While Kaleb is difference maker, I would feel comfortable with a front court rotation that includes Liddell, Young, Key, and Diallo. And while I have no idea what Diallo will become, a player like him could make vast improvement from year 1 to year 2. Will it happen? Who knows? But I like the other three guys a lot and have no qualms playing small ball. We will create as many matchup issues as we suffer, perhaps a net positive
We wouldn’t run the same offense with Diallo in the game
I don’t have the link but it was a mistake. The OP in that OZone thread meant Bell transferring from the women’s team
The comment about CJ doesn’t seem right to me. They player we saw in February and March was very different than what we saw in December and January. Maybe it’s more a question of whether we will continue to see that latter version. Lenzelle Smith looked like he was going to take a step back in the day and then plateaued. We don’t know what we will see with CJ Walker
His best playing options are probably overseas. That is probably less attractive given the Coronavirus situation, which would explain Kaleb staying put for the time being. That would be the smart move as I see it
CBS is soooo much better at cbb and FOX is the same for cfb. Any time I have to watch a game on ESPN, it is likely on mute
In a sense, a big winner is Gunnar Hoak. With the lack of reps for Stroud and Miller, his greater knowledge of the offense and having played in live action during college games becomes an advantage. They are more physically gifted, but they’re really hurt by the lack of spring reps.
It’s a rumor, that’s why you didn’t hear it. Sounds like a guess to me
I think he was referring to Evan Pryor there. But it is a poorly written sentence that caused me to do a double take too
Great catch. If he comes back healthy, Jallow will likely be a meaningful contributor too. Possibly could be a starter if he shows the same shooting he demonstrated in to 2018 tournament.
I don’t always agree with you, wig. But I think you nailed this. If I had to guess the starting five will be Walker, Muhammad, Sueing, Young, and Liddell with no traditional five. Washington, Towns, and Carton will all play big minutes too. Ahrens, Brown, Key, and Diallo will play spot minutes as needed
One traditional center in that group - Kofi Cockburn. All the others utilize the whole court. No one said they are playmakers, but you don’t need a center to win it all. In fact, modern basketball spacing encourages less reliance on bigs. Do you need rebounders and finishers? Yes. But it’s not the same. We’ll have to agree to disagree
Well said, Bsk. These players will be more physically and mentally mature. Something the OSU basketball roster hasn’t had in many years
He looked to be turning a corner against ISU and Houston in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Hopefully he’s gotten healthy and has matured physically since he was young for his class.
And older. Experience is very important. Sueing and Towns have both been successful already. Add that to the current mix and this team looks very good for next season
Actually most of the better bigs could take their game outside - Garza, Oturu, even Smith and Tillman. Cockburn was the one of the few truly interior-only big men in the league. This is not a back to the basket conference. And most centers are power forwards. The game is trending smaller.
Why would anyone think Kaleb would be better next season? Except that he got better each of the past two seasons.
I would reverse that. Towns plays and looks much more like a 3. He plays at the 3-point line and is more slender. Sueing has a stronger build and could handle 4 much better. He also has more of a midrange game and takes the ball to the hoop effectively.
Sounds like a tough fight with Marquette and Kansas
President Drake has many shortcomings. But he didn’t create this situation and OSU is far from the only university doing the same thing. It’s ok to be disappointed about how your last semester will play out, though
Kaleb needs show up consistently this tournament. If he does OSU could definitely win it. Of course there are several teams who could. But it will be interesting to see how play is affected by having no fans
You have to rethink this if Holtmann is going to largely positionless basketball. You won’t see traditional 5s most of the time. Think of Villanova’s last championship with Spellman theoretically at the 5
Do you really think the Ivy League basketball tournament and the St. Patrick’s Day parade won’t return?
This is the danger of our current political climate. There is no conspiracy, media or otherwise. There are just reporters talking to public health experts using real science and math. Viruses don’t care about anyone’s politics. So wash your hands, please