Will Someone Help Rosen Win an Ivy Title? Bueller…

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-801″ title=”Zack Rosen” src=”http://ivyhoopsonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/KTCAWZKGWQYQSQO.20101223031428-300×180.jpg” alt=”” width=”300″ height=”180″ /> The senior point guard has been nothing short of “ridiculous” so far, but will that be enough for the Quakers? (Photo credit: pennathletics.com)

I probably don’t need to tell you that Zack Rosen has been fantastic in Penn’s first two games. Just look at the stats: 26.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 19 of 33 from the field (58 percent), 11 of 16 from three (69 percent). Ridiculous.

But we all knew that Rosen would come out firing during his final season. No one wants an Ivy League title more than he does, and he’s going to give every last ounce of effort to try to capture one. Unfortunately, much of what will decide whether Penn is a contender or pretender will be out of Rosen’s hands.

That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I watched fellow senior Tyler Bernardini come up short on a last-second trey in a tie game against Temple on Monday night. Rosen cannot be this team’s go-to scorer if it hopes to win the title; teams just don’t run as well when the point guard has to carry the scoring load. Penn can only reach its potential if the other guys carry the load, allowing Rosen to be a pure point.

Both Bernardini and sophomore Miles Cartwright have not found their shots yet. With Bernardini, that’s no cause for concern. For one, he started off very slowly last year and just generally takes time to find his rhythm. When at the top of his game, he can fill it up as well as anyone in the league. Right now, he just needs to get the feel for his stroke back, and I’m confident the shots will eventually fall.

Cartwright, however, looked off in both games. He appears over-anxious, as he’s forced up some ill-advised shots outside the flow of the offense. Maybe he’s putting too much pressure on himself to have the breakout sophomore year that Rosen had. Against Temple, he tweaked his ankle and appeared hobbled throughout, even limping around on one foot after a fastbreak layup. Both he and head coach Jerome Allen said he should be fine, however.

The frontcourt was the major question mark going in, but actually is coming along nicely so far. As anticipated, Allen has plenty of different looks that he can throw at teams. Sophomore Fran Dougherty recovered from a tough opener at UMBC to hold his own against Temple. He’s lost his man too many times on defense, but has shown better shot-blocking ability than expected. Offensively, I’d still bet on Dougherty emerging as enough of a threat that Penn can play through him in the post. Senior Mike Howlett has also been a major presence inside, though he has struggled to rebound. Defenses often underestimate him, but he has great touch out to 18 feet and can really bang down low.

The three wild cards are Rob Belcore, Marin Kukoc and freshman Henry Brooks, who made his very brief but highly anticipated debut against Temple. Belcore and Kukoc have been used at the 4-spot to create mismatches on offense and allow for a more active, mobile defense. Kukoc has fared surprisingly well against bigger guys, but I don’t see him as anything more than a role player to force adjustments and make the occasional three.

With Belcore, on the other hand, everything online slots seems to have clicked. He’s had his senior flash-bulb moment where he finally comes to grips with his role on the team and understands his strengths and limitations. He’s the team’s best and most

versatile defender, having locked down the likes of 6″11 Michael Eric and 6’4 Ramone Moore in the same game. The energy he brings cannot be understated; if Rosen makes this team go offensively, Belcore does the Licensed schools have been reviewed by a state agency and have met the state’s minimum school supplies requirements (such as facilities, curriculum, instructors, financial, etc. same on the defensive end.

As for the freshmen, Allen is bringing them along slowly. We haven’t seen enough of Brooks (or British import Simeon Esprit) to judge him yet, but the fact that he’s back from a torn ACL last season is a positive sign itself. Though it doesn’t show up in the box score, guard Camryn casino online Crocker has been outstanding so far as a long-armed, pesky defender and a solid ball-handler and passer on offense. Finally, 5’11 Patrick Lucas-Perry, a more traditional point guard, played for a five-minute stint at UMBC. From my understanding, he’ll be used as a change-of-pace option, often in three-guard lineups with Rosen, Cartwright and/or Crocker.

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The senior point Man skal selvfolgelig aldri se seg direkte blind pa bonuser, men Euro er en aktor hvor man far i bade pose og sekk. guard has been nothing short of “ridiculous” so far, but will that be enough for the Quakers? (Photo credit: pennathletics.com)I probably don’t need to tell you that Zack Rosen has been fantastic in Penn’s first two games. Just look at the stats: 26.5 points per game, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 19 of 33 from the field (58 percent), 11 of 16 from three (69 percent). Ridiculous.
But we all knew that Rosen would come out firing during his final season. No one wants an Ivy League title more than he does, and he’s going to give every last ounce of effort to try to capture one. Unfortunately, much of what will decide whether Penn is a contender or pretender will be out of Rosen’s hands.
That’s the The parity checking and result are easily performed in memory within the time it takes to assemble the packet for use by the system. first thing that came to my mind when I watched fellow senior Tyler Bernardini come up short on a last-second trey in a tie game against Temple on Monday night. Rosen cannot be this team’s go-to scorer if it hopes to win the title; teams just don’t run as well when the point guard has to carry the scoring load. Penn can only reach its potential if the other guys carry the load, allowing Rosen to be a pure point.
Both Bernardini and sophomore Miles Cartwright have not found their shots yet. With Bernardini, that’s no cause for concern. For one, he started off very slowly last year and just generally takes time to find his rhythm. When at the top of his game, he can fill it up as well as anyone in the league. Right now, he just needs to get the feel for his stroke back, and I’m confident the shots will eventually fall.
Cartwright, however, looked off in both games. He appears over-anxious, as he’s forced up some ill-advised shots outside the flow of the offense. Maybe he’s putting too much pressure on himself to have the breakout sophomore year that Rosen had. Against Temple, he tweaked his ankle and appeared hobbled throughout, even limping around on one foot after a fastbreak layup. Both he and head coach Jerome Allen said he should be fine, however.
The frontcourt was the major question mark going in, but actually is coming along nicely so far. As anticipated, Allen has plenty of different looks that he can throw at teams. Sophomore Fran Dougherty recovered from a tough opener at UMBC to hold his own against Temple. He’s lost his man too many times on defense, but has shown better shot-blocking ability than expected. Offensively, I’d still bet on Dougherty emerging as enough of a threat that Penn can play through him in the post. Senior Mike Howlett has also been a major presence inside, though he has struggled to rebound. Defenses often underestimate him, but he has great touch out to 18 feet and can really bang down low.
The three wild cards are Rob Belcore, Marin Kukoc and freshman Henry Brooks, who made his very brief but highly anticipated debut against Temple. Belcore and Kukoc have been used at the 4-spot to create mismatches on offense and allow for a more active, mobile defense. Kukoc has fared surprisingly well against bigger guys, but I don’t see him as anything more than a role player to force adjustments and make the occasional three.
With Belcore, on the other hand, everything seems to have clicked. He’s had his senior flash-bulb moment where he finally comes to grips with his role on the team and understands his strengths and limitations. He’s the team’s best and most versatile defender, having locked down the likes of 6″11 Michael Eric and 6’4 Ramone Moore in the same game. The energy he brings cannot be understated; if Rosen makes this team go offensively, Belcore does the same on the defensive end.
As for the freshmen, Allen is bringing them along slowly. We haven’t seen enough of Brooks (or British import Simeon Esprit) to judge him yet, but the fact that he’s back from a torn ACL last season is a positive sign itself. Though it doesn’t show up in the box score, guard Camryn Crocker has been outstanding so far as a long-armed, pesky defender and a solid ball-handler and passer on offense. Finally, 5’11 Patrick Lucas-Perry, a more traditional point guard, played for a five-minute stint at UMBC. From my understanding, he’ll be used as a change-of-pace option, often in three-guard lineups with Rosen, Cartwright and/or Crocker.
I wrote in my season preview that lineup versatility will be the Quakers’ strength, and the first two games have shown just that.
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  1. “The frontcourt was the major question mark going in, but actually is coming along nicely so far.”

    Hard to gauge frontcourt quality so far. UMBC is just an awful team, D-I in name only. Rider has only five guys 6-7 or taller, and the two tallest ones don’t even play. The one opponent with a good frontcourt, Temple, beat Penn on the offensive glass 13-5. And Penn’s leading rebounder was Cartwright.

    The next four games will be much better at gauging progress, though.

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