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(04-02-2021 05:42 PM)eastisbest Wrote:  
(04-02-2021 05:33 PM)Eagle66 Wrote:  Jeff Goodman is reporting That Carter is transferring back to Ohio.

Who wouldn't want a second chance to make-up those classes we skipped?

Ohio becomes the new bully of the MAC if true, with Buffalo likely #2 next season. If we don’t address the lack of a power forward next season then I fear we’re playing for an NIT invite at best.

it's true. boals has tweeted it. not sure if carter lost a step with injuries or just ceded playmaking more at xavier. he didn't seem as explosive. regardless, he's a veteran big with size and toughness who will give OU 3 good players to rotate at the 4/5 spots. I think they need another good shooter on the wing to be a complete squad. They basically didn't sub anyone in on the perimeter down the stretch other than playing a second pg in sears. Add in a solid 6-5 shooter to spell Mcday and Roderick and you got a rock solid 8 man rotation even if none of their other young guys make a big improvement. could be a top 25 type team and a key to the MAC breaking the 2 bid drought.

Still kinda surprised TK signed the big romanian. he must really like his upside, because the portal is loaded with more game ready big guys we could bring in for a year or two.

looking at the roster with 1 spot remaining to fill

5-Edu (romanian gets 6-8 minutes backup time)
4-Shumate (who was really good defensively on the interior when he wasn't matched up with a big muscular guy. if he can add 10 lbs of muscle he probably becomes the perfect stretch 4. if not, he's still good just less versatile defensively)
3-Milner
Jacobi gets some minutes backing up each while Moss fluctuates between the 2-4 depending on matchups
2-Saunders (wilson or farmer gets backup minutes)
1-rollins (hill gets 8-10 backup minutes or if he improves a lot plays 20-25 and rollins splits time at the 1/2)

I don't put in the Icelander simply because he's such a mystery man, but logically he might be the most likely to earn minutes. First, because he's a year older than the other incoming freshmen. Second, because he's played in pro and fiba leagues with the same 3 point line. so, his %s should carry over to D1. the HS 3 point line is a full step closer (2 feet 5 inches) and most of the 3 pt makes on a HS kid's stats are college 2 pointers. that said, I'm still wait and see on him.

I'd say there's 2 ways to go with that last scholarship.

either you add a transfer point guard to compete with Hill and allow rollins to move around and play all the guard positions. this gives us more playmaking and probably speed but means less opportunity for the other sg guys which could lead to a talented guy like saunders or farmer leaving after next year. also means a smaller lineup with less minutes for the forward trio of milner, shumate and jacobi. clearly, TK is considering this option since we are in the mix for the mike saunders, the really talented cincy transfer pg who most likely goes to a higher profile school.

or, you add an impact pf or post type transfer player, redshirt the romanian, and play 2 bigs (edu and transfer), milner at sf and have shumate sub at both the 3/4 in a 6th man type role. that's was similar to the plan for the 19-20 season before edu got hurt. TK was gonna play knapke and edu together, use more zone and control the boards but sacrifice some transition opportunities and quick offense. we are also considering this route based on the recruiting of the D2 PF transfer emanuel little.

The Romanian kid hasn't signed. I think April 15 is the first day.

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thanks for the correction sleepy

one transfer with a link to the rockets i wouldn't be suprised to see the staff go after is rayj dennis, originally from oswego, illinois, outside chicago

https://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsport...fdddb.html

ut recruited him pretty hard out of high school and was on his final list before he chose boise st. been a very successful and efficient college pg. the rockets have previously shown interest in another pg for their final spot, mike saunders of cincy. another guy the rockets went after, madsen from cincy just committed to utah.

as far the mac the big news is jason carter transferring back to OU. for the "non"-rivals. NIU brings in transfer 6-3 pg from tulsa and 6-9 pf from arizona state who are both big and athletic for their position in the mac. new coach rashon burno off to a solid start recruiting.
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(04-04-2021 06:19 AM)pono Wrote:  thanks for the correction sleepy

one transfer with a link to the rockets i wouldn't be suprised to see the staff go after is rayj dennis, originally from oswego, illinois, outside chicago

https://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsport...fdddb.html

ut recruited him pretty hard out of high school and was on his final list before he chose boise st. been a very successful and efficient college pg. the rockets have previously shown interest in another pg for their final spot, mike saunders of cincy. another guy the rockets went after, madsen from cincy just committed to utah.

as far the mac the big news is jason carter transferring back to OU. for the "non"-rivals. NIU brings in transfer 6-3 pg from tulsa and 6-9 pf from arizona state who are both big and athletic for their position in the mac. new coach rashon burno off to a solid start recruiting.

Imagine that...a 6’9” power forward from a P5 program. Who knew such things existed in the transfer portal...
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(04-04-2021 06:19 AM)pono Wrote:  thanks for the correction sleepy

one transfer with a link to the rockets i wouldn't be suprised to see the staff go after is rayj dennis, originally from oswego, illinois, outside chicago

https://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsport...fdddb.html

ut recruited him pretty hard out of high school and was on his final list before he chose boise st. been a very successful and efficient college pg.

Wow - check out this excerpt from the article linked above - "He was moved into the starting lineup near the start of Mountain West play and four games later had one of the most incredible stretches in college basketball history to help the Broncos stun Utah State. Dennis had 19 points in the final 3:27 of regulation to help Boise State force overtime and eventually top the Aggies after trailing 66-48 with 4:10 to play in the game. He had scored just 18 total points in the seven previous games, but he had 19 in barely three minutes on four 3-pointers, a dunk and five made free throws after not even taking a shot in the first 36 minutes."
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The folllowing MAC Players have made their decisions for next season:

Akron's Loren Christian Jackson is turning Pro.

Ball State's Jarron Coleman transferring to Missouri.

Where the Rockets go with their one open scholarship is still up for speculation, and a lot depends on how TK feels about our point guard and interior depth going into next season.
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(04-04-2021 08:03 AM)bcunn3128 Wrote:  
(04-04-2021 06:19 AM)pono Wrote:  thanks for the correction sleepy

one transfer with a link to the rockets i wouldn't be suprised to see the staff go after is rayj dennis, originally from oswego, illinois, outside chicago

https://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsport...fdddb.html

ut recruited him pretty hard out of high school and was on his final list before he chose boise st. been a very successful and efficient college pg. the rockets have previously shown interest in another pg for their final spot, mike saunders of cincy. another guy the rockets went after, madsen from cincy just committed to utah.

as far the mac the big news is jason carter transferring back to OU. for the "non"-rivals. NIU brings in transfer 6-3 pg from tulsa and 6-9 pf from arizona state who are both big and athletic for their position in the mac. new coach rashon burno off to a solid start recruiting.

Imagine that...a 6’9” power forward from a P5 program. Who knew such things existed in the transfer portal...
Did you see the national championship game last night. Their power forwards just dominated the paint. They were game changing. The whole Baylor team was great, but their muscle kept the Zags out of the paint.

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(04-06-2021 08:33 AM)emanoh Wrote:  
(04-04-2021 08:03 AM)bcunn3128 Wrote:  
(04-04-2021 06:19 AM)pono Wrote:  thanks for the correction sleepy

one transfer with a link to the rockets i wouldn't be suprised to see the staff go after is rayj dennis, originally from oswego, illinois, outside chicago

https://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsport...fdddb.html

ut recruited him pretty hard out of high school and was on his final list before he chose boise st. been a very successful and efficient college pg. the rockets have previously shown interest in another pg for their final spot, mike saunders of cincy. another guy the rockets went after, madsen from cincy just committed to utah.

as far the mac the big news is jason carter transferring back to OU. for the "non"-rivals. NIU brings in transfer 6-3 pg from tulsa and 6-9 pf from arizona state who are both big and athletic for their position in the mac. new coach rashon burno off to a solid start recruiting.

Imagine that...a 6’9” power forward from a P5 program. Who knew such things existed in the transfer portal...
Did you see the national championship game last night. Their power forwards just dominated the paint. They were game changing. The whole Baylor team was great, but their muscle kept the Zags out of the paint.

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Exactly.
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Xavier Castenada just transferred from South Florida to Akron. Chicago kid who started in the AAC as a soph, good get for Akron and, of note to Rockets fans was said to be considering Toledo as well as USC, Cleveland St and Seton Hall. Being that this is at least the second pretty high level pg transfer to state that Toledo was recruiting them I gotta think we'll see a pg transferring in over the next month or so for that last scholarship. Looks like we're rolling the dice on Edu's delicate knees and not on the prowl for more big guys. I mean, maybe and those guys haven't mentioned Toledo on twitter or whatever, but it looks like another guard is likely. Honestly, while I'd prefer we have a muscular pf on the roster I think the bigger need is a proven pg to share that role with rollins. If we add a solid transfer pg and AJ can stay healthy we should be in the mix for another mac title.
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(04-07-2021 01:45 AM)pono Wrote:  Xavier Castenada just transferred from South Florida to Akron. Chicago kid who started in the AAC as a soph, good get for Akron and, of note to Rockets fans was said to be considering Toledo as well as USC, Cleveland St and Seton Hall. Being that this is at least the second pretty high level pg transfer to state that Toledo was recruiting them I gotta think we'll see a pg transferring in over the next month or so for that last scholarship. Looks like we're rolling the dice on Edu's delicate knees and not on the prowl for more big guys. I mean, maybe and those guys haven't mentioned Toledo on twitter or whatever, but it looks like another guard is likely. Honestly, while I'd prefer we have a muscular pf on the roster I think the bigger need is a proven pg to share that role with rollins. If we add a solid transfer pg and AJ can stay healthy we should be in the mix for another mac title.

When Edu gets into foul trouble, that means we either go with Shumate in the post (watch a rerun of the Richmond game to see how well that works) or we go with the true freshman. Now, what happens if both Edu & Shumate (or Milner) get into foul trouble at the same time? Or one gets injured?

Not adding an at least somewhat experienced PF/low post player for next season, our roster as it stands won’t be able to beat the roster that Ohio will have. Matchups won’t be in our favor.
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We'll do what we always do - chuck up 3s
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(04-07-2021 01:45 AM)pono Wrote:  Xavier Castenada just transferred from South Florida to Akron. Chicago kid who started in the AAC as a soph, good get for Akron and, of note to Rockets fans was said to be considering Toledo as well as USC, Cleveland St and Seton Hall. Being that this is at least the second pretty high level pg transfer to state that Toledo was recruiting them I gotta think we'll see a pg transferring in over the next month or so for that last scholarship. Looks like we're rolling the dice on Edu's delicate knees and not on the prowl for more big guys. I mean, maybe and those guys haven't mentioned Toledo on twitter or whatever, but it looks like another guard is likely. Honestly, while I'd prefer we have a muscular pf on the roster I think the bigger need is a proven pg to share that role with rollins. If we add a solid transfer pg and AJ can stay healthy we should be in the mix for another mac title.

TK keeps making the same mistakes. At Green Bay or Toledo he never got to the NCAA's. There is no guarantee that Edu will not get hurt again or will return with less mobility. IF the big Romanian kid signs he could be the only player on the team over 6-7.
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(04-06-2021 08:33 AM)emanoh Wrote:  
(04-04-2021 08:03 AM)bcunn3128 Wrote:  
(04-04-2021 06:19 AM)pono Wrote:  thanks for the correction sleepy

one transfer with a link to the rockets i wouldn't be suprised to see the staff go after is rayj dennis, originally from oswego, illinois, outside chicago

https://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsport...fdddb.html

ut recruited him pretty hard out of high school and was on his final list before he chose boise st. been a very successful and efficient college pg. the rockets have previously shown interest in another pg for their final spot, mike saunders of cincy. another guy the rockets went after, madsen from cincy just committed to utah.

as far the mac the big news is jason carter transferring back to OU. for the "non"-rivals. NIU brings in transfer 6-3 pg from tulsa and 6-9 pf from arizona state who are both big and athletic for their position in the mac. new coach rashon burno off to a solid start recruiting.

Imagine that...a 6’9” power forward from a P5 program. Who knew such things existed in the transfer portal...
Did you see the national championship game last night. Their power forwards just dominated the paint. They were game changing. The whole Baylor team was great, but their muscle kept the Zags out of the paint.

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The only team I can think of that reminds me of Baylor is UNLV from 1987-1993 when they pressed for 40 minutes (40 minutes of HELL), crashed the boards, hit the three ball, had super quick guards, and was also super aggressive at all positions while still controlling the boards.

Baylor delivered the knockout punch at tip-off. Gonzaga was stunned. Mark Few and coaches all over the country took note of Baylor's play style. Good depth is needed to play at a frenetic pace.

It's hard to develop this play style with kids transferring due to unknown depth.

Baylor was also a great passing team. Incredibly quick ball movement, sharp passes.

Baylor is a COMPLETE team. I love Baylor's style of play!!!!!!!!!!!!

Back on thread subject..... UT needs a QUALITY PF or C for next season to upgrade that's for sure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Rockets!
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well, the highest volume 3 point shooting teams in the country were Alabama, Toledo and Oral Roberts. The rockets also made the 2nd most threes in the country. So, in terms of comparison shooting lots of threes is not a bad thing. Lots of tourney teams did well playing a lineup mostly made up of skllled athletic mid sized guys (6-3 to 6-6) that pass well and shoot lots of threes. The one difference I saw which others here have locked in on, is that most teams have 2 guys on the floor that can bang in the post; a center and a forward with some strength. Height was less a need than strength.
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Gabe Madsen is the one who transferred to Utah. UT was looking at his twin brother Mason. Report on twitter today that he has not decided yet but was meeting with Iowa State. Tweet said UT is still in the mix.
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Interesting pg new to the portal. Kid named Green from Bryant, soph who only had one offer out of hs but has improved dramatically, a lil like jason preston who coincidentally had 2 offers OU and Bryant. Fast 5-11 player who can score and is pretty driven after being overlooked. Probably going to a MAC A10 type league
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(04-10-2021 06:15 PM)pono Wrote:  Interesting pg new to the portal. Kid named Green from Bryant, soph who only had one offer out of hs but has improved dramatically, a lil like jason preston who coincidentally had 2 offers OU and Bryant. Fast 5-11 player who can score and is pretty driven after being overlooked. Probably going to a MAC A10 type league


Minnesota’s Ben Johnson was among the first handful of coaches that reached out to Bryant transfer Michael Green III, he told @Stockrisers. The Golden Gophers would benefit nicely if they could land the 16 point per game guard.
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So, is Toledo known to be on anybody’s list of schools for consideration besides perhaps the one Madsen brother? It’s been pretty quiet.
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Well, I see the big from Iowa is going to Xavier. UT must land these type of bigs and must compete against the P-5 schools.
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(04-10-2021 08:04 PM)Springboromark Wrote:  Well, I see the big from Iowa is going to Xavier. UT must land these type of bigs and must compete against the P-5 schools.

landing agile 6-11 guys w good basketball skills is very competitive, especially if you aren't a Big 10 ACC type name. what the college game tells us is that having an agile muscular 6-7 guy who loves to defend and rebound is usually enough. especially, if you can pair him w a similar player (the '21 OU model) or finesse guy with height who can block shots and snatch some rebounds (the '18 and '19 buffalo model) even the '20 akron model was a version of this. you see lower seeds win a lot of ncaa games (loyola, n texas, oral roberts, oregon st, etc...) with just 1 bigger guy, a tough forward with some strength, and good guard play.

this past season's rocket team at times looked better than any TK has put on the court. unfortunately, we plateaued a bit at the end when we needed to peak. there were solid stretches where we were really good. I'm encouraged and still frustrated. the reality is there is as much need at guard right now as there is at forward, and we are unlikely to land jack nunge players often (weatherspoon, fletcher and taylor were exceptions in 10-11 years of recruiting). i'd expect us to stay in the mix for a guard transfer here and there but be pretty selective.
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