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Chaminade vs Hazelwood Central this Saturday

12 March 2015 - 06:41 AM

Game time is 1pm at Lindenwood.  Features some dude named Tatum and another dude named Sneed.


If you haven't seen Xavier Sneed before, he's a big-time athlete who is learning to play basketball.  Shoots way too many threes but is good from distance.  Makes his free throws.  Weak handle.  Virtually no mid-range game. Good rebounder.  Needs to become a more consistent defender but he's no worse than Tatum in that respect.


Central gets off to notoriously slow starts against good teams.  If that happens on Saturday, this could be over early.  Steve Holloway, their point guard, is the key.  He's a good ballhandler and can shoot the three.  But you never know what kind of decisions he's going to make with the ball.  If he can feed the post, Central has mobile bigs who can score inside against Chaminade's frontline.  If the game is close in the fourth quarter, Sneed has the length to force Tatum into tough shots.  And Chaminade at crunch times becomes really one-dimensional.  If Tatum doesn't make those shots or doesn't get to the line, Chaminade can be beaten.


Defensively, Central doesn't really have anybody who can deal with Cook.  But other than Tatum, no one has really shown an ability to get him the ball. 


Mike Lewis, Chaminade's 6'1 shooting guard, could play a key role for if Tatum isn't making shots early.  Tatum is by far their best scorer but Lewis is their best shooter.

Recruiting: what is the team's identity?

26 February 2015 - 12:56 PM

When you get the "best players available" instead of getting the players who fit what you want to do, you get the unintelligible mess we've seen this year.  Everybody wants skilled, athletic basketball players.  But Crews also values high IQ players and high motor guys.  But of the 12 guys that see time, how many of them actually fit into both of these categories?


If we're really going to have two transfers after the season, it's imperative that the coaching staff bring in two players who fit into both of these two categories.  Coaching is hard enough without having to change the entire mindset of your players.  Better to let the players police themselves.  But you have bring in enough talented players who are "your guys" to make that happen.  Brett Jolly isn't going to do it.  Your best players need to be an extension of the coach.



O'Fallon Shootout

06 February 2015 - 12:55 PM

Jayson Tatum and company will again be the headliner but if you want see 6'6 swingman Brendon Gooch in action, this is a great opportunity.  Althoff is matched up against the best team they'll see all year, Westchester St. Joseph, the 2nd ranked 3A team in Illinois.  Gooch is Althoff's tallest player so he'll have to figure out a way to slow down 6'9 junior forward Nick Rakocevic.  Rakocevic is a consensus top 75 player with double-digit high major offers.  

Althoff's game starts at 5:15pm.  Chaminade vs. East St. Louis is the last game of the night at 8:15.

SLU recruits on display this week

26 January 2015 - 11:22 PM

Hazelwood Central is the #1 seed at the Ameritime Classic this week hosted by Missouri Baptist University.  Xavier Sneed and company will be in action on Wednesday against a decent Parkway West team, featuring another SLU recruit, 2017 post player Wyatt Yess.  I expect Parkway West to take the air out the ball but they just don't have the guard play to hold Central at bay all game.   Game time is 7:00pm.


The second best team in the tournament is a senior-laden Lafayette squad, led by one of the best big men in the area, Zach Steinberg.  They've got good outside shooters, solid guard play and play tough man-to-man defense.  Should be a formidable test for Central if they meet in Friday's championship game.  The third place game starts at 7:00 pm and the championship tips off at 8:30 pm.  I'm only interested in watching Sneed so I'll likely attend the late game.

I'm back

18 January 2015 - 03:32 PM

Just wanted to post an invitation to board members to join me at local high school basketball games.  The lone wolf routine is getting old.  It's time for me to come out of my shell. I don't get out as often as I used to but I still try to make marquee matchups on weekends.  I'll post the game(s) I'm going to at least 2 days in advance.


The recruiting pendulum is beginning to swing in favor of St. Louis area kids so if we could get multiple board members at these games, I'm sure the community would appreciate it.  Personally, I fcous on the 2016 players when I go to games.  The sophomore and particularly, the freshman class, while they appear to be dynamite, are too far away for fans to worry about from a recruiting standpoint.  Let the kids be kids.  I'm sure there's at least one kid who will blow up between now and then that we're not even talking about today. 


As you know, my hobby is evaluating 3 star and potential 3 star recruits.  in the junior class, I think Xavier Sneed and Brendon Gooch fit the bill.