Earlier in this thread I've said nice things about Caleb... well deserved. Still, can anyone remember even one time where something good happened when he tried to drive from the top of the key to the basket?
Though his weight loss may have hurt his ability to finish at he basket, it has made him light years better at defending away from the basket. He's actually well above average now.
I've always thought that Caleb would not make it in the NBA and maybe not even overseas because he lacks the "quick twitch" seen in most pro players. This year, however, I've been impressed by his "smarts" and his good hands and, of course, his outside shot, so who knows. If he's projected at the top of the second round, he probably should leave unless he really likes the college life, education and his teammates/coaches... plus the chance to have a really good season next year.
We still don't... Diallo is 6'10".
It looks more and more like we simply do not have a very good Big Ten team. Kaleb swirling down the toilet. Our sophs not much improved over last year. Our freshmen not making the impact we thought they would based on their ranking. I thought they played hard and relatively smart last night, but they just didn't make enough shots.
The problem is that when looking at the situation where they would be rated number one in the country, the coach chocked up. He had never had these kinds of expectations before. His chock led to him chocking the fun and creativity our of his team. He has always said that attention to detail was the most important factor in his coaching. Faced with ultra high expectations, he doubled and tripled down on stressing details. The great thing about basketball is that the details are indeed important, but once this is covered, there is plenty of room for individual creativity. With the collar so tight, the coach and, by extension the players, gave up the creativity... and the fun... in an attempt to concentrate on not making mistakes with the details. Got to let them play the game coach.
The league's putting their hand on the scale... mostly through the officials they select and pay to ref their games... has reached ridiculous proportions. They want to put asses in those expensive seats and the asses will only show up to see their team win.
Kaleb is indeed playing better than ever before... by a lot. Also, nice seeing Gaffney play so well. He just stayed within the system... didn't try to do too much... and made a very good contribution.
The way he emphasizes and appears a bit surprised by the positive intangibles of the team makes me think they didn't have much that when he was a Buckeye.
Holt missed a chance to get a big laugh. His advice to Howard, the new Michigan coach, should have been, "Don't recruit anybody more than five feet tall."
I don't think we missed out on much at all... eight point scorer for one year.
The difference between Turner being a journeyman or a valued starter is his inability to consistently hit the three-point shot. Wherever he goes, however, he'll be a valuable player.
Don't they ever have full contact practices? If "yes", why cant this be one of them? If "no", maybe that's why they have trouble tackling when the season starts.
Love the Les McCann mention. I stopped in a bar back in the day and heard a band I never knew about... Les McCann Limited. Great night.
I saw some high school highlights where he was considered a four star recruit, but have not seen how he's progressed the last few years. Still, I'd take a hard look at him and he should probably take a hard look at the Buckeyes. We don't know for sure, but it's entirely possible that Kaleb is just one more stumble away some serious down time... maybe forever. Also, it's probable that Kaleb will be more effective if he's only playing 20 minutes per game because of his conditioning. I don't mean this necessarily as a criticism. With his body type, he just might not be able to get into effective 30-35 minute shape. Going 20 minutes for each guy may actually be best for the team. The probability of playing 20 minutes on a very good team, for a coach he likes, while working on a graduate degree from a very good school, should look pretty good to him.
When he signed, I was able to find two full games of his JC team online. In both, he played two guard and basically stood around on defense while taking a bunch of long three-pointers. Don't think I've ever seen a player change so much in terms of effort. He gave every bit of what he had to the Buckeye team and I'll respect him forever.
You can't fool me. That's not Coach Holtmann... it's Jimmy Chitwood.
How about sitting Jackson and Young out this game so they have a week to heal up before the conference tournament?
I for one have those high expectations. This year we've been in every game except yesterday and have had woefully weak talent at the most important position in college basketball... point guard. The two guys replacing Jackson and Woods are much better ball handlers and penetraters. If you recall, last night Dakich must have said 100 times that you have to go north and south and get into the lane to beat Purdue. Our new guys can do that and it opens up everything up on offense. Not only can they score in the paint, but more of those forced three point shots will be wide open. Then add two front court guys who are more highly rated than anyone we have now and the future is very, very bright.
I imagine we've got some... maybe a bunch... of OSU students from Senegal and they probably hang around together. Perhaps we should make sure he meets those students on his visit.
I don't remember Winfield being much involved in the incident. It was mostly Behagan and Turner.
Not kidding. I think I heard somewhere that he is now a model in Japan. Guess they don't have a lot of 6'5" white guys running around, so his novelty gets him a modeling career.
Wow... a Jody Finney reference! You must be nearly as old as I am. Allan Hornyak could also shoot a little bit.
Actually, not as bad as I thought.
Wow... didn't think we'd hear from him after college. Good luck to the young man. It's a tribute to his hanging in there and continuing to work hard to follow his dream.