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RE: Can Nathan Knight be the best WMBB player of all time?
(01-12-2018 08:04 PM)tribeinexile Wrote:  Interesting question: How many of us developed our unnatural attachment to W&M basketball during the period from the mid-70s to the mid-80s?

My guess is that our success during that era created a generation of MBB fans that exists to this day. Our drought from the mid-80s to the mid-00s means that we are missing several generations of fans.

I am hoping that our recent success will create new generations.

Great point!

My era is 1976-1980.

I would add that it was very easy to know some of the players ... shared campus housing, frat parties, etc.

Down to earth bunch of players, and very easy to root for them!

The "never been to the Dance" thing was not an issue. It was simply a matter of going up against some big-name programs, even at the Hall, and proving ourselves.
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(01-13-2018 09:36 AM)namtrag Wrote:  Speaking of history, there is an old black and white picture that ran in the Flat Hat of the first game at the Hall. The end without seats was open (maybe the big door had not been installed yet), and i think it was a winter game against UNC. The Flat Hat article may have been about the 10th anniversary of the Hall opening, as it was sometime during my attendance years 1979-83.

Yeah...and it was ICE COLD! It was really funny, because when the crowd applauded, it sounded muffled (sort of clump, clump, clump), because every one still had their gloves on! It was too cold to take them off.

The UNC team went to their team bus, which was parked just past the end line, for half-time. I don't believe the visiting dressing room had heat yet.

The student section was still pretty packed, even as cold as it was. Everybody stood for most of the game, so we could keep jumping up and down to keep warm

Good Times!
01-13-2018 03:17 PM
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RE: Can Nathan Knight be the best WMBB player of all time?
In the discussion of W&M's great centers, many of whom we never saw play, let's not forget the likes of Chet Giermak (it was Markus who broke his Tribe career scoring record and Giermak led the nation in scoring one year), Bill Chambers (who was MVP of the old Southern Conference Tourney when the SC had the ACC teams and still holds the NCAA record for rebounds), and the SC POY, Jeff Cohen, who scored 2003 points for W&M and led W&M twice to victories over the great West Virginia teams of Jerry West and Rod Thorn.

Big Nate is and will be a great player, but he has to do it for a career like these other guys did.
01-14-2018 07:24 AM
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(01-13-2018 03:17 PM)billymac Wrote:  
(01-13-2018 09:36 AM)namtrag Wrote:  Speaking of history, there is an old black and white picture that ran in the Flat Hat of the first game at the Hall. The end without seats was open (maybe the big door had not been installed yet), and i think it was a winter game against UNC. The Flat Hat article may have been about the 10th anniversary of the Hall opening, as it was sometime during my attendance years 1979-83.

Yeah...and it was ICE COLD! It was really funny, because when the crowd applauded, it sounded muffled (sort of clump, clump, clump), because every one still had their gloves on! It was too cold to take them off.

The UNC team went to their team bus, which was parked just past the end line, for half-time. I don't believe the visiting dressing room had heat yet.

The student section was still pretty packed, even as cold as it was. Everybody stood for most of the game, so we could keep jumping up and down to keep warm

Good Times!

Game was played 12/5/1970. Remember watching it on TV as I arrived as a freshman the next fall to the College.

The Hall was built back when the ACC was mostly a basketball focus conference and President Pascall had made a deal if we built it that we would get the next invite into the ACC. Sadly President Graves and the leaders that followed did not move forward or Tribe sports would be different today.
01-18-2018 12:23 PM
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01-30-2018 04:39 PM
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(01-30-2018 04:39 PM)WillaMary08 Wrote:  Excellent article on Knight:

http://collegeinsider.com/brian-mull/c40...lliamsburg
From the article:
So, the question remains, will he stay at William & Mary? It’s a question that crosses Shaver’s mind, but he’s not concerned.

Knight, who plans to enter the college’s esteemed business school next year and has a serious girlfriend at W&M, is comfortable on campus. He’s a fan favorite in the community and is enjoying his current career arc.

“I don’t plan on leaving this school,” he said. “The degree from here, it’s a great school, plus the camaraderie I’ve built here. I don’t think I’ll be able to build that anywhere else, the quality of friends that I have here and quality of the coaching staff I don’t think I’d find at many other schools and I don’t plan on going to look for it. My role would be different and I like my role on this team.”

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(01-30-2018 04:49 PM)Tribeheart Wrote:  
(01-30-2018 04:39 PM)WillaMary08 Wrote:  Excellent article on Knight:

http://collegeinsider.com/brian-mull/c40...lliamsburg
From the article:
So, the question remains, will he stay at William & Mary? It’s a question that crosses Shaver’s mind, but he’s not concerned.

Knight, who plans to enter the college’s esteemed business school next year and has a serious girlfriend at W&M, is comfortable on campus. He’s a fan favorite in the community and is enjoying his current career arc.

“I don’t plan on leaving this school,” he said. “The degree from here, it’s a great school, plus the camaraderie I’ve built here. I don’t think I’ll be able to build that anywhere else, the quality of friends that I have here and quality of the coaching staff I don’t think I’d find at many other schools and I don’t plan on going to look for it. My role would be different and I like my role on this team.”

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All sounds like music to my ears and some great advertising for potential recruits.
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Can Nathan Knight be the best WMBB player of all time?
If THE tournament happens this year (as Nathan says "speak it into existence"), I can't help but believe at least one high quality big will jump into the 2018 recruiting class based on Nathan's example, and hopefully Drew Peterson will forego post grad and make the leap, also.

Thought it was an interesting comment by Tony regarding the prospect of playing Nathan as a #4.

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RE: Can Nathan Knight be the best WMBB player of all time?
Wow, that is a great article. I have no idea how the next 5 weeks are going to go, but to say that all of these guys on the 2017-18 team have impressed me would be an understatement. They appear to be a great group willing to play for each other. They also appear to want to play well very badly, but yet appear to be loose. I hope that our 2 games at home against Towson and Northeastern keep them confident in the future but never cocky. Nathan has made such enormous strides from last year. So has Connor and Justin. Matt has had an excellent first year as well. Finally, David has a chance to lead and has done extremely well for the most part. I hope they can stay focused each week for the next 5. It has been a very fun and exciting ride so far.
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This team has greatly exceeded my expectations to date. Their play early is where I hoped it would be toward the end of the season. Nathan is a large part of that with his improved play from last year. If they continue to progress, well this could be our Star Trek season, Boldly going where no W&M team has ever gone before.
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