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  • #43516

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    The article that Graham Hall retweeted about UF winning the offseason in basketball is very true as far as improving the team with one player, but he had Nembhard, Mann, and Locke as the starters where I completely see Lewis as the starting swingman with Locke as the 2 guard. Of course the lineup he put in his article of the three guards would make a great small lineup when needed.

  • #43394

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    That’s what i’ve been reading too. Haven’t seen an official report though yet.

  • #43391

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    Dont know if anyone else has been paying any attention to it, but i’ve been on the Kerry Blackshear watch ever since he pulled out of the NBA draft, and the most recent reports are that he’s Gainesville bound. No finalized notices as of yet, but the reports are that it will be announced tonight, though we may not hear anything until the morning. If all this is true, it would be funny considering that people have been reporting over the last two weeks that it was between UK and UT. If he does come, this team, barring injuries again, could be something special this year.

  • #43034

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    Absolutely agree with the NCAA just handing out exemptions to transfers that probably shouldn’t get one. If a coach leaves while the student-athlete is there, or even before he/she gets there, then yes. If the student-athlete graduates and then wants to try somewhere new, then yes with the graduate transfer, since that doesn’t hurt a school’s graduation rate total. If a student-athlete has a serious family issue to bring him/her closer to home for his/her family, then yes, since that’d be better than them feeling like they would just simply quit. If a student-athlete is just not happy where he/she is at, or his/her lack of playing time or personal progress, then no, they should have to sit out the year. That seems more of a selfish choice that puts a strain on the other members of that program, whereas one of the other situations is more of an uncontrollable reason for leaving. Basically, I think there were always this many student-athletes moving around in the past, but the public creation of the transfer portal, with the graduate transfer rule, has made it seem like more because any Joe Schmoe can see everyone who is looking to leave the current school he/she is at, where before people just really knew about their own favorite school, rival school, or high-profile athletes….if it was written about.

  • #42804

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    Read an article written in Big Blue land, that quotes a 247sports recruiting analyst putting Florida and Texas AM as two teams most likely to land him. He feels UF because of being close to Orlando, he went to Evans HS, and the immediate need for his type of experience and help at that position, and A&M, mainly because that’s where his old coach at Va. Tech went.

    Made a good point though, that since he’s also put his name in the draft, w/o an agent, that he may not make a decision until probably late May or even early June, since the deadline to withdraw is May 29th. So don’t hold your breath and just wait first to find out if he sticks with the draft or not before wondering where he may go. My guess though is he’ll have made both those decisions by the same time, so he’ll probably decide on the draft, and if no, will probably declare his intended new home for a year a couple of days later.

  • #42568

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    Sorry about the ramble with the first post…sometimes you start typing and forget what you’re even talking about anymore. Hopefully it makes sense.

    As far as the portal, 247sports has the transfer portal on their BB recruiting section, and they keep it pretty up to date. Of course when it comes to bball, it seems like every recruiting group (ESPN, 247sports, rivals, etc.) lists players differently, but you can narrow the search to PF and C, where there are currently a couple of former 4 star grad transfer Centers out there, including Daniel Giddens, who started at Ohio State with Matta, went to Bama after Matta got fired, and now is moving again as a grad transfer with Avery Johnson getting fired. He was the 10th rated C coming out of high school, and might be able to give a solid one season, but realistically, I think using the last two scholarships on any graduate transfer front court player would be well worth it. It’s almost like there’s nothing to lose, especially if that player has a lot of game time playing experience. I would think that even playing a lot of mid-major or even DII college ball minutes, even though it’s not necessarily Power 5 bball, is a much faster and tougher game than HS.

  • #41768

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    I’d have to agree that UF can be considered a basketball school. Especially from the last two decades that have seen them looked at as a regular in the tournament, and even a multiple 2nd and even 3rd weekend team. Coach Pinkins was brought in this year to help with the inside game, but as i’ve said before in separate posts, there have been very little to work with since they’ve been MIA with lingering injuries and whatever seems to be holding Stokes back. You can’t coach up guys in concussion protocols, or not being able to get on the court because of bad knees. There is a top 10 Center coming in, and hopefully Gak and Stone get healthy and Stokes can get that conditioning up (if that’s the problem). Even with a frontcourt by committe would be better than what we have right now, as there’s not a strong enough presence to either allow for an inside-out game or even just an opening up of the defense for the swingmen to drive to the basket. Hopefully the experience the underclassmen are having to get this year will make a big difference going into next year.

  • #41767

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    The NCAA is opening itself up to what will soon be a lot of litigation for some of these kids, but since most of the transfers aren’t the high-profile players like Fields, there’ll probably not be much news about how much easier it will become for the players who want to transfer. Still think that the biggest issues will happen when coaches leave for other jobs, but not so much for firings.

  • #42567

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    GI, I think i’ve given you a hard time for your, what seemed like Coach White bashing after losses, as passion, but only after a loss….basically Mr. Monday Couch QB, but saying you do believe that he is the right guy, but would just like to see a little more fire in him on the sidelines and better big man recruiting, makes me want to give an apology to that.

    I have seen Coach White get animated during games…maybe not to the extent of a Bruce Pearl, but reading his lips on TV, you can tell when he’s frustrated with either the players or officials inconsistency. He also seems more of the coach who likes to get up close to the ref when they’re near his bench and just get in their ears like a buzzing little gnat, just so they know that he’s watching and paying attention to them.

    As far as this year, I also felt that he did the best with what he had, and that the lack of front court wasn’t so much from poor recruiting, but from poor luck. The roster started the year with 7 front court players, with the shortest one being KJ at 6’5″, and the expectations that they were all going to be ready to contribute this year when they couldn’t last year. Unfortunately, the same problems that nagged Chase Johnson, Gak, and Stokes continued throughout the season causing Johnson to leave, Gak to never see the court, and Stokes to take most of the season to really understand what it really takes to get on the floor. Then you add Keith Stone getting lost for the season with an injury, you now go from a potential 7 man front court rotation to a 3 man rotation with one a true Freshman, one a redshirt Soph. with very limited playing time, who i’m sure they were planning on more Jr./Sr. year contributions, and the only consistent Senior on the team this year, who excels on the defensive end, but is limited on the offensive end. I think any other coach out there would probably agree that coach White did a pretty darn good coaching job, but I would agree as a fan, that when you get the big bucks at the big schools, the expectations are high, so I can completely understand the critcism.

    Hopefully Gak can finally keep that knee strong, Stokes continues his conditioning improvement, and Bassett grows more as a player going into his last couple of years. With Payne looking like a very solid signee in the frontcourt with his size and skill (at least what i’ve read), Jitobah can come in and spend the season rehabbing and getting back on the floor in practice so that he can 1.) Get used to playing a the quicker pace of college, and 2.) act as a big body that other guys have to go against. Of course, like going into last year, everything is hope and potential and we can only cross our fingers that the frontcourt injury bug has left the program for a while with this past season.

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