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RE: Menzies to GCU?
(04-23-2019 05:00 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(04-22-2019 04:45 PM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  
(04-22-2019 01:10 PM)SoCalBobcat78 Wrote:  
(04-21-2019 02:21 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(04-21-2019 09:10 AM)dancingNMSUaggie Wrote:  

It is true that the WAC is close to being as good as the MWC.

That was true last season but with Pope leaving and all the big named transfers heading out, I'm concerned about the WAC next season. I hope we don't take a step back.

Well, with coaching changes at Utah Valley and UM Kansas City, the Wolverines definitely took a major step backwards; and, although the Roos lost almost everyone from their roster, the reality was Richardson maxed out what he could do with his coaching and recruiting. I'm not sure what Madsen can do as a coach and recruiter at UVU but I think Donlon will do more with the UMKC program than Richardson ever did there. Still, UMKC is a couple seasons away from "possibly" having a good team.

As for Cal State Bakersfield, they added a good guard (a Richmond transfer) just as the lose Jarkel Joiner to Ole Miss. With the players coming and going, Barnes' team should be just about the same in strength as last season; but there is no accounting for team chemistry good or bad.

Outside of NMSU, the other three teams who should be improved or at least as good as last season are Grand Canyon, Seattle U, and Cal Baptist. Majerle still needs to find a big man or two to help Lever (a job for Menzies) but their guard play should be much improved with the addition of a couple D1 transfers. Seattle and CBU lost virtually no one so any new additions to the roster will only make them stronger.

Chicago State can't get any worse so I expect them to close the gap on the 8th place team. They might even win a conference game or two this coming season.

And, UT Rio Grande Valley is an enigma. Last season, they performed better than expected. And, Hill's winning percentage has seemed to be improving season by season. So, conventional wisdom would say UTRGV should be even better next season. However, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to UTRGV's improvement. Hill seems to always be patch working a roster together at the last minute; with grad transfers, D1 transfers, and JUCOs as late additions. The only thing for certain, Jovan Levi is probably the most hated player in the WAC; antagonistic in his style of play.

I don't see the WAC being any stronger next season than the one that just completed. the hasn't been a big bonanza in top level players entering in this recruiting class. At the moment, as a whole, the WAC has lost more talent than it has gained.

I'm still waiting to see what NMSU and GCU add to their respective rosters.

As of today my prediction...

1. New Mexico State
2. Grand Canyon
3. Seattle U
4. Cal Baptist
5. UT Rio Grande Valley
6. Cal State Bakersfield
7. Utah Valley
8. UM Kansas City
9. Chicago State

Kavas is "virtually no one"? He was one of the best players in the WAC and had he not been injured, may have made a run a POY. Kavas is a HUGE loss to Seattle and definitely changes the dynamic of their team.
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RE: Menzies to GCU?
(04-23-2019 08:42 AM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 05:00 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(04-22-2019 04:45 PM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  
(04-22-2019 01:10 PM)SoCalBobcat78 Wrote:  
(04-21-2019 02:21 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  

It is true that the WAC is close to being as good as the MWC.

That was true last season but with Pope leaving and all the big named transfers heading out, I'm concerned about the WAC next season. I hope we don't take a step back.

Well, with coaching changes at Utah Valley and UM Kansas City, the Wolverines definitely took a major step backwards; and, although the Roos lost almost everyone from their roster, the reality was Richardson maxed out what he could do with his coaching and recruiting. I'm not sure what Madsen can do as a coach and recruiter at UVU but I think Donlon will do more with the UMKC program than Richardson ever did there. Still, UMKC is a couple seasons away from "possibly" having a good team.

As for Cal State Bakersfield, they added a good guard (a Richmond transfer) just as the lose Jarkel Joiner to Ole Miss. With the players coming and going, Barnes' team should be just about the same in strength as last season; but there is no accounting for team chemistry good or bad.

Outside of NMSU, the other three teams who should be improved or at least as good as last season are Grand Canyon, Seattle U, and Cal Baptist. Majerle still needs to find a big man or two to help Lever (a job for Menzies) but their guard play should be much improved with the addition of a couple D1 transfers. Seattle and CBU lost virtually no one so any new additions to the roster will only make them stronger.

Chicago State can't get any worse so I expect them to close the gap on the 8th place team. They might even win a conference game or two this coming season.

And, UT Rio Grande Valley is an enigma. Last season, they performed better than expected. And, Hill's winning percentage has seemed to be improving season by season. So, conventional wisdom would say UTRGV should be even better next season. However, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to UTRGV's improvement. Hill seems to always be patch working a roster together at the last minute; with grad transfers, D1 transfers, and JUCOs as late additions. The only thing for certain, Jovan Levi is probably the most hated player in the WAC; antagonistic in his style of play.

I don't see the WAC being any stronger next season than the one that just completed. the hasn't been a big bonanza in top level players entering in this recruiting class. At the moment, as a whole, the WAC has lost more talent than it has gained.

I'm still waiting to see what NMSU and GCU add to their respective rosters.

As of today my prediction...

1. New Mexico State
2. Grand Canyon
3. Seattle U
4. Cal Baptist
5. UT Rio Grande Valley
6. Cal State Bakersfield
7. Utah Valley
8. UM Kansas City
9. Chicago State

Kavas is "virtually no one"? He was one of the best players in the WAC and had he not been injured, may have made a run a POY. Kavas is a HUGE loss to Seattle and definitely changes the dynamic of their team.

Perhaps the reference is strictly by the numbers, not considering the quality of the actual individual(s) lost. I'm guessing CBU fans would join your chorus of outrage in noting that Jordan Heading is also not a "virtual no one". He seemed to be much more the leader of that Lancers team than Acquaah.
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RE: Menzies to GCU?
(04-23-2019 10:04 AM)gleadley Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 08:42 AM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 05:00 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(04-22-2019 04:45 PM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  
(04-22-2019 01:10 PM)SoCalBobcat78 Wrote:  It is true that the WAC is close to being as good as the MWC.

That was true last season but with Pope leaving and all the big named transfers heading out, I'm concerned about the WAC next season. I hope we don't take a step back.

Well, with coaching changes at Utah Valley and UM Kansas City, the Wolverines definitely took a major step backwards; and, although the Roos lost almost everyone from their roster, the reality was Richardson maxed out what he could do with his coaching and recruiting. I'm not sure what Madsen can do as a coach and recruiter at UVU but I think Donlon will do more with the UMKC program than Richardson ever did there. Still, UMKC is a couple seasons away from "possibly" having a good team.

As for Cal State Bakersfield, they added a good guard (a Richmond transfer) just as the lose Jarkel Joiner to Ole Miss. With the players coming and going, Barnes' team should be just about the same in strength as last season; but there is no accounting for team chemistry good or bad.

Outside of NMSU, the other three teams who should be improved or at least as good as last season are Grand Canyon, Seattle U, and Cal Baptist. Majerle still needs to find a big man or two to help Lever (a job for Menzies) but their guard play should be much improved with the addition of a couple D1 transfers. Seattle and CBU lost virtually no one so any new additions to the roster will only make them stronger.

Chicago State can't get any worse so I expect them to close the gap on the 8th place team. They might even win a conference game or two this coming season.

And, UT Rio Grande Valley is an enigma. Last season, they performed better than expected. And, Hill's winning percentage has seemed to be improving season by season. So, conventional wisdom would say UTRGV should be even better next season. However, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to UTRGV's improvement. Hill seems to always be patch working a roster together at the last minute; with grad transfers, D1 transfers, and JUCOs as late additions. The only thing for certain, Jovan Levi is probably the most hated player in the WAC; antagonistic in his style of play.

I don't see the WAC being any stronger next season than the one that just completed. the hasn't been a big bonanza in top level players entering in this recruiting class. At the moment, as a whole, the WAC has lost more talent than it has gained.

I'm still waiting to see what NMSU and GCU add to their respective rosters.

As of today my prediction...

1. New Mexico State
2. Grand Canyon
3. Seattle U
4. Cal Baptist
5. UT Rio Grande Valley
6. Cal State Bakersfield
7. Utah Valley
8. UM Kansas City
9. Chicago State

Kavas is "virtually no one"? He was one of the best players in the WAC and had he not been injured, may have made a run a POY. Kavas is a HUGE loss to Seattle and definitely changes the dynamic of their team.

Perhaps the reference is strictly by the numbers, not considering the quality of the actual individual(s) lost. I'm guessing CBU fans would join your chorus of outrage in noting that Jordan Heading is also not a "virtual no one". He seemed to be much more the leader of that Lancers team than Acquaah.

Yes, and three years ago NMSU lost Pascal Siakam and our head coach... returning everyone else and still won the WAC. Other players on the roster step up and fill the voids. In NMSU's case, it was Eli Chuha who stepped up to help fill Siakam's void. The rest of the scoring and rebounding void was filled by Braxton Higgins and Jemerrio Jones.

So yes, Kavas is a lose to the Seattle roaster. But let us be honest, he was a nonfactor toward end of last season. Other Redhawks will step up and fill his void. The Seattle team might look "different" offensively but not necessarily worse without Kavas. The same goes for Heading, Acquaah might not be the leader Heading was but make no mistake, CBU is a veteran team. Someone else might step into leadership role. In that respect, I am more concern with the loss of Mosley and Smith.
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RE: Menzies to GCU?
(04-23-2019 10:41 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 10:04 AM)gleadley Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 08:42 AM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 05:00 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(04-22-2019 04:45 PM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  That was true last season but with Pope leaving and all the big named transfers heading out, I'm concerned about the WAC next season. I hope we don't take a step back.

Well, with coaching changes at Utah Valley and UM Kansas City, the Wolverines definitely took a major step backwards; and, although the Roos lost almost everyone from their roster, the reality was Richardson maxed out what he could do with his coaching and recruiting. I'm not sure what Madsen can do as a coach and recruiter at UVU but I think Donlon will do more with the UMKC program than Richardson ever did there. Still, UMKC is a couple seasons away from "possibly" having a good team.

As for Cal State Bakersfield, they added a good guard (a Richmond transfer) just as the lose Jarkel Joiner to Ole Miss. With the players coming and going, Barnes' team should be just about the same in strength as last season; but there is no accounting for team chemistry good or bad.

Outside of NMSU, the other three teams who should be improved or at least as good as last season are Grand Canyon, Seattle U, and Cal Baptist. Majerle still needs to find a big man or two to help Lever (a job for Menzies) but their guard play should be much improved with the addition of a couple D1 transfers. Seattle and CBU lost virtually no one so any new additions to the roster will only make them stronger.

Chicago State can't get any worse so I expect them to close the gap on the 8th place team. They might even win a conference game or two this coming season.

And, UT Rio Grande Valley is an enigma. Last season, they performed better than expected. And, Hill's winning percentage has seemed to be improving season by season. So, conventional wisdom would say UTRGV should be even better next season. However, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to UTRGV's improvement. Hill seems to always be patch working a roster together at the last minute; with grad transfers, D1 transfers, and JUCOs as late additions. The only thing for certain, Jovan Levi is probably the most hated player in the WAC; antagonistic in his style of play.

I don't see the WAC being any stronger next season than the one that just completed. the hasn't been a big bonanza in top level players entering in this recruiting class. At the moment, as a whole, the WAC has lost more talent than it has gained.

I'm still waiting to see what NMSU and GCU add to their respective rosters.

As of today my prediction...

1. New Mexico State
2. Grand Canyon
3. Seattle U
4. Cal Baptist
5. UT Rio Grande Valley
6. Cal State Bakersfield
7. Utah Valley
8. UM Kansas City
9. Chicago State

Kavas is "virtually no one"? He was one of the best players in the WAC and had he not been injured, may have made a run a POY. Kavas is a HUGE loss to Seattle and definitely changes the dynamic of their team.

Perhaps the reference is strictly by the numbers, not considering the quality of the actual individual(s) lost. I'm guessing CBU fans would join your chorus of outrage in noting that Jordan Heading is also not a "virtual no one". He seemed to be much more the leader of that Lancers team than Acquaah.

Yes, and three years ago NMSU lost Pascal Siakam and our head coach... returning everyone else and still won the WAC. Other players on the roster step up and fill the voids. In NMSU's case, it was Eli Chuha who stepped up to help fill Siakam's void. The rest of the scoring and rebounding void was filled by Braxton Higgins and Jemerrio Jones.

So yes, Kavas is a lose to the Seattle roaster. But let us be honest, he was a nonfactor toward end of last season. Other Redhawks will step up and fill his void. The Seattle team might look "different" offensively but not necessarily worse without Kavas. The same goes for Heading, Acquaah might not be the leader Heading was but make no mistake, CBU is a veteran team. Someone else might step into leadership role. In that respect, I am more concern with the loss of Mosley and Smith.

I agree Kavas was a nonfactor towards the end of the season. I think almost any player can be replaced. It is more of an issue if a team loses a number of top players. As for CBU, Heading was a good player who had been with the program for five years. He is 23 years old. He should have been a leader. The team looked up to him. Acquaah was in his first season with CBU. It was easier and more natural for Heading to be the leader of the team.

The loss of Jeremy Smith and Mosley will not effect the team. The addition of transfer Ferron Flavors Jr. and the return of Bul Kuol will more than make up for the loss of Smith and Mosley. The biggest concern is Acquaah. He is an early entrant in the NBA draft. He should return for another season, but you never know.
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(04-23-2019 12:22 PM)SoCalBobcat78 Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 10:41 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 10:04 AM)gleadley Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 08:42 AM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 05:00 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  Well, with coaching changes at Utah Valley and UM Kansas City, the Wolverines definitely took a major step backwards; and, although the Roos lost almost everyone from their roster, the reality was Richardson maxed out what he could do with his coaching and recruiting. I'm not sure what Madsen can do as a coach and recruiter at UVU but I think Donlon will do more with the UMKC program than Richardson ever did there. Still, UMKC is a couple seasons away from "possibly" having a good team.

As for Cal State Bakersfield, they added a good guard (a Richmond transfer) just as the lose Jarkel Joiner to Ole Miss. With the players coming and going, Barnes' team should be just about the same in strength as last season; but there is no accounting for team chemistry good or bad.

Outside of NMSU, the other three teams who should be improved or at least as good as last season are Grand Canyon, Seattle U, and Cal Baptist. Majerle still needs to find a big man or two to help Lever (a job for Menzies) but their guard play should be much improved with the addition of a couple D1 transfers. Seattle and CBU lost virtually no one so any new additions to the roster will only make them stronger.

Chicago State can't get any worse so I expect them to close the gap on the 8th place team. They might even win a conference game or two this coming season.

And, UT Rio Grande Valley is an enigma. Last season, they performed better than expected. And, Hill's winning percentage has seemed to be improving season by season. So, conventional wisdom would say UTRGV should be even better next season. However, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to UTRGV's improvement. Hill seems to always be patch working a roster together at the last minute; with grad transfers, D1 transfers, and JUCOs as late additions. The only thing for certain, Jovan Levi is probably the most hated player in the WAC; antagonistic in his style of play.

I don't see the WAC being any stronger next season than the one that just completed. the hasn't been a big bonanza in top level players entering in this recruiting class. At the moment, as a whole, the WAC has lost more talent than it has gained.

I'm still waiting to see what NMSU and GCU add to their respective rosters.

As of today my prediction...

1. New Mexico State
2. Grand Canyon
3. Seattle U
4. Cal Baptist
5. UT Rio Grande Valley
6. Cal State Bakersfield
7. Utah Valley
8. UM Kansas City
9. Chicago State

Kavas is "virtually no one"? He was one of the best players in the WAC and had he not been injured, may have made a run a POY. Kavas is a HUGE loss to Seattle and definitely changes the dynamic of their team.

Perhaps the reference is strictly by the numbers, not considering the quality of the actual individual(s) lost. I'm guessing CBU fans would join your chorus of outrage in noting that Jordan Heading is also not a "virtual no one". He seemed to be much more the leader of that Lancers team than Acquaah.

Yes, and three years ago NMSU lost Pascal Siakam and our head coach... returning everyone else and still won the WAC. Other players on the roster step up and fill the voids. In NMSU's case, it was Eli Chuha who stepped up to help fill Siakam's void. The rest of the scoring and rebounding void was filled by Braxton Higgins and Jemerrio Jones.

So yes, Kavas is a lose to the Seattle roaster. But let us be honest, he was a nonfactor toward end of last season. Other Redhawks will step up and fill his void. The Seattle team might look "different" offensively but not necessarily worse without Kavas. The same goes for Heading, Acquaah might not be the leader Heading was but make no mistake, CBU is a veteran team. Someone else might step into leadership role. In that respect, I am more concern with the loss of Mosley and Smith.

I agree Kavas was a nonfactor towards the end of the season. I think almost any player can be replaced. It is more of an issue if a team loses a number of top players. As for CBU, Heading was a good player who had been with the program for five years. He is 23 years old. He should have been a leader. The team looked up to him. Acquaah was in his first season with CBU. It was easier and more natural for Heading to be the leader of the team.

The loss of Jeremy Smith and Mosley will not effect the team. The addition of transfer Ferron Flavors Jr. and the return of Bul Kuol will more than make up for the loss of Smith and Mosley. The biggest concern is Acquaah. He is an early entrant in the NBA draft. He should return for another season, but you never know.

I was referring to the loss of leadership when pointing out the transfer of Mosely and Smith. Both are point guards so the natural order of things would suggest they would've step into leadership roles next season; with the loss of Heading. With regards to their output, neither the loss of Mosely nor Smith really hurts CBU. As you have pointed out the addition of Flavors, the return of Kuol, and a few new signees should make CBU stronger.
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RE: Menzies to GCU?
(04-22-2019 03:43 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  My biggest concern with TJ Ozelberger, as UNLV's new coach, is he didn't actually build the South Dakota State basketball program. That task was accomplished by Scott Nagy; who is now coaching at Wright State replacing Billy Donlon there. This is a similar situation to what occurred at NMSU. Menzies more or less build/maintained NMSU's program only to leave a talented roster in Paul Weir's hands; who many though was one of the up and coming young coaching minds in college basketball. Weir was very successful in his one season at NMSU but has since struggled at UNM. Ozelberger pretty much maintained what Nagy build; and with one of Nagy's best recruits... Mike Daum. The jury is still out whether Ozelburger can build a program on his own... like what Paul Weir is now trying to do at UNM.

I think "building a program on your own" as proof that you can be a successful head coach is always good to have in your background, but many coaches are jumping around and are still successful. Chris Beard, for example, was coaching at Angelo State in 2015. In 2016 he had one very good season at Arkansas Little Rock and he was off to UNLV for a week and then Texas Tech. Basically, one very good season at Arkansas Little Rock got him the job at Texas Tech.

Ozelburger was considered one of the top assistant coaches in the country when he got the job at SDSU. His players, including Daum, seem to swear by him:

https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/unl...h-1628758/

He has hired an good group of assistants, including Kevin Kroger, who was the point guard for UNLV when they made a sweet sixteen run in 2007. Kroger has been an assistant for his Dad at Oklahoma the past three seasons.

Daum had a good career at SDSU. Ozelburger got the most out of Daum, who was barely a two star player coming out of Nebraska. Daum needs to work on his defense and quickness if he is going to have an NBA career. He is currently not ranked in the top 100 for the NBA Draft:

https://www.nbadraft.net/ranking/bigboard
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Not to try and get this conversation back on track or anything, but GCU announced another assistant was added to Majerle's staff today.

It appears former TX A&M top assistant Isaac Chew is in and TJ Benson is out.

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I think Majerle with his revised staff is trying to boost recruiting. And, possibly change the manner in which he coaches. He has not been able to instill a mental toughness which comes natural to NBA level athletes. He needs assistants who can tap into a typical college player's psyche.
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(04-23-2019 10:41 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 10:04 AM)gleadley Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 08:42 AM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  
(04-23-2019 05:00 AM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  
(04-22-2019 04:45 PM)PojoaquePosse Wrote:  That was true last season but with Pope leaving and all the big named transfers heading out, I'm concerned about the WAC next season. I hope we don't take a step back.

Well, with coaching changes at Utah Valley and UM Kansas City, the Wolverines definitely took a major step backwards; and, although the Roos lost almost everyone from their roster, the reality was Richardson maxed out what he could do with his coaching and recruiting. I'm not sure what Madsen can do as a coach and recruiter at UVU but I think Donlon will do more with the UMKC program than Richardson ever did there. Still, UMKC is a couple seasons away from "possibly" having a good team.

As for Cal State Bakersfield, they added a good guard (a Richmond transfer) just as the lose Jarkel Joiner to Ole Miss. With the players coming and going, Barnes' team should be just about the same in strength as last season; but there is no accounting for team chemistry good or bad.

Outside of NMSU, the other three teams who should be improved or at least as good as last season are Grand Canyon, Seattle U, and Cal Baptist. Majerle still needs to find a big man or two to help Lever (a job for Menzies) but their guard play should be much improved with the addition of a couple D1 transfers. Seattle and CBU lost virtually no one so any new additions to the roster will only make them stronger.

Chicago State can't get any worse so I expect them to close the gap on the 8th place team. They might even win a conference game or two this coming season.

And, UT Rio Grande Valley is an enigma. Last season, they performed better than expected. And, Hill's winning percentage has seemed to be improving season by season. So, conventional wisdom would say UTRGV should be even better next season. However, there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to UTRGV's improvement. Hill seems to always be patch working a roster together at the last minute; with grad transfers, D1 transfers, and JUCOs as late additions. The only thing for certain, Jovan Levi is probably the most hated player in the WAC; antagonistic in his style of play.

I don't see the WAC being any stronger next season than the one that just completed. the hasn't been a big bonanza in top level players entering in this recruiting class. At the moment, as a whole, the WAC has lost more talent than it has gained.

I'm still waiting to see what NMSU and GCU add to their respective rosters.

As of today my prediction...

1. New Mexico State
2. Grand Canyon
3. Seattle U
4. Cal Baptist
5. UT Rio Grande Valley
6. Cal State Bakersfield
7. Utah Valley
8. UM Kansas City
9. Chicago State

Kavas is "virtually no one"? He was one of the best players in the WAC and had he not been injured, may have made a run a POY. Kavas is a HUGE loss to Seattle and definitely changes the dynamic of their team.

Perhaps the reference is strictly by the numbers, not considering the quality of the actual individual(s) lost. I'm guessing CBU fans would join your chorus of outrage in noting that Jordan Heading is also not a "virtual no one". He seemed to be much more the leader of that Lancers team than Acquaah.

Yes, and three years ago NMSU lost Pascal Siakam and our head coach... returning everyone else and still won the WAC. Other players on the roster step up and fill the voids. In NMSU's case, it was Eli Chuha who stepped up to help fill Siakam's void. The rest of the scoring and rebounding void was filled by Braxton Higgins and Jemerrio Jones.

So yes, Kavas is a lose to the Seattle roaster. But let us be honest, he was a nonfactor toward end of last season. Other Redhawks will step up and fill his void. The Seattle team might look "different" offensively but not necessarily worse without Kavas. The same goes for Heading, Acquaah might not be the leader Heading was but make no mistake, CBU is a veteran team. Someone else might step into leadership role. In that respect, I am more concern with the loss of Mosley and Smith.

I would not compare NMSU to any other team in the WAC. We are an anomaly with a winning tradition that can withstand coaching changes and players constantly coming and going. Recent history has proven that.

Kavas was injured for almost all of the WAC season. That is why he was a non-factor. It had nothing to do with his abilities. I don't believe teams like Seattle or UVU can withstand losses like Kavas or Toolson the way that NMSU can withstand the losses of Bhullar, Siakam, JJ, Lofton, etc. Just my humble opinion.
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Dancing - You mentioned Joiner going to Ole Miss. it made me think about Kermit Davis poaching Antonio Green from UTRGV in 2017 to play at Middle Tennessee State, where he coached the Blue Raiders before going home to Mississippi. So you have a consistently successful coach now at a major conference level who has seen how good the players are coming up through the WAC. I hope this trend doesn’t continue!!
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So what's going on with Majerle? A new assistant coach and Menzies is Associate Head Coach. Is there a risk of this being Dan's last season?
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(04-23-2019 10:47 PM)NeptunianEmp Wrote:  So what's going on with Majerle? A new assistant coach and Menzies is Associate Head Coach. Is there a risk of this being Dan's last season?

I don't think there is any more "risk" than many other teams/coaches face on an annual basis. Failure to meet and/or far exceeding expectations are opposite ends of the same specrtum that can result in a coach moving on. That said, this seems much more to me like bringing in fresh eyes and perspective to a program that has honestly stagnated.

If the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again while expecting a different result, then a shake up makes complete sense. If the end result is Majerle either voluntarily or involuntarily moving on from GCU, so be it. At least it isn't sitting back and settling for another 2nd/3rd place conference finish and coming up short in the WAC tournament.
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(04-23-2019 05:53 PM)Country_Wisdom_359 Wrote:  Dancing - You mentioned Joiner going to Ole Miss. it made me think about Kermit Davis poaching Antonio Green from UTRGV in 2017 to play at Middle Tennessee State, where he coached the Blue Raiders before going home to Mississippi. So you have a consistently successful coach now at a major conference level who has seen how good the players are coming up through the WAC. I hope this trend doesn’t continue!!

The story I heard (or it may have been in the paper, I can;t remember) was that originally Ole Miss didn't offer Joiner a scholarship, but Middle Tenn did. So, then when the MT coach went to Ole Miss...voila, scholarship offer and the jump.
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