There's the problem... Gaffney was a SF's skill in a PF's body and Holtmann wasted it as a C.
I am not saying he should have played more, but the position that Holtmann was playing him at was wrong for his future. If Holtmann had been having him prepare to play SF (which would be his NBA position), then he is probably okay with being a backup and learning the role. Why sit on the bench as a back up C, when there is no way in hell he will ever gain enough weight to play it in the pros??
His comp coming out was a raw Brandon Ingram/KD. We were treating him like he was Clint Copela. There's a big difference there. If I'm him, I'd transfer to Duke, Coach K got the max out of Ingram and would Gaffney too.
So were Brandon Ingram and Kevin Durant, but other coaches used them at the wing, not that Gaffney is near them yet, but that's where Holtmann should've been teaching him
I put this transfer on Holtmann, Gaffney had SF abilities and Holtmann made him a backup C.
He is probably the best actual NBA talent on the team, and go zero development towards his NBA position.
Urban complained every year for spring ball. It's a real issue with OH football players.
You're thinking of Mike Weber
This is what has been driving me insane this season. I know Diallo and Gaffney are very raw, but they are also uber tall and long. I would so much rather see Diallo as the backup C than Young. Go re-watch a lot of games, and see how many times teams instantly go to their post players when we do this. Not because they've forced a mismatch, but because our 6'7 player at his base position is guarding a 7 footer. I love what KY brings, but he should not be playing any minutes at C, unless the other team is going small.
I mean he did make the 100% right read. If Olave stays on his route, we either have PI or a TD. just so unfortunate that he broker off.
I have a feeling this DL will be similar to the 2015 lines. They lost Bosa, and Nick was a frosh. No one was elite, but they ran super deep with really good players (Hubbard, Holmes, Tyquan, etc).
I was shocked at how good of a passer he was in year 1. There's definitely a ton of upside for him in year 2.
side note: was anyone else bummed when they read that JK set his career high in receptions in a game, in a game where he needed 2 more catches and we win? Lol
Here are some elite PGs and their A/T ratio:
John Wall: 6.5 / 4
De'Aaron Fox 4.6 / 2.4
Lonzo ball 7.6 / 2.5
Coby White 4.1 / 2.7
Markelle Fultz 6.0 / 3.2
SGA 5.1 / 2.7
DJ Carton 3.0 / 2.6 - Significantly worse than the above. So yes, i do have a good point.
Congrats on finding the one player who has missed a ton of games, and really shouldn't count statistically.
1. OSU is 113rd in the country in Assist to turnover margin, and CJ Walker is nowhere near the top 100 in the NCAA in A/T margin. Does he need to be no. 1, no, but top 100 in the NCAA seems like a reasonable request.
2. Somehow other elite talent PGs don't seem to have the same turnover struggles. We've seen numerous top PGs walk into UK, Duke, UNC, KU, etc and have no problems. Somehow the top PG that comes here does.
3. CJ Jackson's profile on every recruiting site says PG and he played PG, so therefore he is a PG. Woods was a Combo guard, which is part PG, and that's what he played half the time.
4. Dakich definitely outperformed his expectation, I'll give you that.
It's not that I'm calling for the guys job, and a huge part of coaching is seeing areas of weakness and fixing them. This has been a huge concern from Day 1 with Hotlmann. And you really don't see any turnover issues??? Really??
Oh far and away.
The dirtiest play was against Sparty, when they lined him up next to Chase. The T and G took Young, and Browning was at the QB before the ball.
My only issue with Holtmann to this point has been PG play. I don't know what he is/was teaching any of his Gs, from CJ Jackson and Keyshawn woods, to now CJ and DJ. There is a clear lack of ball security. These guys turn it over at the most inopportune times. The pick up their dribbles at awful times, and will constantly drive, jump, and panic in the air because they have no one to throw it to.
These are basic fundamentals that you teach PGs, take care of the ball, know what you're going to do with it before you pick up your dribble, etc. Everything else with him I'm generally fine with, I'd like to see us go big rather than small against a lot of teams (Gaffney was listed as a SF on a lot of sites, but is a C here) and utilize those mismatches, but for the most part he has done a tremendous job.
Just fix these terrible PG mistakes. I would bet that per position we don't average more TOs then most teams, except the PGs, where we have to be way above the average.
I think DT is going to be a huge strength this coming year.
Hamilton, Cornell and Landers were very solid, but none had the build AND quickness to make consistent plays. Togai, Garrett and Vincent all have a lot more explosiveness tied to their huge frames. Should be a great interior pressure year!
I'll point to what the article said about OL recruiting, that it's one of the hardest to project, mostly because all of these guys are playing against people that weigh 40-100 lbs less than them.
NPF had great footwork and length coming out but was very light (I want to say 270 was generous). He needed time to put on weight, and learn how to play with that weight. It's not as easy as like Paris Johnson, who already has the weight, but needs tutelage.
Now they just need to land the OLB from Md, and one of those Tx 5* DEs to pair with Sawyer.
And had silent commitments from Bijan and Knighton, until the Texa$ stripclub came through.
What are you supposed to do when your 1 and 2 priority guys commit then pull out last minute?
Worst case scenario, I'd bet there are some boys over in the OL room at the G position that played DT in HS. But that again would be involving 2 injuries to the top guys.
I think DT, provided health is all good, should be a strength of this team. Vincent and Tommy T will be game wreckers out there.