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Dean Smith

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  1. The Roby prediction will hopefully come to fruition, but I refuse to accept that every college basketball player's goal is to get out of college and into the NBA in as few of years as possible. There have been players that all the pundits said was "stupid" for coming back to college for their senior year because they "can't do anything but hurt their draft stock." But still, a few do return because they have not achieved all of their individual or team goals. There will always be few, albeit a very few, that go against conventional wisdom and choose not throw their name into the draft. I have no idea if Roby would be one of those few, but in the end, it is an individual decision taking into account multiple factors. Most do look at the evidence and chose the NBA, but there are exceptions to every rule.
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    Practice Countdown

    You seem to think I'm throwing shade on Aleks. He was a big man and cast a huge shadow. I watched those years and know exactly how important he was. His tendency to miss bunnies at inopportune times frustrated me but the guy was an absolute stud for Nebraska. I just think Diaz's skill set would have made him just as effective if that phrasing allows you to stomach the claim a tiny bit more. He had drop steps baseline and middle, jump hooks with both hands, mid-range jumpers, and could put the ball on the floor against big men for a dribble or two. If you watch him after his Husker career you will see him knock down threes and surprisingly throw it down with some authority. He also showed the ability to effectively pass out of the post. I can find the stats for his Puerto Rican team as 14.5 PPG, 38% from 3 and 66% FG, 6.5 RPG and 1.8 blacks. He could do so much if he was healthy enough to move he would have been unguardable in the college game. Maric is one of the all-time Husker greats and I suppose I may have gotten carried away but I was always in love with Diaz's skill set and felt he could do so much more if his feet allowed him. My bottom line is a healthy Diaz would have helped almost if not every Husker team that took the floor.
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    Practice Countdown

    A guy like Diaz would be welcome on almost every year's squad. If he had healthy feet, I believe he would have been one of the most successful Husker players in program history. I believe a healthy Diaz is a more effective player than Aleks Marić and we got a lot out of Marić.
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    Practice Countdown

    I’m starting to think he might turn out alright for the Huskers, but his need to redshirt at this time goes beyond gaining weight.
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    2019 PG Markese Jacobs

    And I’m sure sour grapes has something to do with as well. When you’re Kansas you can afford to lose a 4 Star or two.
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    2020 G Donovan Williams - VC

    I don't think its terrible because it is not what we've done. I think its a terrible idea on it's on merit. Now maybe if we get Coach K as a future AD. NBA GM's are hired to run professional basketball teams. Moos was primarily hired to straighten out football. And all AD's have a lot more on their plate than one sport. I've seen nothing that shows me Moos knows anything about basketball. There are always exceptions but I don't think too many coaches (with job security - I know that greatly reduces the number) would put up with an interfering AD.
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    2020 G Donovan Williams - VC

    He might have but if he is really a good AD then the answer is no. You have to let your coaches coach and that includes recruiting who they feel are a good fit for the program. Personally, I don't see any advantage to having Nebraska kids on the roster if they aren't going to be as good as you can get everywhere else. If they can help the program recruit them and that goes beyond just do they have the talent. So if you have two players that are even and so you go with the in-state kid that makes sense to me. This isn't football where you need numbers and have a miss here and there. The smaller roster size magnifies every miss in basketball.
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    2018 PG Amir Harris - LOI

    The thing I noticed is when he dunked, if you watched the other players there is no immediate reaction. Have they gotten to the point that they are so used to him doing that they have been desensitized?
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    2019 SG Jervay Green (Juco)

    Roughly the same geographic area? How about Sedrick Toney. He was there about the time Marshall was in Sterling. Of course he has nothing to do with Nebraska, but he was Andrew Toney’s cousin. So he’s got that going for him.
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    2019 SG Jervay Green (Juco)

    And Havey Marshall but that's going back a ways.
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    Dedoch is N

    Ya but they say Nebraska finished 5th in the Big 10 so there's that.
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    Dedoch Chan

    Sorry?
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    Dedoch Chan

    You can but if you want to be successful long term you don't. You have to be flexible within your system but if you have no system you have no direction. To try to change who you are is a sign of desperation and we are a long way from needing to be desperate. And I stick with my first statement, we will not play more zone than man this year.
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    Dedoch Chan

    Pretty sure that’s not going to happen. You can adjust to your personal but you don’t change your philosophy.
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    2020 PG Rashad McDaniels

    Shot does seem problematic. You can’t tell %’s from video so if they all go on in then it’s all good but his shot completely crosses his face and it’s a slow release.
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    Dedoch Chan

    Anybody that has seen Heimann play says playing this year wouldn't do anything but hurt him in the long run. He needs the redshirt. We don't know anything about this juco kid. I guess we are all just hoping for the best. It would seem to be the best for Heimann if Dedoch shows up so he can redshirt. Physically I can see similarities with Ubel and think of what he could have been with one move year at Nebraska. You can't change the past so Jack is no longer an option. If this is the best we can do at this time then let's roll the dice and see if he can help.
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    Dedoch Chan

    You can be a very good defender and not block any shots and you can block a lot of shots and not really be a good defender. I don't know anything about this kid but personally, I feel the blocked shot is one of the most overrated aspects of the game. How many of them turn into possession for your team?
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    Dedoch Chan

    And probably the only kind of big you can get at this late date. We need a body and he seems to fit the bill.
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    2018 Transfer Market

    I don’t know any more than you but I would think it was quite a surprise. I assume he made a long term commitment in order to be let back on the team.
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    Jordy Gone

    If we had The real Brandon Ubel I think he would play more than that.
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    Jordy Gone

    Miles talked to the family and must have heard enough right things to allow him back. Either Jordy or his family or both knew they were being untruthful at that meeting. This is 100% on Jordy even if the decision was guided by others.
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    Jordy Gone

    If Nana leaves it doesn’t put the program in such a bind. Wouldn’t make it an less unethical in their part but less harmful to the program.
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    Jordy Gone

    Where you there? Did you hear any pleading? Miles has a conversation with his family and when everybody was done talking Jordy stayed with the program. That’s all I know and unless you were in the room you don’t know any more either. I assume that Miles let him back because he recommitted to the program because as a coach that’s the only way I would have let him come back. I wasn’t there either but based on my experiences coaching I’m assuming Jordy lied whether he knew it at the time or not and just threw his team under the bus in an incredibly selfish act. I’m assuming that someone in his camp decided that leaving then would lose Jordy a semester of eligibility and they started planning his exit at that time. The best word that comes to my mind to describe Jordy right now is weak.
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    Jordy Gone

    A real friend will be honest. Your friend may want to get back together again but you know better and are willing to risk having them be mad at you to tell them that. Continuing the metaphor this is the second time we caught him cheating. Once maybe forgiven but twice is a pattern. And this late date is the equivalent of leaving you at the alter. The wedding and the reception have been paid for and there is no recouping that lose. So it is human to hope that he never finds true love. I hope he makes a nice living with the psychology degree that he earns I but am petty enough at 1:00 AM to hope he never makes another jump hook in his life.
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    Jordy Gone

    He still needs too and Borchedt isn’t the answer either.
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