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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Something that can bring the board together. Let's all wish Mama Hargrove a speedy recovery!!!
    26 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. '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
  7. TheOne

    Transfers - 2021

    Yes
    20 points
  8. Met the big guy yesterday at the women's soccer game. He was very friendly and seemed extremely excited to be here.
    19 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. seanwest

    Recruiting - 2022

    SLU received a commitment today... stay posted for the official announcement. Bigtime pickup in my opinion on the wing!
    18 points
  12. Well, the strange twist happened and the A10 gods smiled down on us as St. J upset Rich at Rich and gave us the coveted double bye. Now what? This doesn't mean we are Dancing but the road to the Dance is a lot simpler. One less game to play is a big help and our depth will help on the Sat game. But who do we play and what are our chances? After the double bye , we will open up with either LaS , St. J or UMass. The 1st game will be LaS vs St. J ...The winner will take on UMass the next day. The winner of the UMass game will face The Bills. First, the St. J / LaS game....LaS overall is a C team trending at C-...St. J is a C- team trending at C+...Overall LaS is the slightly better team but St. J has been playing much better than LaS recently. This game is EVEN. The winner will face UMass a C+ team both overall and trending. UMass will be favored by about 4 .....no matter who they face.... So the most likely matchup or should I say rematch will be SLU against UMass. Because of the the consecutive day format , I won't be able to post the final spread till Fri morning ...but if we face UMass it will be The Bills by around 9 pts. Dance Chance What are our chances of getting a bid? We go into the tourney with a 45% chance of making the Big Dance...Here are the various outcomes... Chance to Dance Lose the 1st game.................................35% Win the 1st game lose the next.............52% Win the first 2 lose the next...................63% Win the tourney........................................100%...autobid Of course, the numbers , percentages and spreads are subject to change as things unfold but this is the way it looks today....which is a lot better than it looked a few days ago.
    17 points
  13. Hi all....This is the official start of my basketball season. For those that are new , this is the first of 2 forecasts....the preseason and before conference play begins . I usually have 3 forecasts...an additional one after 8 games...but this year, after 8 games and the start of the conference season will be one and the same. 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 then dropping the Bayesian after the first 8 games (after the KC game on Dec 23). 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 side note here...My last posts in the 2019- 2020 season were in the SLU, NCAA and Covid thread on May 2. In that thread , I used some data analysis to create a covid vaccine bracket with the idea of trying to pick the winning vaccines....Sadly the thread was dropped. However , it is interesting to note that in that May 2 post I listed what I thought would be the top 8 finishers....the Top 3 were Astra Zeneca. ..Moderna...and Pfizer. Let's hope my basketball prognostications for this season are as good. First let's start with the A-10....Overall the conference comes in at B+...same as last year's beginning. The conference finished the season at B. Here is what the A-10 breakdown looks like. 1...The Bills...........B+ 2...Day..................B+ 3...Rich..................B+ 4...Dav...................B 5...Duq...................B 6...RI.......................B 7...St. B...................B 8...VCU....................B- 9...GM......................C+ 10...UMass...............C+ 11...GW......................C 12...LaS.....................C- 13...St. J.....................C- 14...Ford.....................D Overall ...a lot of parity except for Fordham....SLU has a 76% chance of making the Dance. Of the top 3 teams at least 2 will be dancing with a good chance all 3 will make it. Two of the next 4 will be looking at the NIT. Using the 2 step variable, SLU has a range of A to B-...ie from a Sweet 16 in the Dance to a Sweet 16 in the NIT. If we can improve our grade to A by the end of the OOC schedule....Then this might be our year. Season projection--- Best case scenario.....23-3 Worst case...................21-5 Most likely ..................22-4 A few side notes.....there are 4 new Div 1 teams this year.....ie some new F- bottom feeders........I expect 3 pt shooting to improve as the Division gets another year under its belt with the new distance. .......It has been a real struggle to put this report together this year as schedules continue to change. Remember, it's not just about collecting data on the Bills but on everybody the Bills play....... OOC....mostly Ds and Fs....The tough games will be LSU (A) our most difficult game of the year and Minn (A- ) Ind St checks in at a decent B- ...if they show up. The OOC will be more important this year . With fewer games there will be less data to analyze. The NCAA may rely even more on metrics to make post season decisions. A-10 games....Toughest ones will be Rich and Day away Bottom line....This will be the best team we have had since the RM years. However this is not a done deal...there are still some question marks....not the least of which ....How does this team hold up playing and traveling in a covid environment. ...Also, will they gel....not in the usual sense... we know they are a good team ...but can they gel into a great team. We will have some answers by the end of the OOC on Dec 23. If the answer is yes ...we could be looking at a special year.
    17 points
  14. crymdg2

    Cheers

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I never thought this day would get here. I'm busting out a good bottle of Whistle Pig tonight. I had been holding onto it waiting for a special occasion, and dammit, this is the one. 2020 has sucked for so many. Here's to turning it around and getting it going in the right direction. Cheers everyone!
    17 points
  15. slufan13

    SLU Announcement GDT

    Trying to keep it separate from the Big East talk. I guess the announcement is about facilities but don't sleep on the idea that it's my 1 year old son becoming the Billiken
    16 points
  16. crymdg2

    2021-2022 Season

    Well, my kid is in heaven! Anyone else go to the game? PS, I've seen the pics of Okoro online, but OMG they don't do it justice. Dude is a BEAST!
    16 points
  17. thetorch

    2021-2022 Season

    Perkins is obviously far and away the best player on the team...but I've heard from someone who was at workouts that Nessbit's player growth has been astronomical. By conference play he could be the best player on the team, running the point, scoring, defending 4 positions at a high level and rebounding. He's getting pushed having to guard Perkins everyday and is attacking him right back. He starts and stars from the first game on.
    16 points
  18. i think we should wait and see what the arrangements are and if the family sets up some sort of program/benefit we can react accordingly. we should respect the family wishes.
    16 points
  19. I consider myself a pretty optimistic person. But after 10 months of lockdown w/minimal social interaction and not being able to travel to visit family because of my age and a medical reason, I have to admit isolation takes a toll. When Billiken BB returned I finally had something to boost my spirits. And then Team Blue gets Covid and shuts it down for what seems like an eternity. I surely can't wait for the Bills to take to the court once more. I'm not down or depressed just fed up and frustrated with this infernal plague, as are most people in my age group. Some tips to get thru it: happy hours on the phone with friends both old and new help, and listen to some good old 60s and 70s rock while sipping on the Glen Morangie. Music and single malt scotch are great medicines. Soon I'll be getting back on the golf course, so I have that to look forward to. Also, I was able today to secure appts for my Covid shots. Still, there's nothing like watching this edition of Billiken BB to really take one's mind off the tragedies that are taking place in the outside world. Let's go Bills! Come back strong and show the A10 what a great team looks like. God bless all, mask up, thank God every day you wake up, and stay safe. We will beat this thing.
    16 points
  20. crymdg2

    GDT: Duck Fayton

    My 8 year old woke up at 530 and yells, "Dad, you ready for the game tonight?!" Lets...freaking...go...
    15 points
  21. A10Ref

    Trouble in Richmond VA?

    Can we give some kudos now to our athletic department?.... Seems very very deserved.
    15 points
  22. I hate being beaten by a Pitino, and I think Ford has some questions to answer, however, here are 10 things. 1. This team won't be good in the Big 10, but they will spring an upset or two when they have a hot shooting 3 game like last night. At their place they can easily beat an Ohio State, Michigan etc on a good day. I think (and hope) their NET rating won't be awful come March. 2. Yuri got a learning experience from Carr that hopefully helps him grow. 3. We see what Fred is now. 4. Hopefully Perkins and Gibby harden up a little, because they looked Charmin soft. Especially Gibby. 5. Goodwin is one of the best all around players in the country, and he will lead this team like a general. Yuri needs to step into that role next year. 6. The Refs were garbage. The free throw disparity before the fouling at the end was a joke. 7. We nearly pulled off a miracle. The door was open, but couldn't hit threes, or even take them... 8. Minnesota shot out of their minds first half. That was the game. We should have been up 8-12 at half not down 2. 9. Martin looked better. Still wish Bell would get a chance. He made big plays last year. 10. This SHOULD be our only loss of the regular season. Maybe 1 more tops on another bad night.
    15 points
  23. Bot. A human can't be this annoying.
    15 points
  24. zacvoynow

    2020-21 Season

    Linssen is a personal friend of mine. Met him at school at UNCW, then conducted the interview with him after he chose to transfer to SLU. He’s a really good kid, and a really good player. Works harder than anyone I’ve ever seen. Marten just wants to win...his energy on the bench (cheering on teammates) is evident of that.
    15 points
  25. NCAA tournament appearances in the last decade.... Nova-8 Xavier-6 Creighton-6 Butler-5 Providence-5 SLU-4 Georgetown-4 UConn-4 Seton Hall-4 Marquette-4 St. John's-2 DePaul-0 Most recent NCAA tournament appearance Nova-2021 Creighton-2021 UConn-2021 Georgetown-2021 SLU-2019 Seton Hall-2019 St. John's-2019 Marquette-2019 Xavier-2018 Providence-2018 Butler-2018 DePaul-2004 Our on court history record over the last decade is more than good enough for the Big East.
    14 points
  26. Coach314

    Transfers - 2021

    McKissic was told that there will be 3 zoom calls made to potential guards but that Self will be bringing in only two for next year. Brandon did the virtual tour and Bill Self analyzed his game. They had a good conversation. Self will be calling him again tomorrow. Brandon also picked up offers from Florida and UCONN. Brandon also heard from SLU today. Also heard today that there is a possibility of Goodwin returning next year.
    14 points
  27. That is their choice. They will know the rules and they can make a decision that is best for them. I want to watch the Bills in person this year so I will do what is required. That is my choice.
    13 points
  28. CBFan

    2021-2022 Season

    Taj I have 2 free tickets for you for that game if you would like to be our guest. We sit in section 101 close to Steve. We bought 2 extra tickets this season because we carried over last years money and we wanted to support the school by purchasing what we normally would have spent in a basketball season. We will be giving away those seats for free all season.
    13 points
  29. Coach314

    Recruiting - 2021

    Yeah. I'm wishing everyone a Happy Friday and hoping we can get back to Recruiting 2021 chat. I have no news though
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  30. There are several more active former Billikens but for various reasons they are not on a team or their seasons have not started yet. As far as I can tell these are all the former Billikens actively playing in leagues today. Reggie Agbeko - Signed on with Agricola Villarobledo CBV in the Spanish Silver league. Agbeko is in the starting lineup for the team which has started off their season 1-2. Reggie is averaging 6 points and 6 rebounds. Villarobledo is located about 100 miles SE of Madrid. Jermaine Bishop - Bishop signed with Hagen in the German Pro A league, one step below Bundesliga. Several Billikens have played in this league including Chris Heinrich and Dwayne Evans. Hagen is 2-0 on the season. Bishop is their 2nd leading scorer at 11 points, also averaging 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Hagen is located in Western Germany about 50 miles east of Dusseldorf. Brian Conklin - After spending last season with Limoges, Conklin has returned to play for Nanterre this season in the French ProA league and Eurocup. Nanterre is currently 3-1 in ProA play and 2-4 in Eurocup pool play. Conklin is averaging 10 and 6 with 53% shooting in ProA play while he is tallying 8 and 3 in Eurocup competition. Nanterre has an interesting wrinkle to their team as they have 16 year old 7’2 Victor Wembayama on their team, the top big man prospect in Europe since Dirk. He plays on their junior team but has gotten in games with the SR team and works out and practices with the men. Dwayne Evans - Evans played last season in Italy’s top league and right now is playing in Japan’s top league which Rob Loe also spent some time in last year. Evans plays Ryuku Golden Kings in Okinawa. The Japan league has some very high end players among their imports like Rayvonte Rice, Jordan Hamilton, Nick Fazekas, and Jack Cooley. Majority of the league is comprised of less talented Japanese players. Evans is having his best pro season. Ryuku is 11-2 and in first place. Evans is averaging 20 points, 10 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals. He joined the team late and has only played in games but they have won every game he’s played. He even went off for a 37 point, 14 rebound performance a few weeks ago. Ingvi Gundmundsson - Ingvi has moved on from the Icelandic league and is now on the roster of the Dresden Titans of the German B league. Through 4 games he has yet to make an appearance in a game. Adonys Henriquez - Henriquez left South America and is now playing for Ourense in the Spanish Gold league, 1 step above where Agbeko plays but below the major Spain league. Henriquez averages 12 points and 4 rebounds through 4 games for 1-3 Ourense. Ourense is located in NEWSpain, above Portugal about 50 miles from the Atlantic. Tramaine Isabell - Isabell plays for MZT Skopje in the Macedonian top league. Stats are hard to come by but Skopje is in first place with a 12-2 record. Stats are only available from the first 3 games and Isabell had 17 points, 4 boards and 8 assists and appears to be the best player in the league or close to it. Skopje is located in Northern Macedonia, near the border with Kosovo. Mike McCall - McCall has caught on with AB Contern in the Luxembourg Total League. He is putting up solid numbers, 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals through 4 games for his 2-2 squad. Milik Yarbrough also plays in this league. Contern is located just minutes outside Luxembourg City. Zeke Moore - Zeke is playing for Pardinyes Lleida in the Spain Silver league, same as Agbeko. Pardinyes is 0-4 on the season and Zeke is averaging 13 points and 4 boards. Lleida is located in NE Spain, 100 miles west of Barcelona. Willie Reed - Reed is playing for Budocnost Podgorica in Montenegro. He is participating in their play in the EuroCup play (in a different pool than Conklin) and in the ABA, which is an international league of Baltis State teams. It doesn’t appear he is playing in any Montenegran league games. In Eurocup play in which they are 3-2 Reed has averaged 13 and 8 on 70% shooting. In ABA play Reed is averaging 7 and 7 and they are 4-0. Podgorica is located in South Central Montenegro, on the shores of Skadar Lake. Kwamain Mitchell - Took me forever to find him. European reporting outlets are referring to him as Lamar Mitchell now. Kwamain is now playing in Serbia after being in Russia for several seasons. His team is KK Miladost in the KLS, the top Serbian league. His team is 6-1, near the top of the league and Kwamain is averaging 16 points and 6 assists. Miladost is located in Zemun, just north of Belgrade on the Danube in Central Serbia.
    13 points
  31. Just wanted to include some of the photos the wife took of the place while we dropped by. The potential rooftop addition is fantastic.
    12 points
  32. 12 points
  33. I don’t know why anyone gives a shite about the politics of anyone else on the board. When I have high fived other season ticket holders in my section, I didn’t ask them to show me a picture of their ballot first. They are Billiken fans and that is good enough for me.
    12 points
  34. Dana O'Neill, the author of the article in the Athletic, has a significant reputation as a national sports writer. This is not a case where we need "to be careful of sourcing" or "journalistic integrity". She is a senior writer with the Athletic, as is Ken Pomeroy. She was previously a writer for ESPN, and she wrote the book on Villanova's 2016 NCAA Championship run. The questions to be asking are not "Can we trust her?" or "Is this second-hand leaked information?", but "Why did Coach Ford wait to reveal the number of players who had the virus until now?" I have no special insight, but given that so many SLU players and others in the program had the virus, it's quite sensible both to protect privacy and to wait until it seems clear that the worst is behind. In a sense, it's pretty amazing that the extent of the spread was kept quiet, given that many people must have had some awareness of this outbreak's extent. It seems sensible for Coach Ford to release the details to a national writer rather than to a local reporter. After all, the point of the article in the Athletic is to answer this question: "How can two really good teams maneuver month-long layoffs?" The article answers that question with a deep dive into the basketball programs at Villanova and SLU. Rather than quibbling about why local reporters didn't break this story, it's probably better to enjoy the national attention: SLU now is being treated by national writers as a "really good team" similar to Villanova. Getting the story out in this way might be part of what helps come March at selection time. And this seems more important than earlier complaints about a lack of details regarding who had the virus or when, especially before the seriousness of the symptoms were known. It seems reasonable to think that the information was given to Dana O'Neill in a rather intentional way, and that the main audience is not merely readers of this blog, but March voters.
    12 points
  35. slu72

    Happy Blue Year

    I know it’s got off on the wrong foot but this is a great Billiken team. Let’s pray and hope they all recover and come back strong. Happy New Year to all you MBM’ers and be thankful for all your blessings in a very tough year for all of us!
    12 points
  36. GoMocs

    KC Hankton update

    Good morning, I stopped by to ask about KC last summer after he transferred to Chattanooga. The game plan had been for him to redshirt as we didn't really need him this year and he would have had to get a waiver approved. Well, given some departures and the NCAA granting the blanket waiver yesterday he played last night...o boy did he play. Came off the bench and within four or so minutes hit his first three shots, all three pointers. He played great and was part of a game winning play: His stats: 22 minutes played, 6 of 7 from the field, 3 of 4 from three point range, 1 of 2 free throws, 8 rebounds, a block and a total of 16 points. UNC-Asheville is a decent D1 team...this wasn't against a D2 or D3 team. Everything I have heard about him says he is a good kid and student. Whomever recruited him at SLU saw talent in him, which he has. Just wanted to give yall an update. Thanks, stay safe, and Merry Christmas. Best of luck this season.
    12 points
  37. This isn’t a Mailbag submission, but The Athletic has SLU at #12 in their Power Rankings... 12. Saint Louis (5-0) Know who is blowing people out? The Billikens! In their four “let’s see how badly you actually beat this team” games against SIU Edwardsville, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Central Arkansas (all of whom are really bad) and Indiana State (not great, but at least better), across 288 possessions, Saint Louis scored 362 points and allowed 230. That’s good. That’s really good! In its fifth game, a matchup of relative equals against LSU, Saint Louis held out for an 85-81 win (in 66 possessions). That victory was a good illustration of the kind of offense this team is playing right now: Travis Ford’s team has the third-highest effective field goal percentage in DI. Just four teams have been more accurate from beyond the arc. If anything, Saint Louis could take more 3s; the Billikens don’t shoot them all that often for a team this good at it, though there may be some causation in that. What Saint Louis does do well is whip the ball around: 63.1 percent of its field goals follow an assist. This is an experienced, tight-knit group playing some of the prettiest offense in the sport and hugely energizing its fans in the process. (Just look at the mailbag questions every week. Never fails.) Before Saint Louis plays NC State on Thursday night — a good NC State team, by the way — it’s probably worth taking a moment to appreciate the work Ford has done. It didn’t go terribly for him at Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys never quite fulfilled their Marcus Smart-era promise during his tenure. After OSU, he took over a SLU program that had gone from a Rick Majerus-built top-10-level program that fell all the way down into the low 200s in the last two years under Jim Crews. Saint Louis was still at that level when Ford took over. But year over year, he has lifted the program out of that tailspin: From 273rd in Year 1 to 148th in Year 2 to 106th to 62nd to where they are now. It’s a classic slow-burn college hoops rebuild, and it’s peaking before our eyes.
    12 points
  38. Please don't use the term "run train" in any context regarding the Billikens.......
    12 points
  39. HoosierPal

    2020-21 Season

    Really, kudos to LSU for coming to Chaifetz yesterday. They had a hundred reasons not to do that, but elected to play.
    12 points
  40. Posted this in the SIUE GDT, but I wanted to post here as well: if there are any regular posters/readers* who would like to donate, but have fallen on hard times due to the pandemic, please PM me. I’ll toss in $10 on your behalf on top of what I’ve put in already. That way you’ll get your donor tag for the next 2 years and can pay it forward next time Steve calls for donations. I’ll also order/pay for take out a meal for you at your favorite locally owned restaurant. I know the pandemic has been rough on a lot of people and businesses financially. This will be totally private & no questions asked. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. * - I’m hoping this won’t be the case, but to limit anyone trying to take advantage of me I’m going to limit to folks who had an existing account before November 2020. I’m also hoping there’s not many out there in a bad situation, but in an effort to cover myself in case I get more requests than I can afford I’m going to limit this to the first 10 for now.
    12 points
  41. Coach was on with Frank and Rammer on the Press Box this morning: https://590thefan.com/radio-shows/press-box/ They had an intraquad scrimmage on Monday, FG 42%, 3pt 29%, (won't say what the FT% was-I assume it was bad). French is nailing FT's in practice, but it isn't translating over to the last scrimmage. He has a new routine. He hit 3 of 4 in the second of three intrasquad, but the other two intrasquads, "nowhere near that". Starting lineup so far is Collins, French, Perkins and Goodwin. The other spot has been Jimerson one day and Thatch the next. Coach doesn't care who the 5th starter is. He is rotating starters every practice. In the last scrimmage Monday, he started moving into his top 8 or 9. Mentioned Linssen in for French, Hargrove in for Perkins, Jordan to point and Jacobs in for Collins. Bell is still out, expecting him back in a week to 10 days. Coach said he won't go back to starting Bell along with French just yet. Bell will be w a y back when he gets back. He will have to get into shape to get into the rotation and flow. Coach "Depth is only an advantage if there is not much of a drop off." "We have a lot of guys that can play, but we have to get them playing better." "Goodwin and French have been off the charts in practice. We need consistency from our depth, that we aren't getting at this time." Trend of going smaller - started in the NBA and is trickling down to college. "There is no such thing as a true power forward anymore." Bottom line, it's becoming a position-less game. We are really one of the smaller teams, in height. French is really only 6'6". We make for it with our toughness and physicality. Colleges are going away from 'you are a one, a two'. College kids don't want to hear that anymore. They are making up position names to conform, "You are the Rocket". Hargrove, "I talked to him, all I need him to do is fly up and down the court, get rebounds, deflections, don't worry about what position you are playing, just make things happen on the court." Coach, "It looks like Northern Iowa is our first opponent in Nebraska." Hope to get three games in NE. Schedule still changes almost daily. Hope the first home game is Dec 5. Four to five home games in Dec, still under flux. Minnesota may be the only true away game, closer to Christmas.
    12 points
  42. NH

    Former Billikens Updates

    One of my favorite Eckerle stories is when SLU was playing against Memphis in a closed-door scrimmage, and Eckerle was having trouble staying in front of his man. Majerus kept laying into Eckerle during timeouts until eventually Porter Moser said something to Rick about the player Eckerle was guarding and Rick turned around and said "wait, THAT'S Derrick Rose?"
    11 points
  43. Tate on Traore, "In two years he could be the face of SLU." He won't be redshirted. He will play. Frank asked about a starting lineup. Tate, "we have 10 guys that Coach would be comfortable putting out there at any given time." [I think that is our 10 (8+2) man rotation....who is left out?] Coach is really, really high on TJ Hargrove. He loves Collins like he is his son. On the new 'Shot Tracker' the team has used now for two years, Gibson is the leader. Gibson shoots 5,000 to 6,000 shots per week. The low end of the coach's expectation is 2,500 shots per week. Gibson had been over analyzing all his shots last season. NIL, discussed TJ with Bommarito, as has been covered already on this board. Coaches can point players to resources, but that is about their entire involvement. Tate: our selling point is 'opportunities in St. Louis'. In a college town, the opportunities are limited and could be 'tapped out' earlier than in a larger town like STL. Tate said we have one scholarship open for this team. SLU would have to sign any newcomer - for this season - by Friday. That puts the athlete enrolled in school. After Friday, the athlete wouldn't be eligible until semester break. Tate didn't say if anyone would sign or not. Backbone of the program will continue to be defense and rebounding. That won't change under Ford, ever.
    11 points
  44. Can you children take your Covid posts over to Facebook or to a Post Dispatch forum? Many here would greatly appreciate you taking your positions, whatever they may be, elsewhere. Thank you.
    11 points
  45. Well, good deal. Sounds like if he doesn’t get drafted, he’s a shoe in at Harvard.
    11 points
  46. Here is a link to Ford's wife's Baby Registry: https://www.babylist.com/baby-courtney-stuen I think it would be a cool way to show the support if the blog could throw her some support during this tough time.
    11 points
  47. Travis did an interview with Frank about Ford. It is fantastic, and a good look into just how close they were.
    11 points
  48. If every kid had his attitude college basketball would be a much better place.
    11 points
  49. Coach's Show with Rammer. It will air on KMOX tonight, but was filmed live today. Time of tonight's airing wasn't given. https://www.pscp.tv/w/1zqJVXzRQamKB (Lot's of repeat from the Friday and Sunday interviews.) Coach got the first COVID call at 7 AM Wed 30th of 2 positive players. The test they took was on Monday, 28th . Coach started feeling bad on Wed too and took another test. One other coach tested positive on Wed along with Coach Ford. Positives were spread out. Positive guys spent 10 days in quarantine, then they had the 7 days until return to action. If the players were negative, they had to quarantine for 14 days. Only 3 or 4 guys could use the stationary bikes. Guys were given basketballs just to keep it in their hands. He has seen that the guys now working out are 'behind'. Discussed the 2 pm Zoom's covered in the KMOX post. All players were on every day. With SLU having no A10 games, he wanted to get the guys into the A10 mode, get the conference juices flowing. Talked about first 8 games. Complimented Strickland making a good play at the end of the half against LSU. Talked to Perkins early in the year to get him to the FT line more often. He is now a marked man, a focal point of scouting reports. He needs to accept that challenge. Coach watched the NC State game last night. The first half was the worst half of the year, so far. Lucky to not be down by more. Didn't play great the second half but obviously played better. MN is unbelievable at home. SLU made MN adjust, and they did adjust for the win. They have beaten Iowa, Michigan and Ohio State at home. And we have played them as good as anyone. Called Jacobs our X factor, he hasn't gotten the recognition he deserves. Yuri's 7:2 ratio is the best Coach has ever coached in his 25 years. Have had a couple of individual workouts so far. Our guys understand they have to take it one day at a time now. He is dealing with getting guys back in shape and particularly those who weren't positive. Guys have to be handled differently. When are we going to play, "I don't know." We aren't playing anytime soon. We have to react to how our players are feeling. Some guys are (apparently) having trouble getting through these individual workouts. "How do you know which games to make up?" There will be a difference in games played prior to the A10 tourney. How do you handle that? How will the NCAA Selection Committee evaluate a "20 game" season against a "30 game" season? Scheduling was so difficult for many teams, will the Committee say "but they didn't play anyone" when that team's power games were canceled? Even 'the eye test' will be difficult. "Team Blue, playing for each other." Coach talked about this today with the team. How we will make this better. Guys are disappointed as they can't do the same things they did 3 weeks ago. When in quarantine, coach could have come out at day 10, but he wasn't feeling great so he stayed another day. At 11 days, he made a choice was to be positive, so he came out of the basement and turned his attitude around and started feeling better. Team Blue is about having these experiences together. Team has to handle this together. Team Blue identity has to be more prevalent now than before. This is a work in progress. How has Goodwin weathered this? He was in the individual workout today and had a good session. Coach puts him as one of the top 5 to 10 players in the country, based on whatever criteria you want...stats, leadership, impacting games, potential. Linssen has helped our team get to another level. He is the ultimate team player, doing all the little things. We have 3 legit post players. Bell was hurt before the season and really didn't join the team until almost the first game. Hope to have a full practice this weekend. Boxes have to be checked before we can move ahead day to day. We aren't doing many contact drills yet. We need to see where we are before we can determine when we can play another game.
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  50. People on both sides need to get beyond thinking people are bad just because of their politics. It has never in my life been this bad when judging people on just how they vote. Sure there are bad people on both sides, but the good people on both sides of the political divide far outweigh the bad.
    11 points
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