From watching his video, it looks like the kid has the tools. It will be up to Matta and his boys to coach him up and develop the talent.
One of the first drills I remember learning in basketball camp...
I hope that from now on every future Buckeye basketball player brings an element of toughness to the team. If every Buckeye player could play with the heart of Jae'sean Tate! Let's get some blue-collar bruisers who can also make free throws, please! I mean, having Evan Ravenel would have done this year's team some good. So my message to Funderburk and all incoming Buckeye big men: HIT THE WEIGHTS, PRACTICE YOUR FREE THROWS, AND MASTER THE MIKAN DRILL.
Buckeye Basketball is bright if Thad and his gang can coach'em up.
Voted for Conley. Russell is bigger, and is more of a natural shooter. Both see the floor extremely well. Defensively, ball handling, and leadership are all areas where Conley edges Russell out in my opinion. Nothing could stop Mike Conley from getting into the lane whenever the offense was stalling or the shot clock was winding down, and that to me is why he became a first round pick.
Thanks for sharing that story. I saw him when he was playing for Santa Cruz, and yelled out, "William Buford. Buckeye Nation, baby!!" while showing off my Ohio State t-shirt. He laughed and ran over to me and said "What's up," and gave me a handshake and a hug (you know, gangsta style). Anyway, he did seem like a really cool dude, and he appreciated the Ohio connection. I plan to watch A. Craft sometime soon here in Santa Cruz. I hear that he's making a name for himself in the D-League too.
Coach Thad needs to realize that he needs a consistent low post offensive threat EVERY YEAR. Oden, Sully, Thomas, even Evan Turner and Q. Ross could all post up and get us points around the bucket or at the line whenever the offense was stalling. With no low post presence, this team is only as good as its jumpshot.
And Coach Matta, please play McDonald or even Bates Diop at the 5 in addition to Lee. At least they bring some energy on defense, and it doesn't seem so much like we are playing 4 on 5.
This game, in particular, our boys got outworked. Slow to the loose balls, slow to rebound, lazy defense, you name it...
You folks who reached out to 618 did a really good and powerful thing. It really has me seeing life in a little brighter way. And 618, I'm glad you're still with us, bro. Keep fighting.
If it was, I missed it.
I do know what you mean. However, to me, it seemed like he was just one step away from making some really big plays.....like that fumble against Oregon. Hopefully next year, those plays will be made assuming that he solidifies himself on the depth chart.
Great article, 11W. A lot of guys who don't get headlines stepped up to make plays as the season went on. I was really pleased with Corey Smith, and felt really bad for him when he fumbled in the Oregon game. I felt that as the season went on, he stepped his game up, and he was out to make plays - catches, blocks, and special teams tackles.
Thanks for putting this together and posting it. This is frickin awesome, man. Peace!!
There are weak spots in every zone defense, and a good team will get used to attacking a zone over time. In the Buckeyes' case, we play the same zone all game long, all season long, and well-coached teams like UNC and Louisville consistently find ways to beat it. If we'd change it up once in awhile, maybe good teams wouldn't be so comfortable attacking us offensively. Other than press, we pretty much do the same thing all game long it seems. We have the athletes and depth to man up, but we just don't.
It's okay to play zone for some of the game. But man, why don't we ever change it up a little bit? Man up, or maybe even try another kind of zone? Our basketball team is so easy to prepare for defensively. Well-coached teams with good athletes will continue to beat us this year if we remain stubborn in the way we play defense.
I hope he doesn't, but I think he will. And if he does go pro, I really hope Matta has a plan to account for the lack of depth at point guard. Other than incoming freshman AJ Harris, the Buckeyes will be without a true point guard next year.
Yup, that's how I interpreted it. And Evan is having a solid year so far with the Celtics, so I'm happy for the guy.
Anybody know of any Jones buildings in the SF bay area that I can go touch up? Way to go, Upper Arlington :)
Tyvis Powell needs to have a good game, specifically in supporting the run. He needs to physically meet the runner and take intelligent angles. I have confidence in our front 4, but I worry about the back 7 when it comes to our run D. It's everybody's chance to step up today.
Although it's important in every game, I believe the key will be getting 3 plus yards on first down and making the downs manageable. I hope first down playcalling is aggressive, and that Cardale can carry it out. 2nd and 3rd and longs invite blitzes, and that usually amounts to sacks and turnovers for an inexperienced QB. However, 2nd and sixes, 3rd and fours, I believe that our boys can handle that no matter who the QB is.
And of course, the defense needs to play lights out and give the O some short fields. I really think it all can be done. Coach Meyer and his staff have time to prepare, and players understand what's ahead of them. Cardale isn't an 18 year old who's just about to get his feet wet. Hopefully, he learned a thing from Kenny G, and he'll be good to go. Looking forward to Saturday, fellas.
My prayers go out to Kosta and his family. Really dark day, but hopefully light will shine through all of this somehow.
Time for Cardale to show why The Ohio State University offered him a scholly. I think he'll be ready.
We'll miss your leadership and toughness, JT. Wishing for your speedy recovery, bro. Go Bucks.
Great read, man. Thanks for sharing.