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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuperman View Post
    Man, you hit the nail on the head here. I railed on this exact conundrum extensively in another thread last season and found an unexpected amount of pushback as to it's importance. Scruggs is a real head scratcher in this area. He is so physically gifted, but simply does not use it to his advantage....he seems to naturally want to AVOID contact. To me, correcting this is essential and must be emphasized by Coach and staff.

    BTW, I'm thinking BLark tops anyone you listed in getting to the line. Best play to contact guy to ever suit up for X.
    Totally agree. When Larkin drove the ball, he was either going to score or be fouled. And if fouled, he still invariably scored. Tough, tough player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuperman View Post

    BTW, I'm thinking BLark tops anyone you listed in getting to the line. Best play to contact guy to ever suit up for X.
    First guy that came to my mind was Tu. Felt like he drove to get to the line...It really only hurt in a couple NCAA tournament games where he wasn't getting his typical calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xavier View Post
    First guy that came to my mind was Tu. Felt like he drove to get to the line...It really only hurt in a couple NCAA tournament games where he wasn't getting his typical calls.
    Agree. Tu was phenomenal at that. I used to love when teams would try to press us when we had Tu as the PG. When they would double team him he would hit the crease in between the two defenders, draw the foul, and make the FT's. Every time. We need a PG like that again - our PG play has been the main thing holding us back for the past ~5 season, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boozehound View Post
    Agree. Tu was phenomenal at that. I used to love when teams would try to press us when we had Tu as the PG. When they would double team him he would hit the crease in between the two defenders, draw the foul, and make the FT's. Every time. We need a PG like that again - our PG play has been the main thing holding us back for the past ~5 season, IMO.
    Agree on the PG situation. Q was trending to be the next really good one (I admittedly thought he was going to be a complete stud after his soph year) but he got on the Lumpkin plan his Jr. and Sr. year. Dwon....come on down!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smails View Post
    Agree on the PG situation. Q was trending to be the next really good one (I admittedly thought he was going to be a complete stud after his soph year) but he got on the Lumpkin plan his Jr. and Sr. year. Dwon....come on down!
    Q was never the same after the shoulder injury he sustained in preseason practice his junior year. I was at that practice and saw the injury occur. Didn't look like much, but he was down for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xukeith View Post
    I think the 2021 recruiting class needs power forwards and a small forward. Odom is the pg for next at least 3 years, Kunkel is the sg. Wilcher or Jones(likely Jones) is the sf, Freemantle is the 4/5 with Carter at 4. Biggest unknown is Dieonte Miles. If he can play 10-15 minutes down low and not get embarrassed, it will be good. That is a BIG IF. Who knows what the d2 transfer Griffen can do outside of rebound. I will take is 6-7 rebounds per game.
    Don't forget Ky Ky. He hasn't left has he? He had some defensive challenges last year but that wasn't surprising for his rookie year, especially in the B.E. We are placing high hopes on Odom. He will have the same challenges this year that Ky Ky had last season and, if he is the "1", that also will be a challenge. Still, the bar for P.G. is somewhat low after the last couple of seasons and I'm hopeful he comes in as much of a floor leader as can be expected from a frosh. If he provides decent ball handling, reasonably good decision making (like not launching three pointer after three pointer with no hope of making any of them), hits free throws and plays adequate defense, I consider him a home run. There appears to be pretty good depth of talent here.

    I'm looking forward to seeing this team in action. Like others on this board, I've started the last couple of seasons with optimistic outlook but have been turned off by lack of team play, leadership + maturity. This is Scrugg's team now and I think (and hope) he exerts himself as its leader in every way possible. I also want to see Steele turn into the coach i think he can be; the coach MOR wants him to become.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumpin_Jamal_Forever View Post
    Don't forget Ky Ky. He hasn't left has he? He had some defensive challenges last year but that wasn't surprising for his rookie year, especially in the B.E. We are placing high hopes on Odom. He will have the same challenges this year that Ky Ky had last season and, if he is the "1", that also will be a challenge. Still, the bar for P.G. is somewhat low after the last couple of seasons and I'm hopeful he comes in as much of a floor leader as can be expected from a frosh. If he provides decent ball handling, reasonably good decision making (like not launching three pointer after three pointer with no hope of making any of them), hits free throws and plays adequate defense, I consider him a home run. There appears to be pretty good depth of talent here.

    I'm looking forward to seeing this team in action. Like others on this board, I've started the last couple of seasons with optimistic outlook but have been turned off by lack of team play, leadership + maturity. This is Scrugg's team now and I think (and hope) he exerts himself as its leader in every way possible. I also want to see Steele turn into the coach i think he can be; the coach MOR wants him to become.
    I really like KyKy, but what he showed us last year was very one-dimensional. He's was almost exclusively a high volume 3 pt specialist. I think we all KNOW that he can do much more. But what he did last year was launch 3's at a high rate. Maybe that's all they asked of him, and maybe the roster composition made sense because we had some ballhandlers, and no real deadeye shooters.

    I want to see the ball in his hands and see if he can use that thick body to blast his way inside and finish or get fouled. He's got the exact skillset to thrive with that style, and his shooting forces his man to play up on him a little. Add some shooters around him, and the driving lane just cleared out....

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