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RE: Mens Basketball Offseason
(09-10-2018 09:00 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  I think the team will be about the same as we've been for the past several seasons. A lot of talent. A lot of new pieces. How well and how quickly they gel will determine how far we go. Pippen's injury is really unfortunate because I was expecting him to take a big step. While he still could, this has to be a set back in his off season work.

I like Frederick. He showed me some subtle things I think you could work with last year. He wasn't much of a hs recruit or a freshman in juco. Then he reinvented himself between his freshman and sophomore seasons. That shows he puts in the work. Time will tell if D1 is too big for him, but I have a hard time believing a guy that put up the numbers he put up can't play at this level. Also in an era of transferring like crazy, he stuck it out so he's an easy guy to root for in my mind.

I'm excited to see Whittington. If we had a sophomore post put up the numbers he put up we'd be pretty excited about him... I know this because he put up really similar numbers to whar did Pippen last year (other than threes).

I too expect big strides from Duling. The skill and potential he possesses is glaringly obvious every time he steps on the court.

I do like what I've seen on tape from a lot of the other new guys as well. I'm really excited to see Williams. From the clips on him, what he lacks in height he makes up for in length and athleticism. Nothing will get a gym as loud as a little guy postering a big guy. As for Gholston and Roberts I always like having two 4 year guards in the same class. I hope they both stick around even if they don't get the minutes they hope. My hope is that becomes the next guard duo to build around.

One concern, I believe Harris and Whittington will both be able to leave after this season if they want.

I don't know how good we'll be, but I'm confident we have talent and it will be interesting, and likely frustrating at times to watch it come together.

What's frustrating is what could have been ... De La Rosa and Pippen together should have made a huge production jump, together after a season of learning under their belts. It just points to how transfer/injury can really hit a program hard.

Oh well ... Kent will be playing run-and-gun basketball like the rest of the league, now. Problem is ... the rest of the league - the good teams - all have Kent-type size inside.

Interesting.
09-10-2018 09:32 PM
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RE: Mens Basketball Offseason
(09-10-2018 09:00 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  <snip>
I like Frederick. He showed me some subtle things I think you could work with last year. He wasn't much of a hs recruit or a freshman in juco. Then he reinvented himself between his freshman and sophomore seasons. That shows he puts in the work. Time will tell if D1 is too big for him, but I have a hard time believing a guy that put up the numbers he put up can't play at this level.
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As for Gholston and Roberts I always like having two 4 year guards in the same class. I hope they both stick around even if they don't get the minutes they hope. My hope is that becomes the next guard duo to build around.

One concern, I believe Harris and Whittington will both be able to leave after this season if they want.
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I like Frederick too - from what I saw of him last year he looked like he could score. He just didn't get a lot of minutes behind ADLR, Pippen, and Duling. I expect more out of him this year.

The only graduating seniors we have this year are Walker and Avery. I know you can't count on anyone returning next year, but if the students choose to stick around, we might have an experienced team next year.

And with "having two 4 year guards in the same class" - Walker and Avery are finishing up their 4 year run, and they started right after Brewer and Manley finished. If Roberts and Gholston match either of those sets, we'll be OK at guard for the next 4 years
09-11-2018 07:54 AM
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