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#21 KarlHessSucksandBlows

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:13 PM

There isn't much basketball video on Tai...but this is a pretty good volleyball video of him spiking it!

 

 


Not quite as impressive as Leonel Marshall.

 


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:27 AM

http://new.livestrea.../events/1586711

 

Here's the final of the New Zealand High School Tournament (its the top video)

 

Great find! Watched the whole thing. It's a mix of good and bad, really. Overall, he's obviously a very explosive athlete. His shooting was a bit spotty at times. Free throw shooting was mediocre at best and will have to improve by leaps and bounds.

 

Tai got sloppy with the ball on quite a few occasions, which led to some turnovers. He'll have to clean that stuff up. He's pretty impressive in transition and very fast up and down the court. He'll need to learn to finish better around the rim from what I saw in this game, and his defense was pretty lazy and inconsistent at times.

 

Tai's game seemed to rise up to the level of the competition in international play. Hopefully that will be the case at Nebraska as well.

 

Overall, he's a great 1 or 2 prospect for the future, but he'll need some polishing for sure. There were certainly a lot of highlights in the game, but a lowlights tape could have been made as well.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:18 AM

His semifinal game is on there, too.  four or five videos down.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 11:50 AM

Couple more:

 

 

http://rimini2011.fi...-interview.html

I love the Haka at the beginning of this video. A Haka is the traditional war dance of the New Zealand Maori tribe meant to strike fear in the hearts of their enemy. Its' most famous renditions are the Hakas performed by the New Zealand national rugby team prior to games. Tai and his teammates look particularly fearsome when they stick out their tongues and bulge their eyes, don't you think? Hahaha.

 

Reminds me of the pre-game from the Chardee MacDennis: Game of Games episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadephia. I'd post the video but there are a couple swear words. I don't want to offend. Youtube it, it's there...love that show


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 12:30 PM

One of my favorite Always Sunny episodes. I've been told I should make a version using sports trivia for the questions.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

Watched some of that New Zealand HS national championship game.  I'm sayin' there's more talent in District 11 of Texas HS Class 5A hoops.  The game between Rowlett and Lakeview featured a much more impressive display of basketball, quite honestly, than the New Zealand National Championship game.  Hate to say it, but I don't think either of those New Zealand teams could hang with Rowlett High.  Now, granted, Texas has a much larger population than New Zealand.  But I don't think they could hang with Omaha Central, either.  In fact, South Sioux from last year probably wins the New Zealand National Championship.


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I noticed the sign on the pump said the regular gas was "enriched" with 10% ethanol.  It's all a matter of perspective, right?  They say "enriched;" I might used the word "diluted."

 

Like the soy sauce at the cheap Chinese place is "enriched" with 10% tap water.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

I watched a good portion of the video too....I will say this.  It looked like Tai could have done anything he wanted, at anytime and honestly it never looked like he was going hard at all.  He missed a lot of those shots, but that doesn't bother me as guys are going to miss shots.  The competition obviously isn't great in that video, but I'm guessing if Tai went "all out" he would drop 40 if he wanted too.  I remember his dad having a quote that he needs to be "challenged" because he wasn't where he was at.  We have to hope with some good coaching, and good push from teammates that his skills fully come out.  I gotta trust Miles on this and I know Fran Fraschilla is very high on him.  Remember, in the Olympic qualifying games he averages I want to say 16-18 points a game vs grown men. 


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

Watched some of that New Zealand HS national championship game.  I'm sayin' there's more talent in District 11 of Texas HS Class 5A hoops.  The game between Rowlett and Lakeview featured a much more impressive display of basketball, quite honestly, than the New Zealand National Championship game.  Hate to say it, but I don't think either of those New Zealand teams could hang with Rowlett High.  Now, granted, Texas has a much larger population than New Zealand.  But I don't think they could hang with Omaha Central, either.  In fact, South Sioux from last year probably wins the New Zealand National Championship.

 

Within the past few days I've watched both the semifinal and final games of Westlake as well as the Rowlett game from a couple of weeks ago where Hawkins scored 25. Rowlett would gut either of those NZ teams with ease in my opinion. The level of play and overall athleticism wasn't even close in my opinion, Webster being the only exception.

 

Rowlett features three Division I scholarship players in their starting line-up, led by Jeffrey Carroll, the small forward who's going to Okie State. Their PG, Austin Luke, is going to Belmont on scholarship.

 

Central would also destroy either of those two NZ teams. Central vs. Rowlett would be a great game.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:23 PM

I watched a good portion of the video too....I will say this.  It looked like Tai could have done anything he wanted, at anytime and honestly it never looked like he was going hard at all.  He missed a lot of those shots, but that doesn't bother me as guys are going to miss shots.  The competition obviously isn't great in that video, but I'm guessing if Tai went "all out" he would drop 40 if he wanted too.  I remember his dad having a quote that he needs to be "challenged" because he wasn't where he was at.  We have to hope with some good coaching, and good push from teammates that his skills fully come out.  I gotta trust Miles on this and I know Fran Fraschilla is very high on him.  Remember, in the Olympic qualifying games he averages I want to say 16-18 points a game vs grown men. 

 

Fraschilla said that his opinion on Webster was based on having seen every one of his Olympic qualifier games back in July, plus conversations with people he knows in New Zealand. We've only seen highlights of those Olympic qualifier games. He had 21 against Angola, which was his high scoring game. Overall his shooting percentages in qualifying competition were outstanding, and quite a bit higher than what I saw in his last two high school games. I believe he was over 50% shooting overall and 62.5% from 3-point range for the national team. His shooting in his final two high school games was inconsistent, but he didn't take a ton of shots.

 

Here's my take on Tai after watching all of the highlights everyone contributed over the past week, and specifically his two HS games, which were painful to watch, by the way.

 

Webster is extremely quick. He's both fast and quick. He gets up the court very quickly in transition, and he has an ability to change direction and accelerate quickly. He's just a very explosive player, and he handles the ball extremely well. I feel like he tried very hard to be diplomatic and get his teammates involved instead of just taking the game over himself. He probably could have driven to the rim on every possession if he really wanted and just drawn foul after foul.

 

Webster is a player who has the mindset to get to the rim, and is effective at doing so. In terms of finishing around the rim, he was inconsistent in the two HS games, but did have some very impressive highlights. Many times it seemed like he'd make a half-hearted drive to the basket just so that he could kick it out to teammates and get them open shots, probably never intending to score in the first place.

 

Webster is a good passer with good court vision. There were a number of times in which he dished it to teammates and they either weren't anticipating it or just couldn't handle it. I attribute this to the level of talent surrounding him. Those guys just aren't in his league. I saw Tai make some great passes in the two games I saw, but also saw him get careless with the ball at times, which led to some turnovers. He'll need to clean that up.

 

As a shooter, he has nice touch and good form. He also has 3-point range. His shooting wasn't great in the two games I saw, for whatever reason. I saw him take shots from all over the court, and he seems like a guy who could get in a good rhythm if he had more consistent shooting opportunities. Again, Webster seemed to me to be trying deliberately not to be a ball hog. He could have taken a lot more shots than he did.

 

Defensively, he gave very good effort in the two games I saw and had some nice steals. He'll need to continue to improve in this area.

 

Tai's foul shooting is mediocre based on what I saw. He was about a 50% free throw shooter in the two games I watched. He should be able to improve on this, as he has a very natural free throw shooting motion already.

 

I believe Webster has the tools to be a great point guard for us. He could play the 2, but his speed and quickness, height, court vision, leadership and ball handling skills seem to lend themselves to the PG position. Hawkins, on the other hand, is taller and not nearly as fast down the court in transition. Though he's a really good passer and also has great ball handling skills, he seems to fit the 2 better.

 

Webster seemed to raise his game to the level of the competition with the national team. Hopefully he'll do that at Nebraska. I'm sure it will take him some time to adjust to the speed and physical style of the B1G, but he adjusted to international play very quickly, and that was a huge step up from the rec ball he was playing back in NZ.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

I thought the big man on the other team in the NZ title game was pretty decent.  Good size and athleticism.  Had some ability.  Probably would do well in prep school here but would need to spend that year to learn the American game and develop a bit.  But, certainly, he had potential. 

 

But, those were the only two guys that I saw whom I thought had any kind of game, really.  The big guy on Westlake wasn't horrible. 

 

Webster is clearly the best player on the floor but he was playing sloppy and that probably had to do with playing down to the level of the competition.


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I noticed the sign on the pump said the regular gas was "enriched" with 10% ethanol.  It's all a matter of perspective, right?  They say "enriched;" I might used the word "diluted."

 

Like the soy sauce at the cheap Chinese place is "enriched" with 10% tap water.