Full Court Press: Chris Holtmann Discusses Recruiting Philosophy, Handling Official Visits

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wigmon's picture

I am not sure why we'd be targeting a power forward for what is presumably our last ship in '19.  LeDee, Young and Gaffney are primarily power forwards in my opinion (and Andre is a senior who will also play at the 4).  Gaffney may eventually be able to slide down to play some three as well, but would be just fine at the 4.  It seems we are OK on the guard front for that class, so I think a true low post player would be the next need.  Wesson will be a junior and Potter a senior next year, so good to bring in a big to get his feet wet.  I know the article mentions LeDee at the 5, but I don't think thats a good fit for him and his skill set.

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tbirnbrich's picture

I feel the same way. The need seems to be more greater at the 5 than the 4. But if they see Lidell as being a 5 and Gafney, LeDee as the 3/4 or something then I am okay with that. 

I will pound and pound you until you quit

- Woody Hayes

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TroyBuckeyeFan22's picture

I think Holtmann likes the flexibility of these players more than a traditional “center”. Wesson will be a mainstay at the five for the next three years...adding another low post player to back him up instead of giving it to a player that could play the 3/4/5 when Wesson needs a spell could be a waste in his mind. I would also imagine Holt is going to put the blitz on 2020 C Zach Loveday and try to keep him in the state, and making sure he is the starting center from day one would likely help with that campaign. This is all conjecture, so maybe someone with more knowledge could provide some insight.

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PhillyNut's picture

Do not bank on Wesson staying past this year if he is able to continue to keep his weight good and build up his conditioning. I am betting on him having a monster year.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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buckslan's picture

Kaleb Wesson is a 4 year player. He's not going to bolt to the NBA if he has a big sophomore season.

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TroyBuckeyeFan22's picture

I’m going to be honest, I don’t see him having a big career in the NBA. He’s only 6’9” (according to the roster, so he may be shorter) and at ~270, the league isn’t going to like that very well. He’s really not long enough to play center in the NBA and he’s not athletic enough to play the four. But, I’m no NBA scout.

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

Gaffney is a 3/4. Ledee is a true 4. Liddell is too. Both guys could play small ball 5.

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Triv's picture

A true, back to the basket, low post 5 man is a dying breed in basketball. Mostly because long, athletic forwards that play the 5 are too athletic for them to defend, while also being long enough to defend in the post. There's simply too many advantages of having 5 guys who can spread the floor and run to have an old-school center clogging the paint.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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buckslan's picture

We don't need 2 true centers on the roster. Having Kaleb Wesson as your starter with backup bigs in Potter/Gaffney/LeDee is a good set up. When, in the future, Wesson goes to the bench, you'd be able to play a guy like LeDee at the 5, Gaffney 4, and have Carton/CJ Walker/Muhammad as your 3 guard lineup when you want to play small ball. That is a scary future lineup.

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SnGinWV's picture

This staff has so much positive momentum right now.  

I hope they stay together and keep building 

Life long fan of... The!

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Bucks19's picture

They will grab a 5 in 2020 class 

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Seattle Linga's picture

DJ is gonna add so much energy to this class it's gonna be a great season to watch. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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wyatt's picture

The Peach Jam in S.C. is the biggest recruiting showcase in America. Holtmann would never miss that. With private flights, anything is possible. Lorca-Lloyd (6'9") is also being recruited to Stanford, Harvard, Vanderbilt.  Height and brains.

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