Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Basketball Primer: Sophomore Cortney Dunn

Al Skinner is coming off his worst year since the Troy Bell turnaround. He has a solid nucleus of young returning players, some new faces and a star in Tyrese Rice. Can it all come together and get BC back in the postseason? We will soon find out. In the meantime, let's look at one of the returning players who needs to improve: Cortney Dunn.



Cortney Dunn, F, 6'8, 234lbs

What you need to know
There's a lot of Dunn looks better talk around BC basketball. That doesn't mean much though because he was so overmatched last year. He barely got on the court and supposedly struggled in practices. There is promise though. Al has a way of encouraging kids to seek other pastures when their self assessments don't align with his. Since Dunn is still around and the buzz is encouraging, we can expect him to see the floor in the beginning of the season. If he holds up, he has a chance to become a regular.

Strengths
Good height and build on a team lacking frontline size. Can rebound.

Issues
Not much offensive game. Might not have the defensive skills needed to guard ACC big men.


Miscellaneous
Dunn was shot twice at a Dallas Mall while still in high school. (Yeah, that puts things in perspective doesn't it?)


Outlook
Dunn's one of the wildcards heading into the season. I am not expecting much. If he doesn't become a contributor on a team with so few established big men, then there isn't much hope for his JR and SR years. If he can give Al ten solid minutes a night this year, then he has a future ahead of him and the team might exceed expectations.

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1 Comments:

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Erik said...

dunn really is the fogotten man, but at 6'8" there's always that chance he can exceed expectations and contribute.

 

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