I like that Wade said 100%, because we all know 110% means someone's going to flip.
Ok, so since there is a lot of consternation on this board about Braxton, I spent about the last hour or so watching every video I could of the kid and reading up on him a bit. Now, granted, these are HIGHlight videos, so they probably don't tell the whole story, but here is what I see:
First, two things stand out: 1. This kid clearly has a great feel for the game and 2. He is not an elite athlete.
Now, Aaron Craft is not an elite athlete, but he certainly did just fine for us and is still playing well in the D-League. But this kid is not Aaron Craft. Despite his size and athleticism, he gets into the paint and scores well when driving. He also has a pretty, repeatable shooting stroke where he keeps the ball high. Not only that, but he knows how to create space for his shot, which is very important at 5'11". He doesn't make many flashy passes, but he does seem to make good decisions. I'd say he's a bit shot-happy, but most of the videos available are of AAU ball and, well, that's just AAU for ya. This kid was first team all-state in Kentucky, a state that is obviously hoops-crazy, before going to Hargrave, which is a big time basketball school.
If I had to guess, I would assume that his "meh" athleticism, small frame, and lack of stellar defensive tape are the reason for his low ranking. But, like I said, the kid just knows how to play the game and put the ball in the basket. While he might struggle to be a great defender for us, Thad is known for strong D, so I think he can find a way to use Braxton's talents and cover his weaknesses in his system, especially with the high-level athletes we tend to have as wings. Having Braxton's shooting ability on the floor could be a huge boon for our future teams, especially with the big man talent we have coming down the line. I think he's a good fit and I'm glad to see Thad going after a kid like Braxton who has established basketball skills rather than the reverse, as we've all seen the guys with great potential come through who never developed those skills, for whatever reason.
With a commit like this, you have to assume Thad knows what he's doing. Let's hope he doesn't ever have to score 70 for us though!
I always thought that he was a great hire, but he severely neglected his defense early on in his tenure. He seems to be getting that turned around now to go with his high-powered offense, and IU seems to finally be headed towards being a more consistent team.
That sucks, I just want to beat UM at full strength and they did not appear to be at full strength with his replacement. I hope he heals up and can play us next year though!
To be fair, Wake is 4-1 so far...not that they're great or anything, but they aren't horrible.
Holy hell how did that happen in a soccer game?! Hoping she heals up soon!
I guess I'm the only one who noticed, but how about the B1G having 5 of the top 8 teams that turn it over the least, that's pretty wild.
Personally, I don't really get the point of the wildcat with our personnel. It's effectively our typical formation, just without the threat of a pass. When your QB can't run (see Mustain, Mitch) and you have three great running backs (Felix Jones, Darren McFadden, and Peyton Hillis) it brings something different to the table. But when you have a talented running quarterback, the Wildcat really doesn't bring anything different to the table. I suppose it saves Barrett from getting hit for a play or two and opens up the possibility for a trick play, but I can't recall a single instance of Urban throwing from the wildcat.
Great to see Evan Spencer's name there, that's awesome!
I'm hoping Cornell cracks the rotation at DT, I really want to see him get going.
Some Basketbuck/Thad hater rolled through here earlier lol. I'm really looking forward to this season and the direction of this team. I hope Thad's enthusiasm carries over into the season, he wasn't a happy dude last year.
That is beautiful.
Rubinos is hands down my favorite pizza, thin crust for life!
I hope so! I don't want to be a debbie downer but if he's beating out the guys ahead of him I hope it's more about how good he is rather than because the others are struggling.
This one is more about a sin against 11W that I need to get off my chest. The first week after I created an account I commented on a Skull Session and said something along the lines of “This is my favorite Bucket yet!” Like, Mr. Bucknuts’ Bucket of Bullets, an old Scout.com Ohio State feature, don’t know if they still do it. Mortified once I realized my error, I proceeded to lurk for 2 more years before finally becoming an active poster. So, I'm sorry for depriving you all of my wit and keen intellect for so long just because I was embarrassed.
You bring up a point I was curious about: did they just rename sparq or is this some substitute because sparq is used by rivals now or something?
As always, squirrel, well done.
I have a bunch of friends who went to Licking Heights, and I used to work right down the street. Kinda surprising to see a kid come out of there, but this is awesome, he's a hell of a hitter.
Seriously, fuck Pepe. If you think it's that ridiculous, Clattenburg, give the man a card.
It's impossible for me to watch this without thinking how much better a game between Barca and Bayern would have been.
Pepe screwing things up again.
Welp, this game is going to penalties.
Fat chance, they know all they have to do is not blow it defensively and they'll win. Atletico has no build up play, their only hope is to catch Real on a counter with Greizemann's pace.
Watching Atletico is like watching paint dry. I know it's a viable strategy and all but this must be what it was like to watch the 4 corners offense back before the shot clock in basketball. But they beat the two best teams in the world to get to this point, you have to give them credit for it.