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Old 03-25-2018, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by T-Bone 84 View Post
That might just be it, OSU Flyer. Maybe BG and AM were just so used to dealing in P5 circles that they didn’t know how to beat the bushes properly for big guys who stood a snowball’s chance in he!! of coming to UD.

Of course, it could also just be that, at their height, anyone over 6’2” looked tall to them.
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I wish I could find the article but I read a great piece from the Omaha paper about Creighton coach Greg McDermott's philosophy on developing big men. He apparently had good luck at Northern Iowa when he was there (this was when Creighton was still in the Missouri Valley) and was bringing this process to Creighton.

He said he looked for guys that were 6'10 plus that might not be the most athletic or skilled but were willing to work hard & had a few things they did well to build off of.

Redshirt them their first year there and work hard on trying to add bulk & just teaching the fundamentals of post play. A lot of these guys are from farm country and haven't played against guys as tall as them or had someone who knew how to coach a big guy. Start building them up from the basics. Redshirt freshman and sophomore years you're not playing minutes but still working on skill development.

By the time you're a redshirt junior you've got a guy who's had enough weight training and development after 3 years on campus that they're ready to compete for major minutes.

The goal was always to be bringing in a big guy to redshirt every year and build a pipline.

If you look at this Geoffrey Groselle for them you can see the career arc he's talking about. He goes from barley playing his first two years after his redshirt he becomes a 11 & 6 with a block per game his senior year.

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-bas...ffrey-groselle

To this day even though he's getting higher ranked guys in the Big East he still tries to redshirt all his bigs.
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