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  1. So I was able to attend practice today and wanted to share what I saw and heard from the coaches, staff, and players... First, as noted in some other threads, Welmer and Hankton spent practice icing their feet. Hankton is apparently alright and could potentially play on Saturday. Coach seemed more optimistic on Welmer than Stu's phrasing would imply. Ford also said he's been one of the best players in practice, so hopefully this really is a short-term setback and not a relapse. Jacobs hung out in street clothes - the highlight of his practice was standing under the hoop and 'rebounding' for Phil Forte as the latter made like 8-10 consecutive threes. Gordon was out sick today as well, but that was sort of brushed off. Ran a lot of 4v4 drills, although I don't know if that was because we only had eight healthy scholarship players, or if that is the norm. Due to who all was missing, Bess played the 4 pretty much the whole time and coach alluded to the fact that some of the guys are playing in spots they haven't practiced in ever before. So, caveats out of the way, here's what I saw: Goodwin was the vocal leader out there and ran the point for whichever group he was a part of. His outside shot looked improved and he shot it with confidence. Got out in transition well, and seemed fine playing with his new mask on. Nothing crazy to report here, although the outside shot could be a major addition. French looked like a beast. He really stands out physically, especially with Gordon not there. He'll be more of the same from last year, and he passed really well out of the post which should be a nice way to combat double teams this year. A lot of the guys who were spectating with me commented on how impressive he looked. Bess was a bit outside his comfort zone playing out of position, but he also looked more confident and smooth from deep. Hopefully this is borne out in games, but we shall see. He was also a leader out there and has respect from all of the other players and even the coaches. Everyone on the team calls him JB btw. Foreman looked like himself, aggressively cutting to the basket and finishing strong. He has a lot of enthusiasm and dove on the floor several times, tried to draw some tough charges. His energy is a plus for this group. Isabell is going to be fun. He made several of those old-man moves, but also can stop on a dime and lose his man. Shot very well, too. He can make things happen, and I'd be surprised if he didn't start. Still trying to figure out what coach wants from him at times, but ideally he can find a way to both fit-in and stand-out. Wiley really has a quick release and made the majority (yes, >50%) of his threes. Still getting up to speed, but Van Macon encouraged him quite a bit and he looked like a contributor. His shot does seem to lack rotation, but otherwise he has flawless form. Ingvi kept pace with the rest of the guys and even had a nice move to beat Isabell off the dribble in one of the drills (after Isabell was kind of bullying him earlier). His shot is a bit flat, but he still hit a good percentage. He'll be fine if we need him to play minutes this year. Thatch was the guy who caught everyone's eye. He played with the most intensity on the floor, and frequently picked off lazy 'practice passes' on defense. He also really hit the boards hard and his ups garnered a few wows. His stroke from deep was effortless and accurate. Someone asked if he was a starter and I said he probably wouldn't be a starter right away, to which they replied, "Well, he sure is trying to be!" He'll be a fun one to watch develop all season and across four years. All in all, it was really cool to watch practice, and afterwards all of the guys came over to say hi and were quite nice. Chris May and the coaching staff were also really kind and generous with their time, and excited about the team. If you have any questions, I'll answer as best I can. Looking forward to Saturday even more than I had been!
    51 points
  2. There aren't many NBA fans on the site so I figured I'd write something up about the Wizards and Goodwin's chances of making the NBA Goodwin signed an exhibit 10 contract with the Washington Wizards. What is an Exhibit 10 Contract? An Exhibit 10 contract is a one year non guaranteed minimum contract which gives an NBA team 2 options. They can turn the contract into a 2 way contract, or they can release the player but designate him an affiliate player for their G league team. The player would be then awarded a bonus up to 50k if he stays with the G League affiliate for 60 days. So an Exhibit 10 contract allows teams to build their G League teams and entice players to stay in the G league with bonus money instead of going overseas for a higher salary. Salary in the G League is about 26k, so a 50k bonus is pretty lucrative to a player who doesn’t want to go overseas. What is a 2 Way Contract? Teams can have 2 players on their roster signed to 2 way contracts, and are granted extra roster spots for them, so a team can have 17 roster positions instead of 15. Player on 2 way contracts receive 75k per year while on the G League roster and can spend up to 45 days a season with an NBA team. While with the NBA team the player is paid the NBA minimum salary by the day, so if the player spends the max amount with an NBA team they can make around 200k per year. While not an ideal situation for all athletes this is the next step for players on an Exhibit 10 Contract. Wizards Roster Composition PG Aaron Holiday SG Brad Beal SF Kyle Kuzma PF Rui Hachimura C Thomas Bryant Bench SG/SF Kentavius Caldwell Pope SF Davis Bertans C Montrezl Harrell SF Deni Avidja SG/SF Corey Kispert SF Chandler Hutchison PF/C Daniel Gafford PF Anthony Gill SG Caleb Homesly PF Isaiah Todd Free Agents Robin Lopez, C UFA Ish Smith, PG: UFA Raul Neto, PG: UFA Alex Len, C UFA Isaac Bonga, SF: RFA Cassius Winston, PG: RFA 2 Way Player Garrison Mathews, SG: RFA 2 Way Player Roster Outlook The Wizards roster is very much in flux. Their plans obviously center around Beal. Question remains if he will he stay with the team. So they are trying to gain more payroll flexibility, while acquiring more tradable assets, and preparing to possibly acquire another star piece to pair with Beal or dismantle the whole team if Beal chooses to leave. There are many trade scenarios out right now involving the Wizards, acquiring among others Pascal Siakam, Spencer Dinwiddie, or even Damian Lillard. They have plenty of options to trade, Harrell, Pope, Bryant & Hutchison are all on expiring deals. They have a logjam of similar players at the wing and the 4. Bertans has a large contract and will be expendable with Avidija & now Kispert at the wings. Kuzma could also be a trade piece as the Wizards will be hard pressed to play both he and Hachimura at the same time, even in a small ball lineup. Hutchison’s role on the roster seems in doubt since they have drafted players at his positions in the first round the last 2 seasons. Of their UFAs only Raul Neto & Alex Len really played well for them last year. They are somewhat thin at C so resigning Len at a minimum price might be a good idea but he has probably played his way into a multi year deal. Neto has a ceiling as a backup PG and the Wizards have a need for depth there as well but really need a starting PG. THeir restricted FAs only Garrison Matthews is possibility for a resign. He’s a sharpshooting wing who the Wizards have developed as an undrafted FA the past two seasons. Winston and Bonga were underwhelming last season and will most likely be let go. Their other 2 way player, Caleb Homsely never made it to Wizards last year and faces a logjam of players at his position on the roster. The Wizards glaring deficiencies are rebounding and defense. Their roster is now filled with wings & small ball 4s and 5s. Of their new additions I would only expect Pope to stay, because he is now their strongest perimeter defender by far. The other will be moved to acquire a starting PG, and a rebounder who can space the floor. So Holiday, Beal, Hachimura, Bryant, Pope, Avidja, Kispert and Gafford are now the core of the team with the remaining roster being expendable or deep bench players. Goodwin’s Fit While I have doubted Goodwin’s ability to make an NBA roster, his agent has made all the right moves thus far and put him in about the best position he could be in signing with the Wizards. The Wizards have no PG depth, so Goodwin will get plenty of reps as a ballhandler in Summer League and training camp. While the Wizards have tons of wings, they all play the same. Good to great 3 point shooters who play little defense and can be secondary ballhandlers. As a wing Goodwin fills an entirely different role as a defender and rebounder who never needs the ball in his hands. Finally Goodwin’s two best assets, rebounding and defense, are what the Wizards sorely lack. Even their bigs can’t rebound well. Hachimura is more of a combo forward, Bryant is soft on the boards and Gafford is more of an athletic shot blocking big who gets outmuscled at the rim. Goodwin has a couple other huge things going for him. Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard has shown he gives opportunities to undrafted FAs and will readily shake up his roster during the season so even if Goodwin doesn’t make the team out of training camp he may get a shot down the road. Also it doesn’t look like any of the 2 way players will be returning so Goodwin, Isaiah Todd, Jay Huff will be competing for those spots against no returners. You can’t discount the relationship he has with the Wizards star Brad Beal either. New Head coach Wes Unseld Jr not only has already professed to being a defense first coach but also has a SLU connection, he is Earl Austin Jr’s cousin. It looks like Goodwin is all in on his NBA dream and won’t consider overseas for awhile. I predict he earns a 2 way contract with the Wizards and will make his NBA debut sometime this season on a rebuilding Wizard’s squad.
    41 points
  3. No team EARNED THEIR WAY here more than you. You paid the iron price. Action must be taken- we don't need the key, we'll break in! You guys are the face of SLU. You are Team Blue. Make us proud. 4 games in 4 days. Gotdamn CHECK. 2 games in 3 days, no problem. To win: Defend and Rebound. LETTT'S GOOOOOO!!!!
    34 points
  4. crymdg2

    Billiken Christmas

    My 6 year old son, who may be slightly Billiken obsessed and holds Javon Bess in the same regard as Michael Jordan, got a picture with Javon last season. We got it blown up and printed out. Yesterday afternoon I sent Michael Wilson a message asking if I could get the picture to them and have Javon sign it for my son. Not only did he immediately respond in the affirmative, but he says to drop by today at 10. I show up and Michael says Javon is downstairs and can just sign it now. Needless to say this will be a Dad present... sorry Santa. I've won Christmas. I freaking love this team and the staff. #TeamBlue Forever!
    34 points
  5. I want to let everyone know that for the second year the billiken staff were very gracious host to my son. He is a First Class petty officer stationed in Norfolk, Va and a lifelong billiken fan. He rarely gets to a game, but he got to attend practice last night and was given premium seating for the game. I cant say enough good things about the billiken staff. Then a win on the road cant be better than that
    31 points
  6. Rammer and Coach tonight on 101.1: First summer coming up that June is a recruiting month due to the new NCAA rules. Coach would like some mandatory time off for staffs (he doesn't like this new June recruiting rule). Going forward he wants to concentrate more on high school players. He had to get transfers and GT's to fill in immediate needs in these first three years. On non-conference schedule, 'we did okay'. Said SIUC was the worst games they have played this year. Said that some of the OOC opponents haven't played as well as they anticipated. Doesn't like the ratings systems as the systems aren't consistent. He doesn't like the NET system in particular and doesn't understand it. Two road wins saw the team drop from lower 60's to upper 60's. The offensive and defensive efficiency rates are influenced by whom you play. But he likes the 14-4 record, and would have taken it in a heartbeat if offered during pre-season. Coach said they are looking at a 3 game tourney next year, with maybe one at home. Ford talking to Joe Lunardi after the STJ game, Joe said SLU is one of the few A10 teams that could get an At Large. Joe said we need to play a tougher schedule. Coach said playing tourney's where the North Alabama's are part of the tourney (and therefore required games), should be taken into account and consider them differently than a scheduled buy game. (Very good point.) Coach really likes Jordan's play at PG. Likes the pace he brings. Asked about the change from Isabell, Coach said a lot of thought was put into it preseason. Goodwin had his triple double as shooting guard last year. Coach thought it would remove some pressure on Goodwin if he didn't have to run the team. Then at Christmas he changed, felt Tremaine had too much pressure on the ball. It was a lot to ask Tremaine. Both guys have accepted their new roles. Since the change, the ball moves better. Assists are up for both. Not sure how long Jacobs will be out. (Might play Wednesday....Coach isn't sure of his status.) Jacobs is the backup point when he returns but will use Isabell as needed. Terrance Hargrove is at every game he can get to. "He feels he is already a Billiken." He is extremely vocal in the stands. Coach always tells his shooters to shoot. He very seldom will take a player out due to a bad shot. Never seen a 23-0 run before. Complements for Isabell's save of the ball tipping it to Goodwin. Coach gave Earl Austin some static "I'm glad Earl saw that play. I was afraid he might be doing another EarlTimeUpdate'" Wiley's injuries have been strange. He said Dion has remained very positive through his downtime. Shows his experience in the locker room. He has no agenda. Great knowledge of the game and guys listen to him. Wiley's legs are coming back. Coach was surprised about how good he is defensively. He's not going to guard the opponents best player, but he does all the right things on defense. All five league games opponents have played 90% zone in order to stop French, and none of the teams are 'zone teams'. Dion will make them re-think the zone. Team took Saturday and Sunday off due to the heavy schedule they have been on. Today they looked at the film of STJ game. Thought the ball movement was pretty good with the ball not 'getting stuck'. This lead to the open three's for Wiley and Bess. Recruiting - Rammer met Hargrove at a summer camp, and says he is a great person. He is 'a freak', a great athlete. He can handle the ball and shoot. He can play multiple positions. Collins - a true point guard. Plays with a lot of energy and bounce. Great vision. A point guard like we haven't had. Game comes easy to him. Perkins - Top 5 JUCO in country. He plays all 5 position at SWIIC. Can hit from everyplace on the floor. Great FT shooter. Excited to be a Billiken just like Hargrove. Jimmerson - we got very fortunate getting him. Coach saw him while he was watching another player. Great size for a shooter. Gibson had 25 yesterday at a big tourney in Springfield MA. Someone on the staff was there. Rammer "are we getting any big guys?' Coach, yes it is high on our priority. We have a good list of big guys we are recruiting. Duquesne is a tough place to play. Told the team they are the surprise team of the league so far. Maybe the best freshman in the league, PG Carry. One of the top steal teams in the country. They have a big that scores inside. Had back to back road wins, so they are coming home with a lot of confidence. Trying to manage the injuries. KC is getting better day by day. No word if he will play Wed.
    30 points
  7. Once a year would it kill you to wear the shirt that gives the game more atmosphere? i know some of you think to wear blue at a game is just not good. but tonight you dont even have to wear blue. just put on the damn shirt that SLU is gifting you. come on make chaifetz a sea of white. the effect is marvelous and you can be a part of it.
    29 points
  8. I talked to Fred and he said he was cramping at the end of practice--which went for 2+ hours from 3:30 until about 5:45--and he said the trainers wanted him to rest and get fluids because the next practice was the following morning. I was able to attend that practice, the first official one of the year, and for those of you who are concerned about our defense based on the Billiken Maddness scrimmage I can assure you that nothing in that scrimmage was real. In the practice they went hard for 2 hours working ferociously on various defensive plays and set ups. Everyone was playing hard and the coach was on them if they made a mistake in footwork or effort. Overall, they looked like they can play hard for 40 minutes of defense with the depth they have. In several recent practices that I attended the team has been shooting better than I have seen in years. JImerson leads the way--the best freshman shooter I have ever seen on the Billikens in practice- but Jacobs has been hot from the 3 as has KC Hankton. Weaver has a nice stroke as does Perkins and Fred has looked good as well.Yuri can get hot but his strength is his ability to drive and score or drive and dish--he is a very clever passer. When they do scrimmage full court--a very rare occurrence so far--they are attempting to fast break on almost every play and we have some players who can fly down the court. The most surprising player on the break might be Jimerson because he can flare out and hit threes like no one we have had in years. Obviously, Yuri in perfect for that style but JGood has actually been playing very well on the break and at times he will take it in over all of the bigs and score like Jordair Jett used to do and Fred and Jacobs are high fliers who can score over defenders as well. And all of our bigs have been told to run hard and try to beat opposing bigs down the court. Hasan is fast and tough and can finish. Bell and Diarra are working hard and may surprise some folks. Clearly, the best 3 on the team are JGood, Fred and Hasan but then it becomes an interesting dynamic in terms of playing time. Jimerson shoots so well it may be hard to keep him off the court. Yuri and Weaver are very good point guards with Yuri as the better passer and Weaver slightly ahead on defense. Bell is big and tough and will help in the middle, particularly against big teams where Hasan will be needed at the 4 spot. Jacobs at times looks like one of the better players on the floor and he has a nice touch from 3. Hankton is bigger and stronger and he is also shooting well from 3. Perkins is smooth and clever on offense. He will be taking a crash course in practice on the defensive end. I think it is impossible for any of us to conclude who will play a certain amount of minutes past the Big 3--but the competition is fierce and that should make us a better team by January after a tough non con schedule.
    29 points
  9. HoosierPal

    Coach on the Radio

    Instead of reusing the old thread, I started a new one for 2018-2019 interviews. Today Mike Kelly (yes the Mizzou play by play man) interviewed Coach Ford on KMOX. It may have been the best interview I have heard in some time. Really good questions by Mike Kelly and Coach Ford provided some different information. Kelly "Anymore broken backboards" Ford "No just one so far, but I am anticipating more. Now everyone is trying to break one. Once a guy breaks one, eveyone else feels like they need to do it as well." Kelly "As you watch Bess and Gordon, what grabs your attention about them. Ford" Leadership. Bess leads by example. He is not a rah rah guy. Goodwin is more of a rah rah guy. Even French is showing leadership. We expected him too because he saw so many minutes. I told him he is like a junior with his minutes he played last year. And we need all the leaders desperately because we have so many new guys. We have four guys that were in uniform with us last year. We are having to teach so much, and it is unusual for a team with so much expectation that our practices are so slow. We are having to teach everyone all the plays, all the techniques, all the terminology....how we like to feed the post, how we use a screen." Kelly" Goodwin had a terrific assist to turnover ratio" Ford" Yes he had a great season, played a great point, played the two guard in the second half of the season when we moved Roby to point. He understands his strengths and weaknesses and can effect the game in so many ways. He worked hard on his shooting in the off-season and should be a better out side shooter. Kelly" How has Goodwin grown through the adversity he had last season?" Ford "Interesting, he has grown up a lot. He sat back and learned and appreciates the opportunity to play basketball. He's not afraid to talk about it either. You can't live in the past, you can learn from it but you use the past to help you move forward.' Kelly "Isabell, a guy I watched in Missouri, what does he bring to your roster?' Ford " Brings experience and is a proven scorer. For a 5'11" guard he averaged 8 rebounds. We're not going to ask him to do that. I think we have rebounding covered. His points we can use. He can create his own shot. We have to find that combination where he is making his teammates better, where he is playing in the concepts of the offense, to play with other guys. He is so used to controlling the game on his own, and shooting any shot he wants to, he has to find that fine line of finding his shots in the offense. It has been a long time since he has played with good players. It is a two way street. He has to figure these guys out and our players have to figure him out. It is a work in progress. Ford "Isabell has been very coachable. He came here to learn more about being a point guard and become more of a leader and be known as more than a scorer. He has been asked to adapt to what we are doing. It is going to take time. He has missed three weeks with a hamstring and has hurt his wrist. Once he gets healthy, once he gets to watch film, he will be a big difference maker. Kelly "What is the biggest adjustment Gordon will have to make from playing in HS to playing in the A10?" Ford "As with any freshman, the physicality of the game. He won't be able to dominate simply because he is bigger and more physical than his opponent. He and Thatch have played hard every second. He is playing against Foreman, French and Welmer every day in practice, and they are making each other better." Kelly "I think this team has a shot at the NCAA Tourney" Ford "I don't get people picking us first in the league. We only have four returning players. I don't get that. We have a long way to go to be that type of tourney team. Do I think we have the ability to be that time of team. I think we have that. We put together a very difficult OOC, particularly on the road. We will be tested, but maybe it is time to start talking about making the NCAA tourney. We didn't talk about that with the other two teams."
    27 points
  10. Getting ready to watch from the hospital- baby Ben born yesterday. hospital TV doesn’t have CBSSports but I’m thankful that I can stream YouTube TV from my iPad.
    26 points
  11. Something that can bring the board together. Let's all wish Mama Hargrove a speedy recovery!!!
    26 points
  12. Javon Bess is in town for 30 days before he goes to camp with the Pelicans and I had an opportunity to talk to him for a while at practice. He is in great spirits and very excited to have a potential opportunity. He is working out hard and looks to be in great shape. He plays open gym with the guys and he said that Perkins was playing outstanding basketball and can score from almost anywhere on the court. As soon as school starts Perkins can join the team at practice. It is difficult to know how all the distinct new players will mesh but I have been watching early practice for about 40 years and this is the most athletic and potentially best scoring team I have ever seen from top to bottom. With all the leapers we have it will be hugely entertaining! Go Bills!
    26 points
  13. 'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the Fetz Nothing was stirring, not even the nets; The banners were hung from the rafters with care, In hopes that The Wiz would soon be there; The fans were nestled all snug in their seats; With visions of Bills wins, while they munched on their treats. And Mama in her sweatshirt, and I in Bills blue Had just settled in to watch a rebound or two. When on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my seat to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash And then flung open the door, in a very mad dash The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,, But a basketball team as quick as reindeer, With a little old driver, so lively and all biz, I knew in a moment it must be The Wiz. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled and shouted and called them by name: Now! Goodwin, now! Yuri, now! Has, oh my lord, On! Perkins, on! Jacobs, on! Jimerson, and Ford; To the top of Gate A ! To the top of the wall ! " Now dash away ! Dash away ! Dash away all !" As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; So up to the arena top the coursers they flew, With a sleigh load of stats and The Wiz too: And then in a twinkling I heard on the floor The bouncing of b-balls making baskets galore. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down Section 103 The Wiz came with a bound: He was dressed all in Bills gear, from his head to his toe, And his clothes were all blue, he was ready to go; A bundle of spreads was flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack: His eyes- how they twinkled ! His dimples: how merry, His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry; His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face, and a little round belly That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly: He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Soon gave me to know that The Wiz had a spread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And calculated point spreads, ; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose And giving a nod,… BAM …up the concourse he rose. He sprang in the Chaifetz , to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle: But I heard him exclaim, as he shouted out clear-- BILLIKENS WILL WIN, it is better this year. To all that follow the Billiken Biz Merry Christmas to all , best wishes from The Wiz
    25 points
  14. My son David was raised on Billiken basketball and we had many great moments going to games. He enlisted in the US Navy and with deployments and other factors we have not seen a game together in many years. He is scheduled for another deployment next month and we decided that we must take this opportunity and see a game. David initially contacted Olivia Vetere asked if she could help make this a memorable experience. She was eager to help and put us in contact with Ford Stuen. Prior to the game we were invited the morning shootaround where we welcome by Coach Tate and Coach Ford. They allowed us to get right on the floor and at the end of practiced David got to shoot some threes. I was most pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the entire staff and the players as they each came and shook our hands. As we were about to leave we were offered a seat upgrade and got to sit behind the bench. I cant thank enough all of the Billiken staff and players for making the day memorable.
    24 points
  15. Slu has secured both a new Big East and a new ACC opponent for this upcoming season. One to be on a neutral site and one to be a home-and-home.
    24 points
  16. Former Billikens Pro Updates Dwayne Evans - Ryukyu Golden Kings - Japan B1 League Japanese basketball was able to use the pandemic to upgrade the talent in their league. Japan can now rival most European leagues in talent. Evans continued his ascendance as a top world pro. He led the Kings to the top record in the Western division, as they ended their regular season 40-17 and are now starting the playoffs. Evans led the Kings in scoring with 18 ppg and was 2nd in rebounds with over 8 per game. League wide he finished in the top 20 in both categories. The B1 league has many former NBA vets like Nick Fazekas, James McAdoo & Jordan Hamilton, along with multiple high level euro vets like Rayvonte Rice, Leo Lyons, Deshaun Thomas. Evans recorded season highs of 37 points and 15 rebounds in single games this year. Reggie Agbeko - Agricola Villarrobledo CBV - LEB Silver Reggie continued his 2nd season in the lower minor league in Spain. He played last season for Albacete, this year played in the same province but for Villarrobledo. Villarrobledo is located about 120 miles SE of Madrid. They played a 26 game season with multiple stops and starts. Villarrobledo finished 9th in a 14 team division with a record of 12-14. Agbeko averaged 8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 21 games. He led the team in rebounding and FG% at 65%. Javon Bess - N/A After appearing in 35 games for the Erie BayHawks in 19-20 Bess has not been on any pro rosters. He did make an appearance in the TBT playing for Big X which played in 2 games in the tournament last year. No word on whether he is slated to appear again this season. Jermaine Bishop - Phoenix Hagen - Germany ProA After leaving Norfolk St, Bishop signed with Phoenix Hagen. Hagen is a former Bundesliga squad that was relegated back down to ProA a few years back. Hagen is located in Central West Germany. The Phoenix finished their season in April, finishing 9-17 and 11th out of 14 teams. Bishop was a consistent starter averaging 11 points, 3.5 assists, 3 rebounds, shooting 40% from the field and 36% from 3. Brian Conklin - JSF Nanterre - France-Jeep Elite ProA Conklin is playing in his 4th season in the French ProA league and his 2nd season for Nanterre. Nanterre finished 6-10 in their Eurocup pool, failing to advance. Currently they are sitting in 11th lace at 10-13 on the season in ProA play, 2.5 games out of a playoff spot with 6 games left to play in the season. Conklin has had possibly his worst pro season. He has been spot starting only and playing the fewest minutes of his career. He has averages of 10 points, 4 rebounds while shooting 52% from the field. Cody Ellis - Warwick Senators - Australian State League Ellis is back on the hardwood after the Australian State League resumed play after taking a year off. The ASL season is only a couple weeks old and Warwick sits 3-0 atop the Western division. Ellis has averages of 17 points, 6 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals while shooting 23% from 3 and 65% overall. Adonys Henriquez - Ibereolica Renovables Ourense - Spain LEB Gold Henriquez made the move to a higher league this year after playing in Argentina his first two pro seasons. He plays in the 2nd tier of La Liga in Spain, one rung higher than Agbeko does. Some of the foreign leagues with all the stops and starts this year are trying different formats. It appears Ourense is 10-14 overall and competing in a relegated section of their league. Henriquez is their leading scorer at over 11 points a game with 3 boards, 1 assist and 1 steal a game. Tramaine Isabell - KK Dubrava Furnir Zagreb - Croatian Premier League Isabell was well traveled this year but put up good numbers at every stop. He started off in Macedonia but left there after 4 games. He next signed with a team in the Kosovo league which lasted 5 games. He finally caught on with Furnir in Zagreb, Croatia. Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and they have several pro teams in each district in the city. Furnir had a record of 7-26 and finished 11th in a 12 team league. They are currently participating in a relegation playoff to remain in the Premier league. Isabell joined the team for the final 20 games of the regular season. He averaged 18 points, and 6 assists, both good for 3rd overall in the league. Rob Loe - New Zealand Breakers - Australian Basketball League Rob played in Japan’s B league for a portion of the pandemic. He then came back to the Breakers when the season started. The Breakers were playing out of Tasmania to begin the season. Loe nad his wife had their first child in December and the travel constraints caused Loe to leave the team and return to New Zealand. Loe rejoined the Breakers last month. The Breakers are 9-20 with 7 games remaining in the regular season and are out of playoff contention. Loe has been getting back in playing shape since his long layoff and has been coming off the bench to average 6 points, 4 boards, while shooting 35% and 56% from the field. Mike McCall - Cheshire Phoenix - British Basketball League McCall started the year in Luxembourg but only lasted there for 4 games before returning for his 2nd stint in the BBL. Mike was a starter for 22 of 33 games while averaging 13 points and 4 assists. Cheshire lost in the first round of the BBL playoffs, getting swept 2-0 by the London Lions. Kwamain Mitchell - KK Mladost Admiral Zemun - Serbian KLS Kwamain continues his success abroad this time in Serbia. His team, Mladost, finished regular season champions with a 28-2 record and will compete in the playoffs at the end of this month. Mitchell is one of the top all around performers in the league averaging 14 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting 40% from 3 and 62% overall from the field, Zeke Moore - N/A Zeke managed to play a half season with Pardinyes in the Spanish LEB Silver league before leaving the team in late January. He played in the same league that Agbeko does and did square off against him one time during the season. In 14 games Moore averaged 16 points and 4 rebounds while shooting 40% from the field and 30% from 3. Moore has not signed wit any other teams. Matt Neufeld - Etoile De Sohel - Tunisia ProA First time seeing Neufeld as a pro. Know nothing about this Tunisian league. There are no stats available but they list Neufeld in the starting lineup. His team is in last place in the standings at 0-10. Willie Reed - KK Buducnost - ABA Willie has stuck with an international team for a full season for the first time. Buducnost plays in 3 leagues, a Montenegro league which Reed doesn’t play in, the Eurocup which they have advanced past pool play in, and the ABA which is a collection of the best leagues in the Baltic states. Buducnost is well funded and is known as a top franchise in the Balkans. Reed is currently playing in the ABA finals. His team lost the first game of a best of 3 but Reed performed well with a 26/10 game going 11-15 from the field. For the season Reed is carrying averages of 13 and 6 across the board but he appears to be playing much better lately. Davell Roby - N/A Roby started his 2nd season with BRNO in the Czech Republic but only stayed for 4 games. He is not currently on a pro roster. Ian Vougioukas - Panathinaikos - Greek A1 League, Euroleague Ian is playing in his 13th pro season, rarefied air for anyone. He’s only appeared in 11 games for Panathinaikos this year, averaging 3 points & 2 boards. Panathinaikos is leading the A1 league with a 20-2 record but struggling in Euroleague play at just 11-23.
    23 points
  17. Review from the interview: Francis Okoro: Coach and the staff knew Okoro from AAU with BBE. He was pumping up their program over and over. He obviously knows it is a very important relationship. He noted how these transfer decisions have really sped up compared to prior years as there are no official visits really going on right now. A lot of the decisions are being made in a matter of days compared to a matter of weeks in the past. He said Okoro's stats are no where near indicative of him as a player. He almost NEVER touched the ball or had any plays as Oregon was primarily a perimeter oriented team. He talked about his competitiveness and that it is on the same level as Goodwin and Yuri's. He will do anything to help the team win and is big time academic and how school is a major factor. Moving forward the plan is for him to sit out next year, but if something were to change they would address it going forward. Andre Lorentsson: He is an elite shooter and will rival Jimerson on Day 1. He handles the ball well, great passer, but is not an inside guy. The game that Ford saw him play in person on the east coast, Lorentsson hit 7 straight 3's in the game on the way to 37 points. Martin Linssen: He is eligible to play immediately. A low post bruising type of player that will provide depth down low. He did speak about potentially redshirting a couple guys, but they'd discuss it more down the road. Obviously Okoro fits in here, not sure who else he'd be talking about potentially? He did mention both Goodwin and French as seniors, so that is a good sign for those of you who are still freaking about them not coming back. The staff supported both of them exploring their options and getting feedback. Obviously with everything going on the process is nowhere near what it would be normally as it's tough to get feedback. Frank asked about potential budget cuts. Coach understands the situation and everyone will do their part. He was very complimentary of Pestello and May throughout this process and their leadership has been amazing.
    23 points
  18. White Pelican

    2018-19 season

    Was he shooting a free throw?
    23 points
  19. Start the season with a comfortable win over SEMO after a tight first half, but the board panics about French's free throw shooting. After two blowout wins over Troy and North Alabama, we have a 200 post thread on whether a win over Seton Hall will get us into the top 25. SLU beats Seton Hall and then tops Pitt but we spend our Thanksgiving weekend wondering if any of the freshmen will transfer after not getting a lot of early playing time. The board starts arguing and SLU sneaks out a 1 point win over Central Arkansas. The board is hyped for the big game against Butler and SLU has a performance like they did against Washington and they win big. The athletic dept organizes a bus trip to SIUC and skip gets ejected for telling the ref to blow the whistle. SLU loses a sloppy game and 05 misses the bus home because he wanted another beer. He is stuck in Carbondale. SLU bounces back with a win over Oregon St and then gets a huge road win in Houston to stop the newly created thread titled "Will our tournament resume be good enough?". We get an easy win over NC Central and everyone skips their family Christmas party to watch SLU lose to Florida St. The board panics a bit until Steve puts up the Christmas wreath on the homepage of the site and everyone calms down by predicting an 18-0 conference season. SLU crushes App St to head into A10 play on a solid note. We get a mid-season transfer over Christmas break and we wonder which player will transfer again. A few board members start tracking all flights out of St Louis and into Iceland as they are worried about Thor. A heartbreaking buzzer-beater loss to Rhode Island brings out the true anger in Billiken fans, but they all turn their anger on brownindians annual appearance to remind us when we are going to Olean. Wins over UMass, La Salle, and Fordham cheer us all up and the team blows out St Joes on a Friday night on ESPN. Somebody then creates a thread pointing out that we haven't seen 05 since he got left in Carbondale. Everyone is too happy about the big win over St Joes to create a search party. After beating Duquesne and Davidson, glorydays asks if anyone still believes Grady is better than Isabell or Goodwin. We all say yes. SLU beats Richmond and gets a big road win before beating Dayton at home. The old fans ask why the game is at 8 pm on a school night. SLU loses to St Joes and then beats GW by 1 and we all wonder again if we can make the tournament. SLU beats La Salle but loses to Dayton sending the board into chaos before the VCU game. SLU wins that game and beats an overrated, underachieving George Mason. SLU tops Duquesne and beats Bona to finish the regular season. SLU heads to the A10 tourney as the top seed but all the experts say we're overrated. SLU loses in the A10 championship to Davidson after giving up 22 3's in a blowout loss. We all discuss how to fix out 3 point defense but HoosierPal reminds us that Welmer's presence and French's free throw shooting are more important. SLU gets a 6 seed in the tournament against a sleeper, mid-major 11 seed. We all book our flights and hotels and half the people in the billikens.com bracket contest pick SLU to win it all. After a comfortable win that shuts up the doubters, we face a 3 seed from a power conference. Those fans try to overrun our board but oldguy sends them into mass confusion when he explains how the board is comparable to a chimpanzee's ligaments. SLU is down 13 with 3 minutes to play but a wild comeback forces overtime where a grizzled, bearded, billikenfan05 emerges from the concourse and explains to all of us how he fell asleep on a bench in Carbondale and woke up in Bentonville, Arkansas 8 days later. After migrating further south with the birds for the winter, he hits the jackpot with his last $5 at a Florida casino and makes enough money to catch a last second flight to the SLU 2nd round tournament game. While listening to this story, we all miss SLU falling just short in overtime and the season ends.
    23 points
  20. Pistol

    2018-19 season

    I think because there's been such a long period since his verbal commitment (October 2016) and there has been so much noise in terms of rumors and media and whatnot since then, we've mostly forgotten what a HUGE F-ING DEAL it is that Carte'Are Gordon is at SLU. His boy Tyler is right. All he's done is win. He's arguably the most talented player we've landed since Larry Hughes, and I think only Goodwin is the other one with a potential claim in there. Even the most rabid SLU fans seem to put a caveat before every half-positive statement about CG these days. "Well, that highlight video only showed dunks. Kinda one dimensional." "That two-week suspension has me a little nervous." "There's a lot of noise on Twitter, I'm not so sure about this." And then Frank's statement yesterday. Come on. He's on campus and he's already working out. A guy he's close enough with to be featured next to him in his Twitter profile picture just said he's finna turn SLU up, and I tend to agree with him. CG is the real deal. I'm going to set aside any apprehensions or perpetually beaten down SLU fan nervousness and go all in on this one.
    23 points
  21. At SLU, our biggest rival is our own administration. I have nothing but pure hatred for them.
    23 points
  22. slufan13

    Prayers for Coach Stuen

    Looks like Stuen was put on life support. Hesitant to share this but if his wife made it public then I think we can do our part by sending thoughts and prayers. https://www.instagram.com/p/CNn6mToD__P/?igshid=1p9h6ckagh7jh
    22 points
  23. Yeah, let's lose the little brother act already. Terrence Hargrove is a stud. He destroyed a 30-win team in the state championship and took it for his damn self. He did what Darius Miles couldn't. He brought East Side basketball back to the glory days of...over a decade before he was born. Yuri Collins is a stud. He came within 6 points of singlehandedly dismantling an entire state while he was on 1.5 legs. He went through the class 4 playoffs like he put NBA Live on Easy mode and he had a cheat code. His offensive usage rate was 100%. All baskets go through Yuri. Let Mizzou fans play the "Coulda had Ahearn" game with SLU players and ignore the mouth breathers over at Tigerboard. We have the Tournament to worry about.
    22 points
  24. Since the season started there have been instances of CG missing practice, sometimes without communication or warning to the team (this is the reason there have been inconsistencies of CG starting over DJ and vice versa). He’s struggled to mesh with some of the players. He’s struggled with class and attendance. It can be very, very tough to take a kid out of a rough neighborhood and expect him to fit into a program with lots of structure and academic expectations. Remember, CG grew up in a tough area and a cruel scene - his best friend was murdered, his father absent, and his mother mentally lost. The drug scene is prominent where he grew up. It’s hard for some kids to leave the streets behind, and this decision (whichever way it goes) is not 100% basketball related. No one wants to see the Billikens lose the basketball talent that CG is, but I believe whatever happens will ultimately be best for the team. No official decision has been made and/or announced, but the picture should become clearer in the next 24 hours.
    22 points
  25. Happened to be at practice when Jacobs was told the news. Great to see the reaction by the coaches and the team as he ran to the locker room to get ready. Lots of offense / defense transition drills with top 7 players rotating as the white team and the blue team held it's own. Thatch is SO strong and has a motor that does not stop. Tramaine and Dion both great shooters Chemistry of the team still a work in progress but will definitely be there soon Gordon is talented but still learning how to play at this level. His effort is there though which is encouraging. French and DJ both ready for a big year Goodwin and Tramaine have not figured out their roles as both of them like having the ball. Since they will both be playing lots of minutes together still a work in progress. Once the season rolls and Travis gets into a 8 man rotation may not see the freshman alot but they are a solid core of talent for the future and definitely push the starters in practice. No matter how this all plays out Travis has turned the team around very quickly after the disaster that Crews left. It is a great time to be a Billiken fan again.
    22 points
  26. BourbanStreet

    Rashed Anthony

    I was at school of ed graduation ceremony today and walked in behind Rashed. He stood the entire time on the side of the church (seemed to be by himself), applauded when Davell got called, and celebrated with him after the ceremony was over. Shows what kind of teammate he must have been this past year. Great support.
    22 points
  27. 'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the Fetz Nothing was stirring, not even the nets; The banners were hung from the rafters with care, In hopes that The Wiz would soon be there; The fans were nestled all snug in their seats; With visions of Bills wins, while they munched on their treats. And Mama in her sweatshirt, and I in Bills blue Had just settled in to watch a basket or two. When on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my seat to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash And then flung open the door, in a very mad dash The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,, But a basketball team as quick as reindeer, With a little old driver, so lively and all biz, I knew in a moment it must be The Wiz. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled and shouted and called them by name: Now! Goodwin, now! Yuri, now! Has, oh my lord, On! Perkins, on! Jacobs, on! Jimerson, and Ford; To the top of Gate A ! To the top of the wall ! " Now dash away ! Dash away ! Dash away all !" As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; So up to the arena top the coursers they flew, With a sleigh load of stats and The Wiz too: And then in a twinkling I heard on the floor The bouncing of b-balls making baskets galore. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down Section 103 The Wiz came with a bound: He was dressed all in Bills gear, from his head to his toe, And his clothes were all blue, he was ready to go; A bundle of spreads was flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack: His eyes- how they twinkled ! His dimples: how merry, His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry; His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face, and a little round belly That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly: He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Soon gave me to know that The Wiz had a spread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And calculated point spreads, ; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose And giving a nod,… BAM …up the concourse he rose. He sprang in the Chaifetz , to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle: But I heard him exclaim, as he shouted out clear-- BILLIKENS WILL WIN, THIS IS OUR YEAR To all that follow the Billiken Biz Merry Christmas to all , best wishes from The Wiz
    21 points
  28. Ibruce

    Recruiting - 2021

    Nesbitt taking next step This recruitment doesn’t appear to have too much drama, but Jordan Nesbitt is set to take the next step in his decision making process. He is narrowing down his list to three this week, and then he will make his commitment on October 1. While Nesbit is definitely in the process of narrowing things down, the reality is, he wants to stay close to home, and Saint Louis is the big favorite here to keep him as close to home as possible. Travis Ford and his staff have done a fantastic job of recruiting Nesbitt, and they are definitely the leader. Some other schools such as Memphis, Illinois, Iowa State and Alabama are all involved and could make his final three, but it would take a major sea change for Nesbitt to end up anywhere other than Saint. Louis. -- Snow
    21 points
  29. jbizzle09

    West Pine Jim

    Hey guys! I know, I know...long time and all. Some of you that were on the board a few years ago during the NCAA run may remember West Pine Jim. He was a fairly regular poster who would usually attend watch parties and road trip games. He even went to a few OBC lunches. (Oops, we're not supposed to talk about OBC. My bad.) Well, over the past couple of seasons, his health has taken an unfortunate downturn and he's now confined to a wheelchair. But despite his poor health, he still makes sure to attend Billikens games. For those who've met Jim and/or engaged with him on the board, I think he'd really appreciate it if you stopped by and said hi this season. Typically, he has been watching from the the accessible area in Section 122 this year. Again, I'm sure that small gesture would be appreciated by an extremely dedicated Bills fan and one of the nicest posters this board has ever seen.
    21 points
  30. Cowboy

    2018-19 season

    -CFord was on 101.1 FastLane, here are some notes I took - CFord things going well, undefeated -I don't know the guys on the show other than Randy Karraker and someone asked about the shattered backboard and CFord said got a lot of publicity over that and we have backups in case it happens again -was asked about having freak athletes – CFord said we have improved athleticism but also have players with skill and can play aggressive style (CFord might have said aggressive more than any other word in this interview) -was asked how long to find out what you have? CFord this will take a while as don’t know roles; 8,9,10 new guys to bring in, need to get to a common mentality on how hard and how aggressive we want to play, let’s play aggressive, still thinking about what to do and need to get to playing -was asked about HF and said he looks terrific, leading rebounder, scoring well, improves every day, expanding his game as he has help with CAG, DJF and EW, HF will take guys 1 on 1 from perimeter -about jump from frosh to soph and CFord said it is hard but jump to frosh is too as compete level versus high school so much higher in D1, might only have to go at 70% in high school as bigger or better than the rest and that won't do it now in D1 -was told predicted to win a lot and how to focus on process? CFord said have had to address this, says done nothing to prove we deserve to be picked first as last season didn’t warrant this, understands team has improved with new players, mindset must be we must earn everything -asked about CAG and his role with LS gone and CFord said doing great, very coachable, plays with high motor and aggressive all the time, role not changed with LS gone, always expected to make a big impact, roller coaster as a frosh with new experience,will play a lot of minutes, repeated expects CAG to make a big impact -RK asked about $99 season ticket deal and CFord said unbelievable price, good teams coming to play us, CFord knew the ph# for tickets -asked about schedule and teams that will be a good test and CFord said have a challenging schedule, SIU best team for them in 15-20 yrs, FSU top 10, will be tested in every single manner, with so many new guys going slow in practice, non-con has to prepare us for A10, we must be better at the end of season than at beginning -asked about A10 and CFord said top to bottom best it has been in his 3 yrs, last year was top heavy with RI and StB, not as top heavy this season, mentioned SLU, StJ is great, Davidson returns all but one, Mason returns all 5 starters plus UVA transfer, mentioned VCU and SVU, RI good recruits, very balanced league, teams 1 thru 10 very balanced where in past had different levels -asked who has impressed in practice? CFord said EW doing a terrific job, get him to stay healthy, KCH shooting well, DJ doing well and getting better but EW played a lot in CF’s first yr and we expect a lot out of him this season
    21 points
  31. The SLU Title IX people have killed my spirit. My life centered around Billiken basketball for so long. Now I haven't been to a game since late November, I only watch games if I have nothing else to do, and I'm even past the point of being upset/interested in this situation. The school botched this situation in so many ways. The 60 day investigation taking 120 days despite having the report after ~90 days. Moving the kids back on campus only to move them out a few days later. The athletic department featuring all the players in a tweet for the first time all season only for them not to play in any games and then an insanely harsh and ridiculous punishment to come down. Now we are well past the appeal process deadline and there is no decision or finality in sight. Pestello has been a coward, the Title IX office has shown zero ability to operate while Kratky is on maternity leave which is a knock on both the Title IX people and Kratky herself. A hearing officer who would qualify as the exact opposite of "free from perceived biases". A biased survey which was clearly set up to get certain answers filled with misspellings and questions that literally forced you to choose a form of sexual assault that you've been a victim of. It's all a joke now. People can criticize me and others all they want for not coming to games. They can call us fake fans. I don't really care. Anyone who knows me knows that I would have given anything to this program. When I was a student and worked in the athletic department, I would be at the arena before anyone other than the overnight security guards to help get everything set up. I missed Christmases, family events, etc to come to games. I drove 2 hours through an ice storm to watch a Crews coached team lose by 28 at home to George Mason. But this situation has killed my spirit. The Title IX people who are reading this will tell me that the players' decisions killed my spirit but they are wrong. This administration and their handling of this situation killed it. This very same punishment could have come out in November and I would have been pissed off but I also would have rallied around this team and supported them night in and night out. When you add the length of the situation to the complete and utter lack of transparency, combined with the obvious biases and extreme punishments along with the general lack of any kind of common sense and pure lies (survey), the administration has killed my Billiken spirit. I never donated a lot of money (cheap season tix plus a separate cash donation) so maybe my opinion doesn't matter. I don't know that I'll get tickets next year. I feel like I should because Chris May helped me get my job as a thank you for all the work I did for the athletic department as a student, but the idea of supporting the school sounds terrible to me. I know supporting the AD is different, but I just want to see this school's administration fail in so many ways that the only energy I have left to give to this situation is to find a way to make this administration fail. Crews tanked the program but Pestello and this administration burned it to the ground. Ford is the right guy to re-rebuild it but I couldn't blame the guy if he was trying to get as far away as possible from this school. Even if we see a complete reversal or significant reduction in punishments, it won't change how this school handled this situation. Hell, if anything, it will tell me that we could have had minimal punishment from the start and we all could have witnessed a special season. That's the end of my rant. I hope we get a top 4 seed and run through the A10 tournament. But even if we do, I'm afraid that 2 days before the NCAA tournament, the school will decide to make a final decision on the situation and we'll be left without our best player.
    21 points
  32. TheOne

    Transfers - 2021

    Yes
    20 points
  33. Reinert310

    2020-21 Season

    Now we’re ready to go!
    20 points
  34. 'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the Fetz Not a creature was stirring, not even a Metz The banners were hung from the rafters with care, In hopes that The Wiz would soon be there; The fans were nestled all snug in their seats; With visions of Bills wins, while they munched on their treats. And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my Bills cap Had just settled in for a win streak without a gap- When on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my seat to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,, But a basketball team as quick as reindeer, With a little old driver, so lively and all biz, I knew in a moment it must be The Wiz. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled and shouted and called them by name: Now! Gordon, now! Goodwin, now! Bess, oh my lord, On! French, on! Isabell, on! Foreman, and Ford; To the top of Gate A ! To the top of the wall ! " Now dash away ! Dash away ! Dash away all !" As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; So up to the arena top the coursers they flew, With a bus load of stats and The Wiz too: And then in a twinkling I heard on the floor The bouncing of b-balls making baskets galore. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down Section 103 The Wiz came with a bound: He was dressed all in Bills gear, from his head to his toe, And his clothes were all blue, he was ready to go; A bundle of spreads was flung on his back, And he look'd like a peddler just opening his pack: His eyes- how they twinkled ! His dimples: how merry, His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry; His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face, and a little round belly That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly: He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Soon gave me to know that The Wiz had a spread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And calculated point spreads, ; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose And giving a nod, up the concourse he rose. He sprang in the Chaifetz , to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle: But I heard him exclaim, ere he shouted out clear-- Happy Christmas to all, it will be better next year. To all that follow the Billiken Biz Merry Christmas to all , best wishes from The Wiz
    20 points
  35. TheOne

    Recruiting - 2019

    I was informed this morning that Yuri Collins has verballed to SLU, or a member of the SLU staff. Edit: I should add that while my level of confidence in this source is not 100%, it is very high.
    20 points
  36. Met the big guy yesterday at the women's soccer game. He was very friendly and seemed extremely excited to be here.
    19 points
  37. billikenfan05

    Billiken gear

    I have had extensive conversations with a couple other fans and have come to the following conclusion. I think we, as a fan base need to create a form email, with our position on the matter that the lack of good merchandise is a missed opportunity for the athletic department. Complete with research regarding similar schools merch offerings and schools we aspire to be like. I would like to, for lack of a better word, flood Chris May's inbox with this form email from everyone on this board and on twitter who feels the same way.
    19 points
  38. 19 points
  39. ACE

    GDT - Billiken Madness

    Ford understands much more than his predecessors that you have to do all the little things to make your program attractive to recruits. The target demographic is 17/18 year old kids, not 60-70 somethings. Crews (a relic from the Knight era), RM (managed to win because he was a legend and could still do it his own way, but that is very rare) and Sodie (as boring as watching paint dry didn't get that part of it. From the music, to bringing DJs to practice, letting Goodwin come out and do a dance routine, wearing several different cool uniforms, the use of social media, etc... Ford is doing all the things that a modern coach needs to do with an eye on recruiting.
    19 points
  40. moytoy12

    2019-20 Season

    After some hesitation, Coach says that Jimmy Bell is the one newcomer that has stood out (came in at 318 left friday morning at 280). Says Bell has great hands, great feet and uses his big body. Will have an impact right away. Bell has to get in "great" shape, but has all the skills. Probably the biggest surprise. Better than Coach thought. Jimerson is the best shooter "by far" in the program since Coach has been here. Physically strong, big time scorer (got a little bit of "stuff...grit" to his game. not just a shooter). Everyone says Jimerson is like Klay Thompson with how quickly he can get his shot off. Going to be hard to keep off the floor. Bess apparently told Tate that Javonte is best player in the program right now. Best talent top to bottom on roster since Ford has been here. Thatch appears to have taken that next step based on summer performance. "Really...REALLY stood out this summer." Yuri made great strides this summer. Struggled first couple of weeks this summer adjusting to D-1 caliber players. Figured it out. Last couple of weeks was excellent. He is going to play a significant amount of minutes. Will be major part of team this season. Apparently, "The Athletic" is going to do some type of story on the team. Frank asks if you can really play Fred, Yuri, Jordan and Has together given the lack of shooting? Coach said yes, but obviously going to mix in others to offset lack of shooting. Weaver is more than Coach thought. Fast as lightening. Great energy. Players love him. Good shooter. Going to add a lot to the team. Much better shooting team. Thatch has really improved his shooting. Worked on pressing and fast break basketball every single day this summer. Going to play differently this year.
    19 points
  41. Seton Hall just got shellacked by Nebraska. Neb doesn't even have that good Australian guy anymore. Bills have learned to simultaneously walk and chew gum over the last three days. Bills by 21 #NobodyBeatsLilBill
    19 points
  42. Hi all....This is the official start of my basketball season. For those that are new , this is the first of 2 forecasts....preseason...and after the 8th game. This preseason prediction is based on a Bayesian model....the next one on real data. I use a letter grade system which groups similar teams together. As the season starts to unfold I use the first 8 games to meld the Bayesian model with the real data model gradually integrating the real data with the forecasting tool and drop the Bayesian after the first 8 games (after the SIU game on Dec 5)....btw that is 8 real games....so no Quin or UMSL. As the season goes on and I have more data , I become more accurate ( at least that is the way it is suppose to work). A-10 The Bills.................B+......... NCAA 35% or NIT 80% Dav.........................B+.......... NCAA 35% or NIT 80% Day..........................B............NIT 50% RI.............................B............NIT...50% St. J.........................B............NIT...50% VCU.........................B............NIT...50% GM..........................B- St. B........................B- Mass.......................C+ Rich.........................C+ Duq..........................C LaS...........................C GW............................C- Ford...........................D Variance from this model to the end of the season is 2 notches.....For example....The Bills range starting at B+ is from A to B-. An A is a best case scenario.... we gel quickly and everything falls into place....minimal injuries...our new players develop quickly...we start making shots etc....a B- is a worst case scenario....opposite of above...players don't develop, we lose players to injuries or otherwise, we shoot like last year etc Speaking of last year ....My beginning forecast for last year's Bills team was C+....we finished at C+.....nearly 60 % of last year's preseason A-10 picks finished on the money or 1 notch away. All 14 teams finished within 2 notches. The A-10 overall this year is predicted to finish at B+ among conferences.....this is its historical average since the Bills have been a member. ....and up from last year's low of B. Bottomline....The B+ is a significant jump this year particularly in light of the conference being better too. Finally, barring a catastrophe, the nervous Nellies and hand wringers can breathe a sigh of relief....we will be a good (better than last year) team. Will we be in the post season? We will have a better idea on Dec 6 (8th game}.... In the meantime , it looks promising.
    19 points
  43. Bills By 40

    2021-2022 Season

    That is me. Grandpa got the invite for us to attend practice and half a dozen of us went. I was blown away by a variety of things I saw and my thoughts are as follows: Lorentsson looked as comfortable and confident as anybody. He took smart shots and made most of them, >50% from deep but hit a couple of midrange and got to the rack too. I didn't keep stats but he stood out as much if not more than anyone else and he was likely the leading scorer in that scrimmage - not to mention he shot ~80% throughout all the other drills and shoot arounds. I don't know how he'd fit in the rotation, or how often he'll fit in the rotation, but he exceeded my expectations tenfold and looked like a player that will have a role...then again so did 11 other guys. Okoro looks more like a basketball player than any Billiken I've ever seen. Every one of his dunks looked like he wanted to shatter the backboard. He communicated really well with everyone on the court and I loved to see that kind of involvement from the big man - also loved his accent. Yuri looked as Yuri as ever and with the amount of talent on this roster he might be one of the best PGs in the country this year and will DEFINITELY improve over last year's APG. Nesbitt is a stud, but I think he has an attitude problem. Christian Nunez was his scrimmage team's HC and more times than I can count on one hand had to ask him to keep his cool and focus on the game. I wouldn't say he's a Grandy Glaze or Carteare Gordan type of problem, but his talent and ability paired with his immaturity and popularity might prove problematic this year. I wouldn't be surprised to see Ford make a point early in the season by giving other guys minutes over him as a punishment for that type of behavior. We're fuoking deep at every single position. Every one of them. And the team knows that because even in a random closed Sunday scrimmage practice each player had the intensity level of a mid-conference play game and at times didn't even look like they were playing against their own teammates. Perkins really did get big, but unfortunately it looks like none of it went to his legs. He did tweak his ankle in practice and sat out the final 2/3 of it but he’s most certainly fine and it was just precautionary. I’m hoping fragility isn’t an issue this year but had he gained in his legs what he did in his torso I’d be far more confident that it won’t be. Traore looked good. He’s big and definitely has the potential we saw in the limited footage. Likely just serves a practice role this year but could see him being serviceable in situations where Okoro and Linssen are in foul trouble. Jones and Yuri really went at it and it was a contest. I’m the biggest Yuri fan there is and I’ll be the first to say he can pick up the slack when Yuri has to step off the court. Rashad is as good of a shooter as we could’ve hoped for and maybe even better. From deep, contested, of the dribble, spot up…saw him make them all. I have more thoughts but I’ll sit on them unless anyone is looking for something specific. I plan to expand on them after Friday.
    18 points
  44. seanwest

    Recruiting - 2022

    SLU received a commitment today... stay posted for the official announcement. Bigtime pickup in my opinion on the wing!
    18 points
  45. Billikens Updates 5/1/2020 Kevin Lisch - Lisch finished his 9th pro season and 7th in Australia with some decent numbers for the Sydney Kings. Kings ended the season in 1st place with a 20-8 record. Lisch was injured early in the season and only played 13 games, starting 10. Whether it was injuries or old age Lisch changed his game this year and became more of a 3 point specialist but still played high level defense. Lisch averaged 9 points a game and shot 42% from 3. Rob Loe - Loe had an interesting year. He fractured his skull in late October and that injury really hindered his play. He played in 20 games for the Breakers and averaged 9 points, 4 rebounds, shot 56% from the field and 40% from 3. He ended up signing a new 3 year contract to reup with the Breakers. After the NBL season was cut short he went to Japan and played a couple games in their B league for the Kagawa 5 Arrows before coming back to New Zealand after flight restrictions were placed. Kwamain Mitchell - Mitchell is still playing in Vladivostok but for a new squad, Spartak. Mitchell is the 6th man but leads the team in scoring and assists with over 13 ppg and 5 apg. Spartak was the top team in the Russian Superleague before play was suspended at 21-5. Mitchell has shaved his head. https://twitter.com/i/status/1204737225990250498 Brian Conklin - Conklin spent the year in the top French league playing for Limoges once again. His team went 2-8 in the Eurocup and 12-13 in league play. Conklin played in 31 games total averaging over 12 ppg, 4 rpg shooting 54% from the field and 42% from 3. Conklin has a man bun now. Willie Reed - After being released from Olympiacos Reed went back to the Salt Lake City Stars in the G League. Reed played in 8 games while starting 3. Ended up scoring 12 points, grabbing 6 boards, and shooting .667 from the field. Reggie Agbeko - Reggie took a year off and returned to basketball this past season playing in a C league in Spain for Argos Albacete. Agbeko backed up in the post playing 16 min a game with 5 points and 4 boards while shooting 51%. His team finished the season 12-13. Grandy Glaze - Grandy continues to play to augment his “modeling” career. He’s been bouncing around in some semi pro canadien leagues and this year caught on in the Mexican league just before Covid restrictions occurred. He only played in one game for Cabellerros and filled up the stat sheet with 9 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Mike McCall - McCall went to Hungary after excelling as an all star in the British Basketball League last season. McCall was signed by a B league Hungarian team. He played 20 games for this team but stats are hard to come by for this league. Dwayne Evans - Evans continued his career in the Serie A league in Italy for Sassari. Evans put up 14 points and 7 boards in Italian League play and his team went 16-5 good for 2nd place. Sassari also participated in the FIBA champions league which is an international competition a step below euroleague but above eurocup. Evans averaged 15 & 6 as Sassari was 11-3 in group A. Besides Reed Ian & Bess, Evans currently plays on the best team in the best league of any ex-billiken. Ash Yacoubou - Started the season with the Long Island Nets in the G League. Played in 20 games and started 10 averaging 7 and 5 while shooting 39% from the field and 34% from 3. Ash was released by the team on January 21st. Javon Bess - Bess had an up and down year with the Erie Bayhawks in the G league. He started hot out of the gate playing heavy minutes and averaging over 15 points. He was injured for almost a month in late November, early December and missed several games. He continued to start but his role on offense continued to decrease. He was demoted to the bench the final 11 games of the season and only had 1 game where he scored more than 3 points in that span. For the year Bess averaged 7 points a game, 3 boards, while shooting 33% from the field and 29% from 3. Davell Roby - Plays for BRNO in the Czech Republic, the same league Kwamain started his career in. THis was his 2nd year with the club and he proved to be their best player and an all star in the league for the 2nd time. Roby averaged 16 points, 4 assists and 5 boards, shot 49% from the field and 40% from 3. BRNO went 8-19 in league play and also participated in the Alpe Adria cup, a tourney for central european teams in which they went 1-5. D.J. Foreman - Foreman plays in the top Portuguese league for SC Lusitania which plays in Angra De Herosimo on the Azores Islands. Besides getting to live in paradise Foreman also dominates the league. He averages 18 points, good for 8th in the league, and 7 rebounds, in the top ten in the league. Lusitania went 9-13 for the season. Ian Vougioukas - Ian is the elder statesman among active ex Billikens and the oldest player on Panathinaikos. Pananthinaikos plays in the Greek A1 league where they went 18-2 and they also play in the Euroleague, the best league outside of the US. Among the notables on Ian’s squad were Coach Rick Pitino, Jimmer Fredette, Nick Calathes, Georgios Papagiannis, Tyrese Rice, Wesley Johnson & Deshawn Thomas, all former NBA players. Ian plays 7 minutes a game and averages 3 points and 2 boards as a backup center. Milik Yarbrough - Milik signed on with the Argentina pro league but was bounced off of two teams in a matter of weeks. While down there he averaged 10 points and 4 boards in 10 games. Tramaine Isabell - Isabell first signed with the Antwerp Giants in the Belgium league. He quickly left that team and signed in Cyprus with Etha. He lasted 7 games averaged 12 points, 4 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals.
    18 points
  46. A 6'3 guard averaging 11 boards a game wasn't likely. A freshman point guard averaging the most assists in 30 years wasn't likely. Going 15-5 while being without Thatch for 15 games and Jimerson for 10, wasn't likely. This is the most unlikely Billiken team I've ever seen. Win or lose, I really dig these kids.
    18 points
  47. jimbofive

    GDT vs Belmont

    ATTENTION. ATTENTION. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. WE NEED ALL STL COPS AND FIREFIGHTERS DOWN AT CHAIFETZ ARENA RIGHT NOW TO TRY AND GET HASAHN FRENCH'S BALLS BACK INTO HIS SHORTS. REQUESTING 24 COPS, 21 FIREFIGHTERS, 7 CHEERLEADERS AND 4 LAWYERS. WE HAVE A SERIOUS BALLS OUT OF SHORTS SITUATION RIGHT NOW. HASAHN FRENCH. BALLS PULLED WAY OUT, FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE.
    18 points
  48. Tuesdays with Travis: if you're not tired of my radio reports, here is another. Coach seems to be on daily. (All of Danny Mac's podcasts are available on scoopswithdannymac.com.) A lot of rehash from Rammer's show that I won't repeat. Danny Mac "You are getting votes now for the Top 25. What does that mean to the team." Coach "It's great for the fans but it doesn't mean anything to the team. All that stuff, getting votes, takes care of itself if you win. Nothing else matters except winning the next game." Danny Mac "I love that you are getting hometown kids." "I've seen Collins and Hargrove on tape. These kids are exciting." Coach "Hargrove is very outgoing, a bubbly personality. People talk about his athleticism but miss out on his basketball skills." "Collins makes everyone around him a better player. Reminds him of a smaller version of Russell Westbrook. He has a great change of pace." "Jimmerson is more than a shooter, he is a scorer. He can score in a variety of ways." "Perkins brings the ball up the court and runs a good pick and pop as a big." Danny Mac "How did you get in so well with the local high school scene once you took the job?" Coach "SLU hadn't spent a lot of time recruiting locally for a decade or so. So being in the gym has been huge. Corey Tate got out and established relationships. Got guys attention by being in the gyms." Coach likes being able to go to 2 or 3 games at night, right here at home. This is his 5th job and first time he has had that situation."
    18 points
  49. SLU leaving the A-10 for the BE is like you leaving this board; we all want it, but it’s never going to happen.
    18 points
  50. slu72

    Keep Travis Ford

    If anyone stuck around to watch Travis' interview w/ the FB interviewer you could just see his emotion after today's win. He's been thru the grinder this season and it was telling in his last two interviews. He's proud of his team the way they've played thru unreal adversity. Not only unreal but unnecessary if Rosenblaum is to be believed. He was holding back tears today as well. SLU must keep this guy. I know his dream job is probably UK, but until that opens keep him at SLU. God knows we need him more than ever.
    18 points
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