I didn’t consider most of your post… but I’ll say there are zero starters or reserves from South Carolina that would start over Rickea Jackson or Jordan Horston. They are projected as Top 5 picks in the WNBA draft. Jasmine Powell and Tamari Key would compete for a starting position against the starters on South Carolina roster. Key would play alongside Boston in the front court. Saxton only advantage over TN backup C Jasmine Franklin is height and health. What pre-season list did Saxton make by the way?
It doesn’t say much about the SC reserves starting over Darby because I consider her a bench player and would start Puckett or Marta over Darby. Also, Cardoso is not better than Key. She didn’t make the pre-season player of the year list for centers like Key did. She wasn’t in consideration and should’ve won the defense player of the year award last year that was Tamari Key. Cardoso needs to focus on being better than Jillian Hollingshead. Jillian is heads and shoulders the better talent. Cardoso has a luxury being in South Carolina but she didn’t carry her weight in Syracuse. Therefore, don’t disrespect a player of Tamari Key status by comparing her to a backup center. Key is the all-time leading shot blocker of a 8-time nat’l title program. Humble yourself.
Respect your opinions. I believe Cardoso is way more productive in boards and points than Key per minutes played however. And Cardoso was a starter at Syracuse as a freshman, the ACC freshman of the year, so she pulled her weight there just fine. She is more aggressive offensively and on the boards than Key is. Her freshman stats were quite good, 13.6 PPG, 8 RPG and 2.7 blocks per game.
At Syracuse (2020-21)
ACC co-Defensive Player of the Year
ACC Freshman of the Year
All-ACC First Team
ACC All-Defensive Team
ACC All-Freshman Team
So yeah, she pulled her weight at Syracuse…….
Nobody doubts Jordy or Jackson would start at any school, and Powell is potentially the best pure PG on the two rosters right now, though when Cooke plays PG I prefer her over Powell at that spot. As for the other reserves, Amihere, Watkins, Hall and Feagin all are better than Hollingshead, and it’s not close imo. Anyway, we have the pleasure of watching them play against one another this year so we have that to look forward to.