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  1. I don't think we will see much of Hargrove playing post at 6,4 215. He is best at guard. He has the ability to rebound and block shots, but not bodying up against bigger players. You can sometimes get by with an undersized 4, if he is really good with positioning himself and anticipates his opponents moves. That's not Hargrove.
  2. I don't think Nesbitt is likely to jump for another slick sales pitch. Mizzou has had a number of players head for the exit. I think he likes the SLU chemistry.
  3. I generally agree with your observations, but I don't think Ford is on the hot seat. 1st. The threshold for changung coaches should be really high right now as the easy transfer rules mean a coaching change results in the immediate loss of the entire roster. Coach Ford has lead us out of darkness to respectability in spite if some really bad luck with S2 and Covid. If you look at the attitude of his players, its really impressive. How good will we be this year. There is a lot of coolaid flowing on the board right now. But the truth is, we have a number of big question marks. Perkins is
  4. Nesbitt could easily and justifiably feel like he was lied to by Hardaway painting a picture of him being an instant "one and done" star. Also playing away from home may not have been all he thought it would be. It doesn't mean he can't still be a star or attain the NBA. But the reality is that the NBA, isn't likely in one year and may not happen at all. The vast majority of exceptional high-school bb players don't see the NBA. It is wise for players to seek there potential AND get the degree. There are also advantages to becoming a home town hero, playing in front of friends and family,
  5. Good analysis Wiz, I had forgotten about the timing if the extended 3 pt line. His drop in percentage could be that, and or taking more contested shots. We don't need a guy taking contested 3s, but could use a guy who must be covered on open 3s and makes the additional pass to an open man when contested.
  6. Pistol, would you mind posting what you have on him?
  7. I recall coach RM slowing run and gun teams down by having players break back on defense as soon as the shot went up. Not necessarily all of his players, but enough to stop the fast break. He would trade offensive rebounds to stop the fast break. Then the fast break team faced defenders and could either take a fast contested shot or go into their half court offense. Pressure goes up on the fast break team when they fallbehind and find themselves playing defense all of the time. The other think is having good ball handlers, so steals are minimized.
  8. I don't know if it happened to Fletcher, but I think too many of these young recruits have coachs tell them to go to their schools and they can be one and done. Then when it doesnt happen, a player suddenly faces a different reality. Like having to take school seriously, and having to work much harder for success.
  9. I have not seen Fletcher play. The description of him as a rebounder sounds alot like Goodwin. He has been described as a hard nosed player and rebounder that would seem to fit the Team Blue identity. Fletcher is taller than Goodwin and shot high school free throws at 75%. He was not an accomplished 3 point shooter. Has not been a great ball handler. Is a great athlete. I dont know what led to his suspension at Kentucky, so that causes some concern. In Ford I trust.
  10. 1. The conference tournament allows ahead to play in and thus allow an additional team to make the dance. 2. The quantity of conference games played and strength of conference opponents will make it difficult to clearly see rankings of teams. For example, we have yet to play a conference game.
  11. Didn't he just have a concussion playing basketball? I wouldn't advise anyone who has had a concert to play football. His heart is in basketball.
  12. Based on the limited video I saw in Kern, he appeared to be under weight for going inside and his video mostly had him going inside and dunking, not much outside shooting. So I thought he was a risky recruit, especially for a team loaded at the wing position. Our big question marks are at the post positions. By spring Ford should have a better idea of who is coming back and how well they are playing/practicing.
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