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  Message Not Read  Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/23/2021 3:16:22 PM 
I love Jason Preston's game and how it has blossomed, grown over his two-plus seasons playing in Athens. I'm extremely excited to see what the finished product will be next season as I hope and expect he'll stay in a Bobcat uniform.

The next step for Preston is to learn how to play like a MAC Player-of-the-Year (not candidate, the winner!). MVP's don't wait for the game to come to them; they keep the pressure on throughout the game. They inflict their will on the game when the situation calls for it and even when it doesn't. Player of the Year winners sense when they need to take over a game whether it be at the end, in the middle, or even in the first half if they sense things slipping away.

This came naturally to ballers such as Walter Luckett, Snoop Graham, Dave Jamerson, Gary Trent and D.J. Cooper. They were dominant high school players who were accustomed to having the brunt of the attention focused on them. They flourished, dominated in that role. Being somewhat "selfish" wasn't a negative, it was expected, actually helpful, as it opened up the game for their teammates.

This way of thinking and playing goes against Preston's nature and everything he's known as a basketball player. Even thinking he could be "The Man" couldn't have been anywhere on his radar before arriving in Athens, as he was just trying to find his way onto the court.

Preston has grown into being the team's best player and leader. I'm hoping he'll take that last step, taking the team with him. But understand, he's gonna have to learn how to do it on the fly, as nothing he did or learned in high school or prep school prepared him for ascending to King of the Hill status.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/23/2021 3:45:13 PM 
All good points FlashGary.

I did notice in a recent article that Boals was quoted as saying he's challenging JP to be more "ASSERTIVE". I take that to mean being able to take over a game.




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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/25/2021 9:50:47 PM 
Any intel (or conjecture) out there as to whether JP will return to Ohio for his senior season?

My sense is the NBA draft talk has died down. Just hoping he doesn't follow the Jason Carter path of graduating early to transfer to a high-major league.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/25/2021 10:17:23 PM 
Jeff Goodman has him 27th on his draft big board. https://www.google.com/amp/s/watchstadium.com/jeff-goodma... /
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/26/2021 8:56:58 AM 
lovebobcat wrote:
Any intel (or conjecture) out there as to whether JP will return to Ohio for his senior season?

My sense is the NBA draft talk has died down. Just hoping he doesn't follow the Jason Carter path of graduating early to transfer to a high-major league.


Hopefully the Jaaron Simmons saga would give him pause. He can stay here and have the keys to the car and chase triple-doubles, or go "up" and risk being a role player / having his role much more limited.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/26/2021 8:58:35 AM 
lovebobcat wrote:
Any intel (or conjecture) out there as to whether JP will return to Ohio for his senior season?

My sense is the NBA draft talk has died down. Just hoping he doesn't follow the Jason Carter path of graduating early to transfer to a high-major league.


Every two round mock draft I've seen has him getting selected.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/26/2021 9:31:01 AM 
The drafts I've seen have him as a 2nd round pick.

Question - Is 2nd round still not guaranteed money? Therefore, would he not be better served trying to play his way into a 1st round position, rather than chasing a 2nd round pick.... unless he has assurance to make the team from whomever drafts him?

Last Edited: 1/26/2021 9:31:22 AM by cc-cat

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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/26/2021 11:33:01 AM 
Historically only 66% of all 2nd round picks ever see an NBA court.

Per the money question, not all, but many are getting at least one year of guaranteed money.

https://collegebasketball.nbcsports.com/2018/05/10/in-the... /
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/26/2021 11:51:47 AM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
Historically only 66% of all 2nd round picks ever see an NBA court.

Per the money question, not all, but many are getting at least one year of guaranteed money.

https://collegebasketball.nbcsports.com/2018/05/10/in-the... /


Good info - sounds like if he can get in the top half of round 2 (or better) and (therefore) get guaranteed money - he'd be hard pressed not to take it.

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Preston is a tall lead guard who doesnt blow you away with speed or athleticism but really knows how to run an offense and control the pace of play.

Hes a very crafty player with great ball handling ability and a nice ability to use his big frame to shield the defender and get to his spots. Preston can score the ball and is a deadly 3pt shooter but hes very much a pure point guard whos at his best facilitating and setting up his teammates.

His smarts and BBIQ are evident on defense where he makes up for his lack of speed by playing with great positioning and anticipation.

At this point he looks like more of a second round pick but is getting some first round buzz.



NBA SCOUT: I saw him at the Myrtle Beach Invitational last year and I had to ask about this little kid who looked like LaMelo Ball. He knows how to play. He already deserves first-round consideration. He has a feel for the game.


Last Edited: 1/26/2021 12:14:27 PM by cc-cat

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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/26/2021 1:08:04 PM 
Good points made. Important to understand 2nd round in the NBA is not the same as the other sports. I think he's smart enough to feel confidently slotted in early 2nd round at worst to make the jump. Especially true because of his limited experience and late start to the life of being the go-to guy on the court. In a lot of situations, elevating from the 2nd to the 1st in a Senior season would seem like a difficult task but I think in this case, it is a real consideration.

As for if he does come back for a senior season...no clue on if it would be here or elsewhere. Simmons did not have NBA prospects...I think Preston could transfer to a high major and be rock solid confident he would start.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/26/2021 11:05:05 PM 
Just curious if you all using the same magazine who had DJ and Simmons in 2nd round as well.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/27/2021 8:15:57 AM 
I don't recall Simmons ever showing up in a mock draft, and Cooper may have only had a few sporadic mentions. Both were held back for their size and underwhelming outside shooting.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/28/2021 9:47:38 AM 
As good a player as he is until we can at least split with Toledo, Kent, Akron and BG, someone else will win the award.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 1/28/2021 11:45:29 AM 
I think that missing 4 games, his recent shooting funk combined with our lower standing in the MAC pretty much kills any chance of his winning the award.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/5/2021 5:00:32 PM 
Latest ESPN Top 60 draft projections and Preston is not on the list. Selfishly, I hope it stays this way. If he ends up turning pro and gets drafted...awesome. But I just know if he can stay another year and improve the outside shot he's got the chance to a be a top 20 pick in 2022. The "money" shot still has a long way to go.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/5/2021 7:31:04 PM 
Jay Preston is hard pressed to get MAC First Team. Marreon, LCJ, Pippen, Graves and Turner are all with him. Unless we shock some people I see Preston and DW3 on 2nd Team and maybe BVP on 3rd. Sears All Frosh for sure and maybe top Frosh. With Sears' success with Preston out I say Wilson is team MVP.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/8/2021 8:33:11 AM 
It is becoming increasingly likely Preston will play his Senior Season...it just becomes a question of in what uniform.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/8/2021 9:40:05 AM 
Andrew Ruck wrote:
It is becoming increasingly likely Preston will play his Senior Season...it just becomes a question of in what uniform.


Hes not going anywhere
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/8/2021 10:17:52 AM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
It is becoming increasingly likely Preston will play his Senior Season...it just becomes a question of in what uniform.


Hes not going anywhere


Agreed 100%. If his goal is to get to the NBA he can do it from the confines of the Convo and playing in the MAC.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/8/2021 5:00:56 PM 
BillyTheCat wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
It is becoming increasingly likely Preston will play his Senior Season...it just becomes a question of in what uniform.


Hes not going anywhere


A friend told me that JP loves it at Ohio, and wouldnt even consider transferring anywhere else. This friend also said that he feels very loyal to Ohio since we were the ones who plucked him out of obscurity. Apparently loyalty is big thing with him. BTW, I believe its possible that this friend is the same one who you often ask question for on this board! What a small world!

Last Edited: 2/8/2021 5:02:29 PM by OhioCatFan


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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/8/2021 11:46:59 PM 
Alan Swank wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
It is becoming increasingly likely Preston will play his Senior Season...it just becomes a question of in what uniform.


Hes not going anywhere


Agreed 100%. If his goal is to get to the NBA he can do it from the confines of the Convo and playing in the MAC.



Just like NBA MAC alumni guards like... hmm... wait, hold on...


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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/9/2021 12:00:04 AM 
Alan Swank wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
It is becoming increasingly likely Preston will play his Senior Season...it just becomes a question of in what uniform.


Hes not going anywhere


Agreed 100%. If his goal is to get to the NBA he can do it from the confines of the Convo and playing in the MAC.



EMU has had a few guards make the NBA over the years.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/9/2021 11:54:36 AM 
JSF wrote:
Alan Swank wrote:
BillyTheCat wrote:
Andrew Ruck wrote:
It is becoming increasingly likely Preston will play his Senior Season...it just becomes a question of in what uniform.


Hes not going anywhere


Agreed 100%. If his goal is to get to the NBA he can do it from the confines of the Convo and playing in the MAC.



Just like NBA MAC alumni guards like... hmm... wait, hold on...


Oh I dont know. Maybe Dave Jamerson, Hal Greer, Butch Komives, Antonio Daniels, Dan Majerle, Earl Boykins, George Gervin, Ron Harper, Bonzi Wells.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/9/2021 1:14:10 PM 
You can get to the NBA playing your home games in the Convo or other MAC (or even smaller conferences) venues. The problem is that MAC coaches haven't been recruiting NBA-like players for the past 20 years.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Jason Preston: To be MAC Player of the Year
   Posted: 2/9/2021 1:56:03 PM 
It's because the whole recruiting landscape has changed and the MAC can't get those players any more.
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