Hope returned to Friartown on Wednesday evening. Providence avoided an 0-3 league start with a…
Player Evals: Georgetown
Kadeem Batts: Batts finally started looking like his old self again on Wednesday night against the Hoyas, scoring a team high 21 points on 6-9 shooting, including 9-12 from the free throw line. It's still too early to say Batts is truly back since there's a lot of progress he needs to make. The senior forward only grabbed three rebounds, and while he did play with more toughness than the past few games there were still moments where he looked afraid to make a move. This could be attributed to the foul trouble Batts has found himself into recently, so he could be playing much more cautiously and this is a result of that (the big man did have 4 fouls, but didn't pick up three of them until the last 11 minutes of the game). The biggest relief was seeing Batts knock down his mid-range jumpers that made his junior year so memorable. His touch will need to continue to get better, just as Batts will have to attack the glass more in future matchups. Oh, and he also attempted, and made, a jump hook – so important to his arsenal last season and yet rarely seen this season.
LaDontae Henton: Henton is an enigma at times. There's no one facet about his performance that really stood out, but watching him knock down the two corner threes late in the game was a welcome sight for the junior forward. That said, he only converted on 3 of 8 shot attempts, while finishing the game with a respectable seven rebounds. He never stood out, but he was never a liability either. A few defensive lapses but that will happen. Where Henton can be counted on is in his relentless pursuit of rebounds, even when his total is limited.
Josh Fortune: It's hard not to root for this kid when his second half proved his importance to the team. He struggled badly in all facets of the game throughout the first half but converted on a layup just a second before halftime, and that was all it took to get his game going. He came out in full form on offense in the second half – making shots and sharing the ball well (he finished with five assists). He also had a team-high nine rebounds. But there's still work to be done. His shot looked better in the second half, and it was good to see Fortune scoring, but he only went 5-13 from the field and made two big mistakes on defense, turning the ball over in critical moments when Georgetown was on the verge of making a comeback. Lots of work left to be done, but it's good to see life – and hope - picking up in Fortune's game. With confidence, he can be effective.
Tyler Harris: Not much to say on Harris. His lone field goal came from a coast-to-coast drive to the hoop – and it was a key basket that snapped a scoring drought - but Harris didn't look like his usual slasher self against the Hoyas. He looked like he had the flu, or at least was playing sick. His stat line showed as much – in 28 minutes he had three turnovers and blocks, one assist, and two steals and rebounds before fouling out.
Carson Desrosiers: Desrosiers' minutes have increased a bit thanks to his defensive play. The box score logged him in with four blocks, but the way he looked on the floor you'd swear he had many more. He can clog up the paint when he needs to, but the problem he has is awareness on defense. He made several defensive mistakes, allowing guards to go right by him, and when he would make a mistake he would refocus but the mistake shouldn't have to take place in order for him to get focused to begin with. Offensively, Carson still has a long way to go. Despite his 7-foot frame the Providence center looks not only hesitant about going up to the rim, but afraid. Several times the ball was fed to him down low where he could've easily brought it up and slammed it down, but instead he looked for another outlet and kicked the ball away, playing hot potato with any pass that he received in the low post. Confidence will be key for Carson to improve on his game, and he shouldn't be as scared to mix it up in the paint with other players. Despite these flaws Carson remains a strong defensive presence around the rim, and someone whose game can easily continue to be improved upon as the coaching staff and his teammates work with him to gain more confidence on the floor.
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