Zags blog posted this after speaking to an NBA scout who was at the Louisville game
**Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse (16 points, 7 assists, 8 turnovers)
Scout’s take: “Michael Carter-Williams’ upside is tremendous. He needs to get stronger, learn how shoot and cut down his turnovers.
“If you get up into him, he turns it over. Russ Smith did the same thing to him that Ray McCallum did, got up into him and he turned it over [eight] times. He doesn’t like someone to get up into him in the backcourt.
“If he comes out, he’s gonna be and rich and make a lot of money because he’s gonna be a high pick. Business-wise, he has to come out because there’s a cautionary tale and the cautionary tale has a name:Greg Oden.
“What happens if the kid doesn’t come out and blows his knee or gets into a car accident? Now he’ll never get the money. Our system is whacked. A number of them will be lottery picks and they’re too young. And their bodies haven’t matured. Michael Carter-Williams has a boy’s body, not a man’s body. The D-League is a good place for him. People forget the NBA means ‘No Babies Allowed.” When these kids come in, they’re babies. It takes them three years.”
**Brandon Triche, Syracuse (23 points, 6 rebounds):
Scout’s take: “Brandon Triche is a very strong, highly-skilled, under-control combo guard.
“He’s very well thought of up there by all the people because of his great work ethic. He’s a genuinely nice person.
“His weakness is he becomes ‘MIA,’ missing in action. He doesn’t assert himself. He deferred too much last year [to Scoop Jardineand Dion Waiters]. Obviously, the weight is on his shoulders this year. Brandon Triche can really play and it’s always bothered me [that he defers]. [On Saturday] he was on a big stage, on national TV playing the No. 1 team in the country. I hope he ‘ll continue to assert himself. Why he would defer to anyone on that team is beyond me. He’s their best player.”
“The way he played he’s a first-round pick but he’s gotta play that way. Otherwise, he’ll be a second-round pick.''
Can't say I disagree with his assessment. Though I do think MCW will be able to contribute to an NBA team, even with his body type. They don't typically play tight man defense in the NBA like they do in college. The spacing in the NBA will really help to show the better parts of his game. Namely court vision.