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10 hours ago, ZippyRulz said:

The MAC should just ban Centers since there aren't enough to go around¬†ūüėē

 

Groce's tallest contributors on his Sweet Sixteen Ohio team were Baltic & Keely at 6'8". Meanwhile we had Zeke. 

 

Big guys are luxuries, not necessities. 

 

However, I'd really like someone in the 6'10" range. 

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On 4/19/2020 at 9:43 AM, ZippyRulz said:

The MAC should just ban Centers since there aren't enough to go around¬†ūüėē

 

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The MAC should just ban Centers since there aren't enough to go around and they're not needed.

 

 

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Teams are realizing it's better to have a 6'8 big that can run the floor and guard multiple positions than a 6'11 big who has cement legs. While we're at it maybe the MAC should ban point guards. Preston was probably the only true ball distributor in the MAC last season. All the others were pretty much either combo guards or 2 guards. As the game evolves the positions reinvent themselves. The center position as many of you know it from the 70s or 80s is slowly going extinct.

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If someone is offering the Zips a good 6'10" post player, woohoo.  Sign 'em up!

 

The reality is that the game has changed and that the very few that meet that description are not coming to the MAC.  The statement that got us debating this a couple of years ago was something to the effect that the Zips needed more guys like Zeke and Big Dog.  Well. who couldn't use clones of two of the best players in their program's history?  I'm sure OSU would like to have more guys like Greg Oden and Clark Kellogg.  The other questionable side of the big man argument was the implication that capable big men were readily available and the the Zips were missing out on them.

 

It's a different game now.  Programs want guys who can get out and run and shoot the three.  If you'd have said the words "stretch 4" ten years ago you'd have received a blank stare.  In the MAC, you need talented players, whether they're 5'8" or 7'0". 

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10 minutes ago, clarkwgriswold said:

And if Kareem was 19 you could see no reason why Groce couldn't get him here (along with Bill Walton, Elvin Hayes and Artis Gilmore).

Artis went to Jacksonville. I think we could have had a shot at him. ūüź¨¬†

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33 minutes ago, kreed5120 said:

While we're at it let's get Pistol Pete, Bill Russell, Jerry West, and Larry Bird...

I think we’d recruit well against San Francisco and Indiana State. Probably not LSU or WVA. We did nab Pat Forsythe though, so who knows?

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2 hours ago, Captain Kangaroo said:

Artis went to Jacksonville. I think we could have had a shot at him. ūüź¨¬†

Akron's done well with underappreciated HS ballplayers.  For example, here's the 1966 Little All-American men's basketball team.

Dick Barnett Tennessee State

Walt Frazier Southern Illinois 

Earl Monroe Winston Salem State

Phil Jackson North Dakota 

Bill Turner Akron

For those who don't know, four of these are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

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2 hours ago, kreed5120 said:

While we're at it let's get Pistol Pete, Bill Russell, Jerry West, and Larry Bird...

 

 

All of those guys are too short other than Bill Russell.

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2 hours ago, Z.I.P. said:

Akron's done well with underappreciated HS ballplayers.  For example, here's the 1966 Little All-American men's basketball team.

Dick Barnett Tennessee State

Walt Frazier Southern Illinois 

Earl Monroe Winston Salem State

Phil Jackson North Dakota 

Bill Turner Akron

For those who don't know, four of these are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Can any of them play football?

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1 hour ago, NWAkron said:

Did Groce recruit a Big for next year?

6'9" Taylor Currie.  But we need another.  We're losing 6'9" X and 6'10" Riak

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2 hours ago, Blue & Gold said:

6'9" Taylor Currie.  But we need another.  We're losing 6'9" X and 6'10" Riak

Not to mention Sayles who even though he didn't play much provided extra depth.

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9 hours ago, kreed5120 said:

Not to mention Sayles who even though he didn't play much provided extra depth.

 

Good point.

 

Speaking of Jaden, according to VerbalCommits dot com Jaden is transferring to Stony Brook.

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43 minutes ago, Blue & Gold said:

 

Good point.

 

Speaking of Jaden, according to VerbalCommits dot com Jaden is transferring to Stony Brook.

 

Not all that surprising. I said on a post back in January or February that I felt Sayles would transfer because he's good enough to be a 25 minutes guy in a conference like the American East. Coincidentally that's exactly what conference he ended up going to.

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50 minutes ago, Let'sGoZips94 said:

 

Isn't that Geno Ford?

Dustin Ford's brother.  Everyone did right by Jayden

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1 hour ago, NWAkron said:

Dustin Ford's brother.  Everyone did right by Jayden

 

My thoughts exactly. Great job by Dustin and the Zips coaching staff for helping Jayden. Classy. 

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43 minutes ago, Let'sGoZips94 said:

 

My thoughts exactly. Great job by Dustin and the Zips coaching staff for helping Jayden. Classy. 

Hard to say "classy" to describe Geno (What? Singletary didn't do anything) Ford or any former or current PCCC coach, so I will give all credit to Dustin.

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