February 13, 2012
Kunstadt talks Tech commits
Texas Tech basketball had a busy day Monday with the commitments of Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated teammates and AAU Franchize All-Starz teammates Wannah Bail and Michael Carey, late additions to the Class of 2012 eligible to sign during the late signing period.
We caught up with Mike Kunstadt of TexasHoops.com, a Rivals.com affiliate website, for a scouting report of the two newest Red Raiders.
"Those are two really good gets," Kunstadt said. "I think they'll be tremendous assets for the Tech program. No question in my mind."
Bail is a 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward and is ranked the No. 21 forward in the nation and the No. 66 player overall.
"Wannah Bail is just really athletic for a 6-foot-8 kid," Kunstadt said. "He's one of those unusual type kids that he can get up and down the floor and is definitely a game changer. Just a tremendously skilled player. You don't see these kinds of kids who have that kind of size and that kind of skill."
Bail is a shot maker that might remind a lot of Red Raider fans of Dirk Nowitzki. Bail loves to shoot from outside which is probably something Tech head coach Billy Gillispie will like to limit a little bit in his high-low offense.
The problem is sometimes Bail can go cold from outside the paint.
"He needs some weight strength training for one thing," Kunstadt said. "He's kind of long and wiry right now. I think as he gets stronger he'll also get a little more consistent. But like I said, he's very agile for a 6-foot-8 kid and he can actually handle the ball on the open floor and get to the rim. Not that you want a 6-foot-8 kid shooting threes, but he can actually shoot the 3-pointer.
"I think the main thing about him is he'll get more competitive and he gets a little stronger because he doesn't really mix it up as well as you would like him to. Particularly at the Big 12 level he's going to have to be in there and mix it up. Sometimes when people get physical with him he won't compete as strong as he needs to. I think some strength training will take away from that hesitancy right away."
Carey currently is a 6-foot-5 small forward the Red Raiders might look at for a guard position.
"I don't know whether Tech will look at him as a point guard," Kunstadt said. He's more of a off guard than he is a point guard. He's strong, has some nice skills and some good athletic talent. He's one of those kids that goes to the rim and has the strength to go to the rim.
"Particularly in high school, when players get a little contact they can't finish, but he does. He has the strength and the body to finish at the rim. He's got good speed, good quickness for a guard. He's more of a jump shooter and penetrator and slices and not one of those who will sit out there and make a three. His specialty is the 15-foot jumper. Definitely a good scorer and he's got some of the strength that Wannah doesn't have."
A big selling point on Tech's two Monday commitments is they're teammates almost year round between AAU basketball and high school basketball.
"I'd say they have a lot of chemistry," Kunstadt said. "I haven't seen them during the regular (high school season). I saw them this summer when they played with Franchize. I'm sure the chemistry has been good during the regular season because it was good just this past summer."
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