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  1. I vote for this, I think that needs to happen. I am drafting my letter to Chris May now and will put it in the mail ASAP.
  2. That is the only place I can remember the name of that I have been to. The President of my firm is one of the owners (the guy who opened Beach Bistro is also in the ownership group), cool place.
  3. If you aren't concerned with cost, I've heard Beach Bistro is great. The last time I was there I tried getting a reservation a few weeks in advance and it was all booked up, so I have never been. Just heard it is really good, but also expensive.
  4. Thanks for the recommendation. We have family who recently got a place across the bridge from AMI in Longboat Key, so I will be getting over there more frequently. I have been to a handful of places on AMI, but am usually not in the right mind to remember names of places.
  5. Anyone know anything about that school? We have family in Sarasota, so I looked it up and on Google Map it shows a UPS store. Some of these "schools" are very strange to me. I would note that the address/UPS store is right around the corner from IMG (so their mailbox is in Bradenton as opposed to Sarasota). Has anyone looked at IMG's facilities? Unbelievable and I assume the star football and basketball players there are on scholarship (one of my in-laws mentioned when we drove by it heading to Anna Maria Island that they have a friend who's daughter is there for tennis and I think she said something like the cost being around $70k or something crazy)?
  6. Just a reference to posting projected numbers again, it was a missed joke.
  7. You still planning on doing this again in the future?!?!
  8. That would likely only come from someone who didn't watch Lewis play in high school. It was fairly obvious at Chaminade that Lewis lacked the quickness and ball skills to play as a lead guard, he was an undersized 2.
  9. Good stuff, thanks for posting the link. I love that Pistol's analysis comes with a pic of Councilman Jamm, makes it seem even more credible.
  10. I don't have an actual definition of priority or primary target, but I don't think just because a kid is a top 150 recruit means we have always identified him as such. What I mean is that if you were in the coaching meetings heading into this spring/summer, who would they have in that A group of recruiting targets for the 2020 class that they were going to make sure to have eyes on and keep tabs on throughout the spring and summer? I tend to think we are now looking at guys who were outside of that group and I tend to think Luke was outside of that group as well, but again things develop as guys go off the board or other kids catch your eye, so that A list is constantly evolving. I really like Stone, so I don't care what our interest in him was in April thru July as I am sure he is now in that category (as Luke became I'm sure), but it would seem like we aren't finalists for guys we would have spent our spring and summer pursuing as our top targets. But with our roster and the limited scholarships, this always seemed like it was going to be an interesting class for us assuming the elite local guys weren't interested. I have no idea who else Ford is trying to set up visits. I don't think I fully know how Pistol found our interest in Stone, but I think it likely also proves that this one kind of heated up after being dormant as well. And I am not saying that is a bad thing in any way, just that I think our original top targets for 2020 are likely no longer options for us.
  11. Should we assume we have missed on our primary targets for this class at this point and are kind of moving to secondary targets? This isn't meant as a negative (either for the recruits or the coaching staff), with our roster this class was always going to be a somewhat odd one and the staff being able to be selective with those two open scholarships. I thought the perfect recruit to go all in on (like Goodwin) was Love, but it was fairly obvious early on that wasn't in the cards. It seems like (and this may not be accurate) our most recent recruits we have had a chance to land (Kasubke and now Stone) kind of flamed up after things being dormant with both (I never saw SLU as being all in on Kasubke this summer and hadn't heard of us actively tracking Stone) and them maybe not having the options they expected to have or once had. Man it would be nice to have someone providing recruiting content for SLU basketball.
  12. Billikens.com is allover this one! I seldom know anything about these guys, but I really like the fit on paper. Now get that commitment video made Jayden!
  13. Do we know what their current level of interest is in him? Maybe his options dried up a bit and we caught wind of that, would be a really nice get.
  14. This was the moment when the Billikens.com message board advanced. Well done guys!
  15. Yeah, I meant when they get to the major college level. We will see whether Jimerson is able to demonstrate a complete game early in his career. It sounds like he certainly has that in him, so I am not doubting he will ever get there, just how soon he will be capable of doing so at this level. Something to watch.
  16. Maybe this is true, but often times guys who come in as more true 3 point shooter types struggle to get to the line early in their career. I have no idea whether this applies to Jimmmerson as well since I have never seen him play, but something to think about. I was going to say for us to improve as a free throw shooting team it might have to come down to guys like French and Goodwin improving and you laid it out pretty good. Looking at our free throw attempts last season, it went Bess (176 and 79%), Goodwin (141 and 51%), Isabell (138 and 71%), Foreman (107 and 54%), French (106 and 34.9%), and Thatch (54 and 61%), so we need improvement from the returners and the new guys to step in and hit at a solid clip which doesn't seem unreasonable (Foreman's position could be one that sees some nice improvement and I didn't realize just how many he shot).
  17. I could definitely see that. I’m not some huge Weaver fan as I’ve never seen him play, he just seems to fill an obvious need (the same could be said for Perkins).
  18. I guess we will see how it plays out. I see Weaver filling a position on our roster where I personally question the depth beyond him (for what it is worth it looks like Eastern Kentucky plays fast (at least they did last year) and he averaged 29.3 and 30.4 mpg during conference play the last two seasons). I also want to see us play a 10 man rotation before assuming that we are going to become a team like VCU (and that minute split you linked seems doable for a lot of teams who lack a lot of true veteran depth) or Arkansas with Mike Anderson or Florida State where 10-11 guys are playing substantial minutes. When I look at our depth I see 12 bodies, but not much returning production, so maybe with the lack of proven production we see a lot of those guys playing (kind of a 10-11 man rotation by default), but I think a primary core will emerge and I see Weaver likely being the next in line behind Goodwin, French, and Thatch. Maybe the new guys can all play from day #1 (or make significant progression from year #1), I just haven't seen many of these kids play much to say with any degree of certainty either way. Maybe 25 minutes is a little high for Weaver, but I see him filling a big hole for this coming season. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised by newcomers and returning players and other guys are also capable of filling that role. Again, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
  19. Looking at the fastest teams from last year (as measured by adjusted tempo), Eastern Kentucky was 2nd. To clarify my position, I also don't care if we play fast, I'm just curious when we hear Ford say he wants to play fast how fast that would even be.
  20. I know every coach wants to play fast, but how fast should we expect this team to play? Since Ford has taken over we have been 331st in adjusted tempo in 2017, 337th in 2018, and 239th last year (Oklahoma State was 334th in 2016 and 238th in 2015), so with depth being an issue his teams have not played fast (to give the full picture from his time at Oklahoma State since I found it easy to search here is his entirety at Oklahoma State - 2016 - 334th, 2015 - 238th, 2014 - 59th, 2013 - 104th, 2012 - 143rd, 2011 - 218th, 2010 - 159th, and 2009 - 36th). It would seem with the skill sets (and deficiencies) of the roster on paper, applying some pressure on defense and playing in transition utilizing a larger rotation would make a lot of sense and obviously with those stats it would be hard to imagine us playing slower. But for me, I want to see it before thinking we are going to run 11 deep with 11 guys playing 15+ minutes a game. With all of the new faces and the makeup of the roster I am really interested to watch this team play and develop. I haven't been to practice and candidly don't know exactly what a Coach Ford team looks like system wise, so I really don't know what to expect. I was just surprised to see Weaver lumped in with the other guys in the 4-11 bucket since I have a tough time seeing him not playing over 25 mpg.
  21. I agree with that being the certainties, Goodwin, Thatch, and French all being like 30-35 mpg. If we assume that those are the certainties (I know some on the board are less certain about Thatch) and they are playing that heavy of minutes, I see the need for a shooter who can guard the point and be a secondary ball handler (assuming Goodwin is still playing this quasi pg position) which currently appears to be Weaver (similar to Isabell a year ago despite being a different player). With us signing Lewis and then Weaver, it seemed clear the coaching staff wanted a college ready combo guard who can shoot it. I suppose if you are really high on Yuri, you would certainly have him cutting into Weaver's minutes, I'm just not as sold on a lineup that would include those 4 heading into the season. So put me on the over of 15 mpg referenced in that post for Weaver. And then I do think someone is going to need to fill that Bess spot and be over 20 mpg as kind of a wing scorer. I don't doubt that we will see more guys play, but I have a tough time seeing the rest of the roster all playing like 15 mpg. Maybe it happens, but again I have a tough time seeing that many guys playing around 15 mpg when the other 3 positions on the floor will primarily be filled by Goodwin, Thatch, and French. And I do think we see more guys play, I just don't see the distribution being so equal for 4-11. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out, back to you Steve.
  22. Speaking of interviews, you all have any in the works?
  23. Am I the only that is thinking Weaver is going to be more like a 25+ mpg guy for us?
  24. Dang, good genetics: "One of the most decorated student-athletes in WU history, volleyball standout Amy Albers Laczkowski (1995) won consensus Division III National Player of the Year honors in both 1993 and 1994 and was a three-time first-team All-American. A two-time first-team Academic All-American and the 1994 Academic All-American of the Year for college division volleyball, she is the NCAA all-divisions record holder for career hitting percentage. Amy Albers Laczkowski (Marketing, 1995)—One of the most decorated student-athletes in Washington University history, Amy Albers Laczkowski also ranks as one of the greatest players in NCAA volleyball history. She won consensus Division III National Player of the Year honors in both 1993 and 1994 and was a three-time first-team All-American. In three years at Washington U., she led the Bears to three consecutive national championships, including the first perfect season in Division III volleyball in 1992 (40-0). Amy also holds the NCAA all-divisions records for hitting percentage in a career (.530) and single-season (.551). In addition to winning a gold medal at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival after being the first Division III athlete to compete, she won the Honda Award in 1995 as the top female athlete in Division III among all sports. Amy was named the 1994 Academic All-American of the Year for college division volleyball and was a two-time first-team Academic All-American. She was named a "Today's Top Eight" honoree by the NCAA, was the 1994 NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of Missouri and finished as a Top 10 finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year honors. Amy is the daughter of Cy and Lou Albers of Washington and the wife of former Washington University basketball player Tim Laczkowski."
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