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RE: Grand Canyon-smack talk put aside
The two regular season games between New Mexico State and Grand Canyon will be fun. Hopefully we'll meet in the WAC Tournament Championship.

I just hope the rest of the WAC steps up next year to improve their RPI. We need to do better in our non-conference schedule.
03-09-2017 12:55 AM
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RE: Grand Canyon-smack talk put aside
GCU's likely starting five and second rotation:

G- Shaq Carr 6' 2": started all three games DeWayne didn't play in
G- Josh Braun 6' 4": one of the two I think is for sure
F- Oscar Frayer 6' 6": kid has earned it with play down the stretch this year
F- Keonta Vernon 6' 6": only other for sure starter
C- Boubacar Toure 6' 11" or F- Kerwin Simth 6' 9" or a possible unknown transfer: we'll see how Boo comes back from the ACL tear cause it will likely be his if he comes back really well
G- Damari Milstead 6' 1" or Ibrahima Sankare 6' 7": Marjele could possibly ask Damari to redshirt his first year just to try and clear up the log jam we have at garud or Sankare moves to forward, but would have needed to put on weight this past year in which he redshirted
G- Kenzo Nudo 6' 4": Let's see if Kenzo can finally fill that Ryan Majerle role like he was supposed to since he probably rushed back from a torn Achilles injury by recovering in 4 months instead of the 10-12 months it normally is
G- Gerard Martin: It honestly hurts to do this, but unless the offense comes back, I only see him coming off the bench, while still playing a big chunk of minutes
F- Matt Jackson 6' 8": Let's hope that the back is no longer an issue for Matt because it would be great to finally have him back cause we definitely missed him as a stretch 4
C- Boubacar Toure 6' 11" or F- Kerwin Simth 6' 9": This spot likely goes to whoever starts or they could share the role if coach brings in another transfer who can play the five

I have a hard time finding a spot for Fifii in the regular rotation, which sucks because he was a good spark plug guy. If coach chooses to go with a guard heavy second unit, I could see Fifii running point and everyone else moves up a spot and Boo and Kerwin split time with the main unit. GCU is currently projected to have 11 guards on the roster, so it is hard to find playing time for all the scholarship guys, let alone the walk-ons.
03-09-2017 03:32 AM
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RE: Grand Canyon-smack talk put aside
I like the breakdown, TD49. I'd probably tweak a few things:

PG is all about who works the hardest this off season. Shaq might begin next year with the ball in his hands, but he gets the quick hook for Fiifi if he keeps turning the ball over. As was the case at times this season, maybe we see a different Shaq he isn't splitting time or sharing the floor with DeWayne.

I think Oscar is safe to keep his starting role, as another off season is only going to allow his game to develop further. He has the highest ceiling on GCU's roster and O can take this as high/far as he is willing to work. Frayer *should* be a lock to start w/JB & Keonta.

Assuming health, I would actually leapfrog Matt Jackson to the front of the line for the starting #5 man. We just haven't seen consistent effort from Kerwin or consistent health from Boo. If we had to publish depth charts today, I think mine look like this...

1 - Shaq/Fiifi/Sankare
2 - JB/Milstead (if no RS)
3 - Oscar/Martin/Kenzo
4 - Keonta/Kerwin
5 - Jackson/Boo

If bigs aren't getting the job done, we know Coach isn't shy about pulling either the 4 or 5 off the floor and get another guard out there. Maybe being able to do so without losing size/length is what makes the Sankare experiment worth it. I'm just not going to believe it until I see it from him. Our track record with project players isn't the best, so far.

I'm curious to see where we go with the last roster spot. I'd like to see someone over 6'6 come in, but so would most of the rest of NCAA teams. I honestly wouldn't be shocked to see them bring in a grad xfer PG, much like they did Royce 3 years ago & Grant White last season. Part of me is also still hopeful that WO Chieck Sy-Savane stays around and presses these guys to play a bigger in the offense. We'll see, though.
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03-09-2017 07:41 AM
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RE: Grand Canyon-smack talk put aside
(03-09-2017 03:32 AM)ThunderDan49 Wrote:  GCU's likely starting five and second rotation:

G- Shaq Carr 6' 2": started all three games DeWayne didn't play in
G- Josh Braun 6' 4": one of the two I think is for sure
F- Oscar Frayer 6' 6": kid has earned it with play down the stretch this year
F- Keonta Vernon 6' 6": only other for sure starter
C- Boubacar Toure 6' 11" or F- Kerwin Simth 6' 9" or a possible unknown transfer: we'll see how Boo comes back from the ACL tear cause it will likely be his if he comes back really well
G- Damari Milstead 6' 1" or Ibrahima Sankare 6' 7": Marjele could possibly ask Damari to redshirt his first year just to try and clear up the log jam we have at garud or Sankare moves to forward, but would have needed to put on weight this past year in which he redshirted
G- Kenzo Nudo 6' 4": Let's see if Kenzo can finally fill that Ryan Majerle role like he was supposed to since he probably rushed back from a torn Achilles injury by recovering in 4 months instead of the 10-12 months it normally is
G- Gerard Martin: It honestly hurts to do this, but unless the offense comes back, I only see him coming off the bench, while still playing a big chunk of minutes
F- Matt Jackson 6' 8": Let's hope that the back is no longer an issue for Matt because it would be great to finally have him back cause we definitely missed him as a stretch 4
C- Boubacar Toure 6' 11" or F- Kerwin Simth 6' 9": This spot likely goes to whoever starts or they could share the role if coach brings in another transfer who can play the five

I have a hard time finding a spot for Fifii in the regular rotation, which sucks because he was a good spark plug guy. If coach chooses to go with a guard heavy second unit, I could see Fifii running point and everyone else moves up a spot and Boo and Kerwin split time with the main unit. GCU is currently projected to have 11 guards on the roster, so it is hard to find playing time for all the scholarship guys, let alone the walk-ons.


I bet the 6'7 point guard plays the 3 for you guys.
03-09-2017 11:15 AM
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RE: Grand Canyon-smack talk put aside
I would tend to agree with you here Frank I don't see this kid playing guard, especially pg.

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03-09-2017 11:48 AM
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I mean the hardest thing is finding film on Sankare like is the issue with most international players because I would like to see what his game is like before I determine where he play. I just know that when we recruited him out of Senegal, he played point.
03-09-2017 12:57 PM
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(03-09-2017 07:41 AM)gleadley Wrote:  I like the breakdown, TD49. I'd probably tweak a few things:

PG is all about who works the hardest this off season. Shaq might begin next year with the ball in his hands, but he gets the quick hook for Fiifi if he keeps turning the ball over. As was the case at times this season, maybe we see a different Shaq he isn't splitting time or sharing the floor with DeWayne.

I think Oscar is safe to keep his starting role, as another off season is only going to allow his game to develop further. He has the highest ceiling on GCU's roster and O can take this as high/far as he is willing to work. Frayer *should* be a lock to start w/JB & Keonta.

Assuming health, I would actually leapfrog Matt Jackson to the front of the line for the starting #5 man. We just haven't seen consistent effort from Kerwin or consistent health from Boo. If we had to publish depth charts today, I think mine look like this...

1 - Shaq/Fiifi/Sankare
2 - JB/Milstead (if no RS)
3 - Oscar/Martin/Kenzo
4 - Keonta/Kerwin
5 - Jackson/Boo

If bigs aren't getting the job done, we know Coach isn't shy about pulling either the 4 or 5 off the floor and get another guard out there. Maybe being able to do so without losing size/length is what makes the Sankare experiment worth it. I'm just not going to believe it until I see it from him. Our track record with project players isn't the best, so far.

I'm curious to see where we go with the last roster spot. I'd like to see someone over 6'6 come in, but so would most of the rest of NCAA teams. I honestly wouldn't be shocked to see them bring in a grad xfer PG, much like they did Royce 3 years ago & Grant White last season. Part of me is also still hopeful that WO Chieck Sy-Savane stays around and presses these guys to play a bigger in the offense. We'll see, though.

Chieck was apparently a baller when he was playing up at a juco in New York before Majerle and co. scooped him up. I was told by one of the media guys with the program that he almost 28 at the juco level
03-09-2017 01:13 PM
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(03-09-2017 12:57 PM)ThunderDan49 Wrote:  I mean the hardest thing is finding film on Sankare like is the issue with most international players because I would like to see what his game is like before I determine where he play. I just know that when we recruited him out of Senegal, he played point.


Is he playing in the U.S this season?
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(03-09-2017 10:52 PM)FINALFOUR1970SWEETSIXTEEN1992 Wrote:  
(03-09-2017 12:57 PM)ThunderDan49 Wrote:  I mean the hardest thing is finding film on Sankare like is the issue with most international players because I would like to see what his game is like before I determine where he play. I just know that when we recruited him out of Senegal, he played point.


Is he playing in the U.S this season?

No, he redshirted this past year. He was a part of last years recruiting class.
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