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Will Spradling

Posted: 1/12/2014 3:59 PM

Will Spradling 


I've been hoping Will would become our "Heslip" from last year's Baylor team, ie, someone you'd better account for at the three point line.  I was impressed with that aggressive drive he did for a layup, but what on earth has happened to his shot?

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Posted: 1/12/2014 4:28 PM

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He's an awful basketball player, not that hard.


R.I.P Paul Splittorff 
"What's the difference between a Lieutenant and a Private? One Bullet"
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Posted: 1/12/2014 4:41 PM

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mavrick721 wrote: He's an awful basketball player, not that hard.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 4:56 PM

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There's a couple of things I would mention which concerns me.  I'm wondering if Will is suffering from a form of costochondritis which is a tenderness in the frontal chest area caused by an inflammation of the rib joints with the cartilage.  The reason I mention this is I saw him grimmace
and yell out when he bumped a player on a cut.  I believe it was in the Oklahoma State game but I can't remember.   He really hasn't been the same since that sternum injury last year.

The second concern would be related to the first.  After the sternum injury, I believe he intended to muscle up over the summer.  I've said it before and I could be way out in left field.  I think a great deal of weight lifting, for some people, has a negative effect on shooting.

At any rate, we need people who can knock down the 3 when they're open.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 5:03 PM

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He's always wilted on the biggest stages; it started way before the injury.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 5:11 PM

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learnin wrote: There's a couple of things I would mention which concerns me.  I'm wondering if Will is suffering from a form of costochondritis which is a tenderness in the frontal chest area caused by an inflammation of the rib joints with the cartilage.  The reason I mention this is I saw him grimmace
and yell out when he bumped a player on a cut.  I believe it was in the Oklahoma State game but I can't remember.   He really hasn't been the same since that sternum injury last year.

The second concern would be related to the first.  After the sternum injury, I believe he intended to muscle up over the summer.  I've said it before and I could be way out in left field.  I think a great deal of weight lifting, for some people, has a negative effect on shooting.

At any rate, we need people who can knock down the 3 when they're open.
This theory makes sense. He has never been the same shooter since that chest injury. He also appears to wear some kind of chest support under his uniform that could also affect his shot.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 5:43 PM

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Dave told me he was the second coming of Kirk Hinrich.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 5:59 PM

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I have trouble hating on the kid, he is a good representative of the program and always busts his ass anytime he takes the floor. He was not the only reason we lost, can't be throwing people under the bus, that's for other programs to do.

                                                                                                     

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Posted: 1/12/2014 6:22 PM

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he's always had a weird hitch in his shot that I don't like. I can't imagine anyone being a good shooter consistently having that in the middle of your shot. he tries hard so i can't really hate on the kid but the past couple of years have been a struggle.

 

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Posted: 1/12/2014 6:29 PM

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KStateProfessor wrote:
learnin wrote: There's a couple of things I would mention which concerns me.  I'm wondering if Will is suffering from a form of costochondritis which is a tenderness in the frontal chest area caused by an inflammation of the rib joints with the cartilage.  The reason I mention this is I saw him grimmace
and yell out when he bumped a player on a cut.  I believe it was in the Oklahoma State game but I can't remember.   He really hasn't been the same since that sternum injury last year.

The second concern would be related to the first.  After the sternum injury, I believe he intended to muscle up over the summer.  I've said it before and I could be way out in left field.  I think a great deal of weight lifting, for some people, has a negative effect on shooting.

At any rate, we need people who can knock down the 3 when they're open.
This theory makes sense. He has never been the same shooter since that chest injury. He also appears to wear some kind of chest support under his uniform that could also affect his shot.
I agree to a certain extent.  He is wearing a chest protector of some kind.  I do not think it is as heavy as what Clint Eastwood had in "A Fistful of Dollars".  But it is still affecting him.

Now with that said a chest injury does not normally make you lose your touch on shooting a basketball.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 6:48 PM

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Will has played a ton of minutes for K-State and provides leadership and locker room vibes.  I don't think he 100% this year either, hard to explain his free throw shooting not being in the high 80%.

K-State 31, Michigan 14

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Posted: 1/12/2014 7:41 PM

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Samwise45 wrote: Dave told me he was the second coming of Kirk Hinrich.
And Josh Selby was the second coming of Chris Paul.

"Keep sharing your thoughts as those that spew their hateful replies aren't worth the time of day."   ubescout

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Posted: 1/12/2014 8:17 PM

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mavrick721 wrote: He's an awful basketball player, not that hard.
He played significant minutes last year, but yet the mighty Jayhawks could only get a tie for the Big XII Championship.  You might want to analyze the players you want to do well.
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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:25 PM

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I love him.  The kid just needs more time.  Keep shooting!!!
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Posted: 1/12/2014 10:47 PM

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The sternum injury makes it painful to raise his arms above his head. Tough deal for a basketball player.

From what I understand it takes a long time to heal so he is forced to play through the pain.

Son, I've got chunks in my stool bigger than you.

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Posted: 1/12/2014 11:59 PM

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CPAHawk wrote: The sternum injury makes it painful to raise his arms above his head. Tough deal for a basketball player.

From what I understand it takes a long time to heal so he is forced to play through the pain.
You're right.  The length of healing time would be increased by undertaking the vigorous regimen of a college athlete.
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Posted: 1/13/2014 6:57 AM

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learnin wrote:
CPAHawk wrote: The sternum injury makes it painful to raise his arms above his head. Tough deal for a basketball player.

From what I understand it takes a long time to heal so he is forced to play through the pain.
You're right.  The length of healing time would be increased by undertaking the vigorous regimen of a college athlete.
I do not know, but something is causing him to wince in pain.

I hate to harp but we are pretty shallow fans if all we do is judge a good student athlete on missing a couple of treys. 

Now with that said GEEEZ I hope he gets his touch back.
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Posted: 1/13/2014 7:49 AM

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Our EMAW makes it tough to watch a kid continue to miss shots/FT's and cost us possessions.  However, Will is a hard worker, team player and has earned our allegence with inspiring play before his injury.  His attempts are way down this year so I believe he is playing within himself.  Webs says he is our court leader and continues to support the young man.  So will I!
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Posted: 1/13/2014 11:05 AM

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Will has never been as good a shooter as he was when he was a freshman. No idea why, but while his game has improved in other areas, his shooting has progressively declined over the course of his college career.
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Posted: 1/13/2014 11:32 AM

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I'd use him off the bench and change his role for now.   He doesn't seem comfortable shooting at all this year.  As a fan we hoped he would turn into a Steve Henson type of player but maybe using as a 6th man might relax him more hope he comes out it!   Go CATS!!
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