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Riak isn't going to suddenly become an offensive force in his 4th season of college hoops.  Sayles showed some promise as a freshman but went backwards after his initial injury.  At the end of the day, the Zips have to rely on their defense, rebounds and put backs and find the offense somewhere else.

 

I think X will be a player.  I see Cheese with a year under him being even better.  Banks should find his shot at some point.  I sense LCJ is always going to be one of those up and down mercurial players.  Reece and Roscoe should help from the bench.  They may again be hurting for a backup point guard, forcing Cheese to move over at points LCJ is out.

 

I think they'll be better this year and continue their growth and this looks to be a year of parity in the MAC. 

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I am hoping Greg Tribble matures quickly and maybe he can play some point guard this year too. I would prefer to see Cheese primarily at the wing. Even though Reece is undersized, we really need his physicality around and above the rim. And I know our bigs are not going to be high-volume scorers, but I want to see them be higher-percentage scorers. Ideally, Riak and Sayles have been mastering at least one spot away from the rim this off-season. Riak likes the 3 pointer straight away and Sayles likes to shoot from the free throw line. Also, I like the use of "X" for Xeyrius, nice. And I think he could be an X-Factor for this team, especially on offense. See what I did there. And finally, high level defense is not optional.

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3 hours ago, clarkwgriswold said:

I think Reece will play bigger than he is.  He's not tall, but he appears to be a tank.

Reece is quite a physical specimen. Big chest and shoulders.  Strong lower body. He looks to have quite a motor so far. A man among boys. 

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Tribble will be an immediate impact freshman. He’s coming off a season where he played at the highest level of prep basketball against HM talent. Started every game on a team with at least two lottery picks on the roster, I’m excited to see if Groce will throw him right in the fire or try to bring him along as the season goes. 

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Reece is a tank and will be a great small ball 4 maybe even 5 against smaller lineups. I’m thinking X will be kind of a tweener he’s a real scoring threat from the wing but you’ll have to exploit all the possible mismatches he’ll have spending time at the 4. I think we have really intriguing pieces and I can see us just throwing 5 athletes out there and playing fast position-less basketball.

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6 hours ago, Bigzip1 said:

Tribble will be an immediate impact freshman. He’s coming off a season where he played at the highest level of prep basketball against HM talent. Started every game on a team with at least two lottery picks on the roster, I’m excited to see if Groce will throw him right in the fire or try to bring him along as the season goes. 

 

Sounds promising.  I hope you're right.  I was hoping Dawson could be that guy but now he's off the table.

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