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Everything posted by Let'sGoZips94

  1. Side note: How hilarious would it be for the MAC to add Duquesne in basketball, bringing KD back to the MAC?
  2. "Bigs" do tend to take more time to develop typically, so maybe grabbing a player with 2-4 years of experience already is the better move? Here's what I do know. We were in nearly every single game last year with only one guy above 6'9" (Sayles was hurt most of the season). Our losses came from not being able to score/make jump shots at a consistent rate. If there's a concerted effort to fix that, I'll be very happy and will worry about the "bigs" later on.
  3. No but I'm pretty sure Harney and the Zips had their best season following participation in this league. The key is for Banks to get back the confidence he had at the beginning of last season. Hopefully it works, because he was a special player last fall.
  4. Pre-season favorites won't come out until closer to the fall, but if I had to guess, they'll put all the teams in a circle and play spin the bottle. Whomever it's pointing at, that's the favorite. Maybe Toledo if you are making me pick a team, but I think the MAC is that wide open.
  5. Comfort/Production and athleticism are 2 different things. He gets up and down the floor well for a big man, so I consider him to be more on the athletic side. You're right, though - he needs to take the big leap forward and show he can contribute this year.
  6. I agree, but I think it's a mix & match situation. With basketball moving towards the taller, more athletic wings, the vintage Power Forward that would potentially over-match Williams might not be seen as often. I'd rather have my "3" be able to over-power his defender and take him to the hole, with the option to dish to my stretch-4 - Williams - in the corner. Let's take Buffalo's roster for example (from last season). Perkins at the 5, Harris/McRae at the 4, Graves at the 3, and then Caruthers & Massinburg at the guard positions. Williams could very much handle a Harris/McRae matchup, and that would leave Reece with a pretty big mismatch against Graves - in favor of Reece.
  7. My co-worker is very familiar with Joey & that program. I believe she mentioned he'd be even better with more talent around him. Could be a good one with some good competition in the QB room between him and the Georgia kid. Love the 4.3 GPA.
  8. Welcome @AkronAlumnus! My prediction... LCJ Cheese Reece Williams Riak Darkhorses: Tribble & Dawson
  9. Ding ding ding ding! Hit the nail on the head. KD found 2 big guys that contributed well - Zeke & Big Dog. He also had a system he could sell to them (by the way, we never made it to the NCAA Tourney with Big Dog). Groce has a system predicated around getting out and running, as well as off the ball movement in the half-court. It's not an easy sell to big guys whom are used to camping underneath the hoop and backing down their defenders. I think your timetable for the turnaround is completely unrealistic if you're only giving him two years. This program was left in worse condition than I think many of us realized when KD bolted. This roster is looking better and better with each off-season, though, and that's a positive. I know you have a Big Man fetish, but guard-dominated basketball wins not only in the MAC, but at the NCAA Tourney level as well. When's the last time we talked about a mid-major making a run with a big man leading the way? The majority, if not all of the "Cinderella" runs by mid-majors are led by guards. I'm looking at this roster, and thinking "Man, this has all the ingredients to be good." Xeyrius Williams & Sayles are your athletic front-court guys (assuming Sayles doesn't transfer). Riak is your big man. Then your backcourt & forwards (small forwards, traditionally) are all in the 6'2"-6'7" range, which is quite tall and not something we're used to (minus LCJ). This team is going to get out and run teams out of the gym, if they can execute the game plan properly and make their shots (that's the biggest factor). There are a few pieces I'm interested to see how they fit (Ali & Roscoe are the big 2), but otherwise I'm very intrigued. And can we quit railing on these 1-2 year transfers? Pro sports teams sign vets to 1 year contracts all the time to bring experience into the clubhouse/locker room. If they can play, even better. We have to stop the bleeding and rebuild the culture, though, and I have nothing against a couple 1-2 year players. Groce is at least even with the curve when it comes to the ever-changing & moving landscape of college basketball.
  10. #Blessed isn't articulate and thoughtful enough for you? Interestingly enough, looking at Rosser's Twitter, it looks like we've offered at least one or two of his buddies as well. I'm noticing some serious changes to our recruiting, mainly the level we connect with this younger generation better via social media and advertising. Zip Drip - something I don't particularly understand, even being 24 - is big with these younger guys, the graphics look much improved, and I think there's more emphasis on making recruits feel good about themselves in Akron gear when they come on visits. It's great to see us beating out other schools at or above our caliber. Keep it up Arth & staff!
  11. His donations are one thing, but the meteoric rise of LeafFilter looks good for Akron as a whole. It has great company reviews when it comes to its employees. Him in the public eye with the football team and University as a whole is a positive for a school with quite a few black eyes in recent years.
  12. Matt Kaulig is a phenomenal ambassador for the program.
  13. Nice... That has to be the most impressive offer list we've had from a commit in a while.
  14. I would like to think this will help our movement on offense with more spacing.
  15. Maybe the team would be more focused if they didn't have the distractions of say Boca Raton. Really enjoyed watching us embarrass ourselves against FAU from the comforts of my home in cold & snowy Ohio. Glad it was warm down there, though. Any chance a MAC school can get against a P5 school, especially at a neutral or home site, is a good thing. I like it.
  16. I thought the tiebreaker was to spell each finalist's name? Erin Howard was the gimme. Contestant: "Erin Howard - was that the superstar football player, Mr. Ohio, that went to Akron at one point?" Moderator: "No, what was Erick Howard. Please continue with the name." Irony is discussing the spelling bee in a thread about Emmanuel Olojakpoke.
  17. Awesome season opener (at least an opener for WVU; Akron TBD). Road trip!
  18. For a University that is struggling mightily financially, not sure paying FCS schools is the wisest use of the money. Also, I made some changes to your post for the ideal scheduling in my eyes. No - that's extreme. What's wrong with 1-2 P5/Pay Days (Illinois is winnable AND a pay day) and 1-2 G5 schools? Yaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy...
  19. Agreed but man is our back court tall.
  20. This could prove to be a significant get, and a turning point for the program. Up to this point, we haven't necessarily beaten out other solid schools for 4-year recruits. Everyone knows we need a shooter/scorer, and this guy looks to be just that. I'm expecting some pretty immediate impact from him this year. Side note: how huge is it to have Fulford on the staff for recruiting purposes?
  21. While the non-conference schedules may be complete, my puking isn't finished after looking at these names...
  22. We had never beaten a Big Ten program prior to last season. I think we have Big Ten wins in back to back seasons.
  23. Easy choice for him. Looks like his wardrobe won't change much, minus the letters. Imagine being used to wearing blue & gold, committing to Can't thinking their colors are blue & gold, then you're handed pee-yellow attire.
  24. Why? A couple of those players pictured are about to make a phenomenal amount of money because they developed at Akron, Akron's way. There's a head coach in the NFL whose taglines include "Progress" and "Battle". Hint: his name rhymes with Fat Smurmur. Nothing will be worse than those words, at either level.
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