I think that Eric had promise... Now I think that he is just another
Plaisted... He'll be playing in Europe for the remainder of his career. I
don't know who he was listening to when he made his decision to end his
Amateur career, but it was some very bad advise in my book. Too many issues to
overcome... Unlike college, when you hit the pros (regardless of where) the
expectation is that you will develop yourself if you're not already
developed... more R&D and individual work is administered I hate
to say this because I am a huge fan but Mika wasn't even in the top 2
centers in our conference (he was 3rd or 4th)... He had one great game and has
decided to hang the rest of his career and the life of his family on what that
one great game will bring him in the future.I'd love to be more
optimistic but it would the comments would be "plastic " if I were.
@portlander@BYUFan12 - Eric would have developed and matured with at least
one more year in college, whereas now, unless he makes an NBA squad, he likely
will be relegated to the fringe, much like Jimmer Fredette.-----------------He's not much like Jimmer. Jimmer has been
clear through comments and through his actions that he's determined to play
the game his way. He's had opportunities to adjust so he could carve out a
niche in the NBA as a spot-up shooter but he is determined to be a ball in hand
guy.Mika has been working on his OFI's and stretching himself
as a player. Just look at last season, he worked on his game and by
season's end was doing more to score facing the basket and from distance
(showed nice range from the top of the key vs Gonzaga). Development
comes from playing against better players and he wasn't going to get much
of that playing at BYU. Even if he's in the D-League he will be getting a
chance to go up against some NBA caliber talent on a daily basis.
Best of luck to Mika. Even if he does go to Europe or China, the NBA has the
summer league each year, so the NBA can keep up on his progress. I would like
to see him get a shot in the NBA.The Broncos are already getting
paid dividends on their first round pick. Bolles is a great man in addition to
being an extremely gifted athlete.
@BYUFan12 - Eric would have developed and matured with at least one more year in
college, whereas now, unless he makes an NBA squad, he likely will be relegated
to the fringe, much like Jimmer Fredette. I would have liked to see Eric
graduate from the Y, then play one more season for an Arizona, Gonzaga, Florida,
Duke or other school with upper tier cred.
I have always felt that Eric should have stayed at BYU one more year, but.....
Best of luck wherever he goes.
Esquire - Springville, UTJune 15, 2017 8:46 a.m."He may need a
few additional years of seasoning to refine his offensive skill set and get
stronger..." Exactly. He should have stayed in college. He's not yet
NBA material. I suppose the question is whether an NBA team will want to take on
a multi-year project. Ego has crushed reality.----------I am a
huge BYU fan, and while I wish that Mika stayed, I do not think he would be able
to develop his game at quite the rate he wants to make him a 1st round pick.
Keep in mind that he would be playing teams from the WCC, not the ACC. He will
be able to fine-tune his game and have more of a chance of making an NBA roster
while playing overseas or in the D-league than he would playing for BYU. I hope
the best for Mika and will continue cheering hard for him!! Go Cougs!
"He may need a few additional years of seasoning to refine his offensive
skill set and get stronger..." Exactly. He should have stayed in college.
He's not yet NBA material. I suppose the question is whether an NBA team
will want to take on a multi-year project. Ego has crushed reality.
My take from the article is that Mika will probably be playing in Europe or
China next year making a decent salary. NBA teams will continue to monitor his
progress and offer tryouts from time to time. I think he will have to be a
monster in Europe and develop a much better outside game to get serious
attention from the NBA. He should have stayed in College one more year.