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Old 04-22-2021, 07:53 PM   #311
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Banks has been put on scholarship. We now have 9 scholarship players.

DDJ
Saunders
MAW
Mason
Newman
Banks
Davenport
Koval
Lakhin

We need one Houston type big man (athletic banger) and at least one guy who can play the 4. Preferably at least one or two bigs with high-end athleticism. Koval will get killed by Houston's physicality unless he puts on 15-20 lbs. I'd be okay with adding Hensley as well.

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Old 04-22-2021, 07:53 PM   #312
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He'll need to be paired with the right front court partner but he offers a lot of solid intangibles.

He only committed 10 turnovers in 589 minutes of action last season.
hopefully he is purely a backup. at least he doesn't seem to foul much for a big man so perhaps he can be a serviceable backup (to whom I have no clue) on defense.
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:54 PM   #313
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So we got McNeil and Vogt... whoís next??
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:55 PM   #314
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There are some similarities, but many differences.

Brannen for example lost out on not just Brooks, but Nsoseme and LoJo as well. Plus he forced Hardnett out. Wes brought back 2/3 of players who were actively looking to leave when he arrived.

Mike Roberts was an assistant at IU the last two years. Not exactly a mid-major guy. Yes he was with Wes at UNCG before that, but two years at IU is nothing to scoff at. Andre Morgan is a mid-major guy, but he knows Wes well and can help him hit the the ground running. The third assistant is hopefully going to be the "home run", but even he's not Wes is already ahead of Brannen in the assistants category.

As for Koval. Even I, who was probably the biggest Vogt hater on here did not hate the signing of Vogt (that much). A guy who can help build culture and give some immediate contributions since we are desperate for bigs was fine with me. The problem Brannen made was when he started Vogt (and also brought in another plodding big in Sorolla). If Koval averages under 15 minutes and we also grab an athletic big man, there is nothing wrong with this signing. If Koval is expected to be a 25-30 minute starter, we've got problems.
Where is the Roberts announcement? I must have missed it. If you are expecting a home run hire for an assistant with the next one, you might be disappointed.
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Old 04-22-2021, 08:09 PM   #315
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Where is the Roberts announcement? I must have missed it. If you are expecting a home run hire for an assistant with the next one, you might be disappointed.
Not official yet. But per Chad's podcast it's been done for a while. Just waiting for the paperwork and HR to go through. Tomorrow seems likely since he should have started the hiring process not long after Morgan.
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Old 04-22-2021, 08:35 PM   #316
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Banks has been put on scholarship. We now have 9 scholarship players.

DDJ
Saunders
MAW
Mason
Newman
Banks
Davenport
Koval
Lakhin

We need one Houston type big man (athletic banger) and at least one guy who can play the 4. Preferably at least one or two bigs with high-end athleticism. Koval will get killed by Houston's physicality unless he puts on 15-20 lbs. I'd be okay with adding Hensley as well.
We got the depth set. Now we need at least 2 heavy hitters and I would prefer 3.

5, 4, 3
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Old 04-22-2021, 08:38 PM   #317
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Iím not impressed yet. But you have to fill the depth first before you land the big fish or the small fish donít come
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Old 04-22-2021, 08:40 PM   #318
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I'm really happy that Koval committed. He fills an obvious need at the 5, he only has one year of eligibility left which helps balance classes, and if BPR is at all accurate he is our second best player after Newman (and by far our best offensive player). His high offensive BPR doesn't necessarily mean he's a great scorer or distributor, but it means the offense is efficient when he is in the game. He is elite in a couple categories: only a 6.5 turnover rate and an 11.8 block rate - both #1 among all players in the portal with 20+ minutes. And he has a very good 58.6 true shooting percentage, just below Davenport.
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:00 PM   #319
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Not official yet. But per Chad's podcast it's been done for a while. Just waiting for the paperwork and HR to go through. Tomorrow seems likely since he should have started the hiring process not long after Morgan.
well I guess when it gets announced I'll consider it. Until then it's nothing. But even then, what is it that impresses you about Roberts? I know nothing about him other than what I'm reading so could be way off, but his bio is shows he was the assistant AD for basketball administration. That's not exactly an assistant coach. And this was at a school that just fired their coach for severely underperforming with high level talent. He's also a previous staff of Wes from UNCG. At this point we're becoming Northwest UNCG.

To add, his bio says: He will manage the program’s day-to-day relationships with academics, compliance, financial aid, housing, business office, scheduling, equipment, athletic department and University administration.

That's the big hire?
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his bio says: He will manage the programís day-to-day relationships with academics, compliance, financial aid, housing, business office, scheduling, equipment, athletic department and University administration.
That's his new role. Under Archie, he helped bring in some very highly rated recruiting classes as an assistant coach.
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