Zips Live - KD comments last night
Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:27 PM
When asked about the new guys
Justice - good shooter, will need to work hard on defense, ball handling, and speed of the game. His Dad and Uncle played college ball and they will have him ready. He could be a big surprise next year.
Deiji - very athletic, will need to be coached and learn the system. We will try to develop him at the PG spot.
Walsh - a typical Akron kid, knows how to play, good shooter, big, very high on him
Gilliam - never saw a shot that he did not like, needs to learn the system, great body, can score
Prop kids - can't talk about them but seemed upbeat when they came up.
Guys returning when asked what they need to work on
Abreau - better conditioned so that he will be able to play at high level for more minutes. Defense greatly improved but needs to keep improving. Best we ever had for someone who can get to the rim
Q - early in the year would hold your breath when he came in. By the end of the year were running plays through him at crunch time. Showed great improvement but needs to become a better practice player and become tougher.
Zeke - special guy. Needs to add 25 LBS, that would solve a lot of the current issues. Made great improvement and is learning to not let the last play bother him. Showed that in the tourney.
Also mentioned Nik, McClanahan, and Egner when talking about returnees and the nucleaus. Bill did not ask specifics on those 3 just the 3 above unless I missed something. KD did not mention Dakotah or Michael Green. From what Gaffney and GoZips wrote today, Dakotah looks to be gone.
Talking about recruits for 2012 - We need a big center, I mean big center and a PG.
The schedule - we have CSU on the road and VCU and Detroit at home. We will buy 3 home games play at a high major and go to a tournament, not sure which one and still deciding how the rest plays out. He did not mention UIC or YSU but I would think we get UIC at home and are at YSU. No mention of Dayton so that looks to be a 1 for 0 game, bummer.
Overall, KD sounded excited. I think back to his year end address last year and we had so much uncertainty. Things have turned around remarkably quick. Can't wait until next year!
Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:31 PM
Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:40 PM
Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:45 PM
Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:54 PM
If you're thinking it's possible that Walsh could beat out Rico for the starting PG position, I'd agree that's a possibility. But if Rico improves his game during the off-season as you'd expect a freshman to do, Walsh would have to be awfully good to bump a guy who was a solid backup to McNees in his freshman season. Let's hope that both players are so good at the point that they push each other to become even better, and that there is no drop in effectiveness when one subs for the other, regardless of who starts.
..... - Am I the only one who thinks Walsh and McClanahan could end up being our starting guards? .....
Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:33 AM
From what I know about Walsh, he has an AMAZING mid-range game, something we desperately need. Look for him to really open up the floor.
I am glad we have Walsh coming in. If for nothing else, to guard DJ Cooper in the 2 or 3 games we play Ohio next year.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:19 AM
"I've been fortunate in my life time to be part of some big wins, and that would have been the biggest" —Terry Bowden on UA@UM
Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:59 PM
I don't think you're the only one that's talked this way. And I'm just curious. What did you find so uncertain about this past season when we knew we'd be returning 7 starters or very experienced players, with 4 of them entering their senior season? And only two experienced players graduating?
Compare that to the off season ahead. Four players graduating, and if Nik leaves, we'll have ONE experienced senior going into next year.
I would unquestionably refer to 2010-2011 as a year where we were fairly well loaded, and should have been a major MAC contender. In fact, I'm looking at a year ahead where we'll really need to fill a lot of holes, very quickly. Replacing two 3-year starters at the two guard positions is merely one of the many challenges we'll face.
Skip, at the end of last year, I saw Conyers and McKnight graduating and no one ready to step in for them. Nik played poorly in the tourney last year, Humpty had leveled out, McClanahan had an up and down season, we all hoped that Zeke would add 20 lbs and there was a lot of talk about relying on one or two of the true FR to be heavy contributors. The only established guys were McNees, McKnight, and Darryl. And even Darryl had an up and down season. Without knowing about the transfers and with who was back, I didn't see this team being better than last year. This offseason, I feel really good that Zeke will take his game to a new level, Nik and Brett are established and the upside from Abreau and Q is good. Maybe it is ending the season on a high note as well and seeing how close we were to Notre Dame. I like the momentum.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 06:04 PM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 06:58 PM
Brett McNight clone? Could you clarify to whom you're referring?
looking forward to them plus the brett mcnight clone get in the mix...
And any word on Treadwell's game? Is he more of a power forward or a small forward?
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