February 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm #9261
The 76er Game affair last night was wonderful. If anyone gets to do a similar event with their Alumni club, do take advantage of it. I had a really nice chat with Dr. Reed. You will not find a more personable person to talk to. I sure hope he is at Lehigh for a long, long time.
1.)Nothing particularly new on CJ. He did leave the door open that he may play yet this year but of course, only if it would not jeopardize his future career. He did say that CJ is recovering well. He is working diligently every day. Nothing but praise for the young man from everyone including Doug Collins.
2.)Coach acknowledged that he still has a scholarship to use and that he may not be done for this year. He is looking for a special kind of player, someone akin to CJ McCollum :-). I surmise, he is looking for an instant offense kind of guy but just my take.
3.)Jesse Chuku was described as “out of this world” athletic but there is definitely a learning curve. Sitting out this season may be a blessing. I surmise that he may not have been the missing piece many had projected this year. Next year, perhaps a different story.
4.) Devon Carter will likely have surgery this week. They needed to wait until the meniscus healed. Don’t expect him to be a CJ McCollum type player. He reportedly does a lot of things well but may not be the explosive scorer perhaps we had hoped for. This is a style of play comment as much as anything.
5.)Coach didn’t seem to know much more about Tim Kempton’s style of play than we did but we agree that he looks to have Gabe’s skill set but in a much bigger, stronger body. We both look forward to his arrival on campus.
6.)Coach is really high on Austin Price, who had 18 points against a very good Romulus team last night. He was genuinely surprised about his shooting problems this year but indicated that he is a highly efficient player. Great looking shot and makes all the right decisions.
7.) We both have some concerns about where the points will come from next year. The team is likely to be more athletic but perhaps lacking pure scorers other than Mackey.
8.)We did not discuss BJ’s future. I’m sure he would love to have him back next year. Just surmising.
I hope this helps a little.February 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm #9262
Forgot one thing.
Doug Collins revealed that Lehigh was his first recruiting trip. Darn academics!!February 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm #9264
TMH – Awesome work buddy, much appreciated, just awesome.
Can you please explain more on number 5 above? How did that conversation about Kempton go and what did Reed say exactly? I’m scared about what you wrote that he didn’t seem to know much more about Kempton then us hahah! That can’t be the case, right?February 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm #9266
No need to be scared LUHoops00. I get the feeling that there just is not much film anywhere on him. Much of what he knew was similar to the article I posted on the Tim Kempton thread. He loves his body size. He is every bit of 235# with an upside to get even stronger. He saw it as a dimension that we don’t have right now. We are getting outmuscled inside which BTW is part of what is holding Gabe back. We talked a bit about CB too. Defense is what is holding him back. Coach had high expectations for him too this year. Can’t recall the entire conversation though.
If you can’t access the rundown on Kempton, let me know. I’ll post it again.February 4, 2013 at 10:02 am #9287
Is it defense with CB or is it attitude? Not so sure if that is really what is going on. His sophomores typically see the bench, but with CJ out he is playing this group more than usual. Look at the past few years. They them a bit more. Of course, CJ and GK have always played.February 4, 2013 at 2:49 pm #9292
Interesting stuff, TMH, thanks for posting. Sounds like you are going to see Chuku (sounds like they love this guy, and makes sense since they were OK with him potentially sitting out and still recruited him) and Kempton starting in the frontcourt next season. I can’t understand how he expects to find a special player so late in the process. That sounds like wishful thinking, unless you find a transfer somewhere. In regards to Kempton, I wonder how much the coaching staff has seen this guy play live. He plays HS ball and AAU in Arizona. How many trips could they possibly have made out there to see him? Probably not many, maybe 1 or 2. Maybe they saw him in some national AAU recruiting stuff, I don’t know. But, for a school with Lehigh’s recruiting budget, they truly may not know much more than us. I would assume, they are getting game film on him from this season as it progresses, and updates from services and his coaches. But, that is a bit of the risk recruiting outside of your geographical area. You are not going to run over and see him play a big high school game. I think a little bit of potluck.February 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm #9294
Another thought on Kempton, good or bad, not sure. This guy’s father played elite college basketball and played in the NBA. He obviously knows the process well, and knows a ton of the people involved in basketball. The fact that this kid has been pretty sheltered from a recruiting perspective puts a big question mark on him. You would think the dad has a ton of recruiting connections all over the country, and if not direct, then friends of friends. For so little to be known is shocking. Are they trying to hide something, is he a late bloomer, are they intentionally keeping him out of the spotlight? He appears to be jumping up boards late, and wondering why some bigger schools out west were not recruiting him? Could be great for Lehigh, or not.February 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm #9296
lehigh90, I have no idea at this point who our frontcourt will be next year although I definitely think JG has an inside track. SW seems to be a Holden Greiner type of player who has played at a high level until his injury this year. Temper your optimism about JC a bit. Coach said he is out of this world athletic but still has much to learn. It is a big transition playing in Britain and the US. His future development will determine his PT. Kempton may or may not be the most game ready out of all of them simply because he probably had real good tutelage at an early age on how to play the game correctly. He is rated as the #1 big man in Arizona. He is not a big leaper but I suspect he knows how to use his body well to create space. Time will tell. Coach did have a lot of film on AP though and loves him. Calls him highly efficient.
One thing we need to remember is that much of the scouting is done by the assistants and HCs rely a lot on their expertise for advice.February 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm #9297
norcalfan, as for CB, it does not appear that attitude is an issue at all. Much of it is technique on defense. He is getting out-physicaled which allows his man to get that first step or half step. It often leads to fouls in trying to catch up. I was given a more technical explanation of what happens on the court but prefer not to go into the details much here. Coach is still high on him but he needs to correct some things.February 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm #9298
Thanks for the update TMH, that is awesome inside info.
While I hope the staff doesn’t eat a scholarship again next year, I do like the idea of having one in the pocket for late blooming high school seniors (especially big guys), transfers, or kids that might be let out of their LOI after a coaching change. It gives added flexibility. For example, depending on how DC or SW’s rehabs are going, the staff could prioritize a backcourt or frontcourt guy for depth, or just hold on in case a sleeper falls into their lap.
I too have high hopes for JC, and he is a total wildcard. It’s pretty exciting, but it is a classic case of the second string QB. Everyone loves him because there is no reason not to, yet he has proven nothing.February 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm #9299
We are so short up front next year, we are going to need some production from everybody. Think about the frontcourt possibilities, it is a little frightening, from an experience perspective.
Kempton – 0 college games
Chuku – 0 college games
Whitfield – 0 college games
Baltimore – getting less than 5 minutes per game currently, nonfactor in 2 seasons
Goldsborough – starting to contribute halfway through first season, still rarely plays 20 minutes
I’m high on Chuku and Kempton because I, kind of, have to be. There is nothing else, really. We know that JG is going to be a big factor next season, but if he scored 10 ppg, I would be surprised. He barely scored double figures in high school, and has shown no real offensive moves in the low post this season. Upside next season is maybe 10 and 10, and we would be thrilled with that. CB, maybe he rebounds next year, not the basketball, but his career rebounds from where it is now. Upside probably 6 ppg, maybe some bigger rebound numbers. Again, he has shown no ability to score on the block and no post moves. Coaching staff is going to have to develop these guys Day 1.
More minutes for wings AD, SC and maybe CS if he plays some 2, but those guys are guards. We have virtually no experience up front. That is why I think you need to pencil in Kempton or Chuku as a starter and maybe both. At this point, JG would need to start at 4 or 5. MM, obviously, a starter at 1 or 2, BB a starter at 2 or 3, if he returns. Then the 3, AD, SC and CS looking at starting at the 2/3. Maybe SW is a stud, and he is your 3.
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