Read the comment, I love his hustle and work ethic, BUT, he does lineup at the two for us.. Lyle, Tate, Loving, KBD, Thompson is our starting 5, and 4 of them are Forwards, but he is technically the 2....
I think Lyle is more of a 2 than a true PG, I would've really loved to see Harris come back with Lyle at the 2 and Tate come off the bench. I'm also not a big Tate fan, love his hustle and willingness to battle down low, but he does some really dumb things at the worst of times. if Tate was 5-6 inches taller I would love him, but you can't have a guard that can't hit free throws... Just my 2 cents, hope they pick it up this year though I miss having relevant Bucks in the tournament.
Well obviously the whole package is preferred, but if you had to choose between Mike Thomas and Evan Spencer who do you choose? I'd take an average blocker with play making ability over an average receiver and a great blockers any day.
I did say that I love his special teams play, just not his receiving ability. I agree with Johnston though, there were so many times he could've run for 20+ and gotten the first down.
Watching his play, limited as it may be, in the spring game this kid is a playmaker. Personally I love a tall, fast receiver, and I think he has next Randy Moss all over him. For a guy in his 2nd year playing the position he actually does a better job of high pointing the ball than Smith does, whose been playing receiver his whole career.
I think blocking as a receiver is a little overrated, though not to say it's not important. But lets take Evan Spencer vs Mike Thomas for an example. Thomas was a very average blocker yet makes up for it with his playmaking, whereas Spencer was an average receiver that was a terrific blocker (see 85 yards through the heart of the South). But who would you rather have on the field? Thomas.
Smith is no where near the blocker that Spencer was, whereas someone like TG Quick6 has more upside than Thomas imo, and having Smith on the field means less time for some playmaker to be on the field. If Smith was going to become a playmaker for this team he would have already showed some promise, instead he drops easy passes and fumbles the one time I can recall him catching one.
I really hope it all comes together for Wilson this season, it's really hard to have an injury plagued career because it leaves fans always wondering 'what if?' That being said why do we give a lot of love to Corey Smith as a receiver?? I love his special teams plays, but he is an awful receiver, he doesn't block well, nor does he know how to use his hands to catch. If you watch the VaTech loss, he dropped nearly every ball that came his way, most of which were very catchable balls. I hope TG Quick 6 evolves into our deep threat this year with Brown as our other receiver and Wilson or Samuel as the H.
It's 6pm there, 3 here, Birm just said they are within 50 mins of the announcement
So did anyone think the Cavs were going to come in and sweep them? I know I may sound crazy, but it's one game. They shut down curry, and klay, played very good defense, struggled with the easy shots on offense, likely due to nerves, and for some reason everyone on here thinks it's over in 4?! God made 7 games for a reason, Cavs lost by 20+ to the Raptors, GS lost by 30 twice to the Thunder, who lost by like 40 to the Spurs... what doe all of those teams have in common? Sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way, get over it and get ready for a better showing sunday, all we have to do is get hot once in GS and defend home court, which we have been able to do all year.
Actually, defensively that was quite the performance. They were up in Curry and Klay's face all day on screens and never let them get comfortable. As a coach you can't expect Livingston to go 8-10 from the field on contested shots like that.
Offensively, they missed 9 layups! It wasn't the 3 point shooting, play calling, or ISO, they were just missing some layups that they normally hit, most of them were Irving and he still had 25 points on 7-25 shooting. Their offense will come around, this was also technically Love's first finals game as well as Irving's real first shot at GS since returning. If those two come around and play to their respective abilities we take the series in 6.. calling it here
Realistically if you knew the sport, i.e. played it, you should actually feel ok with what happened last night, I saw a lot of effort from Love and Irving on the defensive end. Remember when the Cavs dropped 2 to an extremely hot Toronto team and everyone thought they were done? We play 7 for a reason and only have to steal 1 in GS.. that's all it takes
1. Pryor, just to see him get a chance to develop under coaches that actually know what they're doing, and/or to see someone utilize all of his skills
2. Cam Heyward, just to see how opposing defenses would even try to scheme against 3 great pass rushers.
Lastly, if we could use anyone from the past I'd have to go with Orlando Pace, who is arguably the first of the modern left tackles. I think many of us forget just how incredible he was in both college and the pros. Eze would run for 3k behind our line plus him
I agree with you that I don't want the UK system of one and dones, but, and this is the unfortunate reality of the current NBA, I also would like to see more Buckeyes thrive in the NBA. Guys who play for 3/4 years in college rarely make it, or are drafted in the 2nd round and sent overseas. While they are more fun to get behind and root for; see David Lighty, Diebler, etc, none of them are really excelling and making a name for themselves in the NBA. When I argue with someone that OSU is working it's way up to an elite college bball level, its hard when the best player to come out of there is Mike Conley, or "well if Lebron had gone to college...". I mean look right now we have a total of 4 players in the whole league.
I guess the point is that One and Dones are the guys that get drafted early and talked about, and we all know that in the eyes of these HS kids, college is just a 1 year place to help them go pro. Prior to Russell we missed out on a few 5 stars because Thad hadnt had too much success putting a player in the NBA recently. Ill take 1 of those kind of guys any year over a team with no NBA talent. I dont know about you but I love watching the NBA/NFL drafts and seeing OSU guys go early.
This is one that I have been nervous about too, he could be an outstanding LT. He has the length and raw athleticism that a coach like Warinner could easily mold into the next great OSU tackle. I really hope Meyer & co dont let him slip away due to numbers
I remember how excited I was about this kid coming out of HS. Tall, long corners that can tackle are the future of the game. Apple will definitely be a 1st or 2nd round talent when its all said and done
This has to be the funniest thread I have ever read, sadly its cuz its completely true. The next coach needs to not only fire bollman but let columbus tar and feather him then run him out of town