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Old 02-08-2019, 08:20 AM   #51
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You don’t think a grad transfer big would be better? Returning guard/wings—Bieniemy and Reaves. Guard/wings coming in—Harmon, Hill and Williams.

I’m more comfortable with our backcourt than our front court. I think Manek, Doolittle and Kauth will be fine. I’m not as comfortable as I would like to be with our back ups. Freeman (if he’s still around) could contribute if he was more consistent from the perimeter. That still doesn’t do much for his defense. I have almost no confidence in Polla. I don’t know what to expect from the bigs in next year’s recruiting class? There are too many unknowns right now.

I would rather see our coaches go after an impact grad transfer big. If one of our current bigs transfers, or someone doesn’t make it in, sign two or use one of those ships on a grad transfer guard.
No, I think it'll be a guard. Slasher/shooter wing.

Its a guards game, Our bigs manek, Doo will be fine, surely Kur or a newbie can handle mop up duty.
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Old 02-08-2019, 08:28 AM   #52
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No, I think it'll be a guard. Slasher/shooter wing.

Its a guards game, Our bigs manek, Doo will be fine, surely Kur or a newbie can handle mop up duty.
I agree, for some reason I think Hill will need a year until he is ready for big minutes.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:19 AM   #53
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No, I think it'll be a guard. Slasher/shooter wing.

Its a guards game, Our bigs manek, Doo will be fine, surely Kur or a newbie can handle mop up duty.

Where is the scholarship coming from? Are we going to process Polla?

Our roster will be:

Seniors:
1. Doolittle
2. Freeman

Juniors:
3. Manek
4. Reaves
5. Kuath
6. Polla
7. Merritt
8. Williams

Sophomores:
9. Bienemy

Freshmen:
10. Harmon
11. Iwuakor
12. Hill
13. Anyang
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:28 AM   #54
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Where is the scholarship coming from? Are we going to process Polla?

Our roster will be:

Seniors:
1. Doolittle
2. Freeman

Juniors:
3. Manek
4. Reaves
5. Kuath
6. Polla
7. Merritt
8. Williams

Sophomores:
9. Bienemy

Freshmen:
10. Harmon
11. Iwuakor
12. Hill
13. Anyang
I could be wrong but I think Merritt will be a sophomore.

To your question I think Polla does leave.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:57 AM   #55
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I agree, for some reason I think Hill will need a year until he is ready for big minutes.
I think Hill plays pretty quick. I think we just need another guard.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:57 AM   #56
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Where is the scholarship coming from? Are we going to process Polla?

Our roster will be:

Seniors:
1. Doolittle
2. Freeman

Juniors:
3. Manek
4. Reaves
5. Kuath
6. Polla
7. Merritt
8. Williams

Sophomores:
9. Bienemy

Freshmen:
10. Harmon
11. Iwuakor
12. Hill
13. Anyang
Merritt will be a Soph.

I think 1-2 will leave yes.
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:54 AM   #57
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I think Hill plays pretty quick. I think we just need another guard.
I think he'll play, just would prefer him to be the 6th guard instead of the 5th in his 1st year. Definitely needs to bulk up.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:04 PM   #58
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I think he'll play, just would prefer him to be the 6th guard instead of the 5th in his 1st year. Definitely needs to bulk up.
I felt the same, but watching Jamal makes me think it will be smoother than I expect.

I think he is smooth like Jamal. Obviously not a pg but he can play.
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:34 PM   #59
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Freeman is graduating so he may decide to call it a career. This is just my speculation.
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Old 02-10-2019, 03:48 PM   #60
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Freeman is graduating so he may decide to call it a career. This is just my speculation.
He needs too. He's just not any good. Seems like a nice kid, but I see way more ability out of Polla than Freeman. Polla can at least rebound and be physical. Freeman is like air playing defense.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:00 PM   #61
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Freeman is graduating so he may decide to call it a career. This is just my speculation.
I'm not a fan of him, but he is getting playing time this year. Are we sure he is just going to leave when it seems likely he'll get playing time next year as well?
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I'm not a fan of him, but he is getting playing time this year. Are we sure he is just going to leave when it seems likely he'll get playing time next year as well?
yes good chance
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I'm just praying for a grad transfer big. We saw what this team was with a healthy Muni and then without. In a guard dominated game, you still have to have a big who can hold down the post. They don't have to be a star, we all know a healthy Muni isn't. That player isn't on our roster for the at least the next 2 years currently.
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I'm just praying for a grad transfer big. We saw what this team was with a healthy Muni and then without. ...
Healthy or not, we had both Lattin and Muni last year, and still went 1-7 in the month of February. Will a transfer big really help that much next year?
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It is practically a sin to not redshirt Polla.. They need to go ahead and do it after this year.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:37 AM   #66
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It is practically a sin to not redshirt Polla.. They need to go ahead and do it after this year.
He will get a permanent redshirt after this year.
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It is practically a sin to not redshirt Polla.. They need to go ahead and do it after this year.
What do you think is a more likely outcome:

A) You dont' redshirt him and wish you had him for another year; or

B) You redshirt him and wish you had a scholarship to use on someone else for that 5th year.
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What do you think is a more likely outcome:

A) You dont' redshirt him and wish you had him for another year; or

B) You redshirt him and wish you had a scholarship to use on someone else for that 5th year.
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Healthy or not, we had both Lattin and Muni last year, and still went 1-7 in the month of February. Will a transfer big really help that much next year?
I don't feel there really are any similarities between last years team and this years team other than a poor month of February. Young, Shepherd, Lattin, McGusty are gone and Doo missed half the year. This years team, IMO, is closer to the 2013-14 team Buddies sophomore year. Just not quite as good. That team was 23-10 (12-6) and a first round out in the tourney.

PG: Woodard
G: Cousins
SG: Hield
F: Clark
F: Spangler

Bench: Neal, Hornbeak, Booker, Bennett

The following year Honrbeak, Clark and Neal are gone. TaShawn Thomas Grad Transfers in and Lattin and Muni (Redshirted) come in as freshman. Buddy, Isaiah and Spangler are Juniors and they go 24-11 (12-6) and make the Sweet 16.

This years team to me is about a step behind that. I believe a grad transfer big would help. Spangler and Thomas were Forwards who could bang in the post on both sides of the ball. That is something we don't have on the roster for the next few years. Doo and Manek are forwards who are more perimeter oriented. Polla can bang, but he's just not quick enough to really be effective on either side of the ball. Are they going to the Sweet 16 next year...Highly unlikely, but look more like a first or second round team with potential.

In comparing each team:
Woodard < Bieniemy/Harmon
Cousins > Reaves
Hield > Manek
Thomas > Doolittle
Spangler > Grad Transfer

Bench: (Booker, Walker, Lattin, Bennett) < (Williams, Hill, Kuath, (Harmon/Bieniemy)

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