The Nebraska Cornhuskers are in need of some players stepping up during the 2015-16 season if they want to be competitive in the Big Ten. Losing Terran Petteway is going to hurt them in a big way and head coach Tim Miles knows that he’ll have to find other pieces to put together.
One of those pieces could be freshman point guard Glynn Watson, who is looking very good early according to Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal-Star.
Miles was very vocal about his belief that Watson can be something special, and it should excite the Nebraska fan base.
“I have no doubt there’s something special inside of that kid,” Miles said. “He’s got a lot going for him, and I’m glad we have him. He’s definitely that playmaking guard, that shot-clock guard you wish you had. He can get separation, he can find guys. Right now, he’s just a little slender on the defensive end, got to get over ball screens quicker and harder. Part of that is that mental toughness you need to bring every day.”
Seeing a coach give a player that kind of praise before he plays in his first college basketball game tells fans all they need to know about what Watson is showing in workouts and practice. Watson is without question capable of scoring the ball at a high level, and that is what Nebraska will need to help replace a player like Petteway.
Standing at 5-foot-11 and weighing in at just 160 pounds, there are some areas of concern. Watson will need to bulk up in order to get to the rim and finish like he was able to during his high school years and he will be undersized against quite a few guards in the Big Ten.
Despite those concerns, Nebraska still believes that they have a diamond in the rough. If they can develop him to reach his full potential, there is a chance that Watson can be a star at the college level.
Watson will have to put in a lot of time and hard work, but he is more than capable of becoming a leader for the Cornhuskers.
All of that being said, it will be interesting how the point guard plays during the 2015-16 season and if he makes the type of impact that the coaching staff is hoping he makes.
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