• Two offseason tweaks the team made were changing their weight training to try to get more gains and schematically changing the way they guard the perimeter (the “we got killed by 3 point shooting teams” problem). He likes both changes so far. The lineups are in flux because Miles doesn’t know exactly what he has in some of his younger players.
• The team seems as much on the same page as any he’s had…they have a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Have a bit of a ‘you’re with us or against us’ mentality.
• Gill is a couple weeks out from practicing. Anton had a procedure on his knee to help elevate knee tendinitis. Anton will be ready to start the season.
• Roby is a month out from practicing. He had a stress reaction in his pelvis bone which has meant no activity to heal him up. Miles doesn’t know when Roby will be ready to play but when healthy he will immediately join the rotation. Miles noted he was among the best players on the team.
• Miles empathically states that Jordy is going to play. In addition to just the sheer length and size he brings to the table it seems that Jordy is a fast learner and actively seeks ways to improve his game. Miles feels his limitation in time will be more about foul trouble than conditioning.
• Backing up Glynn at PG to start will be Tai and Evan Taylor. Mentioned Watson playing off ball at the 2 which would mean we could see Tai initiate the offense even when Watson is on the floor. Taylor is a fast guard with good defensive instincts. Webster and Taylor are two long athletic kids when paired on defense; Webster, Taylor, and Watson are 3 fast guys on defense (more pressing?) We’re thin on guards, especially with neither Gill nor Roby currently able to play…a statement that points to Roby playing the sort of wing position ala Shields as opposed to something like PF.
• Horne currently projects as a perimeter player. Miles notes him as skilled, passing and shooting well. Also notes his competitiveness …will get beat on defense and then come back and make a 3 with someone all over him. Needs to learn to defend better and improve his conditioning.
• Jacobson and Morrow put on a lot of muscle and strength over the offseason. The 19 lbs of muscle on Jacobson has added confidence (anyone remember him getting killed at Purdue?) Morrow often times in practice powers through the much larger Jordy. They “stat” every practice/workout and his numbers are the best on the team. He finishes a lot of plays and rebounds well on both ends. Expect to see him build on his finish at the end of last year. Reading into what Miles had to say it seems Jordy starts at the 5 with Morrow or Jacobson to start at the 4. McVeigh and Roby are also in the mix at the 4.
Edited by hhcdimes