Where does Lamb fit best?
Originally Published: March 9, 2010By ESPN Recruiting
While Doron Lamb (New York/Oak Hill) is keeping his recruitment close to the vest, Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and West Virginia are the likely favorites. Here's a look at what all five have to offer the deadly midrange scorer.
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 183 | ESPNU 100: 25 | SG rank: 4
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 183 | ESPNU 100: 25 | SG rank: 4
|Coach Sean Miller has Arizona back to the up-tempo game it was accustomed to under Lute Olson. The Wildcats love to push the pace in transition and will then look to run a set, if the defense is back. Miller also demands toughness in his man-to man defensive philosophy.||Arizona is in the rebuilding process and looking to upgrade the team's overall talent level. Lamb would be a big step in that direction. He fits very well in Arizona's guard-oriented system and would have an immediate opportunity to contribute.||In his time at Xavier, Miller may not have coached as many NBA players as some of his competition for Lamb's services, but he is known as an excellent developer of talent and should see the number of players that go onto the NBA increase.||For many players on the East Coast, distance to the West can be a factor. It will be interesting to see whether Lamb, who has spent most of his high school career away from home at Oak Hill, will want to play closer to his family or whether he has already made the adjustment of being away from home.|
|The Huskies' wide-open, fast-paced style of play has been known to put points on the scoreboard. They press their opponents into submission, looking to score off turnovers or quick shots. UConn has outstanding athletes who excel in transition and will look to run sets attacking mismatches.||With Jerome Dyson graduating, major playing time will be available for Lamb to compete for. His versatility to play multiple positions is an asset that will allow him to find a way to contribute immediately. His defensive instincts and anticipation in the press will enable him to play effectively within their system.||UConn has produced a good number of NBA players in the Jim Calhoun era. The system is conducive to featuring and developing guards who have gone on to outstanding NBA careers. Ben Gordon is the most recent NBA star to come out of Connecticut.||UConn's proximity to Lamb's home is a definite advantage because his family has not had many opportunities to see him play during his time at Oak Hill. However, the unknown factor of how much longer Calhoun's tenure will last at UConn will enter into Lamb's final decision.|
|Coach Bill Self's high-octane offense puts up about 82 points a game with a balanced inside-out attack. The Jayhawks put a lot of pressure on the defense in transition because they love to run on makes or misses. They look to score off turnovers created by their half-court, man-to-man defense.||Because of his versatility, Lamb fits very well with Kansas' system. His ability to score off the dribble or get to the free-throw line, combined with his improved 3-point shot, makes him a perfect complement to superstar freshman Xavier Henry, if he doesn't go into the NBA draft.||If you can start at Kansas, you are most likely a legitimate NBA prospect. The Jayhawks have consistently developed players who have gone on to the NBA ranks. Self is known as a player's coach and allows his talented players the freedom to display their talents within his system.||Distance again could be a factor for Lamb because Kansas' Big 12 schedule keeps them off the East Coast, but the opportunity to play for a national championship contender in front of a rabid fan base and one of the best atmospheres in college basketball may lure the NYC native to Jayhawks country.|
|John Calipari has Kentucky rockin' with his high-intensity offense and defense. The Wildcats spread out their opponents and use the dribble-drive offense as effectively as anyone. Defensively, they have strangled the competition holding them below a 40 percent field goal percentage.||Lamb's skill set was made for the dribble-drive, and he has the ability to be a lock down defender. He is a stat-stuffer that has the ability to get the ball into the paint and finish at the rim or make a play for a teammate. His ability to play multiple positions will also allow him to earn early playing time.||This list of NBA players that have played for Calipari or at Kentucky is long and impressive. The present Wildcats team has at least four future NBA players on its roster. Calipari has experience at the NBA level and is known for developing a player's skill set that transfers to the highest level.||Calipari put together arguably the best late period class in college history last year and the Wildcats are involved again with the majority of the remaining elite level players. With the potential mass exodus of at least three stars to the NBA, playing time is available for the taking.|
|West Virginia has quickly adopted Bob Huggins' take-no-prisoners approach. The Mountaineers have become one of college basketball's toughest defensive teams and love to impose their will on their opponents. The open post five man motion concept is difficult to defend and plays to a skilled offensive players strength.||Lamb will fit in quickly with West Virginia's open post offense because his ability to take his man off the dribble and finish through contact are all in line with the way Huggins wants to play. His tough NYC persona along with his potential to be a shutdown defender would make him an instant favorite with the head coach.||With players like Da'Sean Butler, Kevin Jones and Devin Ebanks, the current roster boasts a few NBA prospects. Plus, Huggins has coached a good number of NBA players in his time as a collegiate coach and his résumé for developing /producing NBA players will stand up against anybody's.||Huggins and the Mountaineers have had good fortune in the fertile New York recruiting ground. With West Virginia in the hunt for a high seed in this year's NCAA tournament, the Mountaineers can sell that a player like Lamb could help put them over the top in a run for a national championship.|
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