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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dan Wolken - Apparently, it’s big news in Kentucky today… …that Darnell Dodson will likely be heading their way

Apparently, it’s big news in Kentucky today…
Posted by Dan Wolken
…that Darnell Dodson will likely be heading their way.

Of course, I wrote this week ago. This has been in the works for some time. Anyone who thinks that this just popped up today because Xavier Henry is going to Kansas is kidding themselves.

And if anyone has any doubts about the obstacles Josh Pastner has been up against in his first couple weeks on the job, this should erase them. The good news is that Pastner got the guy he absolutely needed in Will Coleman. From the moment Pastner got the job, locking down Coleman was priority No. 1 for a couple different reasons. One, Memphis needed a legit big guy or else you’re looking at Pierre Henderson-Niles playing 30 minutes per game, something he has never done before and may not be equipped to do. Two, Coleman is an absolute stud. Having seen them play in person, I think Dodson is really good, but you can find big wing players who shoot 34% from the 3-point line. You can’t find guys like Coleman. There just aren’t a lot of 6-9, 260-pound guys anywhere who fly down the court and put their chin on the rim like this guy. He’s an absolute game-changer defensively and on the offensive glass and I think he’ll be a SportsCenter highlight regular when he gets to Memphis.

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