I’m sure many Hoo fans – and the Cavaliers themselves – have done as much as possible to forget last week’s debacle in Puerto Rico. After all, the Virginia men’s basketball team traveled to the San Juan Shootout for three days and many expected the squad to compete for the tournament title. Three days and three uninspiring, to say the least, performances later, everyone from Dave Leitao on down knew that this version of the Cavaliers had more work to do to be a potential ACC darkhorse.
But was the trip to San Juan a total waste? I don’t think so. Every game is a learning experience and bad performances in losses often awaken players to how much work really goes into a winning basketball season. Was it a learning experience for us Sabre-ites too? I pulled some interesting tidbits from the event while listening over the airwaves last week. Here are 5 Things I Learned From the San Juan Shootout.
Virginia needs more defensive presence at the 5 position.
Virginia Needs A Post Presence … On Defense. Entering this season, and many others before it, the Cavaliers have lacked a dominant inside force or even a go-to option in the paint. But most of the talk focuses on the offensive end of the floor where this version of the Hoos is a guard-oriented, outside shooting team. I think the bigger problem in the post might be on the defensive end.
The Cavs’ post rotation typically features some combination of Jason Cain, Ryan Pettinella, Laurynas Mikalauskas , Tunji Soroye , and Jerome Meyinsse . Sometimes Will Harris , Jamil Tucker , or Adrian Joseph rotate in at the power forward position as well. There’s not a true defensive stopper on the blocks in that group.
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