NEW YORK --
In the postgame press conference, Monroe was asked if 20 shots was the most he's ever taken (he said yes), and if coach
On Tuesday they were the right shots: Monroe exploited Butler's interior weakness, getting forward
"[Monroe] establishing himself as a presence has and will make life a lot easier for everyone else," Thompson said. "And we've got some guys on the perimeter that can feed off of him."
But what can Monroe do to satisfy NBA scouts? He's a lock to be a first-round pick next June, but there's much disagreement over whether he's still worthy of being taken in the top 10. One scout I texted with during the game said, "I like [Monroe] as a slashing/passing power forward," and Butler coach
But many others voiced concerns about Monroe's explosiveness and, as one scout put it, "lack of visible physical improvement" from Year 1 to 2.
If evaluators are underwhelmed by Monroe's career game -- a performance that, at least to a college basketball writer, seemed impressive -- will they ever be sold on the Hoyas' center?
Point guards in Thompson's Princeton offense haven't traditionally put up massive assist totals, because games are low-paced and everyone, not just backcourt players, is put in position to make key passes. But the floor general who helped the Hoyas get to the Final Four in 2007,
The lone negative part of Georgetown's box score from Tuesday was the fact that it committed 21 turnovers against 10 assists, with Wright playing 37 minutes at the point. As Thompson said, "We've gotta protect the ball."
So the Bulldogs scheduled Northwestern; a 76 Classic appearance in which they'd face Minnesota, UCLA and Clemson; Georgetown in the Jimmy V Classic; and then Ohio State and Xavier back-to-back for their next two games. They beat Northwestern, which could be an NCAA bubble team, and UCLA, which will have to fight to make the NIT. But after losses to Minnesota, Clemson and Georgetown, Stevens' crew is left with the possibility of heading into Horizon League play without a signature win, or a non-conference record that would make them an attractive at-large candidate.
Ohio State (Dec. 12) and Xavier (Dec. 19) will be Butler's first two marquee home opponents, but the Buckeyes will be without star
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