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RE: 2020 class basketball recruiting
Still no news about Josh Smith, except a twitter post indicating that he is still recovering from a broken foot that he sustained this summer. Apparently, he played on that foot for a few weeks, and so the healing process will take a while longer.

Possibly, this is why he hasn't come for an official visit, since Coach McKie would prefer to be able to see him do a workout as part of the visit. I'm hoping that possibly, he will take an official visit before the deadline runs out in November.

Of course, another possibility is that he might make a commitment some time later, the way that JPL did.

If his foot does fully recover in time, there may be more videos of him in action during the basketball season.
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RE: 2020 class basketball recruiting
There is a lot of current discussion on other boards about a 6'2" Uruguyan PG named Santiago Vescovi.

Apparently, Pepe Sanchez, former great TU PG, referred him to Temple.

He's gotten interest from some majors (Butler, Kansas, St. Mary's), but apparently hasn't made any official visits yet.

He did well in a global NBA camp with 150 other young recruits, and some say he's a 4 star, but he's only 3 star on Rivals.

I think it would be a big mistake to add yet another guard to the team for the 2020 class, especially one who is 6'2" in height.

Someone suggested that possibly a PG might be added because Strickland and JPL haven't impressed tremendously. If this is the case, then perhaps Temple really needs to add a PG - - but if we do, I'd like to see McKie wait until 2021, when we may need a PG. In 2020, Scott should do well at that position, presuming that Temple has a wing to replace Rose.

Alternatively, if McKie wants to play Scott and NPL at the wing/guard positions, perhaps adding a more capable PG could be the floor general (but a freshman PG in 2020?). Yes, that could be a good arrangement, except we wouldn't have a classic tall wing in the lineup other than Perry.

Other options for 2020 could be Scott-NPL-Dunn. With two PGs in the lineup to back Scott up (Strickland, JPL), I don't see any need to bring in a 2020 6'2" (on the short side) PG.

The Rivals 3 star rating also makes me less than enthusiastic about him.

Yes, I did consider signing Lynn Greer might make a bit of sense, with his deep roots at Temple and all, partly because his Dad was so incredible when he was an Owl. But LGIII plans to add a year of prep school, and whether he would be a spring commit for 2020 seems unlikely, although if he has a great HS season this year, he might get some enticing offers in the spring.

To me, what Temple most needs is to sign a classic, tall wing (a forward/wing or a 6'7" guard/wing like Rose). A guy who plays the wing position like a quick, muscular small forward and is able to battle for rebounds and hustle on defense would be perfect.

The other thing Temple needs, in my view, is a 6'9"+ big man who can play the Center position and contribute in 2020, since our only options at Center in 2020 would be Hamilton, 6'8" Parks, and 6'7" Moorman.

Moorman could play more minutes at the C position, due to the fact that Forrester and Perry will both be available at PF.

Maybe Coach McKie is ok with the idea of going with Hamilton, Parks, and Moorman at Center. Once we get a chance to see Parks in action, we'll have a better idea of his potential, but he's known for defense and rebounding, and may be a scoring liability; also is 6'8", short for Center.

The truth is that, come 2021-22, Temple will have no Center depth at all, other than Parks, and only one PF (Forrester). If that team has to rely on those two guys to handle the C and PF positions, perhaps backed up by a couple of 2021 freshmen recruits, the team might struggle mightily to finish above .500.

It's noteworthy that McKie worked really hard to bring in a PF for the 2020 class, and my guess is that he's still working hard on it, and may sign one in the spring if necessary. While the team has plenty of PFs in 2020-21, it will only have 1 current player (Forrester) at the position in 2021-22.

Since McKie hasn't put out offers to many Centers, I gather that his plan would be to go with PFs Parks and Forrester plus any new PFs that will be recruited. Have to admit that he might not see any benefit to having a Center in the lineup, given the state of the game today.

Anyway, with two openings, I am shocked that one could easily go to a 6'2" PG, when the team will have no tall wing player to replace Rose, and when what the team needs most is players 6'7" and above.

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10-17-2019 06:18 PM
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