Hi there -- how is everyone today?
Did anyone watch Finding Bigfoot last night? I'm hoping there is a little more concrete evidence soon.
@Amelia Rayno: Thanks for leaving all your questions. I'll jump right in!
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I’m getting a lot of questions about these two guys, and naturally. But you guys do know that if I knew more and could tell you more, I would, right? I’m not waiting for the perfect moment. What’s happened with those two is staying in-house for now.
He seems to be doing fine down in Texas. Coaches are always in a good mood this time of year. He won his opener, things are going great. I think a few of us media folks will miss some aspects of Tubby, but it’s hard to deny that hiring Pitino was a good move.
Well, I don’t think it was so much a change of heart as it was him just trying to decide. He said Friday that he’d been going back and forth all week. I think him being at Williams Arena for the exhibition was a last attempt to try to convince himself that Minnesota was the place for him. In the end, I think his heart had always been with Stanford. It’s not just the coaches and the basketball program, it’s the school. It’s been quite a lengthy love affair. Hard to blame him for following his hear. And although it initially surprised me that he would invite the world to a Stanford announcement, kudos to him for doing his big day the way he wanted to do it. He should still be able to do that, even if he’s not picking the home state school.
Wally is expected to play on Tuesday, and I think the issues are basically resolved – if you ask Pitino they never existed.
That’s a sure weakness of the Gophers right now – they’re not getting those long rebounds, which you could argue are the ones they’re best set up to get, with a plethora of guards. It’s something Pitino has been preaching a lot in practice.
Never give up until the end, huh! No, the Gophers will give Travis his space now – it’s not very respectful to continue to harass a kid after he’s already made his decision, one that’s been a few years in the making. It’d be a little bit like trying to woo your ex-girlfriend after she’s engaged. Not cool, man …
Back off the conspiracy theory … Travis made the decision he wanted to make. His parents definitely aren’t forcing him to choose one school over another. And certainly, if Johnny Dawkins gets fired after a year (and, say, Travis hasn’t played so much), getting the forward as a transfer is something to think about. Not sure it would happen though – Travis, an elite scholar as well – has made it clear he chose Stanford for the school FIRST.
Um. Bueller? Bueller?? It’s going to have to be a by-committee effort as always, since there aren’t any natural rebounders other than you, Elliott, on this roster with Walker gone. King needs to get better in that regard – a lot better – but expecting that to happen overnight is unrealistic. So everyone needs to chip in. Austin Hollins had seven on Friday, that’s a good start.
It was a disagreement with Pitino. Definitely nothing in the classroom or anything like that. He should play on Tuesday.
I like that … Buggs might get a little more out of necessity, but don’t expect him to suddenly take on a big role. He’s still very raw and needs some time to grow and develop.
Pitino is hoping he could play close to a full 40 if they needed him to. That’s probably a bit of a stretch right now, but if he could manage 35, that would be huge.
You know, I haven’t. I’ll let you know if I do, and if he’s interested.
They are not allowed to talk about it … NCAA rules.
I will quickly admit that I was wrong about my prediction that Reid Travis would come to Minnesota, and I apologize if I got folks’ hopes up more than they already were … but that’s my job. If readers are constantly prodding me for my predictions, they’re going to have to accept that I won’t always be right. And as for people who choose to lash out at a high schooler for making the decision he deemed best for him? I have no part in that. Some people are ridiculous all on their own.
Sure – any team that makes as many 3-pointers as Montana does has the ability to get hot. In the Grizzlies’ season opener, they made 60 percent of their shots from that range. Twelve in all. That plus Walker still being out could make it a contest. The Gophers definitely shouldn’t go in feeling like they’ve won it.
The Gophers really like Henry Ellenson, Wally's brother, and a big named Eli Thomas in Texas. Both would be great gets.
Hard to say. At this point, the Gophers are aiming spring signees. They are, of course, after Rashad Vaughn still. And there is also AD Gueye, the big man in Alabama (originally from Senegal) still on the market.
I really don’t see Pitino doing any sort of dance. Tubby, now Tubby could dance every now and then. (Remember Gangnam style at last year’s midnight madness? And the post-Wisconsin video where Trevor Mbakwe tossed him over his shoulder like a sack of flour? That was all good stuff.) But somehow I don’t think Pitino’s the type.
Oops, that last answer was to the question below, which did not get posted the first time.
2015 has plenty of interesting players locally. Jarvis Johnson, for starters, who Pitino and Co. have liked a lot since they came. Wally’s brother, Henry, is just over in Wisconsin – you’d better believe the Gophers are going after him hard. And up in Grand Rapids is Alex Illikainen, who would be about perfect for Pitino’s system.