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Golden Nuggets for 11.10.08

After two exhibition basketball games it seems a lot of people are asking questions about Devron Bostick. A JUCO transfer that came to Minnesota with some decent hype, Bostick has apparently struggled in two exhibition games. I'd be lying if I said I watched these games. I haven't. They are exhibitions, which to me sounds a lot like a scrimmage.

But let me just say . .... Whatever. These are two SCRIMMAGES!!.

First we have Myron Medcalf reporting that Bostick has been intimidated by Tubby Smith.

During Thursday’s game, Smith said he pulled Bostick aside to ask him what was wrong. Bostick told Smith that he was intimidated by him. Smith told Bostick to “get used to it … because I’m going to be here.” Not only is Bostick struggling with a new system, but he’s also trying to get over the reality that he’s being coached by Smith and he’s playing in the Big Ten. Smith said he still has confidence in Bostick but said there are some things he has to “re-learn” because he’s been with another team for the past two seasons.

Based on the practices and games I’ve watched so far, Bostick has a tendency to rush shots. He’s a proven scorer that will probably help his team out if he settles down once he gets into the game. But that’s easier said than done.

For someone like Bostick, who has probably gotten away with sheer athleticism and talent, it could come as a shell shock to have someone challenge your every move as I'm sure Tubby Smith does. Bostick probably used to have the green-light whenever he had the ball. Now he's on a team. Just like Lawrence Westbrook had to learn to let the game come to him instead of forcing his game, Bostick will have to learn the same thing.

From the Barn picked up ont the Bostick conversation in a post here. He writes "It could be nothing. It could be everything. It could last all season or be solved in one night."

Until we have more than two scrimmages to judge Bostick on, I think we should give the kid a little time to adjust.