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It would be good timing, except we're in a dead period right now. Coaches can't watch.
Heh? No, of course not ... the scholarship is for next year. He's still on the team this year, there's no issue with him playing.
I wish I knew, Sam, I wish I knew. I'm still pretty shaken up about it.
Getting out over your skis a little, aren't you Danny?
It's always hard to say something like that after the fact. Ultimately, obviously, Baylor was the favorite. But I think Minnesota was certainly on the list of considerations.
I wouldn't say the 8 seed was a "joke," because that's what Kentucky deserved after its late-season stumbles. Sometimes this is how it goes with extremely young teams. You have to wait for that moment when everything starts to click. It doesn't always happen soon enough. Obviously for Kentucky, it's happening at the perfect time. Cal's bunch has played by far it's best basketball of the season in these last few weeks.
I don't think there's anything about that that's "bad" for college hoops. Cal is winning with a little bit of a different formula, but the Freshman Theory won't take over simply because most teams don't have the recruiting pul
l to do that.
No, he signed with Xavier.
Give him time, DJ. He's been at Minnesota for less than a year. These things don't happen overnight. Why Minnesota fans expect to get five-stars right away with no facilities and no history of winning is beyond me.
No, I had Michigan State but at this point, I'm going to go with the hot hand and Kentucky.
Yeah -- the Gophers have three scholarships still available, so the late signing period could be a bit busy. Minnesota is lusting for another 5 and they're hoping Bakary Konate is that guy. The Gophers have also been after 6-10 PF Abdoulaye Gueye for some time, and as an earlier chatter mentioned, Djuan Piper. They'll likely be sifting through the JUCOs as well.
Well, I don't know. Dre Hollins has been a different player all year in my opinion. He was putting up gaudier numbers in the non-conference schedule, but in general he's been pretty inconsistent. I think a big part of that is the product of a change in his role. He has a much tougher time getting himself involved in the offense away from the ball. I think it's really bothered him. That's obviously not changing next year with DeAndre Mathieu having one more year of eligibility left. He's got to find a way. The other bit is mental, I think. It took Hollins a long time to "get right" from his last ankle injury, his freshman year, as well.
They all have opportunities. Josh Martin will likely compete for the starting PF spot, although if King keeps up the level of play he's exhibited in the last four games, I'd be surprised if he doesn't get it. Carlos Morris, aka, "Squirrel" is probably the most Big Ten-ready, and could help fill the defensive deficit when Austin Hollins graduates. Nate Mason might have the most potential of the three, but with the backcourt depth he might be coming off the bench next year.
Good question. I kind of doubt it, but I'll ask.
Yeah, sure, extra games always help a team that has a lot of new and revolving parts.
53 months. Aka after they graduate.
I've answered the other bits of this but RE the transfer part, no, I think that guy was Wally Ellenson and he's left already.
I feel great about it. It's happening on a ship in Puerto Rico. My incentives are much different than yours, my friend.
His jump shot is still not his strength, but clearly he's getting better. He's been very good about picking his spots, thus the 48.8 percent average from past the arc. If he started slinging them up all the time, those numbers would fall. But where he really thrives is driving to the basket and finishing at the rim. That's worked out pretty well for him also.