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  1. Finally had a chance to watch the game. I thought both the offensive and defensive game plans were good. Defensively, we played heady for about half the game. Rotations out of the post double were good during that stretch, and we were very tough to score on. Offensively, we simply couldn’t make shots, and when we didn’t make shots, we quit moving. Wilhelm now deserves all of Lat’s minutes. Start the kid at the 4 and leave him there. Walker-Andre works fine as a 5 rotation. Guards have to have some pride and make friggin jumper. Verge is no longer the problem. He’s creating a lot of looks right now. Missing wide open shots or not staying in movement to get them is the problem.
  2. Yep. I was thinking of this exact stretch. We played well enough to win.
  3. I’m not an excuse guy, but if I’m Fred I tell the kids to consider it a win. We were legitimately cheated. The team is getting better.
  4. Ramel is a really good all around player. He looks highly coachable and physically strong enough to play immediately. He reminds me a bit of Ade's game. Similar measurements and skillsets. Great get.
  5. Yep. Especially Doc’s brand. Tons of rotational aspects. Way harder than zone. The coaches are struggling to see it executed in games with all the newcomers. It is a good philosophy but completely falls apart if it isn’t second nature to all five guys on the court.
  6. One thing I noticed more in person was Doc's transition defense hasn't been executed well at all. If you want to give him credit for being a defensive guru, he is as good at coaching transition defense as anyone you will ever find. In the half court, like any defense we roll out, it takes effort and toughness to execute contesting and rotations. We have good athletes on the roster, but Keon is the only one built to play defense naturally. The rest are going to have to learn over time how much effort matters. Personally, I thought the defense against Southern was much better than it has been in any other season game. Same with the offense. Southern was 6/21 from three, and several of those makes were very well contested. Offensively, Verge played very well and with good purpose, but no one could bail him out by making a wide open shot.
  7. This. If he plays this unselfish, he’s easily our best option at point. He played great on both ends and really let the game come to him on O.
  8. We can win with the Verge that played today. He was very good and got us a million wide open threes. If we shoot at a normal clip, he was looking at a double double. Walker had a ton of great finishes and smart plays down low. I like Wilhelm over Lat now. Way more skilled and a bigger body. He also more than makes up for his lack of perimeter D with excellent help positioning. Leave two bigs on the court most of the time if possible.
  9. Hoping Webster gets the start as well. If not, I'm hoping Verge gets 10 assists. Having Kobe at the point and Keon on the wing should create more room for Bryce if Verge can't pass.
  10. Good news imo. The kid just needs some minutes because he has enormous upside as a defender and should be a good contributor on offense once he gets in the flow.
  11. If Verge is too hard headed to pass the ball, then he needs to be used as a 6th man like he was at ASU. Right now I'd rather start Trey at PG and bring Verge off the bench with the green light to score. I think I'd start Trey, Bryce, Keon, Breidenbach, and Andre based on the defense/rebounding effort I've seen so far.
  12. Missed Lat and Andre pretty bad tonight. Keisei hitting shots is also going to be an enormous X factor for our success.
  13. Love the ambition to get enrolled and mix it up at practice. I think we're recruiting the right sort of kids.
  14. Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring Ring with the harmonies of Liberty Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies Let it resound loud as the rolling sea Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us Facing the rising sun of our new day begun Let us march on till victory is won -- I'll stand for this along with the Star Spangled Banner any time.
  15. Something I’ve noticed: most of our newcomers are complete players. Verge, Heem, Keon, and even Keisei look pretty versatile on both ends to me. I think there are going to be plenty of nights where those guys are our best players. These 4 dudes shot 17/21 FG, 7/9 3pt, 8/9 FT. That really, really matters. Bryce should be one of those guys, but he’s a little Jaron Boonish at this point—needs to sharpen up just about every part of his game. If he’s not shooting well, he’s a liability because he doesn’t defend or drive particularly well at this point, and zero rebounds with that frame is unacceptable. Trey is a defensive monster and did a nice job passing. But I consider him a defensive specialist at this point. Walker and Eddy looked great, but as bruisers, they’ll have trouble being that efficient against better competition, and Walker didn’t get enough rebounds. It’s going to be a fascinating season.
  16. Bryce has handles over Keon, but that's about it from what I saw. Keon's upside looks crazy.
  17. This could very well happen, but what I'm most excited about is that we seem to have enough shooting that we'll have significantly less games where we hit nothing eternally all game. Now you can just sub the guy out and the guy coming in will likely shoot it better. I don't even remember the last time this was possible here.
  18. Good sign that Walker likes him, because Walker is super high character and very smart. Verge seems to be a bit Rondo-ish. I like it.
  19. Was he saying eventually or game 1? I think he'll likely grow into the starter either at the 4 or 5, but he weighs enough to play the 5 now, so he's certainly going to create some options game 1.
  20. Gotta think Our Roby & Banton NBA hybrid body type is a major sell here. This kid is that sort of prototype matchup problem.
  21. His new teammates saw his name and quickly fixed the problem upon his arrival.
  22. Heem looked bigger than Walker to me at the scrimmage. They are definitely within 10lbs of one another. Heem is over 230 now and has 2-3 inches on Walker. Looks like the kid has the same motor for the weight room as he does for the court.
  23. He can shoot the crap out of the ball. Good system guy for sure. I'd love to have another sniper.
  24. The Harden stepback uses the same technique and I feel like it should be until I slow down the film. I guess what I'm saying is that it never was, technically, a travel, even though it would've likely been called at first. Players just have better feet and handles now. It's fun to watch unfold. Same page I think.
  25. He catches at the same time his foot lands then takes two. Not a travel.
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