We don’t have a trophy in 2003 without Forth. He had his best game of the season in NO on the night we needed every point. He had a key dunk late in the game off a feed from Edelin. Chukwu doesn’t catch that pass or finish that play.
That's not entirely fair. Give Chukwu ten of those and I bet he finishes at least one or two. We've seen it happen before. And on the flip side, I don't know that Forth's percentage would be much different. I'm just glad he picked the right one to catch and throw down.
Chukwu committed 40 TO compared to Craigs 39 for a full season.
But Chukwu played over 50% more minutes.
Chukwu is a much better FT shooter. He improved dramatically after a dismal first year.
Craig never improved hovering around 60%..
Chukwu will finish his SU career with more made FT than Craig despite playing fewer seasons.
He is only 25 behind as of now ( 101 vs 76 ).
Forth was a fine defender and a good dude. But the "he was an excellent screener" compliment always cracks me up, it's like the "he's a great blocker" praise for the wide receiver who can't catch the ball or get open. It's another way of saying 'this kid's really not so good at the game, but he's nice people and we shouldn't crap on him, so here's something he does well.'
i was going to point out that chewy's numbers last year are actually considerably better than forth's senior year, aside from turnovers. more points, better percentage, way more rebounds, way more block shots... then i realized chewy had almost double the minutes. someone should normalize those for us for steals blocks and to's. looks pretty close.
It is amazing the number of people here who are basketball "experts" who continually under value the contribution and abilities of Forth.
Guy was very key, and rarely tried to play outside of his role, despite ability to do so. (I think it was the Mizzou game where he played so well.)
Edit. I am good. Scored 18 vs Missouri. 7-10 from the floor. 4-4 from the line.
You can win with a lot of guys as your 7th/8th best player when you have an NBA Hall of famer and another 10 year NBA veteran.
When you don’t have the same top level talent as your best players, you need a more balanced team. For example, 2010 had a chance at an NC with only one NBA veteran level guy...but there were no weak spots in the rotation.