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Coach misses Pryor curtain call

March 17, 2008 - Neil Rudel

Curious to get a first-hand glimpse of Terrelle Pryor, I took in Saturday's PIAA Class AA matchup between Jeannette and Strawberry Mansion.

Agate evaluation: Obviously a gifted athlete ... makes everybody around him better ... sees the floor well and is good passer ... could be a high-level college basketball player but isn't now ... missed most of his shots facing the hoop ... looks like he has nice touch but missed 10 free throws ... didn't work hard enough on the defensive glass early.

Mansion pushed Jeannette to overtime and once the game was put away by the last minute, I thought Jayhawks coach Jim Nesser missed a chance to pull Pryor and thus create the kind of curtain call the centerpiece of a two-sport state champion deserved.

Instead, strangely, Nesser called timeout with 12 seconds left, brought his clipboard to the huddle and appeared to diagram a play. He then kept Pryor in. This was not only a missed opportunity but didn't show much sportsmanship.

Then again, Jeannette had problems with fans, who taunted Pryor and were taunted back, throughout the playoffs.

Maybe we saw part of the reason why Saturday.


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