TAMPA, Fla.--Despite earning all Pac-10 honors this season, UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt has received a fair share of criticism this season, mostly because of his difficulties with staying in front of his man on the defensive end and giving 100 percent effort at all times.
You can add Michigan State guard Durrell Summers to the list of nonbelievers in Honeycutt's skills. Summers, who will most likely match up against Honeycutt when the Bruins and Spartans meet in their NCAA Tournament opener Thursday, basically called Honeycutt overrated.
"I think he gets a lot of baskets just being athletic, just back cuts, stuff like that," Summers said during a press conference Wednesday. "You know, I don't think he guards that good or crashes the glass, but he just plays athletic."
Honeycutt, a 6-8 sophomore, is UCLA's third-leading scorer with 12.6 points a game and is second in rebounds with 7.4 per game. He led the Pac-10 in blocked shots with 61 and is the most likely of UCLA's players to leave school after this season and enter the NBA draft.