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Sneak peek hype video!!!!
Check out @ETSU_MBB’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ETSU_MBB/status/1040...29153?s=09
09-14-2018 11:11 AM
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Nice stuff. Can't wait to see them for real.

Notice the themes that reiterate Purl's toughness challenge:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/GrittyGrimeyToughTogether?
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https://twitter.com/hashtag/ETSUTough?src=hash;

"Are You Ready"

They're really trying to instill the grit that carried the Bucs through the high point of the season last year.
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Boyd’s lefty stroke is smoooooth. Feel a lot better about 3 point shooting this year with him and Good.
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More excited for this year's team than I did last year.
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In the video the smallest guy on the team, Patrick Good, is the most impressive guy in the weight room. As impressive as the changes for Bo, Mladen and Jeromy are, I think Good is most striking. He has made himself into one buff dude! His work ethic must be off the scale.

155 pound Daivien, take note.

Tennessee Wesleyan walk on Tre Tiller might be a long shot for playing time in a crowded field of guards, but he certainly fits in physically. I think that's him slashing to the hoop for a left handed slam at 0:50 of the video. He's listed as 6-3 185, but was listed as 6-5 185 at Wesleyan. Either way, he's a good sized guard with great athleticism.

Which brings up a point about Forbes - he likes an honest roster. You often see a player drop in listed height or weight when they join the Bucs: Kevon Tucker was listed as a 6-4 200 freshman two years ago at Wofford. Now he's a 6-3 200 junior for the Bucs. Somehow I don't think that he's actually smaller. Octavion shrunk from 210 as a JUCO to 195. And now Tiller loses 2 inches. When Forbes lists someone as bigger, you can bet that it's an honest reading.

Unlike say Bob Hoffman, where eight (8) signees gained 1-3 inches this year on inking with Mercer. No one listed smaller. Maciej Bender was 6-10 in his freshmen and sophomore years at WVU - now he's listed as 7-0. Similar stuff happens with Mike Young at Wofford as in the case of Tucker.

The video is a tantalizing little glimpse. Hope that an open practice is coming soon.
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(09-16-2018 09:59 AM)posterformerlyknownasthedoctor Wrote:  Hooper's scooper

Nice find poster.
Thanks for the link and a little off season info on how the guys are progressing.
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Yes, Poster - great info on that link. Here are some very bold Forbes quotes cited therein:

Jeromy is one of the most skilled guys I have ever coached at any level at his position. He can really handle the ball and he’s a really good passer, and very unselfish and rebounds it. He’s not a great scorer, but can score around the basket but he knows his limitations and his role.” That's a hell of a statement from a guy with Forbes' experience.

The player that had the best summer is Bo Hodges,” Forbes said. “Bo had to play inside a lot last year because of Jeromy’s injury, but he’ll play out on the perimeter this year, and he shot over 50% from three during the summer and he’s really expanded his game and he looks like a guy that will contend for all-league honors this year.

Re Pun Tisdale “Once I got to know him, his character is off the charts. He’s a tremendous person and leader, he wants to win and knows how to play. He had an injury this summer, which caused him to miss most of the summer, but he’s back and playing and we’re looking for big things out of him.” It puts Tisdale up with the key players worth special mention by Forbes.

The Bucs could be 2 deep with quality this year at pretty much every position.

Yes, pace Preacher Purl: that's if they show the "GrittyGrimeyToughTogether" spirit that the coaches are looking for.

And they'll still get very tough competition from UNCG and Wofford.
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It's really early, with a month of practice to go. One thing every athlete learns in high school is that there is a big difference between practice stars and game stars. So many guys look strong in drills, but when the lights go on, the whistle blows and there's an angry opponent in your face, a different set of guys sometimes rises to the top. But an early guess from the open practice.

POINT GUARD: here's the biggest change so far. Pun Tisdale and Daivien Williamson seem to be the guys FOR NOW. Seeing these two face off was one of the exciting things about the open practice. The edge goes to Pun, who is more mature, physical and in command. With 2 trips deep in the JUCO tournament, he's been there and done that. Don't know how Daivien is competitive at 155, but he is. Long and wiry at 6-2 plus, he has the energy, joy and excitement of a young man finding himself. A big "Yes, I'm at home here" confidence. His long range shooting rivals the Tray Boyd's and Patrick Good's of the team. And as Bucfaithful says, poise, intuition and a great feel for the game. Expect him to get Petey McClain, Jermaine Long minutes, maybe more. Big question that practice can not fully answer: is he a big time defender in a league with Francis Alonso's and Fletcher Magee's, some of the best shooters in D1? Forbes demands that defense. Patrick Good is a little behind because of practice time missed to injury, but most Buc teams of the last 15 years would have been happy to have him at point. His shooting, work ethic and leadership are undeniable.

SHOOTING GUARD: Alonso and Magee, make room for 6-4 185 Tray Boyd. The words everyone associates with him: "effortless", "scores with ease", "a natural". As a reviewer once said of the great pianist Horowitz at age 90: "the notes just seem to fall out of his sleeve". Or as Bucfaithful said, for Boyd it all seems like "a walk in the park". I don't mean to belittle the lifetime of work and repetition that has clearly gone into developing those abilities, but some people just seem to be gifted. The skills are there - but things like defense, toughness, physicality, the ability to hold up to D1 pounding, will have to be demonstrated, first in 'friendly' scrimmages, and then in D1 games. A little behind him, Patrick Good is a terrific shooter who has clearly improved and muscled up from his first rate Appy State freshman year where he shot .410 from 3 with 1.9 makes a game. He's already proved himself in D1 and under real game conditions. He's the kind of guy who WANTS to lead, to have the ball in his hand when it's all on the line. If we need a more physical approach there is 6-3 200 Kevon Tucker, whose shooting is almost as good, both inside and out (.433 from 3). Or rugged, skilled 6-2 185 freshman Carlos Curtis, slowed a bit with a broken nose and a mask right now, but for whom the word 'fearless' keeps coming up. Competition is really stiff at this slot. The difference may be who gives Forbes the toughness and defense that he wants. Remember how Jermaine Long and Petey McClain carved out spots against much better shooters?

WING: whatever his injury problems, 6-4 200 Bo Hodges seemed healthy and joyful in the drills. He is a different player than last year. Last year the best comparison was a scrapper like Ben Rhoda, a tough as nails, smart player who made a good living on rebounds, loose balls and put backs, without a strong outside shot. This year Bo is a completely different player. It's the kind of radical transformation that we saw in Tommy Hubbard who kept reinventing himself from freshman to sophomore, and again from sophomore to junior years. Now there is a set of guard skills, shooting and range that we did not fully see last year. Of course Bo always had much more athleticism than Rhoda, but this year he's got a completely different skill set. We just caught an inkling of it at this practice since he sat out the scrimmage. But it seems to really be there for him. And Bo is exactly the kind of player who not only looks good in practice, but becomes even better in the 'live fire' of real games. Behind him you have 6-3 200 Kevon Tucker, a physical scrapper with 108 made 3's on .433 and 5.3 rebounds in JUCO. How much do you think he wants to show Mike Young what a mistake he made with him? And you know, 6-7 225 Jeromy Rodriguez has guard level ballhandling, passing and speed if not shooting if we want to go big. Forbes did call him "one of the most skilled guys I have ever coached at any level at his position".

POWER FORWARD: Like Patrick Good, 6-7 Jeromy has spent a year aching to get off the bench and into the action. Like Good (and Armus and Hodges) he has been a hardworking weight room star. Nobody on the squad has a higher motor. A 9.7 per game rebounder and 14.7 per game on .603 from the field JUCO scorer, with what Forbes calls "great" passing and ballhandling. There is not another front court player quite like him in the SoCon. And he's another fighter who is likely to look even better in real game conditions than in drills. Do we need more shooting to stretch the defense? There is 6-8+ 190 D'Andre Bernard who nailed 3 three's in a row in the scrimmage, a David Burrell type with 3 more inches. Is a UNCG fielding a bruiser front line? There's 6-8 230 James Harrison, who looks even bigger than that.

CENTER: 6-10 240 Mladen Ar-moosh (as he says it) has got more muscle, mobility and shooting touch than last year. And is playing with more enthusiasm and confidence. Last year was "only" 18.1 minutes, 6.3 ppg on .627 FG%, no 3's, and 5.5 rebounds. I'd expect all those numbers to go up 50% or more. The shooting touch is the most obvious radical improvement. He CAN hit 3's in a meaningful way now. R.J. White and Jody Kuiper showed us how valuable that can sometimes be the last couple years. If we miss Peter's length and shot blocking, 7-0 195 Octavion Corley can give us some of that (Lucas N'Guessan could give us a LOT of that - next year). He's learning how to play against big D1 competition every day in practice against Armus, N'Guessan and Harrison. He will get better as time goes on. If we want to go small and FAST - Rodriguez or Bernard might give us an interesting look. If we need a muscled substitute with solid 'back to the basket' scoring, 6-8 230 James Harrison is there.

Two and three deep at every position. We haven't seen such depth in 25 years. We haven't seen such length EVER. Forbes is building the kind of team that he was a part of at Wichita State, with so much depth that even the transfers become mid major stars for other teams. Think Tevin Glass for the Bucs, R'ian Holland for Mercer, maybe Eric Hamilton for UNCG. All guys who had difficulty getting time for the Shockers.

Yes, defense must improve. Toughness must be demonstrated. Leaders must step forward to do it under game pressure, when you're hurting or tired, when the other guys have a hot hand. First rate, experienced opponents like UNCG and Wofford loom ahead. Guess who the right coach to demand such things is? He seems to have a team that is eager to learn.
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My sleeper prediction on this year's squad goes to James Harrison. He looked SOLID on Saturday, and played with more certainty than I saw last year. He's transformed his body, too. I could see James providing solid backup minutes and even be the forward of choice in certain situations with his back-to-the-basket scoring. He's crafty and proficient down close to the rim, and I felt like he looked VASTLY improved on defense.
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I'm hoping that the Sleeper will be "ETSU" at the NCAA Tournament and getting past the first round !!
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I'm going with Davien Williamson as my "Sleeper" pick. I was very impressed with his quickness, decision making, and shooting ability on Saturday. I wasn't expecting him to be much of a contributor this year but after what I saw this past weekend, I think he will play a key role on this year's team and will be an All League player later on in his career
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(10-08-2018 09:12 PM)ETSU4Life Wrote:  I'm going with Davien Williamson as my "Sleeper" pick. I was very impressed with his quickness, decision making, and shooting ability on Saturday. I wasn't expecting him to be much of a contributor this year but after what I saw this past weekend, I think he will play a key role on this year's team and will be an All League player later on in his career

YES!
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I'm mildly surprised by this talk of Williamson as a "sleeper" (no offense to anyone intended). I'm not the only one who was impressed back when we were recruiting him last fall:

posterformerlyknownasthedoctor (Oct. 5, 2017):

"Very quick. Fast, too, which is slightly different. Can certainly deal, as well as score. Good student."

posterformerlyknownasthedoctor (Nov. 7, 2017):

"Looking at the youtube, the dude ain't 6'2", unless he's grown 2-3 inches over the summer - which I guess is possible. Looks more like 6'0" - again unless he's grown the last few months. But whatever, Forbes knows what he getting. In addition to what I wrote earlier about him, I like his body control, too."

posterformerlyknownasthedoctor (Dec. 1, 2017):

"That first move at 0:08 is jaw-dropping. After watching it 4 or 5 times, I *think* I know what he did, and I *think* he walked, but still jaw-dropping. I love how he can use the left hand, and obviously is just exceedingly quick. He's very "slithery", and reminds me a bit of Cooley - but more and better. And no doubt - as I said earlier - there *will* be ankles broken."

That's just a few of the random things I wrote. Others were impressed, too, like Bucfaithful and Running_Fool15.

Maybe because back at that time the Carlos Curtis speculation was also rising, that Williiamson's skill set dropped a tad on some folks' radar?
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What sets Daivien apart is his super positive "this is what I want to accomplish" attitude. Just a great find for us. We are lucky to have him because he will share good things amongst his teammates. We have a good team shaping up to be special !!!
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