That is very good news. Adding offensive firepower to a team this defensively talented is going to make this year's team very exciting. With Tyus coming back Hughes will probably get a few minutes at SG and the rest at SF. I don't see OB coming out that much, so Hughes might eat into Marek's minutes. Who knows. But JB also calls Carey "explosive" in the pod.
Totally agree with you about "comments too early". Been there before/recently. However one thing I heard over the past year was how tough a defender Hughes was in practice against Battle. Not hearing much about his defense, only his offense.
Any current observations regarding his defensive ability?
But I'm not sure he was wrong about that team on paper, pre-season. After those comments, we lost 2/3's of our front line -- Coleman couldn't even run down the Court and Chukwu went out with a freak eye injury. So all that "size" and JB's confidence went over the deck with injuries to our 7'2 shot-blocker and our 6-10/275 lb. low-post scorer and rebounder. That forced JB to start playing guys out of position, and the rest is history.
But I'm not sure he was wrong about that team on paper, pre-season. After those comments, we lost 2/3's of our front line -- Coleman couldn't even run down the Court and Chukwu went out with a freak eye injury. So JB's confidence in our "size" disappeared and he had to start playing guys out of position. The rest is history.
I'm not saying this as a criticism -- just as an observation. You haven't been high on Hughes from the beginning. You've often pointed to his numbers at East Carolina as the basis for you not being enthused.
Yea I thought there was a a good amount of hype about wes before he played a game for us. Pretty sure most knew he was one of the better players on the team from his year sitting out and practicing with the guys.