Jolly Good Fellow
3. Kyle Sturdivant was well groomed to fill a big role on the team. He got lots of key minutes on the Championship team and had the time in the program and the minutes and shot a decent percentage so, one would have expected that he would have been in line to pick-up his production. But he seemed content to be solid. I don't know if his approach to the game was ordered by the staff or if it was just his predisposition. Either way, he came up far short of the numbers that would have been necessary for last year's team to be decent. He didn't shoot enough, score enough, drive enough create and dish enough, shoot enough free throws, rebound enough, deflect enough passes or make enough steals. All of that was deficient. He was content to safely get the ball up the court and then lope through his cuts and just get the ball to Devoe and watch Devoe take on the entire defense. He flashed but then would disappear for 10 minutes. No Bueno.
I'm a Pastner fan. Yet, I have thought for the last 2 years that no one on the team had a shorter leash than Kyle. In 2020-21 when Jose was still running the show, Kyle had zero margin for error whether he was subbed in for Jose or when he was playing alongside Jose - he was yanked after one mistake almost every single time. That made some sense given Jose and Devoe, although even then I thought it was killing Kyle's potential for growth. My observation was that that approach was not "grooming" him well for taking over as an ACC PG once Jose left. Last year, with Jose gone, thought/observed Kyle played tentative because he was still getting yanked quickly. I watched it closely: Pastner was definitely more patient with Kyle last year, but only marginally. It was still common for Kyle to be brought to the bench after just 1 or 2 mistakes. Rarely was he allowed to play through mistakes. And I agree with your assessment that Kyle played very tentative most of the year, as a result.