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Looking Ahead to Next Year
Can already predict what the starting line up will be next year for the Raiders. Obviously replacing Reggie and Jacorey are going to be to tough to do, but we have 10 returning...

Dixon PG 6'1" SO
Potts G 6'2" SR
Simpson G 6'2" SR
Walters F/C 6'10" SR
Thomas F 6'9" RS FR

Off the bench:
Johnson G 6'2" JR
Gamble F 6'9" JR
Copeland G 6'1" SR

Gave the edge to Simpson over Johnson just because he is a senior. But you saw what Johnson could do with 19 against Butler. He's a slasher and a scorer. For this reason I expect us to be more perimeter and guard focused next year as opposed to the Jacorey and Reggie show down low. However, the word on the street is that Thomas gave our seniors fits trying to guard him on the scout team. He may be the next Upshaw. So, for that reason I gave him the edge in the rotation over Gamble who has some serious skill sets at 6'9" but still hasn't come into his own yet. Gamble could also explode onto the scene next year.

And that's in addition to whatever the signing class brings to the table. In short, while it will be tough to replace our key seniors we have a lot of returning next year and should be again competing for a championship.

Let's get a couple of teams to go crash that dance next year!!
(This post was last modified: 03-19-2017 11:54 AM by ThreeifbyLightning.)
03-19-2017 11:53 AM
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RE: Looking Ahead to Next Year
(03-19-2017 11:53 AM)ThreeifbyLightning Wrote:  Can already predict what the starting line up will be next year for the Raiders. Obviously replacing Reggie and Jacorey are going to be to tough to do, but we have 10 returning...

Dixon PG 6'1" SO
Potts G 6'2" SR
Simpson G 6'2" SR
Walters F/C 6'10" SR
Thomas F 6'9" RS FR

Off the bench:
Johnson G 6'2" JR
Gamble F 6'9" JR
Copeland G 6'1" SR

Gave the edge to Simpson over Johnson just because he is a senior. But you saw what Johnson could do with 19 against Butler. He's a slasher and a scorer. For this reason I expect us to be more perimeter and guard focused next year as opposed to the Jacorey and Reggie show down low. However, the word on the street is that Thomas gave our seniors fits trying to guard him on the scout team. He may be the next Upshaw. So, for that reason I gave him the edge in the rotation over Gamble who has some serious skill sets at 6'9" but still hasn't come into his own yet. Gamble could also explode onto the scene next year.

And that's in addition to whatever the signing class brings to the table. In short, while it will be tough to replace our key seniors we have a lot of returning next year and should be again competing for a championship.

Let's get a couple of teams to go crash that dance next year!!

Neither Simpson, Potts or Dixon scored a single point yesterday in the loss to Butler. Are you sure they should be starters?

Meanwhile Johnson came off the bench to score 19 points. Why isn't he starting? 07-coffee3
03-19-2017 12:29 PM
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So we should just ignore what they did the other 34 games this year and base it all on one game? 01-wingedeagle
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RE: Looking Ahead to Next Year
Tech is really only losing Erik McCree, barring any transfers
03-19-2017 01:21 PM
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RE: Looking Ahead to Next Year
WKU fans have been looking ahead to next year all season.

Returning we have:

Justin Johnson 6'7" Sr
Jabari McGhee 6'7" Jr
Damari Parris 6'0" So
TJ Howard 6'2" So

Incoming:

Lamonte Bearden 6'3" Jr Point Guard (Buffalo transfer. Former 4*)
Moustapha Diagne 6'9" So Center (Former 4* Syracuse commit, had to go Juco for grades)
Robinson Idehen 6'9" Fr Forward (3-star, had to sit out for academic reasons and enroll in community college this past year)
Taveion Hollingsworth 6'3 Fr Guard (3-star and Kentucky Mr Basketball)
Josh Anderson 6'4" Fr Guard (4-star ranked #43 nationally)
Mitchell Robinson 7'0" Fr Center (5-star and #6 nationally)



Plus whomever we sign in the spring signing period. I expect a Juco guard, 1 more freshman, and a grad transfer. There should be some excellent basketball in CUSA next season. If MTSU can keep it up and WKU gets their crap together again. Then we could have multiple bids from CUSA next season.
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RE: Looking Ahead to Next Year
(03-19-2017 01:39 PM)Rojogrande Wrote:  WKU fans have been looking ahead to next year all season.

Returning we have:

Justin Johnson 6'7" Sr
Jabari McGhee 6'7" Jr
Damari Parris 6'0" So
TJ Howard 6'2" So

Incoming:

Lamonte Bearden 6'3" Jr Point Guard (Buffalo transfer. Former 4*)
Moustapha Diagne 6'9" So Center (Former 4* Syracuse commit, had to go Juco for grades)
Robinson Idehen 6'9" Fr Forward (3 star, had to sit out for academic reasons and enroll in community college this past year)
Josh Anderson 6'4" Fr Guard (4-star ranked #43 nationally)
Mitchell Robinson 7'0" Fr Center (5-star and #6 nationally)



Plus whomever we sign in the spring signing period. There should be some excellent basketball in CUSA next season. If MTSU can keep it up and WKU gets their crap together again. Then we could have multiple bids from CUSA next season.


You forgot Taveion Hollingsworth. A 3* guard who was Kentucky Mr. Basketball and has scored over 2,500 points in his career.
03-19-2017 01:48 PM
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RE: Looking Ahead to Next Year
(03-19-2017 01:48 PM)Hilltopper413 Wrote:  
(03-19-2017 01:39 PM)Rojogrande Wrote:  WKU fans have been looking ahead to next year all season.

Returning we have:

Justin Johnson 6'7" Sr
Jabari McGhee 6'7" Jr
Damari Parris 6'0" So
TJ Howard 6'2" So

Incoming:

Lamonte Bearden 6'3" Jr Point Guard (Buffalo transfer. Former 4*)
Moustapha Diagne 6'9" So Center (Former 4* Syracuse commit, had to go Juco for grades)
Robinson Idehen 6'9" Fr Forward (3 star, had to sit out for academic reasons and enroll in community college this past year)
Josh Anderson 6'4" Fr Guard (4-star ranked #43 nationally)
Mitchell Robinson 7'0" Fr Center (5-star and #6 nationally)



Plus whomever we sign in the spring signing period. There should be some excellent basketball in CUSA next season. If MTSU can keep it up and WKU gets their crap together again. Then we could have multiple bids from CUSA next season.


You forgot Taveion Hollingsworth. A 3* guard who was Kentucky Mr. Basketball and has scored over 2,500 points in his career.

I realized that after I posted. I added him before I even saw your post lol.
03-19-2017 01:50 PM
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RE: Looking Ahead to Next Year
3 bids next year?
03-19-2017 02:03 PM
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RE: Looking Ahead to Next Year
UAB loses 5 seniors:

0 Hakeem Baxter 6'2" 186 G
1 Denzel Watts 6'2" 235 G
11 Dirk Williams 6'5" 178 G
21 Tosin Mehinti 6'9" 244 C
22 Tyler Madison 6'4" 222 F

Projected Starting 5:

2 Nick Norton 5'10" 168 RS Jr. (Medical redshirt this past season after ACL tear in first game)
Unknown: I think we'll end up signing a SG; either JUCO or graduate transfer
35 Lewis Sullivan 6'7" 222 RS Jr. (Redshirted this past season)
34 William Lee 6'9" 209 Sr.
3 Chris Cokley 6'8" 229 Sr.

Other Returnees:

5 Deion Lavender 6'4" 192 RS Jr.
10 Javien Williams 6'4" 175 So.
13 Nate Darling 6'4" 185 So.
Thomas Smallwood 7'0" 240 Jr.

New Signees:
Zack Bryant 6'2" 175 G; Picked UAB over Clemson, Georgia, Iowa State, & Kansas State
Makhtar Gueye 6'9-6'10" 185 F; He picked UAB over DePaul, Monmouth, Old Dominion, & Rutgers
Luis Hurtado 6'5" 175 G; Stock dropped the summer before his senior season. Before then he held offers from the likes of Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, & USC.
03-19-2017 02:54 PM
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RE: Looking Ahead to Next Year
Coaching matters....

anyone remember the fighting Tony Mitchell's the team that could just line up on the court and other SBC schools would just start to shake? Top 10 player and future lottery pick Tony Mitchell, top 100, 4 star player, Roger Franklin, top 70 player and #7 player in Texas, Jordan Williams and a few high 3star recruits.

The only problem Johnny Jones was the bench coach and then Tony Benford

COACHING MATTERS....even when you have highly rated recruits
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