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BraydonRoberts5

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Iowa City (via Burlington)

MEMBER SINCE   August 30, 2017

I'm a 3L at the University of Iowa College of Law who will complete his Pre-JD educational experience in May of 2018. Before law school, I graduated from Coe College with a degree in political science and history. When my free time isn't being sucked away by law school, I enjoy following a bunch of different sports teams and writing.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Hitting a home run my junior year of high school
  • NFL TEAM: Chicago Bears
  • NHL TEAM: Minnesota Wild
  • NBA TEAM: Milwaukee Bucks
  • MLB TEAM: St. Louis Cardinals
  • SOCCER TEAM: NYCFC/Minnesota United

Recent Activity

Comment 02 Nov 2018

Thanks for the kind words. I have high hopes for the upcoming season, though Doyle's injury will make the non-conference tougher.

As for the men's team... I really don't know what to expect. There's potential, but last year caught me by surprise. I assumed we'd be pretty good (only losing Jok) and we just... weren't. Defense is definitely the team's X Factor. If it's improved, we should look a lot more competitive. If it's not, this will be another long season. 

Comment 23 Mar 2018

Regardless of method (grad transfer, juco, etc.), I think we should use the scholarships either on a starter or a long term project with potential. Right now our roster is mostly role players who aren't demonstrably better than most of the others. Adding another role player who comes off the bench only makes our rotation issues worse. Finding a starter improves us enough to justify adding to the rotation. Adding a long term project gives us potential for the future while not adding to the minutes crunch. If neither of those is possible, just bank them for 2019 (or use one on Connor). Better to add quality or the potential for quality than to make rotation issues worse just for the sake of an addition. 

Comment 02 Mar 2018

I think Doyle is really close to being our second "star" player. Like you mention, when she's on she's a legitimate #2 scoring option. She also plays really good defense and has improved her 3 point shooting more than I thought she would. 

The two things holding her back right now--in my view--are this:

1. Learning when to make risky passes. She makes a ton of risky passes, and sometimes they work out really well. One of the reasons she gets so many assists is people don't see a lot of her passes coming. The problem is she employs this philosophy basically everywhere on the court, when it should be saved for scoring opportunities only. There's simply no need to thread the needle on a pass that's only end is moving the ball from the back court to the front court. There's no need to make a no look pass when you're just swinging the ball around the three point arch. If she was more cautious on passes not meant to setup baskets, her turnovers would go down a lot. I can live with a few turnovers on high risk-high reward passes. 

2. Get better at finishing around the rim. She's actually really good at driving to the basket, but way too often she ends up missing the layup. A summer spent learning backboard angles from Megan would do her a world of good here. If she becomes better at finishing around the basket it'll also limit the times she's not "on" offensively.