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Greenwood, Indiana (via Frankfort, Illinois)

Member since 19 July 2012 | Blog

U of Dayton graduate living out his 20's in the south suburbs of Indianapolis.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2010 Rose Bowl, 2016 Game @ Oklahoma
  • NFL TEAM: The Bears
  • NHL TEAM: The Blackhawks
  • NBA TEAM: Pacers
  • MLB TEAM: Indianapolis Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Indy Eleven (?)

Recent Activity

Comment 4 hours ago

The fact we are trying to get a transfer from Mount St. Mary should tell you everything you need to know about the state of the program and recruiting.

I've watched some tape on James Daniel, and he's better than I thought but I'm still not sold, he reminds me of CJ Jackson in that he's a small guard who put up a lot of points in the lowest tier of D1/JuCo.

Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if we don't add anybody. I don't blame kids for not wanting to play here right now. It sucks but I mean you really cant sugar coat it. Whatever it takes for this to turn around, whether its a horrifyingly bad season or a miraculous turnaround, i don't care anymore....just let it happen

Comment 22 Apr 2017

I think the only one we have an actual shot with may be the Howard transfer, who I don't think is that great anyways. If we could pull of Mark Smith (we need a true PG desperately) and Trevor stayed another year they maybe we make it back to the tournament, maybe.

Comment 21 Apr 2017

Well obviously, but considering yesterday the thought was that he wasn't going to visit at all, this is a rare positive twist to a basketball recruiting story. Once he turns us down we can all go back to complaining, or at least I will. haha

Comment 21 Apr 2017

Gotcha. I know it was probably either MSU or Illinois, I had just recently looked at 247 and saw some crystal balls going Illinois's way.

If the 2017 class had 2 Mr. Basketballs at positions we definitely need (plus I do think Beverly is a little better than he gets credit for) then I think there can be some real optimism for next season with a healthy KBD (who I do not think is quite as good as people say he is, but he is still a very solid player on a team that needs anything it can get)

Comment 19 Apr 2017

I'm with you Andy.

When he threw the 2015 class under the bus I was like "damn, that's new." But at the time it felt like he said the words we all wanted to hear, especially after how that season went. After the 2016-17 season we realized that class wasn't the problem, and Thad's words now seem more like a frustrated guy who doesn't have the answers...back at the booster luncheon, and after the Rutgers disaster.

Comment 19 Apr 2017

I agree. I always tend to be cautious no matter how highly ranked a player is, ever since I thought that the 2015 class was going to be awesome. I know we like to compare Micah Potter's defense to a revolving door around here, but at least he's better than Austin Grandstaff was...woof.

Comment 19 Apr 2017

You're right, Bragg doesn't deserve a second chance, just like Maurice Clarrett didn't deserve a second chance or Noah Spence.

Let's take a chance on him before some other Big Ten team does. Seriously what do we have to lose? 

Comment 19 Apr 2017

I'll be shocked if we land Cam Johnson.

I'll be completely shocked if we land Mark Smith, and agree that if we did that would change my opinion on next year.

James Daniel? Maybe. If you look at his stats from 2015-16 when he was healthy, he appears to need to take a ton of shots to get his points. 39% shooter from 2, 33% from 3-point land, and averaged 19.4 shots a game. I really don't know what to think of him.

Comment 19 Apr 2017

If we did get Bragg I would delete my soliloquy above. And not because I think Bragg can turn the program around, but that would paint the picture of a coaching staff who knows their roster needs a talent infusion and a coaching staff that is actually doing something to fix existing problems.

I hope your dreams do indeed come to pass KJ

Comment 19 Apr 2017

No kidding.

If I am wrong, that would be awesome. And I will be the first to admit that I was more wrong than anyone has ever been about anything.

Before last season I was praising Thad for kicking those 2015 recruits out and going back to recruiting Ohio kids. Then, starting with the FAU game, I began to see the light and come to the sobering realization that this has been heading downhill for some time now and everytime you think it cant get worse it does

Comment 19 Apr 2017

"He has pulled the Buckeyes out from the steeper depths before; there's no reason to believe he cannot do it again."

I'm going to have to respectfully disagree. We are at a point right now where the only way this program is going to get back to anywhere is a fresh start. Will I eat these words after the 2017-18 season? Maybe. But like I've said, let's either make a run in the tournament or be a complete failure next season; I can't stand another season of being just decent sometimes.

Recruiting miss after recruiting miss and lack of player development have led to where we are at today. The highly ranked kids don't want to come to a program that misses the NIT. They want to go to a program where they can have instant success, make the tournament and hopefully move onto a pro career. You aren't going to sell the 5 star kids by saying "you could be the player to really turn this program around." So you have to find guys that fit your system, that work hard and you have to develop them. And we have done an absolutely terrible job of that. So then you realize "hey this season needs to be different or else my job is on the line" so you go land some grad transfers, 2017 unsigned kids, and look to make some coaching staff shakeups....OR YOU DO NONE OF THAT. Yeah, some Howard transfer is gonna visit us but we will probably miss out on him, Mark Smith, MJ Walker, and I highly doubt we go after Bragg and that Pittsburgh transfer aint coming here either. 

We don't have the roster to have the type of season Thad needs to have in order to save his job, or I severely underestimate how far Gene Smith is willing to let this program fall. Sorry to be so negative but I really thought we would be seeing some roster/staff shakeup after the disastrous season they had and nothing has happened. Downvote away, this is how I feel.

Comment 14 Apr 2017

I want Thad to go down swinging!!

Also I like the 2018 recruiting class (which already features 3 of the best kids in Ohio and they will probably add another one) and I worry about what happens to them if Thad gets fired, so if he adds Bragg then 2018 really becomes interesting and I think it would allow Thad to survive a mediocre 2017-18 campaign (which I am afraid will happen but would love to be wrong).

Comment 14 Apr 2017

The truth is I really don't know that much about the Bragg situation or his attitude, so I'm far from the one to be commenting on here. I'm just a man who desperately wants the baskethoops team to be decent again

If this was 2012, 2013, or hell even 2014 or 2015 I would say "pass." But right now, Thad doesn't have the luxury on passing on a former 5 star recruit if he wants to come home, at least I don't think. We have a hard enough time getting any big time player to commit (besides D'Angelo Russell, god bless him) recently, so when one of them shows interest we kind of have to listen.

He would have a year to sit and prove he can stay out of trouble and make the team better, so I think it's worth the risk at this point. 

Comment 13 Apr 2017

Oh yeah, duh...I knew Bragg had to sit a year, but I wasn't even thinking.

Comment 13 Apr 2017

Just gonna leave this here, to continue the debate about whether or not he should stay or go...