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Plethora of Injuries.....Abundance of Opportunities....









04-bow Firstly, Let's give these wonderfully articulate young men a round of applause. I absolutely love hearing them express their love of the game; Penny; Memphis and TIGERNATION so eloquently 03-cloud9

Here, I will briefly highlight 5 of the players in this short rotation due to injuries and what to look for in this intense/critical stretch of conference play....Penny eluded to what he was diagnosing through recent film study and applying focus and attention into a "Next man up" mentality and the impetus o go 1 and 0:

Keonte Kennedy: KK is a VERY intriguing player, as he has length coupled with athleticism, this gives him a "hybrid" label, as he fits many positions....What's going to be interesting to watch, is how KK can adopt/adapt his play to being even "more" responsible with the mass of injuries that we have encountered....Keonte will have the opportunity to assume "more" ball-handling duties, as CPH's first point of emphasis to EVERYONE, is to rebound....KK should be excited to take on this challenge (to rebound) as this will give us "more" opportunities to run, while simultaneously, give KD more off-ball changes so the defense doesn't "load-up" on him causing Memphis to burn shot-clock and take more contested shots....

One of the caveats that I am noticing re; Keonte.....He seems to get better rhythm in his shots from the "bounce" or "off-the-dribble" as opposed to a "catch-n-shoot" type. Grabbing boards and starting the break by Keonte can give this team a much needed dimension from this perspective, as Keonte is capable of the pull-up (off the bounce) as well as , finish strongly at the rim...(defenses cannot load-up) on KD

Kao: Kao is an incredible talent....His enthusiasm is infectious, very similar to Joey Dorsey, which it's very compelling that Joey is working with him....As Kao mentioned in the clip, In the weight room, He is one of the strongest on the team, So why doesn't he rebound more? As he eluded to and is diligently working with Joey, it's ALL about leverage....Kao is just standing too tall/ too straight-up and is not bending his knees and engaging his hips/thighs/butt (NOT necessarily in hat order) to gain leverage/position against his opponent.....Who better to learn this technique from that the BEST 04-rock

Damaria: Really interesting scenario here as well...."Mars", after being on the fence of "eligibility", was forced into the fire of a talented BAMA team....Mars want's to WIN every possession, which is an extremely rare trait in an athlete....He's pressing and CPH realizes and understands, He wants Mars to relax in his play and allow the game to develop around him.....It's rather understandable also rather unfortunate being in Mars' shoes, as he know the impact that he could have....I feel that if Mars applies himself to his "intensive" defensive traits/desires and rebounding, this team will crescendo, as he will be a critical component moving forward.....Esp v COOGS..WE NEED YA MARS 01-lauramac204-rock

Elijah: Nothing much to be said re; "Eli", as Penny stated, "Elijah has come to realize that he absolutely belongs and can play at this level"....Eli just needs to do more of what he currently brings to the table... His instincts and efficiencies are becoming apparent.....I'm ready to see him get out on a break and try to rip the rim off.....If Eli can manage to grabs double digit rebounds, we are in for a treat 03-cloud9

Jonathon Lawson: Last but certainly NOT least is "J Law"....There is some intrigue here as well, as in the absence of Jayden, J Law has begun to emerge/insert himself into the role of "hybrid" guard and occasional "ball-handler"....Seeing him "confidently" bring the ball up v Temple was a 03-cloud9 moment....He is becoming confident/capable for Penny to "trust" in more situations, which is entirely exciting to see the FUTURE of TIGER basketball being developed now....I absolutely love seeing L-Law create on the baseline opening up lanes for players to slash/cut to the middle of the floor.....His uncanny ability to find players (making these dimes) is very reminiscent.....As J Law continues to gain confidence as well as get stronger with his frame and ball-handling, I sincerely feel that we are in for a treat.....

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01-19-2023 06:08 PM
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Thanks for sharing that. Seems clear that Penny sees where the deficiencies are. Looking forward to how it plays out tonight.
01-19-2023 06:32 PM
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Damaria is interesting. I expected him to be a third scorer to compliment our top two which he might develop into but isn't yet. However, he is my favorite type of player, a tough, hard-working hustler, which I didn't expect.
01-20-2023 09:27 AM
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He’s a lot like Alo. The difference is Alo has developed some craftiness to mask his shortcomings and Franklin has been playing the past few years against guys he could overpower with his athleticism.

I think he’s stil trying to adjust to the step up in competition. He may have it in him he may not. We have watched KO adjust to similar situation pretty well and he has steadily improved.
01-20-2023 09:43 AM
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Kao needs to find that left hand. It's hard to rebound with only one.
01-20-2023 10:37 AM
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(01-20-2023 09:43 AM)Tigerspartan Wrote:  He’s a lot like Alo. The difference is Alo has developed some craftiness to mask his shortcomings and Franklin has been playing the past few years against guys he could overpower with his athleticism.

I think he’s stil trying to adjust to the step up in competition. He may have it in him he may not. We have watched KO adjust to similar situation pretty well and he has steadily improved.

03-idea Very gr8 analysis....This was exactly my synopsis watching the game for the second time, Immediately after the game ended 03-yawn...I need 07-coffee3

Mars' definitely looking for his grove, I love seeing his defensive intensity in the process....If he manages to add rebounding to his approach, he will continue to be an asset.....Also feel that his defensive presence will be needed v Bearcats 05-mafia04-rock
01-20-2023 11:51 AM
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(01-20-2023 11:51 AM)thagr82008 Wrote:  
(01-20-2023 09:43 AM)Tigerspartan Wrote:  He’s a lot like Alo. The difference is Alo has developed some craftiness to mask his shortcomings and Franklin has been playing the past few years against guys he could overpower with his athleticism.

I think he’s stil trying to adjust to the step up in competition. He may have it in him he may not. We have watched KO adjust to similar situation pretty well and he has steadily improved.

03-idea Very gr8 analysis....This was exactly my synopsis watching the game for the second time, Immediately after the game ended 03-yawn...I need 07-coffee3

Mars' definitely looking for his grove, I love seeing his defensive intensity in the process....If he manages to add rebounding to his approach, he will continue to be an asset.....Also feel that his defensive presence will be needed v Bearcats 05-mafia04-rock

I hope you guys are right. Thus far, he's been looking pretty awful out there. BPM is -3.8 (literally dead last) and DBPM is 0.2 (seventh, behind all of the starters and includes Kao.) We really need him to perform to his potential if we want to beat Cincinnati.
01-20-2023 12:01 PM
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