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  • #13890
    RichH
    RichH
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    Astute. One hopes staff sees the same issues.
    Hadn’t thought of Waters in decades. Good comparison. Current team much more talented than any Johnny played on. No,Jc is in many ways more polishedbut not nearly as good a player.Z missed more layups than I could count but he also controlled the inside and rebounded.

    #13892
    StablerBum
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    MS has a huge vertical, probably top one or two on team, look at where his feet are when he releases his J, its insane how high he gets. also in warmups he is getting up big on dunks. Him and SW two top frosh athletes, and I put ms in top one or two on team as pure athlete.

    Agree with this. I think MS is probably the best athlete on the team from a speed, quickness, leaping ability standpoint. He definitely needs to iron out some kinks in his game, but I really like MS moving forward. Some of the videos he has posted of himself dunking on Instagram are pretty insane.

    #13898

    LUHoops00
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    To me biggest individual disapointment going into next year from player development and from knowing what ya got standpoint is Lack of minutes for ms this year. He was under utilized as I have previously wrote about and I to am excited about his future. I see KR killing Arkansas playoffs each day and wonder if he pulls a marquise and Mackey as the third straight four year starter at pg? Base that off video, hs success, comments of local Arkansas hoops evaluators some calling him a top player in state, and Kroogs excitement and constant lovefest for KR. I actually am beginning to wonder if that’s not a bad a thing for MS then I originally thought, because I think playing ms off the ball some will free him up to be more aggressive and look to run and penetrate more – I can see him as a combo who can run point but if KR legit imagine the speed you’d have with those two getting up and down – of course we still wouldn’t press or trap but hey a guy can dream??!!

    #13900
    RichH
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    OK, now you got me drooling for next year :)

    #13901
    StablerBum
    StablerBum
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    Couldn’t agree more across the board Hoops. If I had to guess now who will be the starter at the 1 next year, I’d go with KR. And I think you are spot on about MS playing a combo role next year as well. The distribution of minutes in the backcourt next year with CS as a senior will be very interesting to watch.

    I’ll add that I think Jenkins is going to play off the ball as well as a defensive specialist/hustle/athlete off the bench.

    Lastly, this staff would be CRAZY to not at least bring out more pressure D as a wrinkle. I get the Brett Reed will always have a M2M halfcourt base D, but with the personnel next year you would be crazy to not put some full court pressure in the arsenal.

    If JRG, Alston, or an improved AP can bring some wing scoring and penetration/finishing ability, things could get really fun.

    #13902

    LUHoops00
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    I don’t get why we don’t get out and press and trap and play up tempo, how much Shaka smart havoc could we b next year, I think huge. We also talk about having deep roster and how is br going to get minutes for guys, this is how ya do it….run them out in shifts, you know how demoralizing it is for other team to see four or five guys checking in every three or four minutes. We have deep enough roster where conceivably you have ten guys all average between 15-25 minutes a game.

    Kr I think we are all universally high on. What are thoughts on tj? Sbum i like your recap and agree. TJ is a ap type situation for me in that he doesn’t have the gaudy hs numbers but plays in an strong league for a top program and clearly should come in as a well coached and groomed kid. Minutes as discussed above are going to be tough at guard spot next year. I need to see more tj video.

    What are thoughts about ba? I really hope he is a slasher as SBum mentions cause we really need that. We were to much of a jump shooting team this year and need wing athletes to create higher percentage shots. Whether him or JRG can do it, we will find out.

    #13904
    StablerBum
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    On Jenkins he has a couple clips on his instagram – http://instagram.com/ibjenks. Two nice passes (one after he makes his defender fall with a crossover) and a steal+dunk. I have high hopes that he can be a good defender and energy guy, as well as maybe a bit of a creator off the bench next year.

    Alston is a total wildcard to me as I’ve expressed before. I do take solace in the fact that he was 2015 and reclassed to 2014 in order to enter this coming year. If the staff didn’t want him, and didn’t want him immediately, why push for or allow him to reclass? Presumably because either 1) they think he can help immediately and/or 2) they thought they might lose him if they waited until next season when he could blow up and go to a higher level. Can’t think of any scenario where this situation plays out as it did and the staff wasn’t high on him. There is some newer video on him from February as well and he played well (on a new team) in the Virginia state playoffs that are solid competition.

    #13905

    LUHoops00
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    SBum am currently looking for new Alston video please post links!!! Will make this beer go down even smoother!!!!
    Just watched his aaa highlightd again and saw some drives but not a ton, but looks like he has a college ready body.
    Agree, staff has to be high of him and his interview said Kyle sold him on immediate playing time like cj so maybe we hit a home run here!!! We can dream. Funny part is if 75 percent of these guys pan out we have size and skills to be a tourney sleeper like 2012 team with a big and some athletic guards and maybe a couple slashers in SW as he develops and a ba.

    #13906
    StablerBum
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    Posted it a few weeks ago, but here it is again. Lot of drives and decent looking J. Definitely has some wiggle on the dribble and nice body control if not the most explosive at the rim. Good height/length though which definitely helps and a decent frame to take contact.

    #13909

    lehigh90
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    Bum and Hoops00-

    On MS, do you really think he could play the 2? I have a several concerns on this:

    1) His jump shot. Not very good.

    2) Can he defend bigger wing players? He may be forced to give up 4-5″ inches to guys on the wing. I’m not concerned about quickness there, but I am concerned about him getting posted up and dominated on the block by bigger guards.

    3) Rebounding from the 2 spot. We are already a team that cannot rebound. If you put what is essentially 2 PG’s on the floor for extended minutes, you are really forcing your other 3 players to do all of the rebounding. Our bigs aren’t tenacious rebounders and they need all of the help they can get.

    4) If those two are at 1 and 2, where are you going to find minutes for two of your players who got major minutes this season, namely CS and AP. If you play KR at 1, with MS at 2, you are then going to have CS and AP, guard 3’s and again weaken your already thin front line.

    I just don’t like a lot of those scenarios. It will come down to matchups, probably each night. I would be in favor of putting those 2 on the floor if you plan to press, push tempo and guard 94 feet. But, in half court sets, it may be difficult with the make up of this team.

    I think at this point, KR and MS are splitting 40 minutes at the point. Maybe 25/15 in favor of the starter.

    CS has to get at least 25 minutes on the floor at the 2.

    AP looks to get similar minutes, unless his role is diminished.

    There is going to be a real logjam for minutes in the backcourt, especially considering that we are carrying potentially 5 PG’s on the roster.

    #13910

    LU65
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    Reed to speak with listener call-ins. Here’s our chance, guys.

    Tuesday, March 18th

    4:00 PM Eastern Time

    Please plan to jump on the phone to listen to Coach Reed as he recaps the season and talks about plans for the spring and summer.

    Coach will take questions from those who are on the line.

    Dial-in Number – 1-800-501-8979

    Access Code – 7586499#

    Please reply to Bill Griffin at Lehigh (bill.griffin@lehigh.edu) if you plan to join the call.

    #13912

    toddcudd
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    Thanks 65! That’s awesome! Barring something unavoidable with work, I will be on that call.

    #13913
    StablerBum
    StablerBum
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    1) His jump shot. Not very good.

    2) Can he defend bigger wing players? He may be forced to give up 4-5″ inches to guys on the wing. I’m not concerned about quickness there, but I am concerned about him getting posted up and dominated on the block by bigger guards.

    3) Rebounding from the 2 spot. We are already a team that cannot rebound. If you put what is essentially 2 PG’s on the floor for extended minutes, you are really forcing your other 3 players to do all of the rebounding. Our bigs aren’t tenacious rebounders and they need all of the help they can get.

    4) If those two are at 1 and 2, where are you going to find minutes for two of your players who got major minutes this season, namely CS and AP. If you play KR at 1, with MS at 2, you are then going to have CS and AP, guard 3′s and again weaken your already thin front line.

    1) I don’t have concerns about his jumper. His minutes were sporadic at best this year, and he did show what I thought was a really nice pull up. He had solid form and was an excellent scorer in high school. I’m not sold he will ever turn into a pure knock down perimeter shooter, but I don’t think he needs to in order to be effective.

    2) American won the Patriot League in 2009 with two sub 5’10 guards. Holy Cross had a solid season this year with two sub 5’10 guards. It’s tough out of conference for sure, but I don’t think this is a major concern in conference. How much bigger is CS (our starting 2 this year) than MS?

    3) CS started at the 2 this year and averaged 2.6 boards in 32 mpg. I think MS could easily achieve that number or greater. I agree that rebounding is a major problem on this team, but I don’t think the solution lies at shooting guard.

    4) I’m not suggesting MS starts or plays 30 minutes a game. I just think this year, and moving forward, you will see a lot of MS at the 2 and KR at the 1. My guess is CS is a starter next year in some capacity, and I have no idea how the minutes will shake out in the backcourt. It’s just my opinion that MS has a skillset that would work as a combo guard playing some off the ball. I think AP will primarily play the 3 during his career at Lehigh.

    #13919

    lehigh90
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    All fair points, Bum. I just would like to see a little more length on the court next season. AP is not my idea of a 3. I would like to see JC or SW really step up and solidify that 3 spot. With either of them at 6’7″, and JG at the 4 with good size, and TK at the 5, you would have a nice front line. Hopefully, one that can handle the boards next year. I have conceded that JC is a 2 or a 3. He is no 4. Even with JRG at the 3 at 6’4″, with his leaping ability, that would be OK, assuming he can play. AP, to me, is a prototypical 2. CS, I think, is a better 1 than 2, but he probably projects as starting 2 next season. I can’t see CS getting squeezed for minutes next season, as Coach loves him, and they need his senior leadership.

    #13921
    StablerBum
    StablerBum
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    Agree ’90. I think CS will get plenty of time next year.

    I hear what you are saying on length, and I think JRG will be a slashing 3 who can help on the boards next year. Will be interesting to see what kind of minutes he receives and contributions he makes. I’d like to see SW get minutes at the 3 as well as the 4.

    I’m on record as not a fan of the JC, JG, TK frontcourt idea. First, none of those three can handle the ball or pass at all and I think that would really hurt the offense. It is hard to being a run’n’gun team (which I think is what Reed wants) with only two ball handlers on the court. JC is a three in the sense that he refuses to play inside and likes catch and shoot 3’s, but he is not a perimeter player (right now) in his ability to handle the ball, get to the basket, or pass. Second, that leaves almost zero bench depth behind the starters at the 4/5.

    As many have said, it’s also depends on the style of play. If we are willing to get out and pressure more, we can go smaller. If we are going to allow teams to walk the ball up and dump it down to their guards posting up our undersized backcourt, that is a problem.

    On paper, with the addition of JRG and the potential improvement of SW I do think that it will allow a lot more flexibility with bigger line-ups with one of those two on the perimeter. A ton of questions going into next year as 90 has pointed out, going to be fun (and likely frustrating at times) to watch.

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