Monday, November 17, 2008
There is an interesting article in the Louisville Courier-Journal about two basketball stars at Louisville - Angel McCoughtry for the women's team and Terrence Williams for the men's team.
Some relevant quotes:
McCoughtry came with even more rough edges. Former U of L coach Tom Collen, who recruited her, kept a one-way ticket to her home in Baltimore on his desk all season.
"You don't know how many times I was sure I was going to have to use it," he said.
She pouted on the court and off. She didn't take instruction well. She could not harness her ability.
The article goes on to say that both players are now "in full command of their talent", which I assume includes the ability to take direction.
The reason I highlighted this article is because of the "Milo" effect, about which I wrote about in an earlier blogpost. The point was that young or underperforming teams - and the Dream is both - cannot afford the psychological hand-holding that comes with mentally maladjusted players. They can't afford to make mistakes in the draft; they need players with as little baggage as possible.
Granted, Coach Collen is speaking about the Angel McCoughtry that arrived at the Louisville campus, and not the one that is a senior today. However, it's good practice for teams to be aware of "head" issues with looking over draft talent. There are already (unsubstantiated) rumors about Paris's laziness; I pray to god that if the Dream drafts McCoughtry that she doesn't turn out to be a primadonna.