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Basketball Offseason
Figured I'd start a thread on the offseason. By my count, we have 2 scholarships available. Beck, Hamilton, and Garcia out. Gillespie and Moss in. I'm assuming here, but Johnson is probably gone too. Usually someone decides to bolt so you gotta assume we'll be looking for 3+ players.

Some thoughts on players. If Carry and Jacobs both come back I think we're an immediate contender.

Jacobs finished the season really really strong (excluding the video). Bold take here... I think he's an NBA caliber player. There are more NBA caliber guards in the world than there are NBA roster spots, so I'm not saying he gets drafted or makes the league, but he's an impressive player. Reminds me a little bit of Matise Thybulle. I've always felt rebounding above of your weight class is a a trait of a player that's capable of playing at the next level and obviously he's great in that regard. Carry may be an NBA caliber guard too (again, not saying he makes it) so the thought of getting a second season of them together is really exciting.

I don't know where the minutes come from, but Sullinger probably needs to be in the rotation next year.

Big offseason for Davis. Lots of minutes at the 3 and 4 opened up with Beck and Garcia gone. We'll likely be bringing in at least two guys that can compete for those minutes, but Davis should certainly have a chance for an expanded role if he has a good offseason.

The bigs are the obvious concern right now, which will likely be addressed through the portal or JC in the coming weeks. Should be a chance for Hornbeak and Odusipe to get a bigger role with a good offseason. Hornbeak is extremely intriguing to me. He has a lot of work to do on his offensive game and his defense... but he can freaking rebound. He led the team in rebounds per 40 minutes at 12.7. Next highest was Hamilton at 10.1. The last time we had a player over 12 per 40 minutes that played 100+ minutes was Phil Whittington's first year (13.7). Last night he got 4 of them in 6 minutes.

Speaking of the portal... MAC Freshman of the year Payton Sparks recently entered the portal after they fired James Whitford. Likely looking to move up a level, but at 6'9" 240 he would be an incredible fit for us. I can't help but think he's familiar enough with us to know how good we could be with him, and isn't Whitford the one they always say is very close to Sendy? They were in each other's weddings or something? I know... probably a pipedream... but let me dream.

Our favorite JUCO, Indian Hills was 27-6 this year. They were the 6th ranked D1 JC but lost by 1 in the tournament to the #11 team in the country. They held opponents to 37% shooting on the year. No wonder Sendy like them. They teach defense there (as evidence by the last two guys we got from there). The sophomores to watch from Indian Hills this year are:
* J'Vonne Hadley a 6'6" 215 lb guard. Played his freshman season at Northeastern. This year his numbers were 10.9 ppg (second on the team in scoring), 6.2 (their leading rebounder) rb, shoots good percentages. He seems to be much better than his averages indicate. Missed several games at the start of the season then took some time to get it going but put up really impressive numbers in the second half of the season. This seems like a player that fills a need for us. I expect to see him show up on our offer list in the next few weeks.
* Taj Anderson a 6'4" 185 lb guard from New York. Led them in scoring at 13.0 ppg. Shoots more from three than from two, and shoots a good percent from three (36). Not sure he fills a need for us (barring unexpected defections) but Sendy recruits NY and Indian Hills like crazy so you know he knows all about him.

They have a couple sophomore guards from Cleveland too (Davin Zeigler that played at BG is one). Neither put up big numbers though.

Lastly, has anyone heard how Rollins has looked in practice? He's someone I have high hopes for.
03-17-2022 10:13 PM
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RE: Basketball Offseason
Looking through some stats tonight, noticed Nuga had a 6 ppg season on an 18-14 UNLV team. I bet he would've had a lot more fun if he stuck around.
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(03-18-2022 07:25 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  Looking through some stats tonight, noticed Nuga had a 6 ppg season on an 18-14 UNLV team. I bet he would've had a lot more fun if he stuck around.

Some other recent transfers:

- Bainbridge at Ashland: 4.7ppg, little over 11 minutes per game (off the bench).

- Roberts at Stony Brook: Starter at around 29 minutes per game, with a ppg of 16.4.

- Bennett at Morehouse: Played in 27 games & started a few. Averaged 6.5ppg.

- O'Neal at BGSU: averaged over nine minutes per game. 3.5ppg.

- Jordan: ?

- Nalls at Marshalltown CC: 3.6ppg

- Gholston at Milwaukee: 14.3ppg. Starter. Over 33 minutes per game.
03-18-2022 09:26 PM
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RE: Basketball Offseason
Bennett averaged 6.5 minutes per game played not points, his points were 2.2. Oddly, his team seems to have played 20 different players.

https://morehouseathletics.com/sports/me...ts/2021-22


Jordan @ Eastern New Mexico Univ. (ENMU) averaged 9 ppg but only played 11 games (of 24). He put up 13 points on Arizona in 27 minutes.

https://goeasternathletics.com/sports/me...ts/2021-22


Roberts at Stony Brook:
Quote:A product of St. Bonaventure and Kent State, Roberts blossomed over the final month of the season to make his case. Leading the league in total points (477) and second in points per game (16.4), he is one of the most dynamic scoring guards in the league.

His prowess was displayed no better than at Maine on Feb. 13, when he dropped 40 on the Black Bears en route to the win, the most points in a game by a Seawolves player since Jameel Warney's 43 in 2016. Roberts hit 14-for-25 from the field and 9-of-12 from long range, also hauling in six rebounds and grabbing six assists. He is also one of three players nationally this season to have put up 40 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game.
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Just saw Mike DiGiulio show up in the portal this afternoon…

https://www.verbalcommits.com/players/mike-digiulio
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probably going down a level or 2. Wish him well.
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I'll be interested in seeing who sticks around from the other schools too. If the upper classmen stay from the top 5 MAC schools this year, it will be the top 5 schools again next year.
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(03-25-2022 03:43 PM)AlphaFlash Wrote:  I'll be interested in seeing who sticks around from the other schools too. If the upper classmen stay from the top 5 MAC schools this year, it will be the top 5 schools again next year.

Kent and Ohio in particular lose a lot of senior depth without a lot of proven replacements behind all of them, but some.
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(03-25-2022 03:43 PM)AlphaFlash Wrote:  I'll be interested in seeing who sticks around from the other schools too. If the upper classmen stay from the top 5 MAC schools this year, it will be the top 5 schools again next year.

Trimble leaving Akron
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Whether it’s the transfer portal or the idea that the sixth grade volleyball Coach doesn’t like my daughter….

https://youtu.be/pSoDgEM8K58
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(03-25-2022 11:40 PM)dannyb73 Wrote:  
(03-25-2022 03:43 PM)AlphaFlash Wrote:  I'll be interested in seeing who sticks around from the other schools too. If the upper classmen stay from the top 5 MAC schools this year, it will be the top 5 schools again next year.

Trimble leaving Akron

Trimble not to be confused with Tribble. He was already gone. He left the team in mid February and it was an addition by subtraction. After he left they went a month without losing and their next loss was in the NCAA tournament. I'm sad to see him go. He was a bad defender and non existent rebounder. His only marketable skill was shooting and he wasn't even very good at that. Plus from the sounds of it, he wasn't exactly a lockerroom leader. Groce's inability to realize he was a scrub who shouldn't be played 30 minutes a night held them back and I personally enjoyed it. It's a shame Trimble had to go and ruin a good thing.
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(03-26-2022 06:01 AM)fallsdog Wrote:  Whether it’s the transfer portal or the idea that the sixth grade volleyball Coach doesn’t like my daughter….

https://youtu.be/pSoDgEM8K58

I bet you are rooting like hell for the Miami Fla. Nomads (or is it Hurricanes). One guy has been at 4 schools in his career. CBS is talking about him like he is a hero. How things change.
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I haven't seen it reported anywhere but verbal commits has Ben Vander Plas leaving OU. If true that would be a big loss for OU.
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Ali Ali in the portal. Big loss for Akron if he doesn't have a change of heart.
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13.9 ppg for a sophomore on a team that earned an NCAA Tournament bid.

And….he wants to transfer. His tummy must hurt because things are t perfect. This pandemic is gonna have me in a mask again soon!
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Wow, Mark Sears in the portal. Rebuilding year for the MAC.
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(03-30-2022 04:11 PM)anti-zip Wrote:  Ali Ali in the portal. Big loss for Akron if he doesn't have a change of heart.
I’m sure his friends at Kent must be burning up the phone lines trying to woo him. 07-coffee3
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Everybody is in the portal. How the powers to be don’t see this as a threat to college sports is beyond me. Even ESPN should be getting worried. Their ratings must be down November through February. I can certainly understand that the rules needed to be more liberal than they were but this is getting a bit silly. Even free agency has some rules. How about if a coach leaves they can transfer, if they have graduated they can transfer, have a mechanism to approve transfers for family hardships (a real one not a rubber stamp one), other than that any transfer must be a two year commitment including the first one out of high school. It was bad enough that the really good players turn pro in one year. Now a huge % are one and done at a specific school even if they are not pro material.
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It's too late now, can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.
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