After watching the game last night it is CLEARLY OBVIOUS THAT THIS TEAM LACKS SHOOTERS. While its hard to not praise Nick Faust for the maturity he has shown and his ability to come in and be an impact player from day 1, I would venture to say that most are thinking the same thing I am.... Nick is not the traditional SG that I was expecting. Based off that mixtape that circulated, I was expecting a Eric Hayes type player. Well actually I was expecting more of a Chris McCray type player. A long lanky guard who could beat you off the dribble but could also make it rain.
Anyway, I was doing my normal twitter surfing a few minutes ago and came across a potential sleeper that could help adress the lack of a shooter... good news is that the MD staff already beat me to the punch on this one. Enjoy:
Justin Young @JustinDYoung 34m
http://nationalhoopsreport.net/2011/12/15/from-russia-with-range-egor-koulechov/ From Russia with range. @BobbyBancroft catches up with shooter Egor Koulechov. Who is recruiting this sleeper?
Highlights of the article on Egor Koulechov:
“I consider myself as a two-guard,” Koulechov said. “I can play the point; really I can play from one to four depending on the situation and what the team needs.”
In a 74-70 overtime win over John Carroll (MD) in the opening game of the 2011 Gonzaga DC Classic, Koulechov went for a tournament-high 31 points and did it in a variety of ways. He hit a couple from deep, showed off a nice midrange game, and went 15-of-16 from the free throw line.
“Richmond, Syracuse, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, and Maryland are schools that keep in contact with me,” Koulechov said. “It’s early for me because I’m just a junior and honestly I don’t really know how it really works. I just came here four months ago and everything is new to me but I love to watch college basketball on TV when I get the chance.”
Thoughts: I freaking love the 15-16 from the FT line stat. That means he is active in the lane and his FT shooting % is sick. When the games get close these are the players MD needs to have on the court. I love a 6'5 SG as well. MD has had success with foreign players so I like our chances. Depending on the twins and how MD's roster shakes out, this could become a viable option.