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(03-28-2012 09:49 AM)FNblazer Wrote:  Some of our current players (IMO Jordan, Jekore, Quincy, KC) will be excited to get into the Haase system. Preston will come around too. Davis' problem in the end is he was too much of a Daddy and not enough of a coach, which is why it's no wonder that the players are devastated.

Compare that to JP and his excitement for the Stache and the beginning of Spring Practice. McGee isn't working these guys starting today in order to teach them how to fish or score quality ladies. He's here to win Championships.

HC McGee doesn't have to teach his players how to score quality ladies. Each one of Mcgee's men increased their cool factor by X10 just from being around him. By the start of Fall practice Mackin will have to hire extra security to keep the ladies off the practice field. On the other hand, if we build a fence and charge admission, we could pay cash for new stadium by next season. Long live the 'Stache. ;-{
03-28-2012 12:22 PM
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Ovie is a senior to be, his choices are limited, if he is tired of college life and want to move on, thanks for being a Blazer, If he believe his senior year is worth playing out at UAB and it makes him more marketable, happy to have him stay.
But, the choices are easy, because they are so limited, stay or go, it all come down to who is helping him make the decisions, whether a parent is saying you stay and get better, dont quit, or if a runner is in the ear of his parents and saying, he can make 100's of thousands of dollars in europe.

Remember, Soko and former blazers playing overseas may be communicating about the leisure life, and he may believe the transition at this stage of his baskeball career isn't worth it, in addition we, at least I dont know what finanical advantages or disadvantages Soko face, does he need to earn a living, are his parents well off.

Who knows what is going on, but until Soko leaves, he is a Blazer, when he leaves he is a Blazer.
I will respect his decision no matter what he decides, and I will show him respect for the blood and sweat he shared for UAB.
03-28-2012 12:32 PM
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Ovie still needs to work on being able to score with consistency, making more that 50% of his free throws and learn to play defense without fouling. Other than that, I would say he is a prime candidate for the European league.

IMHO if he leaves now he will have reached the apex of his ability this past season.
03-28-2012 12:42 PM
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(03-28-2012 12:32 PM)rebounder2u Wrote:  Ovie is a senior to be, his choices are limited, if he is tired of college life and want to move on, thanks for being a Blazer, If he believe his senior year is worth playing out at UAB and it makes him more marketable, happy to have him stay.
But, the choices are easy, because they are so limited, stay or go, it all come down to who is helping him make the decisions, whether a parent is saying you stay and get better, dont quit, or if a runner is in the ear of his parents and saying, he can make 100's of thousands of dollars in europe.

Remember, Soko and former blazers playing overseas may be communicating about the leisure life, and he may believe the transition at this stage of his baskeball career isn't worth it, in addition we, at least I dont know what finanical advantages or disadvantages Soko face, does he need to earn a living, are his parents well off.

Who knows what is going on, but until Soko leaves, he is a Blazer, when he leaves he is a Blazer.
I will respect his decision no matter what he decides, and I will show him respect for the blood and sweat he shared for UAB.

Keep in mind that from Ovie's and Scotty's perspective, they are already playing overseas and all this unhappiness may be just good old fashioned homesickness.
03-28-2012 12:58 PM
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Speaking of Ovie, what are his chances to make the Great Britain team that will play in the olympics?
03-28-2012 01:17 PM
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(03-28-2012 12:58 PM)Memphis Blazer Wrote:  
(03-28-2012 12:32 PM)rebounder2u Wrote:  Ovie is a senior to be, his choices are limited, if he is tired of college life and want to move on, thanks for being a Blazer, If he believe his senior year is worth playing out at UAB and it makes him more marketable, happy to have him stay.
But, the choices are easy, because they are so limited, stay or go, it all come down to who is helping him make the decisions, whether a parent is saying you stay and get better, dont quit, or if a runner is in the ear of his parents and saying, he can make 100's of thousands of dollars in europe.

Remember, Soko and former blazers playing overseas may be communicating about the leisure life, and he may believe the transition at this stage of his baskeball career isn't worth it, in addition we, at least I dont know what finanical advantages or disadvantages Soko face, does he need to earn a living, are his parents well off.

Who knows what is going on, but until Soko leaves, he is a Blazer, when he leaves he is a Blazer.
I will respect his decision no matter what he decides, and I will show him respect for the blood and sweat he shared for UAB.

Keep in mind that from Ovie's and Scotty's perspective, they are already playing overseas and all this unhappiness may be just good old fashioned homesickness.

That's the thing we don't know, and it's impossible for us to ever really know. What were their goals when they came here? Does staying here help them achieve those goals or not? Was Ovie already considering leaving even before Davis was fired, and now he's even more apprehensive about the change? Some people just hate change. We have no idea what factors they might be considering. Plus, they're kids. Kids don't always think rationally, so trying to speculate about what they might do based on what would be rational to an adult is a fool's game.

My guess is Haase is smart enough to know he can't start his head coaching career pandering to marginal players. I hope he's being straightforward about what their opportunities are but making clear he's going to be fine either way. If the players who are considering leaving were happy here before Davis was fired, I bet Haase brings them around. If they weren't happy here, I bet he barely even tries. It may sting a little in the short-term to lose Ovie or Preston or anyone else we thought might get minutes, but we'll be better off in the long run with players who want to be here and made a fresh decision to be at UAB after the new coach laid out in a clear, honest way what he expected from them.

Either way, I won't have any ill will towards them. There are so many unknown factors that go into these kinds of decisions that it's just not fair to judge. All I know is that if I was an athletic, talented basketball player who knows how UNC plays and knows Haase is bringing that to Birmingham, it would sound fun as hell to me.
03-28-2012 01:21 PM
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(03-28-2012 01:17 PM)uab278 Wrote:  Speaking of Ovie, what are his chances to make the Great Britain team that will play in the olympics?

zero

They have 3 teams of professionals in 3 euroleagues to choose from. Plus Loul Deng who is their center piece type player.

I type zero, but Ovie could go home this Summer and suprise me and get added in place of an injured guy.
03-28-2012 01:23 PM
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(03-28-2012 01:23 PM)BlazerPhil Wrote:  
(03-28-2012 01:17 PM)uab278 Wrote:  Speaking of Ovie, what are his chances to make the Great Britain team that will play in the olympics?

zero

They have 3 teams of professionals in 3 euroleagues to choose from. Plus Loul Deng who is their center piece type player.

I type zero, but Ovie could go home this Summer and suprise me and get added in place of an injured guy.

The European countries tend to like players that are strong in fundamentals. His ability to execute a layup at point blank range may eliminate him from consideration, if his FT ability already has done so.
03-28-2012 01:25 PM
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(03-28-2012 01:25 PM)blazers9911 Wrote:  
(03-28-2012 01:23 PM)BlazerPhil Wrote:  
(03-28-2012 01:17 PM)uab278 Wrote:  Speaking of Ovie, what are his chances to make the Great Britain team that will play in the olympics?

zero

They have 3 teams of professionals in 3 euroleagues to choose from. Plus Loul Deng who is their center piece type player.

I type zero, but Ovie could go home this Summer and suprise me and get added in place of an injured guy.

The European countries tend to like players that are strong in fundamentals. His ability to execute a layup at point blank range may eliminate him from consideration, if his FT ability already has done so.

He just played well last summer for his country.
03-28-2012 01:37 PM
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Just for clarification, it was on the under 20 team.
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