked? -- Hoodlum 11/17/2019 1:04PM
  Might serve you well. There’s this thing called logic. -- Early Cuyler 11/18/2019 08:15AM
  Yawn. Because your response was inane -- Hoodlum 11/18/2019 08:29AM
  🙄 Look at your original post, then my first reply -- Early Cuyler 11/18/2019 08:46AM
  Done. My view of the conversation -- Hoodlum 11/18/2019 09:26AM
  That’s kinda my point -- Early Cuyler 11/18/2019 08:12AM
  Re the three-game FG%...Jack White says hello ** -- HoozOnTop 11/17/2019 3:05PM
  Sign me up! ** -- ThatDadgumBiscuit 11/17/2019 1:00PM

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