Pick a side: Blackshear or Ware?

Posted on Nov 12 2012 - 4:26pm by Ian Borders

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?

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  1. Frisco November 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I"m going with Wayne. He's got the athleticism that we need at the three. If you think about it, Kyle didn't have a strong tournament nor second half of the season. Partly because he wasn't a ball handler. But he was athletic. We need that three position to be a combination of the two. Wayne has that. He's just go to slow down. But I think he will be the guy and I think he's going to have a great season

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  2. GoCards November 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I think I'm going with Ware. We just can't trust the health of Blackshear yet. If Blackshear can stay healthy, I think it will be a close competition, but I'm still giving the edge to Ware. He's so quick to the basket and can finish. He is so long too for his height.

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  3. Drew November 13, 2012 at 12:13 am - Reply

    I'm going with Ware. Mentally he's stronger and his confidence is at an all time high. Overcoming two shoulder injuries is tough both physically and mentally. That doesn't mean he won't have a great year, they both will, I just think Ware will have a better year, which is scary if you think about it.

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  4. RickJ November 13, 2012 at 10:19 am - Reply

    It is an interesting question because they each bring a different potential to the team.

    Ware gives the squad another dynamic presence on both sides of the ball at the 2spot, behind Russ, but not yet unstoppable there. And, he gives us a third PG behind Siva and Luke. I think we will see him at the 3spot some, but only when we need to go small and quick to match up.

    Wayne, even though he has really trimmed down since last season, has that big body for playing the 3spot and going inside and holding off an opponent's forward, while also having the slash ability to disrupt from that wing. He even is getting his shot going, and that will improve. His shot must improve to cement his place at the 2spot. But, he isn't going to take away Russ's job, and so far, CRP wants the leadership Luke brings to the floor instead of the amazing talent Wayne has at the 3spot.

    So, basically, both players are stuck playing behind other players. And, it will come down to consistency as to which gets more time on the floor. And, both are looking very controlled, and purposeful. So, when you ask who will have the better season? I ask, how do you define, "a better season"? Both will give us what the Coach asks of them, which means both will be team players. Neither is likely to supplant the man ahead of them in the lineup any time soon. So, what is there about them to indicate one will do better than the other.

    And, I find my answer in the Final Four game. Ware may yet show that he has the killer instinct, last year was an unfair trial for him, late start, never really got in the flow. But, we know that Wayne Blackshear has the heart, he showed it during the UK game when we needed another spark plug. I'll put my money on determination, (remember Preston Knowles), and WB has shown that he has it. He may not win the stat line from Ware, but, we know when the stakes are high that he is equal to any challenge. Let him heal, and he will be just what we need when we need it. Oh, and I expect KW to prove me wrong too.

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