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RE: Preseason predictions
(09-19-2017 07:50 AM)CoastGuardHawk06 Wrote:  I remember GMU's Jai Lewis doing the same. He signed with the NY Giants I think, but didn't make the final roster.
He went back to basketball. In the Philippines he was teammates with Gabe Norwood who he was teammates with at George Mason. Does anybody know of two other players in any sport who were teammates for a CAA team and a professional team?
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Our unknowns outweigh our knowns at this point.

1. What will we look like on the floor minus the press? It was our X factor while Keatts was here, and gave us bursts of scoring that could put a game out of reach or get us back in games quickly. It also allowed our undersized roster to play off speed and endurance to wear down opponents.

My feeling... Yes, the press is good, but what happens when it doesn't bother the other team. Often times, our Hawks didn't sell out on the press and just traded not trying at all to get steals. It was more to get the game going faster and the more possessions ended up in the Hawks favor do to having better offensive players and endurance to some extent.

2. Will Cacok play the 4 or 5 this year? UNCW gave up size at the 4 in favor of the offensive mismatch last year. If Cacock moves to the 4, we gain size in the post and a more traditional inside/out offense. If he stays at the 5, who plays the four? Elmore or another guard?

My gut tells me that Cacok will guard a 4 or 5 depending on who is in. Elmore will get minutes and may get a lot of minutes because he can shoot the ball well and can score. This is going to depend on match ups. You may see the other two bigs play a lot of minutes with the new staff.

3. Do we have enough overall talent to compete at the top of the CAA? We know what Cacock and Talley can do on the floor as starters and in clutch situations. They're good. Fornes has shown he can be good. Marcus Bryan has looked below average, Elmore hasn't played enough to know what he can do, and Richmond has looked average at best. Every other player is an unknown at this point.

Good question. It's going to be tougher this year. Look for Fornes to be a dependable scorer. We will have to see how it shakes out but there is some talent available albeit young/inexperienced. Look for Elmore to step up and get some things done. On paper, you would think that Fornes, Cacok and Talley are guys that can get you double figures and we don't know much about Taylor yet. Who know's if Estime is ready to roll yet...he's just a freshman as is Gary? You can't be top dog every year if your coach leaves. If Bryce were still here, we would be #1 again or #2 but he's gone. Scoring will be a guess at this point, BUT I'm alll about the collective D. That's where UNCW needs to be better.

4. Coaching? How do the players respond to McGrath if we don't come out of the gate winning? Unlike the past, when our players were used to losing and Keatts had to get them to believe in themselves, McGrath will be dealing with players who've only experienced winning and finishing first in the CAA. How does he handle in game adjustments, substitutions, strategy? All unknown.

Coaching. Well let's wait and see. I'm expecting an upgrade/push on this and that may surprise some but Keatts was stubborn at times with respect to playing some zone and sold out the entire floor when he didn't need to-either press or token press-don't get stuck in between. This new coach has seen it all and at the highest level so I'm thinking that speaks for itself. Still, Keatts had a way to get guys to play to win and that is a real feather in his cap. That's his gift and you have to give it to the man. He also had top flight talent too and having coached myself..makes it WAY easier. Keatts was good with regular guys but great with great players. They never played good D IMHO which was the ultimate issue with me.

5. Assistants. With a very experienced coaching staff(on paper, the best we've ever had), this may be the most encouraging aspect of this upcoming year. It's by far the most compelling reason to believe we can maintain a high level of play. I expect to see a great deal of player improvement, especially with our big men with Wolfe on the bench. Keatts was more involved in using the best players available to win games and spent little time on developing players who weren't in his game plan.

They seem great. Let's see. You can only do what your talent level will allow you to do but I feel good about the staff. This staff is more seasoned and should help get guys to play at their potential. That's all you can ask.

IMO, 6th is too low and 2nd too high. CofC and Towson should be the favorites at this point. I predict UNCW finishes in the 3-5 range. Elon is a sleeper that could surprise everyone.

This year isn't on this staff to win big or the CAA. They need to establish their way of teaching the game. Let's wait and see. In the long run, this staff may be very good for the program. It's about program direction at this point and I'm digging it thus far.
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(09-23-2017 12:58 AM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Our unknowns outweigh our knowns at this point.

1. What will we look like on the floor minus the press?

Serious question: Do we know that McGrath won't employ the press? By that I mean perhaps less than Keatts, but still as a fundamental part of his regular set of defensive schemes?
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(09-23-2017 08:11 AM)70shawk Wrote:  
(09-23-2017 12:58 AM)billthebighawksfan Wrote:  Our unknowns outweigh our knowns at this point.

1. What will we look like on the floor minus the press?

Serious question: Do we know that McGrath won't employ the press? By that I mean perhaps less than Keatts, but still as a fundamental part of his regular set of defensive schemes?


He may. But it's not in his coaching DNA nor anyone on his bench. Not sure where he'd have learned the ins and outs of an effective press at Kansas or UNC under coach Williams. With Keatts, he learned from the best, from a coach who has used the press throughout his coaching career successfully.

Sure, I guess he could. But there is no reason to believe he will.
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(09-22-2017 01:45 PM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(09-22-2017 04:39 AM)70shawk Wrote:  Finishing in the top four is a pretty big deal when it comes to being able to realistically win the CAA tournament.

Yep. A team outside of the Top 4 hasn't won a CAA title since 1993 (# 7-seed ECU).

Heck, a team outside of the top THREE hasn't won a title since we did in 2000 as a 4-seed. Since then, a 1 or a 2 was needed to win the title in all but 3 years: 2008 (# 3 George Mason); 2013 (# 3 JMU); and 2015 (# 3 Northeastern). Richmond won it as a 3 in 1998.

To summarize, CAA champs fall into these categories:

* Seed outside of Top 3: 2/25 (8 %)
* 3-Seed: 4/25 (16 %)
* 1 or 2-seed: 19/25 (76 %)

In the case of the ECU title, I believe it was still a 8 team tournament...meaning that every team played 3 games to win the title. Today, finishing outside the top 4 in the regular season means you'd have to win 4 games in 4 days to pull that off. Very tough to do...
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(09-23-2017 11:56 AM)70shawk Wrote:  
(09-22-2017 01:45 PM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(09-22-2017 04:39 AM)70shawk Wrote:  Finishing in the top four is a pretty big deal when it comes to being able to realistically win the CAA tournament.

Yep. A team outside of the Top 4 hasn't won a CAA title since 1993 (# 7-seed ECU).

Heck, a team outside of the top THREE hasn't won a title since we did in 2000 as a 4-seed. Since then, a 1 or a 2 was needed to win the title in all but 3 years: 2008 (# 3 George Mason); 2013 (# 3 JMU); and 2015 (# 3 Northeastern). Richmond won it as a 3 in 1998.

To summarize, CAA champs fall into these categories:

* Seed outside of Top 3: 2/25 (8 %)
* 3-Seed: 4/25 (16 %)
* 1 or 2-seed: 19/25 (76 %)

In the case of the ECU title, I believe it was still a 8 team tournament...meaning that every team played 3 games to win the title. Today, finishing outside the top 4 in the regular season means you'd have to win 4 games in 4 days to pull that off. Very tough to do...

Need a top four finish to have a shot at the dance.
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(09-25-2017 10:19 PM)getmhawks Wrote:  
(09-23-2017 11:56 AM)70shawk Wrote:  
(09-22-2017 01:45 PM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(09-22-2017 04:39 AM)70shawk Wrote:  Finishing in the top four is a pretty big deal when it comes to being able to realistically win the CAA tournament.

Yep. A team outside of the Top 4 hasn't won a CAA title since 1993 (# 7-seed ECU).

Heck, a team outside of the top THREE hasn't won a title since we did in 2000 as a 4-seed. Since then, a 1 or a 2 was needed to win the title in all but 3 years: 2008 (# 3 George Mason); 2013 (# 3 JMU); and 2015 (# 3 Northeastern). Richmond won it as a 3 in 1998.

To summarize, CAA champs fall into these categories:

* Seed outside of Top 3: 2/25 (8 %)
* 3-Seed: 4/25 (16 %)
* 1 or 2-seed: 19/25 (76 %)

In the case of the ECU title, I believe it was still a 8 team tournament...meaning that every team played 3 games to win the title. Today, finishing outside the top 4 in the regular season means you'd have to win 4 games in 4 days to pull that off. Very tough to do...

Need a top four finish to have a shot at the dance.

Perhaps you guys don't realize since you've only been first or last since it happened, but the CAA only has 10 teams anymore, so only seeds 7-10 play on the first day of the tournament.
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Does anyone have any information on each school's incoming freshman and transfers? Link?

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(09-28-2017 10:48 AM)Coast2Coast Wrote:  Does anyone have any information on each school's incoming freshman and transfers? Link?

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Verbal commits does a good job. http://verbalcommits.com/conferences/colonial Click on the icon for the school-they are usually pretty accurate and up-to-date.

The other thing to do to find more info is to look on the roster page of the schools (there is links to these from the main caasports mens basketball page.
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