With the recent success of Jeremy Lin at point guard position in New York, NBA owners have pressed their scouts to search the Ivy League for the next edition of Linsanity.
Rumor has it there’s a pretty good guard in the Ivy League. His name is Zack Rosen.
There’s no reason to believe that Rosen can redefine a franchise, but the kid is a quarterback. Heck, Jay Fiedler called the shots for the Miami Dolphins.
The idea is to manage expectations, but I like this kid and it started last year.
I walked into Draddy Gymnasium last year for Manhattan-Penn and I was sucked in by Rosen’s ability to control pace and use his strength to fight through great pressure. He opened my eyes. As I looked in the program, I realized Penn’s point guard is a tough kid from St. Benedict’s in New Jersey. He’s Danny Hurley 2.0 – minus the mountain of legacy and pressure on his shoulders.
From what I’ve gathered this year, Rosen is fearless. He can stretch defenses with a quick release. Thanks to Lin’s success – much like Jared Jordan garnered when Steve Nash was winning MVPs – Rosen may ride the wave of Ivy talent if he showcases himself well at the Portsmouth Invitational, where he can really prove his worth.
Dalen Cuff played for Columbia and he studies the conference now. We agree on the following when talking about Rosen…
– Fearless competitor, takes and makes big shots consistently, never shies away
– Great leader by example and vocal when necessary
– Has really improved his 3-point consistency and range to NBA distance
– Deadly going left, to get to the rim or pull up on a dime
– True PG in every sense of the phrase
— Not sure how strong he is to keep guys out of the lane and if he will be able to be active on glass at all
– Ability to finish at the rim at the next level
Tommy Dee is the founder of TheKnicksBlog, editor of CHARGED Magazine and is a regional scout for Marty Blake and Associates. If you want to hang and talk hoops, meet him at the Portsmouth Invitational but leave your calculator at home.