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Michigan has one true big with McGary. Louisville has one true big with Dieng. Those two teams are going to play for the championship. We didn't get it done, but I'm not buying the theory that there's something wrong with how we've tried to win these past few years. All of these other guys we missed on besides McGary....... I don't see any of them in the Elite 8. Bottom line is we just didn't make shots and had a key player who didn't seem like himself for whatever reason. Great season though...... and next year may be special. 4 key seniors, 4 talented newcomers, a sharpshooting soph, and a few guys who I think make the nice jump from fresh to soph that we've seen so often from Billy's players.
This post was edited by gatorphi 13 months ago
Again I agree.
UL has a guy in Behannen, that while smallish for NBA, you can dump it down and he can score back to basket and facing up....also they have a FR in Harrell who is an explosive ATH and can finish at rim....Behannen is Udonis like IMO....
yea lville as athletes / big boys....Montrzl is a BEAST on block....hell of a lot longer/very very strong/thick at 6 8" + with a 7fters wingspan
Chane Behanan and Blackshear are two good versatile 3/4 guys
lville has good college guys but siva, russ smith, behanan, blackshear not NBA guys -- all looked bad vs sUK length last yr ,,,,key being slick ricky signs a bunch of scrappy playground athletes with good athleticism
UF / BD should / has done the same over the yrs
that said I think Cuse cuts down the nets.....Southerland is a matchup nightmare and Michael Carter Williams is also too long for guards to score against + very very good depth/length at all 5 spots
yeah, I'm surprised Billy doesn't recruit more scrappy athletes. That's the type of player he was, and probably the main reason he loved Erving so much. They had that same competitive personality.
Harrell averaged 6 points and 4 rebounds this year. I'm not saying he doesn't have talent, but would you trade Yeguete or Prather for him? I wouldn't. I'll give you Behannen, even though he's 6'6 and someone on here said you need 4-5 guys who are at least 6'8.
I respect all of your basketball posts Bullis, I really do. However, I am not sure it is as easy to say it's big men recruiting. We had Vargas and Kadji off Boynton's high scool team and they fizzled out for us. We have missed on a few superstars, but we do have the two transfers (people forget that the Va Tech transfer also brings some height).
What I really think seperates the teams when you get to the final 8 is having a real NBA player or two. I think that is a completely different game if we have Beal for his sophomore year. I am not trying to start woulda coulda shoulda...I am just saying that we didn't have any "go to" players this year and thus Billy's best coaching job in a long time.
I think that next year will be among the most talented ever for the Gators, it will all depend on whether they can play as a team and follow instructions as well as this bunch did. If they do, sky is the limit.
Sure I would love to have some good bigs, very clearly it would make Billy's job easier...but if Rosario or Boynton were true big time NBA material, that may have been enough to takes us even deeper.
A lot of good stuff ITT.
The type of recruit that we have missed on lately and the type I think Bullis may be talking about are the Udonis Haslem, Dametri Hill type of low post 4 year scoring big that is in the 6-6 to 6-8 range. If they are bigger and can score down low they are a one year deal.
To me it's not a matter or getting one of these guys. Just a matter of I.D.ing them and offering them. You don't have to beat the UK and KU's on these types.
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