"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
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|2 weeks 3 days ago||It appeared||
that Jeff Meyer was killing it in Indiana with the run of McGary, GRIII, Irvin and Bacari was doing work to the point where we had two classes in a row that were right up there with the best. But that recruiting momentum has surprisingly tapered off a bit. I figured it would have sustained after Beilien demonstrated such excellent player development skills. Good thing he's still the best identifier of undervalued talent.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Defense||
You only mention offense here which is far less important to be able to play "above the rim". Skilled post guys and finishers off the pick and roll are just fine. Look at the insane efficiency of Jordan Morgan. He was an outstanding finisher on offense. It didn't matter much that he was making layups or dunks. Part of that is the genius of Beilien's offense too.
Playing "above the rim" is far more important on the defensive end where a long and athletic player can block and alter shots and get more rebounds. We got absolutely murdered on the interior this year around the rim (and are typically average at best in this regard) without any kind of shot blocking presence. Opponent 2pt% was very high against us.
The best you can hope for in a below the rim defensive guy is to be in the right spots, keep post guys in front, take charges, and box out for rebounds. "Below the rim" defenders (Morgan, Doyle, most of the guys we recruit) are taught in most cases to not leave their feet to attempt a block (low likehood of success and high likehood of foul), just get your hands up and turn and block out. A below the rim defender can be fairly effective with high discipline, but what is more effective is someone that can do all those things and block shots without fouling much and sky for rebounds that don't come directly to them.
This guy does not look like he'll be an above the rim defender, but he's young and could grow.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||But none of them||
are the kind of athletic we would need to not get dominated in the post, is what he's saying, because that was the theory presented by the OP. If the attempt was to try to not get dominated in the post, Beilien would have pursued longer, shot-blocking rim protectors. But that's not what he's done.
He's just recruited another below-the-rim skilled big man, who can finish around the rim but probably won't have any more success on the defensive side than Morgan or Doyle had the past two years against bigger teams. And there's nothing wrong with that. We've had pretty good success with Beileins current style. That style has been making sure every player has skill on offense and needs to be accounted for, and we sacrifice a bit on the defensive end to be able to have that.
|3 weeks 10 sec ago||I think||
the correct adjustment would be to give every second rounder in the analysis at least 3 YoS, since each first rounder was arbitrarily gauranteed that many. You'd be taking too much away from the first rounders if you dropped the first three from theirs, since some of them would have at least earned some of those first three years.
|3 weeks 10 min ago||Devil's Advocate||
The D-league is a 100% developmental league (by definition!). You make it sound like street ball with guys playing selfishly to get that 10-day contract. It's exactly the other way around. The guys in the D-leaugue have a singlular focus to be a role player in the NBA. The parent team is telling each guy what he needs to do to be able to play a role in the league and they're coached to play that role regardless of winning or losing. They are able to work on exactly what they need to work on to be a contributor in the NBA (unless they play for Sacto's team, but even then you could argue that they're working on a style for which they'd have a better chance to make money than a more standard style which clearly no team thought they were good enough for).
The pressure on college teams to win often leads to players playing in roles that they'll never use in the NBA, but will help their college teams win. Take Branden Dawson for example. He's never going to be a post player in the NBA but Izzo had him playing in power forward doing everything within 15 feet of the basket. His only chance of having a long term NBA career was to develop some sort of jumper, but because it would have been bad for MSU to let him try to develop that in college, he's going to have to try it overseas or in the D-league and he's already a couple years behind where he could be. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure MSU worked on his shot plenty, and he likely would have never would have developed it anyway, but this argument is completely backwards. Similar story to GR3 playing the 4 and Irvin playing the 4. It's crazy (for his development) that Zach Irvin is being asked to gaurd post players when he could and should be honing his perimeter defense.
Because the d-league doesn't worry about wins and losses, it can worry about developing players in the roles best suited for them, whereas the pressure to win in college can and often does cause players to play roles that best serve the team but not the players professional future.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||3 pt shooting||
I feel like 43% as just a corner gunner down to 35% as "mostly the guy" isn't that surprising or that bad. If we assume he's about a 39% guy, is a 4% deviation really that crazy? Wonder what the typical season to season variation is for his position.
What concerns me the most about his efficiency this year is his microscopic FT rate and surprisingly poor FT% for a shooter, and relatively low 2pt%. I wonder how his FT rate changed as he became "the guy" late in the year and was driving and kicking a lot more. He seems to have an uncanny knack for getting shots blocked in the interior, which accounts for the low 2pt% and FT rate. He needs to figure out how to avoid the block and draw contact.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's not "allowed"||
but like other fouls, it doesn't always get called. The first one was incidental, and actually Irvin kind of went scissors with his legs to initiate contact. The second one was absolutely a foul and probably gets called more often than not.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Totally agree as well||
I'd be interested to see an analysis of where his guys get drafted (or not) relative to expectations based on incoming ranks. There seems to be no development whatsoever. I guess when the expectations are that high, disappointment is the only alternative to "meets expectations", which is why the analysis would be interesting. I just don't see how going there is a good idea for half the guys that do (and yes, it's probably because they're getting benefits).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely biased||
Dogfish Head has so many great beers and are incredibly creative. One blockbuster from Alchemist isn't close to enough to compete with Dogfish Head.
But we are all biased! That's the fun part.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||No Bell's?||
I mean, fine you don't like IPAs so Two Hearted is out, but Bell's does a lot of other good stuff. And I'm surprised given your affinity for malty that Founders isn't number one with all the good Scotch ales, old ales and stouts they do.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Brewery Vivant||
is excellent. The brewpub in the defunct church is really cool, since their specialty is belgian abbey style beers. They're still small and niche but very good.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||BP and Alesmith||
Aren't they just a few miles apart? I can't see a regional bias affecting that matchup since they're neighbors and probably have the very similar distribution footprint.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Ratings on beer advocate||
are popular vote. It's the yelp of beer. It's interesting that since Founders has become more widely distributed, it's beers have come down on the beer advocate list, which might indicate the non-MI drinkers are rating them with less bias. I aslo think there are just a lot more great breweries now than there were even 5 years ago so some newer beers have shot up the list.
I think Founders could be argued as a top 10 US brewery, and its 4 seed on this bracket is arguably well deserved. But to win the whole thing as the top brewery in the country, that's overrated.
I incidently just looked up a top ten list on Men's Health (first one in a google search) and Founder's was not ranked by the article author. I hate to discount every measure of quality but top ten lists that are trying to get clicks will tend to rank breweries more likely to get clicks and shares over more obscure breweries. Kind of like football recruiting rankings tend to bias towards the kids that commit to the big schools whose fanbases will obsess about the rankings that the services are selling so top lists by a publication selling clicks come with a grain of salt too.
All that matters is our own opinions though, and everyone is entitled to his/her own. That's what's fun about beer right now (like sports), these kinds of arguments.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Pliny||
LOTS of people think Pliny is overrated. And they're probably right. That was more my point. Beers and breweries alike can get "overrated" on polls that merely require volume of clicks. I don't think anyone could possibly think Russian River is overrated because it is AMAZING.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
Delaware is tiny, GR and MI are not. GR metro area is the 43rd largest in the country. That is not small or insignificant at all. That's larger than the largest metro area in about half the states. It's the same size as New Orleans, bigger than Oklahoma City and Buffalo which have pro sports teams and certainly feel bigger. MI is a top 10 population state. So no, GR isn't getting too much credit for it's ability to be "influential", which in this context is only about it's ability to come out in droves to vote on beer polls, which is driven by a sizable population and a relatively high percentage of us getting on board to vote for anything we can be proud of about our state so the rest of the country doesn't just think of MI as being the state with Detroit: murder capital of the country.
This isn't a knock, it's a great thing. We love our state and like to support things about it (as evidenced by this post on a completely unrelated blog), and there is an undeniable tendency amongst us Michiganders to hype (possibly overhype) the good things about this state in an effort to offset all the overly publicized bad things about the state.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry||
Yes, you're right about Kent county. What I meant was the GR metro area which is larger than Delaware and larger than Maine if you count the statistical area including Holland and Muskegon. I'm from GR, and lived there until I left for Ann Arbor when I was 18 and my entire family still lives there so I go back all the time.
The poster of your response did not say that Founder's "success" (your words) was due to Grand Rapidians, just that it is overhyped by Grand Rapidians, and there's probably some truth to that. To my point, people in MI are crazy about their local craft beer to the point where they vote GR beer city USA, and they vote Founder's number one in polls like the one the OP posted. Founders makes a good product, but it is probably not the best brewery in America as it was voted by the voters of this poll. I definitely don't think they're "incredibly overhyped" as the poster stated, but they do end up rated too highly when volume of clicks and ratio of people willing to give 5 stars out of 5 is the criteria.
And commercial success isn't a very good measure of beer quality either, obviously. If it was, we'd just conclude that Sam Adam's, Sierra Nevada, and Shock Top are the best craft breweries and call it a day. Distibution (which is a weird game) has a lot to do with it. The great thing is, all that matters is what each individual drinker appreciates.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Don't underestimate||
the size, influence and enthusiasm of Grand Rapids and the state Michigan (and it's many transplants). Michigan is the 8th largest state (maybe 9th now after NC?) in the country, far bigger than Oregon and Colorado, which are two of the other comparable beer states along with California. Dogfish Head is in Delaware fergodsakes, Allagash is in Maine. Those are not big local markets. Kent county alone has more residents than each of those states.
There's a reason that when Brewdogs filmed in GR, the hosts were blown away by attendence that dwarfed any other episode. People in MI are really whheeeeeeee! about MI beer right now, and it's having a relatively large impact on sales that are relatively concentrated on it's top 2 breweries (Founder's and Bell's). And yes, many think Russian River, Lagunitas and Stone are overrated thanks to being in CA, but the MI breweries enjoy a population advantage over many of the other top breweries.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
That the actual game refs huddle around a tiny TV, is absurd. It should be a booth review like football. Quicker and more accurate.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Didn't need to||
That block was an easier call to make live than the oob was on replay. Look at it! So clean.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Important differences||
Calipari cheated his way to success at Umass and Memphis, getting caught at both places, and it's really only a matter of time or effort from the NCAA until his Kentucky wins are all vacated as well. So coach Cal is a twice caught cheater and hasn't shown an ability to actually coach good basketball without cheating.
Saban, while not the most ethical of coaches, has not cheated to get where he is. Oversigning is really unfortunate for the kids but it's perfectly legal, and until the NCAA goes to 4-year schollies or annual limits, it's going to happen at a lot of schools. Saban wouln't be allowed to oversign here and has had great success in the big ten without oversigning or cheating so I think it'd be a lot more reasonable to be ok with him coming here than Calipari.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
very important for Indiana recruiting. He's the guy Crean flipped about "ruining their program" by getting Irvin, Robinson, McGary.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Defenses look like a push||
or just slight advantage to blue. I'd take maize safeties, blue corners, LBs are about a push and I'm not sure what's going on with the blue WDE, but looks like the d-lines are about even or slight advantage to blue.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Rudock?||
You don't think Rudock puts the QB floor at average? A solid, experienced guy as the worst case scenario hardly seems like a weakness. I agree that DE and pass rushing is now the biggest question mark. Also need a receiver to step up.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Sciatica||
had the same thing for a year. It was awful. i was playing bball twice a week and not streching enough so finally rested it for a couple months and did yoga to loosen it up and it worked. rest and stretching are vital.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||Brown in a heartbeat||
Elite bball players have a much greater impact on a five person bball team than any single player (even QBs) can have on a 22-man football team. But let's get them both!
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This||
and GR was named top, that's right #1, US travel destination in 2014 by Lonely Planet. This article explains why and all the reasons apply to living there, not just visiting.
That said, you're going to have to play the "let's just try it for a couple years while we don't have kids" angle. You gotta get her there and hope she falls in love with the place or it's never going to be long-term. As many posters have pointed out, the challenge of being far from her family when you have kids is tough to overcome.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||That logic||
doesn't seem to make much sense.
The player who wins the job is the guy that has the highest ceiling for this season, right? What Magnus is saying is it doesn't really matter who wins the job, the winner by definition has the highest ceiling and gives the team the best chance to win this season.
Why does Shane need to start for Malzone to redshirt? Shane just needs to beat out Malzone on the depth chart for Malzone to redshirt, right?
Hm, this might be a factor but my guess is it's nearly negligible. Even if Morris beats out the freshmen, there's no reason for an incoming recruit to think he won't still have to beat out Malzone and/or Gentry if he wants to start before 2019. And redshirting either or both of them could push that back a year and more than offset this effect (if it exists as you theorize).
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Length||
Moreso than a lack of height is the lack of length. To be a rim protector you have to also have long arms (which combined with height is far more important than height alone) and an ability to jump. Doyle and Donnal do not have either of those attributes which is why they can't protect the rim. Jury is still out on Wilson but by all reports he actually does have some length. So we have one potential rim protector who is very skinny and very raw offensively. Robinson is a twig wing player. He's not protecting any rims anytime soon (ever). We need all the length we can get, because this team is severely lacking. Teske can't get here soon enough!
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Owners son||
He's the owners son so we might be blessed with the entertainment of continued nepotism for a long time. Either way, getting canned by his folks would be entertaining as well. Ah, the failures of dynastic tendencies.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Uhhh||
Yeah dude. Kovacs was/is amazing. That's why it's called a ceiling. It's a huge compliment to Kovacs and should be what every walk-on strives to be, no? Give us all the Kovacs.