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|3 weeks 3 days ago||Hampton-Bey||
I've had the opportunity to watch Bey several times as well, as she plays for the same HS team with Peace and Johnson (same AAU club as Johnson - Kysre and KP play for different AAU club). In the 5'5 range, athletic with above average lateral agility and vertical speed. She is the definition of a pure, pass first PG. Plays the game really strong and effectively dictates tempo. Very strong for a PG, and utilizes it to get to the rack. Above average to good court vision, but outside shot still developing. Good defender as well.
Overall, I think Bey has the potential to be a really good 2 way player, potentially a lockdown perimeter defender that may score 10ppg with 5 assists and a few steals.
Really like the direction Coach has women's hoops heading in. From personal experience I can tell you the entire staff is first rate all the way.........detailed and thorough in their teaching/practice approach, and absolutely wonderful people with class and integrity.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||No Harm Intended||
Only meant to convey that she does not need to put on weight in order to see the floor. Perhaps solid frame would've been better terminology choice. I still think you clearly knew my intent, and were reading a bit too much into it. In any event, my apologies.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||More Scouting||
To supplement Raoul's post above, Keasja (or K.P. as we call her!) also plays for the same AAU club.
Scouting Report - she's actuallly a legit 6'2, solid frame, but will need some toning from the SC staff. Her skillset at that size is quite good...........she can shoot out to 16-17 feet (she hits the occassional 3 as well, but not reliable enough to shoot it in college), good footwork, excellent touch (lefty!), good passer, lacks athleticism to be shot blocker though............similar to female version of Greg Monroe. The most important thing for K.P. is consistency/motor, must keep it full tilt at all times..........her skillset is undeniable at that size. I anticipate a RS year for K.P. to get her physically ready in terms of conditioning and energy level. Think she can be a a 12-14ppg type player as an upperclassmen. Will be able to run offense through her on the block.
Akienreh - somewhat under the radar because she is coming off knee injury, but I actually think she has the most upside out of the 16 class. She has everything you want from a prototype SF........has excellent handle for a legit 5'11 - 6'0 player, can pass the ball extremely well for her size, rebounds, excels in transition...........just a well rounded player. Really looking forward to he suiting up for UM, think she has the potential to be a 15, 5, 5 type player.
Think this will be a really good class for UM, with Johnson potentially contributing immediately and Peace and Kysre coming on as upperclassmen. Those 3 are extremely humble young ladies and I have no doubt they will represent UM in the best possible manner both on and off the court.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Scouting Report||
First, I can confirm the name is pronounced as Raoul mentioned above, KYE-zer. Great basketball genes, as her mother is Lisa Harvey, former Michigan Miss Basketball and member of 88 Louisiana Tech NC team. Father is Grant Gondrezick, played at Pepperdine before a few stints in the NBA.
I've seen her play quite a bit over the years (daughter plays for the same AAU club). She is roughly 5'6 - 5'7 as opposed to 5'9 (most girls heights are exaggerated by 2 inches for recruiting purposes). Thick build, the SC staff will tone her up no doubt, but adding weight is not a concern.
Most definitely a lead guard, not a true PG, but not a shooting guard either. Has good change of direction/ballhandling, but ability to gain separation is limited by lack of athleticism. To compensate, she has an excellent pullup jumpshot off the bounce out to 18 feet...............quite frankly its one of the best pullup jumpshots i've seen, including the opposite gender. Her balance and verticality are absolutely superb on the pullup jumpshot. Has good court vision and passing for a combo guard, but she looks to score moreso than distribute. She draws fouls at a very high rate. 3ball is still developing, and she needs to work out some mechancial issues on the shot (late relase so the shot is a bit flat), but her mechanics from the waist down (balance/verticality) are excellent. Defense needs some work.
Overall - multidimensional player that will most likely see the court as a freshman in a backup combo guard role if she can be average on the defensive end. A bit different than any of the current guards on the roster in that her offense is generated primarily closer to the rim as opposed to a catch and shoot role (Sierra Thompson/Katelynn Flaherty)
She is better than her sister at MSU!
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Extremely Lucky!||
Just scored 2 piggback tickets - sec. 7 row 38, seat 19 & sec. 7, row 39 seat 21.
Word of advice - continue searching for single tickets at the $260 level/end zone(plenty left), you may be able to obtain piggybacks if you can wait out the 8 minute time period without losing your entire cart order.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Plenty of SINGLES left, but||
Plenty of SINGLES left, but nothing in pairs.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Thanks - intended to say "not||
Thanks - intended to say "not so cryptic". Title fixed
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Playing at Duke for BIG/ACC Challenge||
Playing at Duke for BIG/ACC Challenge per Dylan at UMHoops:
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Donnal was 154, Irvin was 54,||
Donnal was 124, Irvin was 54, and Walton was 87.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Terry Foster||
says don't be surpised to see Zeigler and Brundige end up at U of D. Curious if this is just speculation, or perhaps he has knowledge of something that we don't.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||No Contact from Michigan||
according to Trey himself per Tremendous. Says he would "definitely" be interested if M contacted him.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||FWIW Wiltfong||
is of the opinion that M is fading...........
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Neil Davlin(Denver Post) Confirmed||
that it is either Iowa or M for Koazn
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Diamond Visiting Wisconsin This Weekend||
according to multiple sources. I seriously doubt that Diamond is down to M & Ark if he is visiting Wisconsin this late in the game. This one is going down to the wire
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Okafor is Indeed a Possibility|
|3 years 50 weeks ago||The Lakers May Have an Additional Big Man||
on the way. People seem to forget that there is an additional unnamed player coming over to the Lakers, and the rumors seem to indicate that Emeka Okafor is a strong possibility. If that is the case, the Lakers certainly improve as a team. They certainly have the best backcourt in the league with CP3 & Kobe, and lose nothing with Okafor in comparison to Odom, as he has essentially averaged a double double for the duration of his career. Not to mention Okafor is a much better fit with CP3 because he is much more likely to benefit from Paul's penetration and lob passes, whereas Odom is basically a guard in a PF's body.
Even if the Lakers don't get Howard, if they can pull in Okafor, I still think they improve as a team.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Fiesta Bowl Gets First Pick||
Sugar Bowl had the first pick last year, but the Fiesta Bowl has priority this year. Taking that into account, it looks like this assuming M is top 14:
Fiesta: Alabama/Ok. St. vs. Stanford
Sugar: M vs. Kansas St./Boise St./TCU
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. WVU
|4 years 5 days ago||I Agree||
Burke does look for real. But we can not annoint him the chosen one five games into his freshman year. You can certainly make the claim that he lead the team against Memphis, but to say he's(individually) leading a top 20 team is a bit exaggerated. I would say that Novak and Hardaway "lead" the team, but that is just my take on things. He certainly didn't "lead" the team against UCLA, in fact he made repetitve mistakes in identical situations(overdribbling on the pick and roll deep into the shot clock which resulted in a TO).
Bottom line - let season play out, I think Burke is going to be a very good player, but that is yet to be determined.
|4 years 5 days ago||Burke Will Have to Get Better||
as the season progresses. Obviously he had stellar games against Duke and Memphis, and appears to be ahead of the curve for a freshman. However, I take it that UCLA watched film on Burke, and he didn't operate the pick and roll nearly as well vs. UCLA in comparsion to the previous tourney games.
The question becomes did Burke simply catch Memphis and Duke off guard, as opposing teams rarely scout for freshman PGs that aren't highly touted out of high school, especially in the 4th and 5th games of their respective careeers. Or did Burke simply have less than overwhelming performance against UCLA?
In terms of raw talent, I think Burke has more skill than Darius, but he doesn't have the size. Burke is more skilled than I anticipated, but not as quick laterally as I would have hoped for. All in all, I think he will become the top PG in the Big 10 next year, but the jury is still out this year. Let's see what his learning curve is like before we praise him so highly.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Announcement Will Be Made||
on ESPNU REcruiting Nation at 5pm on Thursday. The link below has some additional information that is very nice, but I will refrain from conveying such information due to any potential bad luck that I may bring about! Fingers Crossed!
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Agree on Many of Your Points||
Just making the point to the other poster I responded to regarding the position that TO's are created by pressuring the QB and making tackles for losses. Bottom line is that we haven't done that very well, yet we are among the leaders in TO's gained.
I do think we have improved on the defensive end somewhat, however, I do disagree with those that think we have improved signficantly. Bottom line to me is that although the opponents' scoring numbers may dictate otherwise, we are still a very flawed defense to say the least. My personal opinion is that the TO's have masked those flaws. Granted, some of those TO's have been forced, but a good portion of them have not been created by our pressure in the backfield.
You would have to admit, objectively, that the huge discrepancy in points allowed and the other defensive statistics is quite baffling. How can the defense be very bad at rushing defense, pressuring the QB, average in passing yards allowed, and yet great in scoring defense. I happen to think it is partly based on the randomness of TO's, but that is just my opinion.
We can all twist the statistics to our personal formulations and theories, but the statistics certainly support the fact that we are not in the backfield nearly enough for a defense that is supposedly improved. Just think of what this will look like halfway through B10 play.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Agreed||
I certainly have to concur with this viewpoint, we have been much better at preventing the big play this year.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Question||
Do we have a strong pass rush? Do we have good coverage in the secondary?
I would answer both of those questions with one word - NO.
That being said, how can we explain the apparent discrepancy between the mediocre(being generous) play of our defense, and the outstanding TO generation?
I'm open to answers!
|4 years 9 weeks ago||TO's Do Seem Random When Considering||
our placement in key categories such as tackles for loss, sacks, rushing defense, etc.
A look at some current national rankings for our defense, which I generally don't like to uitlize on the basis that our defense usually is on the field at a higher rate than other defenses because our offense generally scores in an expedited manner, which doesn't level the playing field in comparison to other defenses. That being said, if the defense is on the field more, it presents more opportunity for tackles for loss, sacks, interceptions, etc - which essentially means that while we should get some slack for total yardage, we should not get slack for the uninspiring amount of tackles for loss and/or sacks.
Take a look at some key national rankings for the defense
Tackles for Loss - 4 per game(#104 in the nation)
Sacks - .67 per game(#112 in the nation)
Rush Yards Allowed per Game - 176 yards/game(#86 in the nation) & 4.89 YPC
To put another twist to my analysis of TO's being at least partially random, San Diego State is #6 in the nation at TO's forced(ahead of Michigan who currently sits at #15) with 12, while being #113 in rush defense and 80 in total defense . From my viewpoint SDSU certainly wan't a great defense, if Denard is slightly more accurate, we probably put up 40+ points on a team that is #6 in TO's forced.
Bottom Line - a strong correlation doesn't necessarily exist between TO's gained and a good defense, at least statistically speaking.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Agreed||
Fitz is billed as the back with better wiggle, but when opportunities were presented yesterday, it certainly looked as though Shaw has better ability to make a defender miss. Not to say that Fitz isn't a good back, because he is, but his advantage is physicality rather than speed and/or wiggle. To be totally honest about it, I actually thought Shaw looked slightly better overall.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Didn't say he||
couldn't defend better than Fish. If you look at my post, you'll see that I made specific reference to Blake's defense. And, in all honesty, I think Fisher is a decent defender in a man to man situations(versus screen and roll) against guards other than CP3, Tony Parker, Westbrook, etc., and probably has better lateral movement and speed than Darius. Of course, Darius makes up for that with size and wingspan.
In terms of outside shooting, if you classify merely hitting the rim as doing better than Blake's airballs, I guess you have a point. However, I classify "doing better" than Blake's airballs as actually going in. Darius shoots less than 30% from 3 in college, which is subpar. I wonder how that translates to the Western Conference semifinals from NBA distance? You tell me if Darius would actually do better than a player who has shot over 40% from 3 four times in his career, and is shooting 39% from distance over that entire span?
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Have to disagree||
with the thought that D. Morris could have contributed 15-20 minutes last night in the Lakers/Mavs game. If you watched the game closely, the Lakers pretty much outplayed the Mavs in every category(rebounding, FTs, TOs, Steals, Blocks) other than FG%. Bottom line, the Lakers can't buy an outside shot from anyone other than Kobe right now, and that is why they are down 0 - 2. The Mavs are packing the paint and daring anyone other than Kobe to shoot beyond 15 feet. Blake nearly airballed a wide open 3 last night from straight away, and Fisher just couldn't get them to drop.
I simply don't think Darius could've helped the Lakers last night, he certainly doesn't shoot better from the outside than either Fisher of Blake, and his defense certainly isn't as good as Blake's at this point. Darius' strong points are obviously his passing ability and post up game against smaller guards, but I have a hard time believing he can effectively post up Jason Kidd, considering that he holds his own against Kobe in the post for strecthces of the game. His passing ability would be negated by the fact that the triangle doesn't utilize screen and rolls with the PG, and thus Darius would pretty much be useless unless he was in transition(another thing the Lakers don't do because they have too much size in Bynum and Gasol). So while I love Darius' game, to say he can get 15-20 minutes on a championship team that doesn't utilize the best parts of Darius' game is a bet of a stretch in my opinion. I think he'll make a decent backup PG in the league one day, just not with the Lakers.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Observations||
QB - Denard still hasn't been able to overcome his tendency to overthrow the open receiver downfield. Devin looked pretty bad to me, his TD to Stokes wasn't the result of a good throw(it was actually pretty bad), but a great play by Stokes.
RB - Cox looked good, but Shaw needs more carries(perhaps injury prevented this), less Smith please
Defense looked better, but I don't know how much better they would've looked if it wasn't for the bad QB play, the secondary was burned a few times but our QBs weren't able to connect.
There is no way that Furman is a sub 4.4 forty, he really couldn't close the gap against Cox. Looks to be in the high 4.5s.
Ryan looked great
For the life of me, please don't put our QBs under center during the regular season, you can see it simply doesn't compliment them very well.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||No, Actually||
it's a little misleading to label Dawson a consensus 5 star when a.) he is not a 5 star according to ESPN b.) Rivals has not updated their rankings since August 2010 c.) consensus from MCD All-American game seems to be that he is a great athlete/rebounder, but not necessarily the most skilled guy(and from my view of the game this seemed to be true), hence his drop in ranking/ratings on behalf of ESPN
|4 years 39 weeks ago||With Today's Win||
our RPI currently sits at 54, and that certainly looks a lot better than the #66 spot we started the day at. Bottom line, beat State and we probably are sitting within the top 50 in terms of RPI. I find it hard to believe the committee would be able to deny us with a top 50 RPI and a .500 winning % in conference play assuming we win at least 1 game in the Conference Tournament, and play competitive/win the second game.