Ben gets the benefit of the doubt but I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m a little jaded by coach speak that talks up players that don’t live up to the hype. The injury recovery subdues my confidence as well. I hope he turns out as good as Ben projects but there is a tall ladder to climb for Ihnen.
Yes, I'd rather trust my own eyes than coach speak in the off-season. When it comes to Ihnen, though, I do believe he can be a pretty effective defender (if fully recovered) based on what I have seen in the past. He appears to have quick reflexes and a long wingspan, was an effective interior defender in the past, and was tough for ball handlers to dribble around (or shoot over) when he played a little further from the basket. I would have less confidence about him chasing around quick guards on the perimeter though.