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Old 03-23-2018, 11:07 AM
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Well, we have some schollys to spend, what would y'all like to see done with them?

I don't see AG using all five given how late in the game it is, but it is possible if a few of them are transfers.

As of now the classes are thus:

SR: Cunningham
JR: Mikesell, Landers, Matos
SO: Davis, Crutcher
FR: Toppin, Cohill

Pretty balanced as is. A grad transfer PG would be ideal to spell Crutcher. A freshman PG would be my next wish. Then a wing and the best available bigs regardless of status.
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Well, we have some schollys to spend, what would y'all like to see done with them?

I don't see AG using all five given how late in the game it is, but it is possible if a few of them are transfers.

As of now the classes are thus:

SR: Cunningham
JR: Mikesell, Landers, Matos
SO: Davis, Crutcher
FR: Toppin, Cohill

Pretty balanced as is. A grad transfer PG would be ideal to spell Crutcher. A freshman PG would be my next wish. Then a wing and the best available bigs regardless of status.
I think a BIG is needed the absolute most.Only 2 guys over 6'7" on this team right now. I agree that UD should always keep an extra ship' open for a GT or JUCO.

Definitely need a BIG, a PG and a nice wing who can shoot...
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Well, we have some schollys to spend, what would y'all like to see done with them?

I don't see AG using all five given how late in the game it is, but it is possible if a few of them are transfers.

As of now the classes are thus:

SR: Cunningham
JR: Mikesell, Landers, Matos
SO: Davis, Crutcher
FR: Toppin, Cohill

Pretty balanced as is. A grad transfer PG would be ideal to spell Crutcher. A freshman PG would be my next wish. Then a wing and the best available bigs regardless of status.
I firmly believe that Grant should recruit 3 big centers of the five available scholarships. Given what Dayton can recruit in big guys (can’t chew gum and walk at the same time) we can use them to take a lot of fouls. At best, if one of three could just rebound and play positional defense that would be enough. Maybe, if they could just not miss a layup, would be nice.
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-a JuCo Guard that can the play the 1 or the 2
-a HS Wing
-2 Bigs in any fashion (HS, JuCo or Grad Transfer)

-If those are done, I would gladly take a Transfer if he has to sit out a year
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A lot depends on what’s available. Gregory tried to fill schollies in the fall because he felt there wasn’t much available in the spring, and what was available was damaged goods. That was before the plethora of transfers and decommits that have flooded the market of late. I think the focus should be on quality.

Best available PG who can play next year
Best available C/PF who can play next year
Best player who can play next year
Best PG, regardless of eligibility
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Originally Posted by steve View Post
I think a BIG is needed the absolute most.Only 2 guys over 6'7" on this team right now. I agree that UD should always keep an extra ship' open for a GT or JUCO.

Definitely need a BIG, a PG and a nice wing who can shoot...
right here.... we need at least 1, I think we really could use 2 bigs right now...
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We need so much. While we keep most of our core, they weren't winners. We need help on defense more than anything. I have never seen a team that allowed runs of made fg's like we did, often giving up amazingly long runs of consecutive 10 fg's. Much of that is Josh playing the 5 out of position where he can't defend much bigger players or stop penetration or block shots after our other players get beat.
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Word about five UD players leaving the program has to be spreading around the college basketball world. That leaves with 8 players as shown above.

I do not know how the process works, how players find out about openings without having agents, but I would think that good players looking to transfer, whether transferees, graduate players with one year of eligibility left, JUCO seniors, would see a historic program in immediate need of talented players with likelihood of considerable playing time right away.

I am curious whether we will have many or only a few candidates showing interest.
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Old 03-23-2018, 02:31 PM
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One losing season and they are all losers. Amazing logic. Maddog, you seem to have that ability to make me chuckle. Keep up the good work. Keeps me from having to go to comedy clubs on the weekends.
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UD traditionally has struggled to recruit good big men and post players. While the game is very much guard oriented due to the 3, long athletic and skilled big men do make a difference.

Yes, there are exceptions to the rule, but teams with skilled bigs often perform well. The P5 conferences usually have better big men.

Steve and Kostas did impact games with their shot blocking. Many more shots were altered than just the ones they blocked. Neither were a great offensive player however.
Kostas had terrible footwork. Would be nice to get a big man in that size range with defensive and offensive skills.


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One losing season and they are all losers. Amazing logic. Maddog, you seem to have that ability to make me chuckle. Keep up the good work. Keeps me from having to go to comedy clubs on the weekends.
Losing record, losing non conference record, losing conference record in a down year for the A10. What do mighty Iona, Ball State, Wofford, Canisius, Belmint, Georgia Southern, Wagner, Tx Arlington, Radford, N Ky, Eastern Washington, Albany, Nichols St, Libscomb,Wright State, Furman, Rider, UC Davis, and many other have in common? Better RPI than our "winners". Keep laughing, most of the basketball world is having a good one on us.

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right here.... we need at least 1, I think we really could use 2 bigs right now...
Agree. Especially because there's so little size in our FR/SO classes.
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With five open scholarships, I think AG will get two transfers that will need to sit out. One to two grad transfers and one additional freshman. Best case scenario is a grad transfer point guard and grad transfer bulky down low guy. One of the two transfers is also a bulky down low guy and the freshman is a point guard. The other transfer is a guy like either Sibert or Charles Cooke who has mad skill but needs a developmental year.

I think AG is never going to use a rotation greater than 9 so better to either have a scholarship remain open or have one to two transfer kids so there are not too many pine riders which can provide its own problems.
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A lot depends on what’s available. Gregory tried to fill schollies in the fall because he felt there wasn’t much available in the spring, and what was available was damaged goods.
At one that might have been true but I way disagree with this statement now. The way the coaching carousel is these days with decomits, late bloomers like Toppin and transfers

See, Jalen Crutcher


In the era of positionless basketball and with a coach who's willing to play 4 guards...

Two sit out transfers regardless of position. I'd love a post but if there are two guards who could be all conference caliber guys who want to come here I'd take them

We need some kind of a post. Foul trouble, sprained ankle and Josh goes down and it's Mikesell/Obi playing interior defense next year. Our offense would have been a disaster this year playing without Josh for long stretches. Ideally, I'd love to find a JUCO big but that might not possible. I'd be happy with a freshman and bench guy grad transfer to fill the gap

The dream would be to get that Center Wyatt Walker grad transfer with two years from Samford.

I'd take a grad transfer PG or Combo G who could be a ball handler behind Crutcher. A JUCO could work but I feel like it's awfully risky entrusting this role to a guy who's never played D1 ball. Plus the scholarship is done with next year and you can give it a kid signing in the fall

I think there's a flexibility between grad transfers/JUCO on plugging some of the intimidate wholes like backup PG & Post

Between Cohill/Davis/Crutcher we've got a good underclassmen core at guard. I'm not sure the guy is out there but a PF/C type freshman who could develop this year before getting thrown into the fire next year would be nice
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The more i delve into this board the more i realize how wrong i was about Smitty and Maddog. C'mon Maddog. Returning guys are losers? Crutcher played many games at 40 minutes. Hard. You're right, what a loser. GTFOOH.

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Since this is Santa request time, I would like the following:

1.) a 6`9" guy that looks like he could be a tight end when he leaves UD.
2.) A JC or grad transfer that would push Crutcher for the starting PG position.
3.) Somebody that can take the ball to the hole and be able to find shooters when the defense colllapses
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[QUOTE=John C.;545543]Since this is Santa request time, I would like the following:

1.) a 6`9" guy that looks like he could be a tight end when he leaves UD.



40 in white for Bowling Green is a true freshman transfer
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What amazes me is that, back in the Donoher era (my youth/adolescence), we were able to get a few good bigs (Kanieski, Colbert, Montague), and several others who could eat space and provide solid minutes (Morrison, Uhl, Ross, McCracken, Zern, Gorney), but now we can’t find anyone over 6’8” who can walk & chew gum at the same time, and not be a head case? At a time when players in general are bigger and stronger than ever? It just boggles my mind that we can’t even get 1 such guy (with the sole exception of #5, God rest his soul).

Keep in mind, I’m not asking for someone like Bagley, Haas, or any other dominating presence. Just someone between 6’8” and 6’10”, with at least 230 pounds of beef on his frame, who could be counted on for @ 6 points and 5 rebounds a game. Is that player that impossible to find?
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1.) a 6`9" guy that looks like he could be a tight end when he leaves UD.



40 in white for Bowling Green is a true freshman transfer
Maybe Jeremiah Bonsu will put in a good word for his alma mater.
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The more i delve into this board the more i realize how wrong i was about Smitty and Maddog. C'mon Maddog. Returning guys are losers? Crutcher played many games at 40 minutes. Hard. You're right, what a loser. GTFOOH.

Go call Trey a loser to his face. I know a great dentist in Middletown.

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Again, How many games did they win?? Lasalle, no, Umass, no and no, any tournament wins, ahhh, no. Definebasketball winner for us will ya.
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We definitely had some players who had losers attitudes the season. The team itself had a losing record. But to call each and every individual player on the team a loser is Ludacris.

If you are going to retain any credibility at all you need to stop making blanket accusations.
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What amazes me is that, back in the Donoher era (my youth/adolescence), we were able to get a few good bigs (Kanieski, Colbert, Montague), and several others who could eat space and provide solid minutes (Morrison, Uhl, Ross, McCracken, Zern, Gorney), but now we can’t find anyone over 6’8” who can walk & chew gum at the same time, and not be a head case? At a time when players in general are bigger and stronger than ever? It just boggles my mind that we can’t even get 1 such guy (with the sole exception of #5, God rest his soul).

Keep in mind, I’m not asking for someone like Bagley, Haas, or any other dominating presence. Just someone between 6’8” and 6’10”, with at least 230 pounds of beef on his frame, who could be counted on for @ 6 points and 5 rebounds a game. Is that player that impossible to find?
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We've had a few. Kavanugh and Scott fit that mold. Unfortunately, both had issues so I guess that is what you meant about head case, eh?
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We've had a few. Kavanugh and Scott fit that mold. Unfortunately, both had issues so I guess that is what you meant about head case, eh?
Kavanaugh, Scott, Robinson, Williams...whoever.

Benson and Searcy are the only guys I can think of in recent memory who were 6’9” or taller and completed 4 years at UD without any major incidents. And they came here a decade or more (and 2 Head Coaches) ago. He!!, even schools like LaSalle, Duquesne, and GW (with their bandboxes for home courts) have done better than that!
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Kavanaugh, Scott, Robinson, Williams...whoever.

Benson and Searcy are the only guys I can think of in recent memory who were 6’9” or taller and completed 4 years at UD without any major incidents. And they came here a decade or more (and 2 Head Coaches) ago. He!!, even schools like LaSalle, Duquesne, and GW (with their bandboxes for home courts) have done better than that!
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Weren't Finn, Waleskowski and Huelsman taller than 6'9" and played for four years?
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Waleskowski no (6-8), but Finn (7-0) and Huelsman (6-10) fit the bill. Also, Mark Ashman was 6-9 or 6-10.
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Weren't Finn, Waleskowski and Huelsman taller than 6'9" and played for four years?
Ashman graduated in 2000, Finn and Waleskowski graduated in 2004, and Huelsman graduated in 2010.

Please find me someone who is currently less than 30 years old, played 4 years at UD, is not named Searcy or Benson, had no disciplinary issues, and is 6’9” or taller. And, with the current roster composition, it will be at least 9 years between the last guy who was 6’9” or taller and played 4 incident-free years at UD (Benson) and the next. A bit ridiculous, IMHO.

Not that height is everything, but to paraphrase the immortal John Wooden, you can’t coach a guy to be tall.
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Would love to get a guy like the Loyola frosh or the Richmond red shirt frosh.

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it's truly an art to identify and develop bigs at this level of basketball. I think that guys that come from P5 aren't used to working with bigs that are as raw or know how to project guys that say teams that consistently have good bigs at our level and below do
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it's truly an art to identify and develop bigs at this level of basketball. I think that guys that come from P5 aren't used to working with bigs that are as raw or know how to project guys that say teams that consistently have good bigs at our level and below do
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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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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Fascinating. Great post. I guess convincing a project who is currently a stiff to red-shirt isnt hard to do. Actually brilliant strategy if the payoff is a guy who plays 25-30 minutes and is a 11pt 6reb 2 blk guy his upperclassmen years.
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I agree with both of you, and that’s a great “share” OSU Flyer. You have to play the hand you’re dealt. McDermott knew he wouldn’t be in the running for guys with the skills of Karl-Anthony Towns, so he had a plan to take lemons and make lemonade. Now, we just need to do the same thing here.

And if McDermott doesn’t want the 6’9” or 6’8” guys, we’ll take ‘em!
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that level of patience and development as far as I know doesn't exist in the P5 leagues. You're literally building a guy from the ground floor up often teaching basic skills with a payoff 3-4 years down the line.

McDermott was a guy that came up from the D2 ranks, those levels of basketball unless you find a real diamond in the rough, the only way you get them is if you develop them yourself
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that level of patience and development as far as I know doesn't exist in the P5 leagues. You're literally building a guy from the ground floor up often teaching basic skills with a payoff 3-4 years down the line.

McDermott was a guy that came up from the D2 ranks, those levels of basketball unless you find a real diamond in the rough, the only way you get them is if you develop them yourself
What wasn't said but absolutely needs to exist is a kid willing to take the time to work on his game. Proof of that is Jordan Pierce.

My guess is that AG had all intentions of red shirting him when practice started in the fall. The kid didn't work and AG knew he wasn't going to stick. Transferring to another school would mean a one year redshirt so there was no loss to Pierce that he played in a couple games.

I'm guessing, in today's immediate gratification culture, it is harder and harder to find a kid willing to play minimal minutes for three years and spend the time working his craft for a payout of playing meaningful minutes for two years.
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I was told on this board that red shirting, other than medical and academic, doesn't happen in college basketball anymore. Last year I suggested this type of development plan for Pierce and was told it won't happen because nobody red shirts anymore for just pure development.
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Part of it's getting the kid the buy in and presenting a vision that the kid wants to buy into. Having a clear game plan goes a long way to getting a kid on board with a development plan.

It's hard for the coach too to say basically I've got a kid who's gonna be the 13th guy on scholarship and we're gonna put a lot of hard work for maybe 3 years before we see a pay off.

It's an investment on both sides and if you can explain and sell the vision I think there's more kids out there that would buy in than you would think
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I was told on this board that red shirting, other than medical and academic, doesn't happen in college basketball anymore. Last year I suggested this type of development plan for Pierce and was told it won't happen because nobody red shirts anymore for just pure development.
What makes Gonzaga different from every other NCAA Sweet 16 team

Eleven of the 17 players on the Bulldogs’ roster have redshirted during their time here. The other 15 teams still alive in the NCAA tournament have an average of 2.93 such players.

Yet Gonzaga has figured out how to turn the redshirt year into a recruiting tool. Player development is one of the program’s core pillars, and Knight presents redshirting as a problem-solving exercise that is different player to player and often day to day. The weight room isn’t a place to brag or turn into bodybuilders, but just one of dozens of tools for the players’ benefit.

“We literally try to not leave any stone unturned,” said Mark Few, Gonzaga’s head coach, “whether it’s nutrition or sleep or DNA predisposition to weights to speed, agility, flexibility, yoga.

“Capping out their potential has always been the goal. If you’re not getting the top five or 10 or 15 players in the country — which we don’t get coming out of high school — you focus on, Let’s get these other guys that we evaluate properly and know how hungry they are and their potential and then let’s do it that way.”

Why it works
The notion that the best player on the roster could be unavailable for game competition may seem like a risk of the redshirting strategy, but it’s really the point.

“What’s made it work is we have a culture of ownership and responsibility,” Lloyd said. “Those guys know they’re redshirting for a reason, and I always tell them the redshirt needs to be your ‘because’ year. Because you redshirted, you were able to do this. It’s not a wasted year. Your mindset needs to be at the end of your career, because you redshirted, you were able to do this, this and that.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...t-16/99481738/

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My wife is a Florida grad and listens daily to WRUF sports radio out of Gainesville. She told me the other day that one of the sportscasters (Pat Dooley) was talking about Anthony Grant and what a great job he did recruiting and developing big men at Florida. Some names of note: Al Horford & Udonis Haslem.

Hopefully this rep is still intact and AG can find/develop us someone of similar caliber.
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Part of it's getting the kid the buy in and presenting a vision that the kid wants to buy into. Having a clear game plan goes a long way to getting a kid on board with a development plan.

It's hard for the coach too to say basically I've got a kid who's gonna be the 13th guy on scholarship and we're gonna put a lot of hard work for maybe 3 years before we see a pay off.

It's an investment on both sides and if you can explain and sell the vision I think there's more kids out there that would buy in than you would think
In today's world of grad transfers, a coach risks developing a player only to see part their investment go bye-bye his fifth year...
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In today's world of grad transfers, a coach risks developing a player only to see part their investment go bye-bye his fifth year...
absolutely a risk but I think that's mitigated potentially have more coaching stability than we've had before with AG and the level of program we have. If you're transferring up out of here, presumably you're going to a higher level P5 program. It would suck to lose a 5th year guy to Kansas but it would nice to have a guy who's good enough to go to that level.

We've had 5th year guys here and we haven't lost one yet.

I think that programs that get burned by grad transfer are at lower level than Dayton or lost their coach.
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Yep that is the risk, that we develop a kid and he leaves. We are not doing that now, and how is that working out for us?
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if a guy wants to leave they can transfer the old fashioned way. You can't live your life in fear and certainly can't run a basketball program that way
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Transferring to another school would mean a one year redshirt so there was no loss to Pierce that he played in a couple games.
There was a loss to Pierce, he lost a year of eligibility playing in those couple games.
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There was a loss to Pierce, he lost a year of eligibility playing in those couple games.
the loss was to both of us. It took a year to figure out his attitude and effort would never make it work. He walked away with a free year of Education
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There was a loss to Pierce, he lost a year of eligibility playing in those couple games.
even if he redshirted this year, he'd still lose a year sitting out
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even if he redshirted this year, he'd still lose a year sitting out
Yeah, thanks for the clarification, I always get tripped up on that scenario. That is a major draw back of redshirting: can't transfer without losing a year of eligibility.
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the loss was to both of us. It took a year to figure out his attitude and effort would never make it work. He walked away with a free year of Education
More like after 3 games and apparently AG hoped the lightbulb would come on but X was feeding him the golden koolaid. What a waste. Watching Loyola coach the interaction with his player was great, no *****ing just reinforce the positives. Having four great shooters and a big was great to see.
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In today's world of grad transfers, a coach risks developing a player only to see part their investment go bye-bye his fifth year...
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absolutely a risk but I think that's mitigated potentially have more coaching stability than we've had before with AG and the level of program we have. If you're transferring up out of here, presumably you're going to a higher level P5 program. It would suck to lose a 5th year guy to Kansas but it would nice to have a guy who's good enough to go to that level.

We've had 5th year guys here and we haven't lost one yet.

I think that programs that get burned by grad transfer are at lower level than Dayton or lost their coach.
There is some risk is that you're investing 5 years vs. 4 when you really don't know if the extra development is going to pay off. And there is also risk that you burn the redshirt when you could need it later on for a medical situation. But yes, the primary risk is that it does pay off, but not for Dayton, as it sets up the potential for a kid to use Dayton a stepping stone to get to a better program to play out his last year of eligibility.

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What makes Gonzaga different from every other NCAA Sweet 16 team
Well, Gonzaga has a coach that ain't going anywhere, and they are in the NCAA tourney every year. Assuming that Grant doesn't want to use Dayton as a stepping stone (been there, done that and the whole alum thing), then Dayton can mitigate the risk by being a program that you just wouldn't want to transfer out of (i.e. Gonzaga). If you are a senior and you think Dayton can make a deep tourney run, you're not looking at another program, even if you've got the free pass as a grad transfer.

But when it comes to sitting bigs for a year of development, DAYTON HAS IN FACT DONE THIS A BUNCH RECENTLY. It's just they're doing it in a different way, and in a way that Gonzaga can't. What Dayton has done recently is admit three bigs -- Kostas, Big Steve and Obadiah Toppin -- who were deemed non-qualifiers by the NCAA who therefore would sit, similar to a redshirt big at Gonzaga would. Also, I think this was the plan with Devon Scott, who was very borderline, but managed to get through the clearinghouse.

Anyway, the key point Dayton vs. Gonzaga here is that the WCC does not permit admission of a nonqualifier on athletic scholarship. Several other conferences prohibit or restrict that has well. The A10 allows it however and Dayton has at least attempted to take advantage of this rule, going after guys that other programs, like a Gonzaga, can't go after.
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Since this is Santa request time, I would like the following:

1.) a 6`9" guy that looks like he could be a tight end when he leaves UD.
2.) A JC or grad transfer that would push Crutcher for the starting PG position.
3.) Somebody that can take the ball to the hole and be able to find shooters when the defense colllapses
4.) A 45% three point shooter
5.) A new bike
Crosby never turned out to that #3 , which Scooch and others excelled at. Dribble penetration and dish, or get it inside to Pierre or Pollard, and then some nice passes -interior and to the outside resulted from that initial pass.

I'd like #1 and #3. And a new Drone.

With Number 3 it helps with outside shooting %'s. Same with getting a passing, space eating type of big man.
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Stephen Bami have any remaining eligibility?
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My daughter graduated from St. Mary's College (Moraga, CA), so I at least pay attention to their Men's BB program, that has been successful over the last few years. They have done well with players from Australia, New Zealand, and other South Pacific islands. Should we be looking overseas?
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Stephen Bami have any remaining eligibility?
Detwon Rogers might. i heard he practiced this week and that the issue is only a bruise.
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