March 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm #5282
It is very limited, he is number 21 on the home team in white. He is the one screaming into the camera in the first few seconds. You do see that he looks athletic, and active as a shot blocker who can run the floor. First highlight, you get the swat and the finish at the other end. Second highlight, you get him on a skip pass to an open shooter, then third highlight you see he has a decent stroke from the foul line. But, you don’t see much of him in this short clip. Most striking thing for me is his size. He is not really long, and not very thick, more of a bean pole look. He looks to have a body similar to CB. Looks like an athletic leaper.
P.S. on him – his team had a dreadful season. I think I saw 3-23 and 0-11 in conference. Hopefully, he wasn’t surrounded by a lot of talent, although there is another D1 player on the team. Hmm?March 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm #5285
Cant telllevel of competition, he does run well nice ups, athletic. Guess he will need some time.March 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm #5288
I would think if his team went 3-23 with two D1 players, the competition level is pretty high. I remember another regular poster (can’t remember exactly), who was familiar with the league, saying they produced consistent D1 talent. I agree, Rich, that he looks like a project. He even strikes me as a kid who may still be growing into his body. Hopefully, he gets another couple inches and some beef, and helps us down the road. Put him in the weight room. Looks raw at this point.March 10, 2012 at 12:03 am #5293
Bigger takeaway – how can we enroll half of that student body to fire up our current student body….oh I kid cause I care so much! He has some inches on CB, can’t teach that, and I agree with 90 I know his league is pretty legit from what I’ve read/heard. I think it is safe to say the collective “we” on here think he is 3rd ranked of the incoming 3, but who knows, maybe/hopefully we get surprised. We certainly need frontcourt help.
90 – what are you thinking about our class rankings from few months ago…our current frosh fizzled last half of season pretty badly, this has chance to be lowest impact class in a long time, this being the CB, SC, CS class…not that there not good players, but when you factor in CS is behind MM through his jr year, and SC is behind BJB and we think DC leaps SC day one…and CB, JC and JG could jump him pretty quickly it appears….March 10, 2012 at 2:16 am #5294
I think this year’s rookie classwas hampered/blessed by the fact that Lehigh was returning quality starters in nearly every position. None lit up the board but if you include Bailey in the class, they were very serviceable and will continue to grow into the college game.
A couple of statistics that might surprise you:
Conroy Baltimore lead the team in rebounds/min and blocks/min. The former was almost 50% more than the next closest.
Schaeffer had an assist /TO ratio >2 which is outstanding for a freshman PG.
Bailey shot 51% from the field and 52% from the 3. Only Maneri was better in the former and BJ led the team and posibly the league in the latter.
Stefan shot nearly 38% from the 3 (his specialty). His overall game needs improvement but he is only a freshman.
I am confident that these guys will make their mark in 2 years when this current group of studs graduate.March 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm #5314
LUHoops00, rounding back to our earlier discussion of ranking recruiting classes, I am pretty disappointed with the current freshmen class. As I said before, the goal with any class is to land one 4 year starter. Your top recruit should be able to come in and start, and hopefully, you get 2 contributors. Late in their career, you hope 2 start and the other is a key substitute. This year’s class only has one contributor, CS, and in critical games his input is limited. I think his upside is as a pass first point guard who scores under 10 a game. Going back in history, i say his upside is Scott Layer from the end of the Queenan/Polaha era, although Layer was a 4 year starter on a very good team. I am unsure if any of the will ever be starters. All have some potential. If SC picks up his defense, I think he could be a key 3 point shooter off the bench. But, he seems to have very little game off the bounce. CB is a definite wildcard. I don’t think I have seen enough of him to know what he is. I am hoping in next couple years he can blossom into a solid 4, but jury out. Class is a bit of a bust to date. The sophomore class is also not panning out as expected and I have some disappointment there as well. MM fills my criteria of a 4 year starter, so that is very positive. Key for him is can he be your leading scorer in his senior season, as so far, he is going to be the show in 2 years. KM is another wildcard. If remains injured, it kills the class. He could be anything from a starter next season to no contribution for rest of career. AD has slipped down the pecking order and really given virtually nothing over 2 seasons. I think he has potential to score some when current juniors graduate, but I had hoped he would be further along. Is it possible for a player to have the best game in his 4 year career in the first game his freshman season? After the 17 vs. Penn St last year in the opener, he has been invisible. Everybody wants to include BB in sophomore class, but I am looking at pure signed classes out of high school, where Read initially missed on BB. Obviously, his upside is huge. The incoming class to me is critical because if those guys don’t pan out, the cupboard looks pretty bare. This team could win 25 again next season and potentially drop to single digit wins the following year. Critical that Devon Carter and Jesse Chuku develop quickly into star type players.March 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm #5315
TMZ – that was precisely my point, I like these guys, just saying class has potential to be low impact cause as I pointed out PT for each member of this class for next 2 years is going to be pretty low.
90 – here you in terms of when they’re actually brought in, but in terms of whats on court/class they’re currently in, KM if healthy bring huge boost to current frosh year. BJB added in with MM, makes this current soph class in terms of eligibility, pretty solid.
All in all, next years class we need 2 of 3 to break right to keep this high level of on court bball alive post-CJ GK HG graduation….If DC and JC are legit, and JG or CB can be a solid contributing front court members, we should be pretty decent post big 3 graduation.March 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm #5316
Best case scenario in two years you roll: MM, DC, BJB, JC, and KM…if all healthy, that is solid, with CS AD SC off bench for guards, and JG and CB off bench for bigs….you can win a PL with that if it breaks right…MM keeps on developing, think his scoring continue to climb next two years as that jumper keeps getting fine tuned….his jumper growth last yr to this yr was great improvement.March 11, 2012 at 5:48 pm #5318
Don’t underestimate Conroy Baltimore. In the games I saw where got PT, I was highly impressed. I think he just needs some maturity and time to get used to the college game but he may be the best pure rebounder on the team now. He can block shots, score when given the opportunity and defend. He simply makes some freshman mistakes. The only drawback is that if Reed decides to go with a 3 guard offense, Baltimore may be a tad short to play a virtual PF.March 12, 2012 at 5:42 am #5354
Some great observations. I want to go back to CB. There are some photos of CB from the first BU win. He looked as if he could taste victory as he rubbed his hands together. His eyes wanted that win. I will have to disagree with you all. He just needs maturity, he will be another Carrington. AD is adjusting to not playing and needs to mature as well. Adams and Maneri went through a similar slump, now look at them. AD will shine, needs encouragement. CS is behind MM, so he is waiting his turn. In regards to JG, new guy, needs to hit the weights a little. Go LU!March 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm #5396
I’ve been traveling for work so I’m trying to get caught up on all the action I missed on the board (the uptick in activity here in the last week is awesome btw, let’s keep that up!).
– I was the poster who commented on JG’s competition. The league is legit. Five team league with 2 teams in the top 11 in the Washington Post rankings and D1 talent spread throughout the league. That said, it still strikes me as very odd that a team with two D1 players went 3-23 and had trouble picking up wins out of league. As far as I’m concerned JG is a total wildcard with virtually no information available.
– Even though BJB is a soph eligibility wise, I don’t think any us know for sure he will play two more seasons after this one. As one of the articles about his ordeal mentioned, he is taking basketball year by year. I would think that he is loving the ride he is on now (who wouldn’t?), but it also seems like he has grown very close with the jr class. He is a jr academically, and I’m not sure if he is the kind of kid to stick around after getting his degree to play some more ball. Like all of us, I wish BJB nothing but the best and hope he sticks around and continues to be a major player for LU, I just don’t think we should read to much into his soph eligibility.
– Lastly, like some other posters, I remain high on CB. I think at a minimum he will develop into an elite PL rebounder and defender. He doesn’t have a polished game, and could use some more size, but every time the kid has played he has played hard and rebounded. That is his role and I think he will only get better at it. He may even surprise us with some more offense down the road.
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