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It is pretty  amazing how much changing one player next year, will change the type of team we are. Start with the base group of 4: French, Perkins, Goodwin and Yuri. 

Add Bell and we are a big physical team, Bell 6 10, French 6 7, Perkins 6 6, Goodwin 6 3 and Yuri 6. A team that can match up with the big boys and neutralize a high scoring inside big man.

Add Jimerson, now it's a 4 guard team with 2 strong outside shooters, who are creative shooters with quick releases.

Add Hargrove and you have a 4 guard team with crazy hops that is always looking for a steal and a fast break.

Add Thatch and you have a 4 guard team that can put a lot of pressure on ball handlers and shut down a high scoring guard.

All we are really missing is a proven stretch 4 to add to the mix.  Someon who can defend a legit inside player and step outside and drill an open 3. Hopefully Andre or KC can make that happen.

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23 minutes ago, Aquinas said:

It is pretty  amazing how much changing one player next year, will change the type of team we are. Start with the base group of 4: French, Perkins, Goodwin and Yuri. 

Add Bell and we are a big physical team, Bell 6 10, French 6 7, Perkins 6 6, Goodwin 6 3 and Yuri 6. A team that can match up with the big boys and neutralize a high scoring inside big man.

Add Jimerson, now it's a 4 guard team with 2 strong outside shooters, who are creative shooters with quick releases.

Add Hargrove and you have a 4 guard team with crazy hops that is always looking for a steal and a fast break.

Add Thatch and you have a 4 guard team that can put a lot of pressure on ball handlers and shut down a high scoring guard.

All we are really missing is a proven stretch 4 to add to the mix.  Someon who can defend a legit inside player and step outside and drill an open 3. Hopefully Andre or KC can make that happen.

I get what you’re saying and agree with the premise. But realistically I don’t expect Andre to be bigger (as a freshman) than Perkins or even Hargrove. He doesn’t appear to be a true stretch 4. He appears to be a lights out shooter with his specific position TBD at the next level.

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37 minutes ago, Aquinas said:

It is pretty  amazing how much changing one player next year, will change the type of team we are. Start with the base group of 4: French, Perkins, Goodwin and Yuri. 

Add Bell and we are a big physical team, Bell 6 10, French 6 7, Perkins 6 6, Goodwin 6 3 and Yuri 6. A team that can match up with the big boys and neutralize a high scoring inside big man.

Add Jimerson, now it's a 4 guard team with 2 strong outside shooters, who are creative shooters with quick releases.

Add Hargrove and you have a 4 guard team with crazy hops that is always looking for a steal and a fast break.

Add Thatch and you have a 4 guard team that can put a lot of pressure on ball handlers and shut down a high scoring guard.

All we are really missing is a proven stretch 4 to add to the mix.  Someon who can defend a legit inside player and step outside and drill an open 3. Hopefully Andre or KC can make that happen.

Good post. Exciting times. Almost all of the approaches outlined are possible because of Yuri, truly "the straw who stirs the drink".

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46 minutes ago, Aquinas said:

It is pretty  amazing how much changing one player next year, will change the type of team we are. Start with the base group of 4: French, Perkins, Goodwin and Yuri. 

Add Bell and we are a big physical team, Bell 6 10, French 6 7, Perkins 6 6, Goodwin 6 3 and Yuri 6. A team that can match up with the big boys and neutralize a high scoring inside big man.

Add Jimerson, now it's a 4 guard team with 2 strong outside shooters, who are creative shooters with quick releases.

Add Hargrove and you have a 4 guard team with crazy hops that is always looking for a steal and a fast break.

Add Thatch and you have a 4 guard team that can put a lot of pressure on ball handlers and shut down a high scoring guard.

All we are really missing is a proven stretch 4 to add to the mix.  Someon who can defend a legit inside player and step outside and drill an open 3. Hopefully Andre or KC can make that happen.

I believe that neither Hankton nor Thatch will make that much of a difference in the way the team plays next year.  I expect more from Jacobs than you do. Andre, Diarra, and Strickland are unknowns that may contribute a lot to the team or not depending upon what happens.

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Perkins is truly an amazing scorer.  Just in that video, he has every shot in the book.  Having watched Billiken basketball for 30+ years, I can't remember a scorer as good as JP.  I know he has been compared to Rogers but I somehow missed the Rogers years, possibly due to working out of town a couple of different times.

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On 3/25/2020 at 4:46 PM, Old guy said:

I believe that neither Hankton nor Thatch will make that much of a difference in the way the team plays next year.  I expect more from Jacobs than you do. Andre, Diarra, and Strickland are unknowns that may contribute a lot to the team or not depending upon what happens.

I hope you are wrong about Thatch, but I thought he played impressive defence his freshman year.  I didn't intend to cast any shade on Jacobs.  I see him as a more balanced player, each of the others, Bell, Jimerson, Thatch and Hargrove each have one really strong  tallent that they bring to the floor.

When it comes to unknowns, we have a lot fewer than last year, but I would agree that Diarra, Andre and Strickland are unknowns and I would add Thatch because of his illness.  I would like to think there is still potential in Hankton, but clearly we have yet to see it in his first 2 years. 

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If Thatch gets to play next year and shows he is capable of playing at his prior level and for significant time, I will be the first to rejoice. But I just do not think this will happen.

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On 3/25/2020 at 2:57 PM, Aquinas said:

It is pretty  amazing how much changing one player next year, will change the type of team we are. Start with the base group of 4: French, Perkins, Goodwin and Yuri. 

Add Bell and we are a big physical team, Bell 6 10, French 6 7, Perkins 6 6, Goodwin 6 3 and Yuri 6. A team that can match up with the big boys and neutralize a high scoring inside big man.

Add Jimerson, now it's a 4 guard team with 2 strong outside shooters, who are creative shooters with quick releases.

Add Hargrove and you have a 4 guard team with crazy hops that is always looking for a steal and a fast break.

Add Thatch and you have a 4 guard team that can put a lot of pressure on ball handlers and shut down a high scoring guard.

All we are really missing is a proven stretch 4 to add to the mix.  Someon who can defend a legit inside player and step outside and drill an open 3. Hopefully Andre or KC can make that happen.

Aquinas.

Normally I agree with all your posts.  This one, though, I am going to disagree a little bit.   Here goes:  I do NOT want a stretch 4.   Of course I liked Cody Ellis, who didn't/doesn't?  Instead, I would much prefer another classic power forward along the lines of Anthony Bonner and now French.   Put me down for a guy like French - but who can make a 10 footer and also make 3 of 4 free throws. Another 4 years of bully ball - but this time with 3 point shooters as well!

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1 hour ago, Clock_Tower said:

Aquinas.

Normally I agree with all your posts.  This one, though, I am going to disagree a little bit.   Here goes:  I do NOT want a stretch 4.   Of course I liked Cody Ellis, who didn't/doesn't?  Instead, I would much prefer another classic power forward along the lines of Anthony Bonner and now French.   Put me down for a guy like French - but who can make a 10 footer and also make 3 of 4 free throws. Another 4 years of bully ball - but this time with 3 point shooters as well!

I'm with you on the need for a rebounding power forward, especially after French graduates. We will lose a lot of rebounds when French and Goodwin graduate. I think Bell will get his share, and I think Hargrove will get his share, but a real rebounding athletic 4 will be required if we want to continue to lead the conference.  

Next year, God willing,  we are going to be a team that can force the ball inside and nail outside shots. That will be a nightmare to defend. The simple packed in zones we have seen for the last 2 years won't be the answer. 

What I really like about Jimerson and Perkins is that they are consistent and dont shut down if they miss thier first 2 shots.

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I know it's been mentioned, but David Pavlakovich is really putting together some great highlight stuff of the guys this year. I think I've seen some of the individual videos on here, but here is the link to his youtube page where he's posting everything. Most recently a DJ highlight package. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/dpavs14/videos

 

 

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