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Willy Kouassi
« on: December 08, 2015, 10:28:48 pm »

This is a guy that needs his own thread.  He seems to be getting better and better each game.  He's really protecting the rim well, and even scoring inside and making free throws, something I didn't expect.  Glad we got him as a late pick-up, perfect guy to back up Kingsley.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2015, 10:31:13 pm »

Yep...he is getting better. His defense down low is pretty good. He stays in good position down low and also is a really really good FT shooter although his first tonight was an airball....may have slipped out of his hands because his next one was nothing but net. I think he is something like 13 of 14 from the line and that is just off the top of my head. He needs to look for a mid range jumper more. He has a pretty good shot.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2015, 10:34:37 pm »

Good call, because I was actually about to create a thread for him. He gave us some really good minutes in the first half. He's a really good fit for this team as he hustles and also is a quick, versatile defender. I see he's listed as a senior, is that accurate?
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2015, 10:35:10 pm »

Good call, because I was actually about to create a thread for him. He gave us some really good minutes in the first half. He's a really good fit for this team as he hustles and also is a quick, versatile defender. I see he's listed as a senior, is that accurate?
Yes...transfer senior.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2015, 10:36:07 pm »

Good call, because I was actually about to create a thread for him. He gave us some really good minutes in the first half. He's a really good fit for this team as he hustles and also is a quick, versatile defender. I see he's listed as a senior, is that accurate?

Yep, red-shirt senior.  Played first year at Auburn, sat out the following year, next 2 years at Kennesaw State, now finishing up here at Arkansas.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2015, 10:52:00 pm »

To be more accurate, he's a grad transfer.  Took advantage of the rule whereas if you graduate with eligibility remaining, you can transfer and be immediately eligible.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2015, 04:18:14 am »

his own thread is well deserved.hes adding some good minutes.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2015, 10:00:39 am »

When he entered the game he changed the momentum. 
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2015, 10:28:55 am »

He's exceeded my expectations for him with his play over the last few games. Hope it continues while Trey's ankle continues to heal.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2015, 10:44:13 am »

He plays hard and is aggressive on the boards!! Love his shot blocking ability... He knows his role !!!!! Much better reaction than a healthy TT. Not that I wish anyone to get hurt, but we may have never known about him if Trey wouldn't have tweaked the ankle
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2015, 10:55:58 am »

You have guys like Tray and Keaton who just haven't seen the minutes.  Kouassi has played plenty of Basketball, and it shows. 

It's always hard when you get those big awkward guys who aren't ready to play, but Willy has it and he has a chance to get himself an overseas contract if he can help the Hogs have a surprising season.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2015, 01:00:07 pm »

This was the 1st game I've seen & I was impressed with his athleticism & FT shooting.  We're lucky to have him
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2015, 01:18:43 pm »

This team is fortunate to have him. The guy moves well. He's not an eoff like a lot of big men.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2015, 04:18:57 pm »

I was reminded of the movie Major League when he entered the game for the first time this year; everyone around me were saying who's this *** guy. Glad we have him, he does everything pretty well.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2015, 04:51:28 pm »

I was thinking about this guy today. Am I the only one pleasantly surprised by his offensive game around the basket? Looking at his stats coming in, I figured garbage offensive player getting points on stick backs. Watching him operate out of the post he seems to have very smooth offensive moves around the basket and very adept at getting his shot off.

 He will never be a guy who is going to be able to back a guy down with the dribble then make a move, but if you get it to him once he gets solid post position he has very good offensive moves. Maybe it's the staff that has worked with him in establishing some offensive confidence and post moves, because if he already had those moves I am simply shocked he wasn't a better scorer at Kenneshaw State.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2015, 05:04:05 pm »

Probably the most pleasant surprise on the roster.     TBH, I didn't expect anything of him, except 5 hard fouls, some rebounding, and breather time for Moses.

Instead of being guy #10, he's actually playing an important part in the rotation.   Trey would do well to be as vital to this team.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2015, 09:18:42 pm »

Started to post something about him during Ga. Tech game.  The guy is not your typical project we seem to have become a magnet for over the years.  Dude has skills.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2015, 12:51:57 am »

Started to post something about him during Ga. Tech game.  The guy is not your typical project we seem to have become a magnet for over the years.  Dude has skills.

In general, we've done pretty well with JUCOs, especially JUCO bigs--  guys like Delvon Johnson turned into a real player for us,   Coty Clarke was the heart of his teams at Arkansas,  and Kouassi  seems in that vein.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2015, 08:04:19 pm »

In general, we've done pretty well with JUCOs, especially JUCO bigs--  guys like Delvon Johnson turned into a real player for us,   Coty Clarke was the heart of his teams at Arkansas,  and Kouassi  seems in that vein.

Wasn't really referring to JUCOs.  Nolan and Anderson both seem to put more faith in athleticism at times than basketball skills. 

Kouassi isn't a JUCO.  He's a senior transfer from Kennesaw State.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2015, 05:15:43 am »

Wasn't really referring to JUCOs.  Nolan and Anderson both seem to put more faith in athleticism at times than basketball skills. 

Kouassi isn't a JUCO.  He's a senior transfer from Kennesaw State.

Transfer would be a better context, I suppose- the base point remains, though, that importing big man 'projects' has gone really well for the Razorbacks-- much better than transfer bigs for almost all other programs.   I'm struggling to think of another program that has done as well over the last 5-10 years with transferred bigs.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2015, 09:59:25 am »

I've only been able to watch 1 game.

What kind of skills is Kouassi bringing to the table? I see good FG and FT percentages.
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Re: Willy Kouassi
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2015, 10:03:51 am »

I've only been able to watch 1 game.

What kind of skills is Kouassi bringing to the table? I see good FG and FT percentages.

That and he's been a pretty good spark off the bench.  Those runs that allowed us to make Evansville quit for long stretches were sparked by his defense (among others).  He had a monster block the other night.
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