I am sad for Moose, but this will give him some time to rehab and get himself better before he gets on the floor. Hope he comes back even stronger than he was with even more bounce.
I think this team has a really high ceiling, the question is how quickly can we reach that ceiling or do we? Growing pains may come early with the tough schedule, but who knows. Less than 3 weeks, I am pumped..
Both Lu and Duane could be HUGE for the Bucks if they make the standard sophomore jump. Both played a big role at times in helping the Buckeyes win games, and Lu's defense was big as well. I think these two and Ahrens will compliment the new PG's who can create shots. While this team is younger, I feel like the ceiling for this team is much higher than last year.
Who knows what will happen in 3 weeks...
I am super stoked about BasketBucks season starting in 3 weeks!!!
I think both CJ and DJ will drastically change the way we see the team compared to last year which makes me excited. Lets Go Bucks!
TBH I don't necessarily care one way or the other regarding this specific situation. However, the more frustrating thing for me is that there seems to be zero consistency or rhyme nor reason to when and why the NCAA grants immediate waivers and why they don't. I really think it depends on how they are feeling on that day, not based on evidence, letters of recommendation, etc.
I just wish the NCAA would either make rules and stick with them more closely, or do away with them, ambiguity does not benefit anyone!
I am ready for November. I think it will be interesting if Diallo redshirts, it would mean even more minutes for Gaffney, Young, Liddell and Dre in the post. I trust Holtmann though that if he thinks Diallo could benefit from a redshirt, then lets do it.
I think Zo has a high ceiling, however I think EJ will be more of an impact player TBH. If Zo can work and get better and develop his game more, I think he has the ability to be a All B1G Caliber player, but who knows what will happen over the next couple years.
I was thinking the same thing, he looks stronger than expected, but he has been in the workout program for 4 months now, so who knows
I agree, I think it is tough to make predictions with so many "new faces," but I feel like we have a real shot to do well this year. Having true PG's that can create and help out Kaleb and our shooters will be huge.
My unknown is how the post rotation will go? I am hoping that Kaleb can keep under control more this year and not risk foul trouble, which would be great. However, I wonder how much EJ, Kyle and maybe even Diallo will get minutes in the paint this season.
I mentioned this in another thread...his height is not the number that impresses or stresses me...its his 7' wingspan that has me excited. He moves well, and can be a force on defense. I don't think our offense over the next few years is what will be the struggle, but if we can have him be someone with quick hands and long arms like KBD was, it will be a HUGE gain!
TBH, Keys best attribute is not his height, but his 7'+ wingspan...thats deadly on the defensive end..
Thanks for upstaging my thread BSK...I thought we were friends....JK
Thanks for doing the research on what some of the "expert" predictions come out.
I think we will have multiple on the All B1G teams and also I think Lu makes the All B1G Defensive team.
25+ wins this year, at least a semis appearance in the B1G tourney and at least a sweet sixteen finish in NCAA.
Wishing him the best and that he lands in a good spot
The thing I am counting on from DJ is that he has the ability to create on his own and that will do wonders for our shooters as Duane and Justin will be able to find themselves open for the outlet pass, etc. I think part of the struggle last year is we didn't have true PG's who could drive and finish or drive and dish. We have two this year in DJ and CJ, so I think that is the thing I am looking forward to most. That and how EJ will play as a freshman.
I think the OOC is going to be rough and good all at the same time. Playing so many tough opponents out of conference will get them ready to play the B1G schedule this year. I think it will be most beneficial for the younger guys and hopefully will help us to have a better run in March.
The other big kicker is what kind of "freshman to sophomore" leap will Lu, Duane and Justin have. If they really take a big leap, we could be even better than I am expecting.
Thanks Harley! Y’all are awesome!
I hope a Mod catches wind of this can puts a temporary Ban on him...this is radically inappropriate and uncalled for.
Holtmann must know something we don’t to be hosting Loveday this weekend with one already committed and the potential for Key to commit Sunday.
Would be awesome to land Chet. He is a freak to have the handles he does and be 7’. That’s a scary combination.
Does Holtmann see Key as more of a post presence or a wing? I would guess if he sees him on the wing, then it won't happen. With EB3 committing, I wonder what this does for the rest of the class until later in the calendar year.
Honestly don't know much about him, but I trust Holtmann and believe he has an eye for talent.
Welcome aboard young Buck!!
This will be a fun season and a tough schedule. I think if we can go at least 8-3 in the non-con schedule would set us up to do well in conference.
I think 23-25 wins is doable and could set us up well for B1G Tournament and NCAA Tournament.
I think there is a good chance honestly. If Keon was completely sold on "staying in state" then Vandy would be on the table still. However, because of the coaching change and us picking up Diebler and the trajectory of the program and Holtmann being Holtmann, I think we have a really good shot.
Here's to hoping he comes up north on August 6!