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    Quote Originally Posted by xuphan View Post
    I had the same reaction after watching the video. He seems a step behind and very disinterested in playing defense in video. Edwards and Tucker both dropped in the latest 247 recruiting rankings. Edwards dropped to 110 and Tucker dropped to 168. Looks like both of our signing for this class will be projects when they come to Xavier based on the videos I have seen. Hope Steele can get the best out of them.
    This should make everyone feel better about Tucker.

    https://n.rivals.com/news/rivals-rou...n-next-update-

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    And listen to what a local on the scene blogger had to say about Elijah.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=297KpLs6k_c

    He doesn't sound like a project according to that guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xuphan View Post
    I had the same reaction after watching the video. He seems a step behind and very disinterested in playing defense in video. Edwards and Tucker both dropped in the latest 247 recruiting rankings. Edwards dropped to 110 and Tucker dropped to 168. Looks like both of our signing for this class will be projects when they come to Xavier based on the videos I have seen. Hope Steele can get the best out of them.
    Tucker was originally expected to redshirt because he is so young but seems like he is just tearing it up so I think he will play day 1. Just watch his videos and you will be able to see that. Expect him to make a jump in the next rankings. It was a good thing a lot of coaches were not able to see him play before he committed to Xavier in my opinion. You canít teach what he has. Would be shocked if he is not a stud in college. Made a big jump in the rivals rankings and expect the same in 247.

    https://basketballrecruiting.rivals....n-next-update-

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DrKrisWat...69568665849856

    http://ontheradarhoops.com/cherokee-...p-dec-15-2020/

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    Really great to see. Admittedly I was concerned about this class, but seems as though we got two quality guys that add some additional length to the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xavierj View Post
    Tucker was originally expected to redshirt because he is so young but seems like he is just tearing it up so I think he will play day 1. Just watch his videos and you will be able to see that. Expect him to make a jump in the next rankings. It was a good thing a lot of coaches were not able to see him play before he committed to Xavier in my opinion. You can’t teach what he has. Would be shocked if he is not a stud in college. Made a big jump in the rivals rankings and expect the same in 247.

    https://basketballrecruiting.rivals....n-next-update-

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DrKrisWat...69568665849856

    http://ontheradarhoops.com/cherokee-...p-dec-15-2020/
    You really did a nice job mining the net for that Twitter video....Elijah was on a mission that night! He's definitely a highly skilled multi-tooled prospect.....a taller Colby Jones. AND he looks way more intimidating w/o that fancy hair-do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuperman View Post
    More recent evidence to back this up.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=241j8RPB3as

    He does have a smooth looking stroke with a high release, but sems disinterested on the defensive end.....not much "energy".
    So, the mantra of "if you can't play defense, you don't see the floor" might be an issue. Although, I expect not a lot of freshmen come in particularly proficient in this area, especially the "Xavier Way" (or, more precisely, the "Steele Way"), much less against the level of play (although GRAD80's mentioned he plays against very good condition).

    Not to derail the thread, but how do you see this played out in reality? I'm thinking of Kunkel for some games and Carter early on (for as much PT he gets).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xville View Post
    Really great to see. Admittedly I was concerned about this class, but seems as though we got two quality guys that add some additional length to the team.
    Ok, I know we're 10 months away and who knows what kind of sh!t storms we'll have to endure, but nothing much going until Saturday and this thread has me thinking.

    For conversation sake, let's say Scruggs, Carter, Griffin and Johnson are done and Stanley decides to cash in somewhere. The known commodities are Kunk, Free, Tandy, Odom, Jones and Wilcher. That would parlay into a talented 4 guard unit but seriously lacking in height/physicality for the BEast.

    Unless Miles can emerge, we really need at least 1 of our 2021's to be ready to roll from the jump, so we can effectively compete against the size in this league. Of course a transfer big, maybe 2, are almost a given but that's most likely a mixed bag.

    The early optics here when compared to what the rest of the conference looks to return, doesn't create overwhelming optimism IMO. Now if Odom could make huge strides in shooting from distance and morph into Myles Powell and Free bulks up and becomes Garza-esque, no worries, but barring that next year will be a big time challenge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuperman View Post
    Ok, I know we're 10 months away and who knows what kind of sh!t storms we'll have to endure, but nothing much going until Saturday and this thread has me thinking.

    For conversation sake, let's say Scruggs, Carter, Griffin and Johnson are done and Stanley decides to cash in somewhere. The known commodities are Kunk, Free, Tandy, Odom, Jones and Wilcher. That would parlay into a talented 4 guard unit but seriously lacking in height/physicality for the BEast.

    Unless Miles can emerge, we really need at least 1 of our 2021's to be ready to roll from the jump, so we can effectively compete against the size in this league. Of course a transfer big, maybe 2, are almost a given but that's most likely a mixed bag.

    The early optics here when compared to what the rest of the conference looks to return, doesn't create overwhelming optimism IMO. Now if Odom could make huge strides in shooting from distance and morph into Myles Powell and Free bulks up and becomes Garza-esque, no worries, but barring that next year will be a big time challenge.
    As you said, at least one transfer big is a certainty. With the covid bulge in eligible students, many who would be graduating, the chances of someone coming in and contributing right away is pretty good. We should be able to get a decent big since the pickins will be better and they would likely be in a better than average position for PT here.
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