this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|3 years 35 weeks ago||This is tiring, childish, and false||
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I can see where you're going, but....||
Steals. A team which causes a lot of TOs would be penalized by this system.
IE, every turn over you force on D makes this TOP lower, even though you did a good thing.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||It's complicated||
As a dude who's played a lot of b-ball, I'll tell you it's complicated. The reason is that there are a lot of open-ended plays. It's like an option in football, but instead of reading one defender, then bitching or going, you're reading multiple dudes, then it's three passes later than someone scores. Difficult, but not terribly complicated right?
Well, what happens when it's a mis-read? Or, rather, you THINK it's a mis-read? Is it the ball-handler's fault for not reading the options, is it his teammate's fault for not being in the correct position, or is it some combination? Adding to that, what happens when the play gets derped up, yet THJ just dunks on a fool because the D derped-up worse? Is that a +3 for "dunking on a fool" or a -1 for "WTF, run the damn play?"
Also, one play leads to another quite often, and plays can sometimes not develop. For instance, if I'm supposed to run a play where I pass to the big on the block, yet my defender goes "I don't want to defend you" and I drive by for a score, then how do you rate the big? I mean, he ran his part of the play, but he didn't really add anything USEFUL to the offense, so?...
In summary, it's a complicated picture. Yes, it can be done. This is why there are coaches and assistants. (My last head coach's previous job was to do just this for the Cavs.) While it can be done, it requires a LOT of video, and a very good understanding of things. IE, why do people drive to the hoop. (And I'm not talking about "because it was open." I want to know WHY it was open. And again, that's complicated.)
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Picture Pages?||
You're talking about basketball picture pages right?
|3 years 36 weeks ago||My thoughts||
First of all, you've got a decision: do you want to make it based off athleticism, technique, or both? For instance, at 3:27 2nd half of last game THJ makes a catch that's purely athletic. Technique-wise this is a poor play, athletic-wise this is a great play. My guess is you want to lean more towards technique, with a few allowances for great athleticism (for instance, making an amazing dunk, after screwing up the play.)
So, you want to know more than just regular stats. Obviously, advanced stats are a good place to start. However, I've got a few additional stats that I watch, based off our team's goals in each game.
Assists: they suck as a stat. What happens when I pass to my teammate for an alley-oop and he DROPS THE FRIGGIN BALL! (yes, this did happen. There was no one else near. It was a good pass. I want my damn assist.)
Rebounds: suck as a stat. Yes, you control whether you've boxed your man out. No, you don't control whether the ball comes your way, nor whether your derp teammate standing next to you has boxed his man out. Nor can you control getting screwed on a switch as a 5'10 guard against a 6'10 giant/leviation/behemoth. (This happened also. I got put-back-dunked on. I was mad.) So...
On plays: They're super-hard to read in basketball unless you know what you're looking for. Kinda like FB, but much more free-form. This gets especially true when the game speeds up and when the shot clock is winding down. I watch every game and even I don't know all the plays that we use. (Granted, I don't watch for every play). So, it's pretty hard to know which play is happenning, especially since multiple plays commonly happen on one possession. Obviously, you'll want to look for the hand signal of the ball-carrier, but this makes it harder as you then have to pause and slowly watch the OFF-BALL players go through their progressions. And even then, the play usually goes awry as something else opens up. So, unless you're watching multiple games, you're not going to know many of the plays fully. This leads to the problem of "how do you tell whether someone did their job in the play". I really don't have an answer for that besides "watch a shit-load of plays, yo".
Random other poop: Our team needs scorers. But scorers don't just score points. They go through progressions in a play, in a game, and over a year. The important point is to notice in which positions they score. For instance, Burke is a shooter (if he drives, he will dish against better opponents.) But, more specifically, when he's left in an iso play, he'll drive and look for the lay-up. THJ is a scorer (both shooter and driver). But, most of his drives are off isos and screens from the man in the 5 position (Morgan, Horford, or Smot). So, a good measure for how active offensively THJ and Burke are is "how many isos are called" and "# of screen/rolls with the 5".
Oh, and uh, good luck.
P.S. I am a basketball nerd. I keep these stats for fun (I am a lonely, lonely person). I would be willing to assist in helping a UFR for basketball in the future. In fact, I would be enamored with the idea. Since you should know my email, if you want me to research this stuff further, shoot me an email. Otherwise, I just hope this helped.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||former Cal student||
yeah, Cal accepts LOADS of transfers. It's the way the UC system is set up: lots of people go to CC because CC costs like $2k/year for in-state students. Get the easy 4.0, then transfer to get that prestigious degree for basically half price.
/UM fan in Cali.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Physical vs. Career harm||
You did the right thing, and this requires congratulations.
I guess the only difference would be you had a back-up plan for the physical harm (your friend). I think that McQuery didn't have a back-up plan for his career. I'm really going out on a limb on this one though....
Oh, and you had a sense of morals.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Pet Peeve||
People hear "would've" as "would of" and then type it as such. It's "would've".
|3 years 37 weeks ago||not impressed either||
But I'm referring to your comment.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||The children aren't the only victims||
While you don't live in PA, so you might now see it, the people in PA are victims of fraud. That's what the whole post is about.
I know that there were more heinous crimes committed, but yeah, people can feel sorry for all victims.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||You mean||
When MM gets here, and we do very well, but don't win a champioship, and we get a #1 recruiting class the year after, and he wants to win the 'ship, he'll be here longer than a year.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Cowardice||
I think he didn't have the courage to throw his friend in jail. It's not that he thought he'd get fired, or in trouble.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Absolutes||
using them generally means you're wrong.
The last "Unspeakable Evil" was the Nazis. If your entire family didn't fight in WWII, then your family has some "cowards" in it.
Perhaps it's not such an easy/obvious choice after all? Perhaps, humans have more complex decisions than you're attributing them.
P.S. Yes, JoePa dropped the ball. No, he's not the devil.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||UGH!||
JoePa did the wrong thing. Dur.
But put yourself in his shoes. Its not so simple as always reporting every crime. You can't tell me we all reported our underaged friends drinking. So, it's a decision on whether to report the crime, based on the outcomes.
MAYBE, he didn't really believe the GA. I mean, you're putting a decade-long friend and a GA in a contest for whom JoePa trusts more. Let me guess who wins that.
WELL, HE STiLL SHOULD HAVE CALLED:
Duh....But again, put yourself in his shoes. It's pretty tough to throw a decade-long friend under that amount of scrutiny (if the allegations are incorrect) or into jail (if they are correct).
It really doesn't matter what the crime is. You guys try throwing your friends into jail sometime. Seriously, it's a very hard thing to do.
I AGREE JOEPA SHOULD BE FIRED. Just....please stop saying that he's the heart of evil. Jeez.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||NROTC||
Woot! (They are the doods hoisting the flag)
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Maybe they're not all evil?||
Those kids might now know the full story....(It's still their fault they don't know, but c'mon....you really think people are chearing on a rape-permitter?)
If it seems like the fans are all evil, you're probably wrong.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Dad?||
I...uh....really had to go.....uh....do homework....yeah...
|3 years 37 weeks ago||verb tense||
we DON'T lose. Corrected.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Yes||
|3 years 38 weeks ago||My Sig:||
Please see it.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Counter-point||
While the above line-up would work, there are a few alternatives/corrections:
1.) Morgan is 6'8, so he's a 5 (no doubt) but he's actually smaller than Smot. Check pics if you don't believe me.
2.) We might see Morgan as a back-up, with variable options. This of course depends on what the players do in practice, and who we're playing. Nevertheless, I could see us running different line-ups.
Either way, I think MM is gonna be the 5 in some situations. Morgan/Horford are good inside men, but with the options that MM brings to the table, I can't see us using them over him. The real opportunity cost of using Morgan/Horford is another shooter at the 3, as they slide MM and THJ down to the 4 and 3, respectively. In that case, you'd lose a slasher/shooter. Coach B's offense is predicated on outside-in offensive motion, with lots of cuts, etc. Morgan's presence in the post would hinder that, while the presence of another slasher would help that. Does this make sense?
|3 years 38 weeks ago||And what was Penny's last name?||
That's right. HARDAWAY
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Caption||
Dave: "So, I ate a little bit of Jack Links, right?""
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Here's why he's coming here||
1.) His best friend, GRIII, is coming.
2.) He's been recruited by UM the longest. Here's his quote from last December, given to Dylan at umhoops.com "IU, Purdue, Marquette, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Miami (FL), Cincinnati, Xavier, Dayton and Ball State. [are recruiting me]"
a.) So, Coach B really got there early. Well done Coach.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Alternative hypothesis||
or "literate" before "looking". Never Forget (socal girls)
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Note on his recruitment||
When asked by Dylan of UMHoops.com on who was recruiting Mitch, the big guy responded "IU, Purdue, Marquette, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Miami (FL), Cincinnati, Xavier, Dayton and Ball State. I think that’s about it."
SO happy we got in on guys like him, Stauskas, and GRIII early.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||represent the west coast||
use "bra" dammit!
|3 years 38 weeks ago||That's like||
Dantonio and Tressel, but with actual integrity!
|3 years 38 weeks ago||You||
are wrong. See: Charlie Ward.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||You are||
either amusingly sarcastic
or a pretty, pretty princess.