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Great article as always Dan.
Great article dan. Funny thing is I'm sure at this time next year we'll have a mile long thread on some young player who should move on to make room for a recruit with a better hype machine behind them., pretending that who you are as a RS freshman is all you'll be as a junior or senior. Never fails, but I'm enjoying watching kids progress and grow each year thru the program. Seems like we have some quality guys who are fun to root for.
Why are we told to not judge Islam by the actions of a few extremists, but judge all gun owners by the actions of a few killers?
I'd love for it to be Gaines. An athletic, shot blocking presence down low. Didn't see hardly ANY time in BEAST play and very foul prone.
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"The Bearcats outscored the Wildcats by 21 points while Wright was on the floor. A performance that's even more impressive when you consider that the junior guard's knee has been acting up."
Well... just what I've been fearing all year.
Mick said last night it was the good knee that is bothering him after a recent practice colission. Nothing major just needs some rest...
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From what Mick said on his show, it was the other knee and it appears to be just a ding.
Glad to hear guys! Sorry for raising the red flag!
I think that is everybody's greatest fear about this team. And the plus/minus from Saturday shows why - Cash makes us better at both ends of the floor.
I love JJ's hustle, but we need Cash on the floor at the tip-off Thursday, no matter who we end up playing.
GO BEARCATS!! FIGHT!!! FIGHT!!!! FIGHT!!!!!
I'll go ahead and say it will be Justin Jackson. The thing that limits Justin is his propensity to foul waaaaaaay too much. If he can stay on the court I think he can make that large leap because of his ability to drive against other big men in the league and he knows how to get his shot off against bigger defenders. Also he seems to be a willing and adept passer, not to mention he seems to have cut down his bone headed plays not only from last year but throughout the year.
I could easily see him with a line similar to this per game:
12 pt, 8-9 rb, 2 ast, 2 blk, 1 stl
Dude is just a stat stuffer.
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I'd love for it to be Gaines but he just doesn't seem that coordinated to me and I'm not sure how much that can be improved. Maybe things will get better as he feels more comfortable on the court. I know he hasn't been playing basketball too long.
i don't think gaines will be a great contributor next year. he still has a very long way to go. i think that we shouldn't expect much out of him until his junior year.
IMO JJ doesn't qualify for that kind of jump like Parker made this year. He plays plenty and has started many games. I think the comparison is for a guy who rarely plays this year who can make a significant jump and be a major contributor next year.
Definitely agree, but I think that's Dan's point. Parker hardly ever played last year and people questioned whether he was Big East caliber or not. Same questions are asked of Gaines this year.
I understand what you are saying, I was just looking for who could take that huge leap. Yes JJ has played plenty, I am saying I think he can be an all big east type of player next year if he stays on the court.
I think it will be Cheik. He will be needed. He has the ability. He just needs to get comfortable.
Parker played a lot his freshman year, out of position no less. So I don't think him and Gaines are very similar.
Great article Dan. I hope the next Jaquon is a big (Mbodj, Jackson or Gaines) or Sanders. Sanders has looked lost and slow out there most of the season, much like Park did last year. It'd be nice to see a complete 180 from him next year. One or even 2 of the bigs would be nice because that's what we got moving forward into next year(add in hopefully Obekpa but he is only a freshman). If we can get solid play down low, we will be even better IMO next year because I think our perimeter will be even stronger next year than this year.
I loved the last bit of the article where Mick sent out the quote by Pitino to recruits that the crowd was the biggest homecourt advantage he had seen.
For the first time in a long time, I am very excited about what the next few years could hold for this program...
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