Lets get this out of the way up front. Jon Rothstein is probably my favorite read on anything college basketball. He knows the game from all angles, and is just a generally fantastic writer. He hits his points, but doesn't force them upon you which is sort of a rare thing. That style is quite a break from the Cincinnati writers who tend to lob bricks through windows to make points. To top it all off he has a twitter style that is, to say the least, distinctive. So much so that like Jason Kelce's beard, Rothstein has his own fake twitter handle.
For the last few weeks Rothstein has been traveling the country looking in on practices of teams around the country. Today he was in Clifton for the Bearcats practice, and he was tweeting up a storm.
David Nyarsuk may be the biggest person I've ever seen in my life. Looks like the T-Rex in Jurassic Park. Massive human being.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 31, 2012
Well covered ground, but his choice of analogy is interesting for someone with what looks like he has a 7'7" wingspan
So much Mustafa Shakur in Cashmere Wright.....— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 31, 2012
Playing the hits keeps the fans happy
Cincinnati is going to need production from their perimeter reserves. Ge'lawn Guyn, Jeremiah Davis, + Jermaine Sanders are critical pieces.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 31, 2012
With the inclusion of David Nyarsuk and the new leaner, meaner Cheikh Mbodj the big question has shifted from finding production from the post spot to finding a scoring punch off the bench. Not a subject many have taken to, no less valid a point to make though.
The biggest thing that stands out immediately from Cincinnati's practice? Experience. Two fourth-year guards + one 5th year PG.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 31, 2012
Best back court in the Big East...
Cincinnati is better defensively with Cheikh Mbodji at C vs. Yancy Gates. Better shot blocker, better defending ball screens.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 31, 2012
Perhaps Rothstein's most interesting take of the day. Looking back to last year I never would have guess that. But given Mbodj's development this off season, and going off what I saw against Grand Valley State, its entirely possible.
Sean Kilpatrick could very well lead the Big East in scoring and be conference POY --- he's that good. Sporting a much tighter handle.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 31, 2012
Titus Rubles is a prototypical face up 4 man. Similar to Jae Crowder/Jamil Wilson at Marquette. Going to play a big role for Cincinnati.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 31, 2012
That is the one thing the Bearcats have not had in a long, long time. The Bearcats have lived and died, well, mostly lived on guards. To have a guy like Rubles as an option is a real luxury for the Bearcats.
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