After a strong 2020-21 season, Arkansas men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman has once again revamped his roster through the transfer portal.
Reaching the transfer portal for additions like Chris Lykes, Au’Diese Toney, Trey Wade, and Jaxson Robinson were all important to Musselman’s plan. However, the Hogs lost 62 percent of their total points last season. Justin Smith and Jalen Tate were Musselman’s incredible finds in the transfer portal last season as graduate transfers, and their absence this season will leave some big shoes to fill.
Then, of course, Moses Moody left early for the NBA Draft, where he was a lottery pick.
Clearly, the Razorbacks needed to find a proven marker this offseason to replace Moody’s role as # 1 rating option.
Enter Stanley Umude.
Stanley umude Career Before Arkansas Basketball
Umude is a pure 6ft 6in scorer capable of playing on guard or forward. He is expected to join the Hogs next year for his fifth college season. He attended Earl Warren High School in San Antonio, Texas from 2013 to 2017, where he averaged 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.1 assists per game during his senior season.
He then moved to South Dakota where he played a total of 101 games in four seasons. Umude has averaged 15.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 blocks per game during his career in South Dakota, including nearly 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in the game. during the 2020-21 season.
During his stint with South Dakota, the 22-year-old scored 30 or more points on six occasions, including a 41-point exit in a win over South Dakota State. Umude has played at least 10 minutes in seven games against 5 power teams throughout his career. In these games, it averages 16.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, and 1.0 BPG.
That includes a monster 28-point road performance against the Kansas Jayhawks in December 2018. As you can see in the highlights below, he hit 50% of his three, grabbed six rebounds and provided four. assists to complement his outstanding performance at KU.
Stanley Umude: Distribution of players
At 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, Umude has all the physical tools needed to be the SEC’s top scorer. It does not bounce air off the ball and does not require isolation situations to break down defenders. Instead, he shows exemplary footwork on the ball to get into position to catch, make a quick move or block, then come up hard to score.
Although not a big man or a traditional guard, Umude has developed scoring qualities that are often found in both positions. He can place smaller players, shoot most defenders with ease, and put the ball on the deck to create his own space with sophisticated footwork or a quick first step.
Umude’s bread and butter, however, is in the mid-range.
He has a rare ability to adjust his shots and floats mid-flight to account for defenders while finishing the game. Certainly Umude has the ability to shoot from a distance – he shot 35.5% at 3 points a day. last season – but he only attempted four 3-pointers per game last season against 12 2-point attempts. He also shot over 51% from inside the arc.
The biggest concern when looking at Umude’s play is his ability to compete defensively. He has the physical tools to be a useful team defender, but he’s never been known as a stuck individual defender.
In fact, sports-reference.com shows that Umude has had a negative impact on the defensive side of the ball during his senior season, posting a defensive zone over / under -1.5 (DBPM). This is a measure used to estimate the defensive points made by a player compared to an average league defender. For reference, Moses Moody posted a 2.3 DBPM in his only season with the Hogs, and Justin Smith and JD Notae registered 2.7 and 3.1 respectively.
However, it’s not something to hit the panic button for just yet.
Musselman is an adaptive coach who builds on the strengths of his players on both sides of the ball. It will likely put Umude in a position to succeed in the team’s defensive scheme, especially given the length and versatility of the entire Hogs roster next season.
It’s also worth noting that Smith and Notae both set new career highs in this defensive metric in their debut season under coach Musselman.
Umude is an interesting player in today’s game because he doesn’t rely too much on 3-point shooting like many young players are. He also has an above average midrange game with the ability to shoot smaller defenders and work his way around bigger defenders, making him a real tweener between the positions of small forwards and powerful attackers. Many of his abilities can be compared to DeMar DeRozan’s game.
Standing at 6-foot-6, DeRozan spent time playing fullback, small forward and power forward last season for the San Antonio Spurs. He scores most of his points from the midrange or in the paint, finding ways to shoot above and around defenders.
It’s increasingly rare for guards to display smaller players, as games like this don’t often lead to 3-point shots or layups, but DeRozan is still a master of the post-up midfield. range. This is probably influenced by his love for the late Kobe Bryant. DeRozan developed the footwork and athleticism to get into a position to score from anywhere inside the arc.
The players differ slightly in athleticism and 3-point shooting. While DeRozan is likely to end up on SportsCenter for highlight dunks, Umude is much more likely to adapt to taller defenders to complete tough layups or shoot fouls.
The newer Razorback is also a much more capable 3-point shooter than the 12-year-old NBA veteran who has only made 28% of his attempts behind the arc in his career.
Another, perhaps more familiar, comparison for Stanley Umude’s game is recent Razorback, Jimmy Whitt. Whitt has spent a lot of time leading the attack and protecting other teams’ top perimeter players, things we probably won’t see much from Umude. We’ll see some nuances of the old Hog in Umude’s mid-range game, however.
Like Witt, Umude has the length to shoot defenders once he finds his place. Umude has more of a traditional form of shooting than Witt’s unorthodox, yet effective high release. Both players enjoy living in the mid-range, an art that said to be lost in the modern game for over 16 years now.
Role with Arkansas Basketball
Umude won’t entirely replace Moses Moody’s production, but he’ll likely be the closest thing to Moody’s Hogs this season. Moody is more of a real shooter and weighs five or 10 pounds less than Umude, but both are wingers who rely on their IQ, length and footwork first to give them an open look rather than on their ability to break down defenders. ISO situations.
Umude is more of a small striker / power striker type player, but don’t forget Moody spent time playing power striker for the Hogs last season in their ultra-small rosters with Justin Smith in the middle. .
Umude’s scoring ability will likely give him the opportunity to reprise Moody’s role as Musselman’s No.1 scoring option next season. Off-ball screens, out-of-bounds play and first sets will likely be set for Umude before everyone else, much like Musselman did for Moody last season.
Stanley Umude brings versatility
Announcing his move to Arkansas in April, Umude received some of the best praise a modern player can receive from Coach Musselman who noted Umude “will give us the possibility to play basketball without position”.
Essentially, this means that Umude can fit into virtually any lineup and be successful. The game is evolving to be ‘positionless’ across the board, and Musselman appears to be way ahead of the trend.
Muss later noted “[Umude] can do so much. He can play against players of equal or smaller size, he has excellent flipping jump shot, he can do face-up threes, he can rebound basketball, especially as a defensive rebounder.
“He’s a good long-distance runner,” continued the coach. “He’s in that perfect size range for us where we can play him off guard if we had to and we wanted to be big and be a post-up team for a few possessions to the point of non-guard. We can play it with a small natural striker or a power striker. “
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Expectations for Umude in Arkansas
Don’t be surprised to see Umude lead this team in scoring. With so many new faces, it’s often difficult to predict who will fill which role until you see them all in action together. Players like Chris Lykes and Au’Diese Toney also have strong arguments for leading the team. However, there is no need for clairvoyance to see the offensive talent within Umude.
When a player moves from a smaller conference to a larger one, things like beating defenders in dribbling or overpowering smaller players can often be lost due to better competition. That shouldn’t be the case for Umude, who relies on his high basketball IQ, footwork and flawless midrange jump shot to support his game.
Umude will likely start at one of the forward positions alongside Au’Diese Toney, but it’s possible that we may see one of the two transfers leading the bench unit alongside JD Notae. I expect Umude to win the starting position, however, due to his overall experience and ability to score with the best of them.
Season statistics prediction
16.9 PPG | 4.1 RPG | 1.2 APG | 0.2 BPG | 0.4 SPG | 46.2% FG | 33.5% 3P | 82.1% FT
Author: Brandon Baker
Head of basketball department at overtimeheroics.net
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