Saturday, January 12, 2008

Power Forward Preview

I wasn't able to watch the Kansas State-Oklahoma game today, but it sounded like a thriller, as KSU pulled out an 84-82 victory.

It also appears that fellow frosh power forwards Michael Beasley and Blake Griffin gave us NBA fans a preview of battles to come at the next level.

Everyone knows about Beasley, who is quickly becoming the consensus choice to be the #1 pick in the '08 Draft, but Griffin doesn't get nearly as much hype. The latter caught my eye in a game against West Virginia earlier this year and I think he too could be a fantastic player as a pro.

In those one, both threw up gaudy stat lines, as Beasley went 13-for-18 from the floor with 32 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals and Griffin was 11-for-14 with 27 points, 13 rebounds, a 2 steals. Both suffered in one area of the game as Beasley made eight turnovers and Griffin went just 7-for-13 from the line. But overall, you have to be impressed by two freshman going toe to toe and posting numbers like that.

On top of all that, Beasley made the winning basket with two seconds left, while colliding with Griffin in the lane. It almost seem scripted.

I for one, can't wait to see them battling it out a year from now while I put my NBA league pass to use.

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