It drives me nuts how much people focus on height despite all the evidence that a player's height in most cases has little to do with how effective he will be.
Jeff Jones's best lineup, the one that got him to the Elite Eight:
- Junior Burrough
- Jason Williford
- Jamal Robinson
- Curtis Staples
- Harold Deane
Not one of them taller than 6-7, with a 6-5 power forward and a pair of guards at 6-3 and 6-1. If the other 6-1 guard had been healthy, that was a Final Four team.
Pete Gillen's best lineup:
- Travis Watson
- Chris Williams
- Adam Hall
- Roger Mason, Jr.
- Donald Hand
Not one of them taller than 6-7 and a wing body type power forward.
Our best lineup this past season:
- Isaiah Wilkins
- De'Andre Hunter
- Devon Hall
- Kyle Guy
- Ty Jerome
Not one of them taller than 6-7 (maybe Hunter) with a wing body type power forward. Our 6-6+ post guy was one of the top post defenders in the nation, giving up less than half a point per possession on post-ups. Clearly, his lack of height was not killing him on the defensive end.
Think back to the best post scorers we've had in the last 30 years.
- Norman Nolan
- Anthony Gill
Only one of them was arguably 6-8 (and I think Nolan was 6-7). Clearly, being 6-7 or less didn't keep those guys from being able to get their shots off in the post.
Why anyone would be bothered by Eric Dixon's height is beyond me. He has a wide body, a big base and a lot of strength. Imagine him after two years in the program. He'll be a dolomite boulder in the lane. He has a well-developed post offense game. Pair him with a Hunter/Smooth type and you've cloned UVA's best approach.