September 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm #11148
They posted the ’13-’14 roster today. Few interesting points:
Chuku listed at 6’8 250. Heavier than I would have guessed. Really excited to see him finally hit the court this year.
Kempton is listed at 6’10 225.
JG is only listed at 210. Not sure where he was last year but that is pretty skinny for a 5 which he will definitely be forced to play.
Anyone want to venture a guess at the starting 5 for game 1?September 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm #11149
Totally a blind guess – would love to see these guys even in practice. But here goes: 3-guard set to start, backcourt MM, SC, AD; up front, JG and JC. Really hope we don’t have to go 3-guard – but I’m guessing that we’ll start that way.
This guess and $1 will get you a copy of coffee…September 6, 2013 at 11:44 am #11159
Chuku weight has to be wrong because he tweeted a photo of him on a scale in mid summer if I remember correctly and he was 231, which he was pumped about. Calling BS on 250.September 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm #11160
I think your guess is probably close but CS will be in the lineup ahead of SC or AD. DC may also be in the mixSeptember 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm #11161
Interesting take, pafan11. My assumption is the CS will primarily back up MM at the point. Do you see him playing some 2? Or maybe MM plays some 2?
I’m really hoping we see either DC or AP get some time at the 2 – we’ll see. To me, the biggest questions are up front. If either TK or SW are ready, that would allow us to play a more conventional lineup. But if neither is, I think that kind of forces the 3-guard set. And even at that, I’m assuming JC is ready, based on having a year of working with the team and system. Vague twitter mentions seem to indicate good stuff about JC, but I’m really eager to see him on the court.September 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm #11163
Chuku weight has to be wrong because he tweeted a photo of him on a scale in mid summer if I remember correctly and he was 231, which he was pumped about. Calling BS on 250.
Agree Hoops. I remember that photo too, my guess is that the 250 is just an inflation like every basketball team in the country uses on their rosters. Pretty much everyone is probably an inch or two shorter and 10-15 pounds lighter than listed. JC is probably still in the 230-235 range.
My shot at the starting 5:
MM is a lock. D’Orazio started the majority of last year and has turned himself into a solid role player. I think Chuku is a virtual lock as well. Baltimore will likely get another chance but he and Chuku together probably just aren’t big enough to start together. Goldsborough starts by default unless Kempton can lock down the 5 from day 1. I think Price will emerge on the wing opposite D’Orazio because SC can’t play D, CS is too small to pair with MM starting, and DC is coming off injury. Simelton is the wildcard for me. I think he could very well end up being the best player in this freshman class. He appears to be the second most dynamic guard on the team after MM and I think either he or AP (or both) will start quite a few games this year. I think there will be plenty of times we see MM and CS on the court together, but rarely if ever to start. I don’t know what to think about Whitfield. He’s coming off injury and has made some comments on twitter about small knocks he has already picked up in workouts. I can’t even venture a guess at what kind of role he winds up with this year, but I’m optimistic.September 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm #11165
I can agree that CS and MM together are very small but I believe CS’s ability to handle the ball forces him into the starting lineup. LU will never survive with one ball handler on the floor. As for the Freshmen it is way to early to tell, MM and AP are highly touted as well as TK but we all know that doesn’t always mean a whole lot.September 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm #11168September 7, 2013 at 12:20 am #11172
SBum – totally right that they boosting his weight just odd they feel the need to fake his weight when he already a legit 230-235! Usually it’s the greiner and goldsborough and Knutson types you give an extra 15 to.
Nice to see roster posted an new numbers for rooks!
As for game one lineup – I say MM CS AD JC JG – go with experience on road at um. CJ didn’t even start hi first two games so I think AP comes off bench for at least a few but can end up being a starter early on. I have heard some good thing on AP from people so far. We know we got enough guards to be good in Pl so season comes down to how good is JC, Did JG improve, and what we get from TK and SW. If three of those four break right we are top 3 in Pl with shot at winning again.September 7, 2013 at 3:24 am #11174
Not to be a pessimist – but if CS starts with MM, I fear we’re in for a long season. To me, that means we don’t have frontcourt OR a legit scorer at the 2. I’ll hang some hope on SC starting for his shooting.September 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm #11196
You all make some great points but realistically you have to think this team is a year away. AP, MS, TK, SW, and CR are all between 17 and 19 years of age. To compete for a PL championship will be extremely tough considering at least four of these kids will play in some capacity (CR is the wildcard). In a grinding college season with injury, travel, academics, ect… it is a lot to ask of any freshman. The greatest player in Lehigh history didn’t make through four complete seasons! I think next year is the year even with the lose of MM.September 11, 2013 at 3:32 am #11227
1 – MM
2 – CS
3 – AD
4 – JC
5 – TKSeptember 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm #11232
Lehigh90 may have a winner here if TK can handle the rigors of a college season. His size alone has to make him a front runner if he is a legit 6’10September 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm #11234
I’d be thrilled if TK is ready, but not ready to guess that yet. If he is, that also means we could play 3 bigs. As I’m sure has grown obvious, that’s something I really feel like we need to do.September 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm #11235
I agree completely about TK but I don’t understand the argument for playing 3 bigs. If I am correct Coach Reed’s PL championships came with teams that mostly played a 3 guard set. I also would consider Hamilton in 11/12 a swing player not a big. Today’s game is guard driven and I believe you can win any game with great guard play. Anytime you compete with major conferences the size factor will be an issue but only because their guards are so big, which is you can’t guard with our bigs anyway or they would be playing at a major conference.
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