As I was watching the Manhattan game yesterday evening with a few friends, a conversation sparked about the importance and effectiveness of two crucial Cardinal players. As the conversation heated up, flames of bets started erupting across the room, and I suddently found myself in a healthy debate about the progress and eventual production of the sophomores Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware.
I, after a lengthy lung match, was asked to pick a side, choosing the player that I believed would have the better year calculating together all statistics in a fantasy basketball sort of way. I ultimately made my decision, and of course the opposing side spit their venomous words of neglect toward me, so I thought it would be the perfect question to raise on LSL. Here is the gist of each argument, and please feel free to add your own input to the conversation via the comments section or twitter @lvillesprtslive.
Pro Blackshear: “Did you not watch the UK game during the Final Four? Blackshear took over! This is something you can expect for the next three years….maybe even 1 or 2 years if we/he has a lot of success. Once he’s able to fully recover from all of the shoulder surgeries, he will start stroking from three and he will pass Luke Hancock for the three spot….He also has such a thick build (somewhat like Behanan) so his rebound total will be much higher than Ware’s! Look, all around, Blackshear is the better player. He just is! He can score, rebound, defend, attack the basket….We still haven’t seen the true Wayne yet, just give it time…”
Pro Ware: “Time? Pitino has not stopped talking about Ware’s work ethic and production in the off-season practices. He has stepped his game up to another level, and we started to see that in the Red-White Scrimmages. He can play either the 1 or the 2, so for the most part he will have more opportunities than Blackshear to get into the game. If Russ starts being “Russ-diculious”, you know Pitino is going to pull the cord and go with Ware!!! He is lightning quick and can shoot the gaps on defense as good as anyone we’ve got! Plus are you watching this game?! He hasn’t missed a shot (except free-throws)!!! He’s going to attack the basket and score or assist tons of baskets this year, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up in the starting line-up a few games!”
I’m not going to uncover the side I ended up backing (unless an uproar follows), but we would like to hear your comments….. So who do you think will have the better year…Ware or Blackshear?