As much as the judgement calls such as holding and PI hurt, the penalties before the snap are killers. The false starts in particular are just frustrating. Prince definitely got better every year in protection, but won't be missing the "prior to the snap... #59 on the offense" dialogue on my tv.
Correct. But when is Green at his best? It's in the "death lineup" where he plays the small ball 5. Which is what Wesson would have to be. He's not big enough to be a true 5. Same with Sullinger. Which is why I thought his best comp was a Big Baby Davis who was effective for those Doc Rivers teams in Boston and LA.
Green was playing at 255this year until he lost weight for the playoffs. Wesson would be 255-260 if he lost 20 lbs. Again, in my original post I said he is not as athletic as Green or as skilled. But that is one of the players he should be looking at to try to develop into an NBA player.
I'm just giving a comparison to height and body type. Wesson would need to lose 20 lbs. to be in 255-260 range. And Big Baby is a petty good comparison actually. Small ball 5 or bigger lineup if he plays the 4. Comparison to Green is based on the ideal type of basketball Kaleb would have to play to be effective. Green is more athletic and versatile but given Kaleb's height, he will have to get in better shape to compete in the NBA. And he is actually a pretty skilled passer. Green didn't get the hype out of college and developed as he has been in the NBA.
Wesson is not Green right now. But would have to develop that type of play to be effective. That is the best case scenario.
Pretty sure Boston drafted Sullinger, so they could give him pretty good feedback on what to work on. He still seems a little soft, and could use a little more quickness. Not sure what his role would be on a NBA team, but he has the body type of a Draymond Green or Glen "Big Baby" Davis. Not as skilled as Green right now but could play like a Davis who was valuable to the Doc Rivers teams as a role guy.
These recruiting updates are like football. The fact that we are landing players like this shows that we are seriously capable of competing for a championship.
Holtmann just keeps it coming
It's interesting he chose TCU while also applying for immediate eligibility. That's a crowded QB room and he was the clear #2 on our depth chart. I wonder what the personal reasons were?
If the defense makes 2014 strides I could see BB Landers being comparative to Michael Bennett in terms of production and unsung importance. He was so disruptive in the middle and was a little undersized (as is Landers) if I remember correctly.
DJ Carton is expected to be a guy who leaves early. Probably 2 years and out. Kaleb Wesson will be out for sure after next year. Bates-Diop was just POY.
It takes a good mix of talented youth and experience to win a championship. I think Holtmann is doing a great job given the status of the roster when he got here.
Recruiting is a wild ride, man
The roster is starting to take shape where they can discuss matchups like you mentioned. The depth appears to be there if guys like Washington, Ahrens, and Mohammed further develop. Considering Kaleb Wesson stays we can really start to better matchup with the different styles of the B1G. Penn St was such a bad matchup for us in 2017 because we didn't have a backcourt to compete with them. This year the frontcourt was so thin in the post.
Really excited to see if this team can gel because they could easily make a run next year.
Waiting for the article to tell us the top 5 candidates currently in the transfer portal. Hoping Day & Co can find a good fit...
I heard there is this new kid at Miami who might transfer again after his subpar spring game. /s
Haskins wasn't the vocal leader of JT, but he walked the walk from all accounts. Day has said numerous times he was a hard worker and a student of the game. The Maryland game is 100% a loss if not for Haskins toughness. The team really got behind him, and it could be a similar story this year with either QB.
If you have watched modern college football you would probably have the same opinion as I that as long as you have the right coach pulling the strings like a Tom Herman, Lincoln Riley, Ryan Day, etc. that really takes the pressure off of the QB to be considtetly great.
Haskins was a special passer, and one we will greatly miss. But if the offensive line and defense step up this year all of our goals can be accomplished even if Fields (or Baldwin) are not quite as productive in the passing game.
I always thought Mack would turn into a good player. Still think he can be very productive this year.
Also this article begs the question, does anyone know what the primary differences are between the "X" and "Z" receiver positions? Obviously there are enough to make it sound like there is a learning curve and can't simply be picked up from one position to the other.
This is a really solid depth chart. The incoming class has so much potential and brings much needed firepower. There should be more balance in the backcourt which will mitigate Kaleb Wesson foul trouble. Having a solid 8-10 man rotation, I bet we finish top 4 next year in conference considering everyone is healthy.
With Wesson, Young, and LeDee all back next year along with the incoming of Liddell, I would think Diallo would probably play more sparingly next year. OSU will be a much deeper team so he can develop another year to refine his game and bulk up into a college player.
A comp could be Hasheem Thabeet from UConn a few years ago. I'd be ok with that. A Thabeet/Oden like presence on defense paired with offensively skilled perimeter players woul go a long way to getting back to a Final Four.
Is it just me, or does beating Indiana in basketball feel like beating Penn St in football?
Indiana and Penn St are both former powers that still act like they are blue blood programs, though they haven't produced championship level seasons for many years. They both also have fan bases who love to puff out their chests when they beat OSU. Neither are our rivals, yet it is still satisfying to beat them.
It's no coincidence our offense has clicked better with Herman and Day calling the plays. Hopefully the QBs get comfortable quickly and we can see a Ryan Day offense at full capacity.
This is a team built to keep a game in the 60s. Typically when a team eclipses 70 points we lose. Play good defense and take good shots. And for the love of Warren G Harding please no turnovers...
Signing day is tricky. There was no early signing day until recently so even if you had verbal commits there are always flips that go both ways. Could have gotten a guy or two we weren't expecting last minute. Also could have had 5th year seniors or 4th year guys return unexpectedly, which skews the numbers.
Either way, when the dust cleared after signing day, OSU was over the limit and had to make decisions.
This game could be a "win and in" scenario for the dance. Hopefully the guys can rally and work towards a good showing against Bucky and the B1G Tournament.
If I recall there was limited roster spots and space had to be made. Typical roster attrition. Don't want to say this was all due to over signing, but a couple guys had to go that year. Glad he landed on his feet and realized his dream.
If the defense can grasp the concepts quickly they will be able to eliminate big plays while also playing fast. Even if the passing game takes half a step back, an improved defense (and running game) will balance that out.
Haters gonna say it was a mirage!