September 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm #11349
City of Basketball Love had Reed on for a podcast today. Some interesting tidbits on Schaefer, the schedule, and the newcomers. Worth a listen. It’s great when someone in the media actually asks interesting questions.September 20, 2013 at 1:08 am #11351
You don’t want to read too much into the information provided but we get so few that I’ll take a crack at some takeaways:
1.) Re MM, “hopefully providing leadership as most experienced guy” – obviously not the best phrased, with CJ or Gabe it was always a quote like “strong leadership from our seniors”, for MM he could have said “with departure of such a strong leadership class, MM has really stepped up as our team leader”, but he was pretty far away from saying that.
2.) Liked the part about how some younger players might push AD for playing time, but then he hedged pretty well on AP expectations. Did call out defense and 3 point shooting, guessing the he is working on things is related to dribbling/penetration areas.
3.) Like how he called MS athletic and explosive, matches what we saw on video.
4.) Confirmed like we thought that he thinks of SW as a hybrid and point forward and not a power forward guy, so we’re all on the same page there.September 23, 2013 at 8:07 pm #11398
I think it is a given that you are going to see CS at a starting spot. Reed seems to love this guy.
Could AD be following in the footsteps of a guy like Keefer, who saw his role diminish late in his career?
No mention of Devon Carter. Is he going to play this season at all?September 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm #11408
Carter and Sc still rehabbing knees but s/b ready.
Kroogs is off recruiting in Australia. Next big loves Foster and shrimp on the barbie perhapsSeptember 25, 2013 at 12:21 am #11409
Saw SC talking about not being back yet. But on the upside, did anybody catch this one?
My wingspan got measured 7’4 1/4 today… Who tryna make me some clothes???
Wanna guess who?September 25, 2013 at 12:51 am #11410
LOL yeah saw on my TL. Q remains, he has the body for inside does he have the will ?September 25, 2013 at 12:56 am #11411
Haha JC beast! More of an opportunity for AP if SC isn’t 100 percent.September 25, 2013 at 1:16 am #11413
Couldn’t resist doing some wingspan research. See this link: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/864549-nba-basketball-what-qualifies-as-a-freakish-wingspan-in-the-league
Assuming that the number was real (and he wasn’t just trolling hoop-junky creepers like me), and his 6’8″ on the LU roster page is legit, that puts him at +10% and solidly inside the freakish range. The name in the article that jumped out at me was Elton Brand. I know, I know, we haven’t seen anything yet. But a guy can daydream, right?September 25, 2013 at 10:29 am #11418
I’ve always read about his freakish wingspan back to AAU and high school days, whether 7’4 is accurate or 7’3 is more accurate, either way you’re right, he is a freak. I think Brand plays a lot more inside and with back to basket than JC will on offensive end, but hopefully JC can rebound like Elton!!! If he is a double double guy from day one, I’ll be so fired up.September 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm #11424
I think the most promising stat for Chuku this season is his date of birth. If I’m not mistaken, he will be over 20 years old when he steps on the court for the first game. That, plus his year of practicing, should be a huge advantage over the typical newcomer. This guy is 2 years older than the other new guys.
Remember about him, every highlight we have ever seen (pretty much), Great Britain Under 20 and high school, the guy was shooting the 3 ball. Hopefully, somebody has nailed his feet to the low block since he arrived on campus.September 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm #11426
Remember about him, every highlight we have ever seen (pretty much), Great Britain Under 20 and high school, the guy was shooting the 3 ball. Hopefully, somebody has nailed his feet to the low block since he arrived on campus.
I don’t know about that ’90. The Great Britain U20 Highlights showed a bunch of huge dunks, along with some drives and offensive rebound mixed in with some 3’s and jumpers. I wasn’t sold off his KUA highlights but I was pretty excited after his U20 highlight package. I have no idea what to expect when Chuku steps on the court, but my expectations are certainly quite high. I think he will end up being a true hybrid, and I don’t expect him nailed to the post, nor do I want him to be (at this point…in my mind…)September 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm #11437
I just remember all of those highlights, box scores and game write-ups from the KUA site. Guy loved to shoot the 3 ball, and we discussed it a lot on here after his signing.
I didn’t mean I wanted him on the low block all of the time, by any means, but at his size, I would hope he has some game down there. It is hard to rebound 20 feet from the hoop, and we are going to need him on the glass. He doesn’t project to guard 2’s and 3’s on the perimeter.
I hope he is a hybrid as well, but I can’t see any way on this roster he is not a 4. At his size and length, we are going to need his rebounding in a huge way on this team. I don’t know if Kempton is going to be a reliable rebounder, at least early in his career. He is not going to take up a lot of space down low, and I think he likes the midrange face up game, from limited I have seen. He is going to be one of the tallest PL players, but that only takes you so far. JG’s rebounding is OK, but he is not dominant down there. CB can rebound, but don’t see him in big minutes (hopefully). Maybe SW can rebound well for his size.
I think many would agree that Chuku could be the most important player on this roster. He is a real wildcard. If he has big upside, that bodes very well. If he is still raw, and not a real contributor, I think that is going to be a problem. If he is not ready to really contribute, you are going to need both SW and TK to be ready.September 26, 2013 at 12:28 am #11439
JC is playing the 4 and I think he can be a matchup problem there, with his jump shooting ability and I think he will be able to post up smaller defenders if the bigs defending him get lost in pick n pop game – I think he will be used like HG was last year in pick n pop game. On defense he will guard 4s down low so he will be near the basket to help control defensive glass, 90 – to your point maybe he won’t be as productive on offensive glass if he shooting threes but he will be in position to grab a few.
Let’s play a JC productivity game, where everyone lists your worst, base , best expectations for JC this year. Assuming full health for duration of season.
Worst Case: 6 ppg and 4 rpg
Base Case: 10 ppg and 7 rpg
Best case: 15 ppg and 8 rpgSeptember 26, 2013 at 1:43 am #11440
I don’t know all that much about JC’s game but if he is not shooting 35% from the 3, I prefer that he be more of a low post player. If he is that far out, we lose him as a rebounding factor and if we are playing a 3 guard system, Id hate to see only one big on the offensive glass. Just my opinion though, but with his physicality, finesse should be the last option.September 26, 2013 at 2:27 am #11442
I’ll take a stab at this Hoops, although my predictions are right in line with yours. I’m going a little lower on the low and a little higher on the high. I’m trying to keep my expectations in check, but to be honest, I will be quite dissappointed if JC doesn’t put up AT LEAST 11 and 6.
Worst: 5 ppg, 3 boards
Base: 11 and 6
Best: 16 and 9
I’d also hope for some blocks, maybe even 2 a game on the higher end. It would be awesome if he could shoot 48%+ and 35%+ from 3. No idea what his foul shooting is like.
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