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    Quote Originally Posted by D-West & PO-Z View Post
    I agree. I think we are one guy away on this team being really good. We lose Q so I think we are 2 away for next year.
    This kinda assumes that Miller can retain all of his current players that are eligible for next season. There will be movement. I believe that only McKnight and Ousman are assured to suit up '24-'25.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MHettel View Post
    Last year was great. We had a loaded roster and adding Boum was huge. I gave Miller a TON of Credit for having Jerome and Free stop taking 3s.

    With that said last year seemed so great because Steele kept squandering the talent that he had. Arguably last years roster was the best in the past 5 years and Miller did a lot with it. I’m not sure I ever said or suggested otherwise
    X had a very good group of players last year, but that group was only 6-7 deep. The rest of the roster wasn’t very good, which was why they hardly got any playing time after the conference season started. This year’s roster is basically 3 guards deep and a couple of promising freshman. The rest of it is mostly prospects and suspects. They have not progressed and developed the way that most of us thought they would. Based on what the players that left have accomplished for the most part after leaving, I’m not very confident that the rosters Steele had were overall very talented at all. Most of them have not had successful college careers at all. I do think that this year’s roster has a lot of potential, but it really wouldn’t surprise me to see any of them leave during the off-season. I actually believe that Miller may not want some of them back and may do what he can to see them leave. But, I also think that if a player does come back it will because Miller sees something in that player and feels that they will be a good player in his system and will be a contributor.
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    After listening to the snip from Miller's Coach's show last night there are two truths I know.

    1.) Miller isn't going anywhere for a while.

    2.) Miller will fix this.

    Bonus: Whoever has been loafing it here recently, won't be back. He's very pissed off, which is a great thing to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuperman View Post
    This kinda assumes that Miller can retain all of his current players that are eligible for next season. There will be movement. I believe that only McKnight and Ousman are assured to suit up '24-'25.
    Obviously a lot of moving parts but he doesnt need to keep everyone.

    My ideal roster scenario for next year:

    McKnight
    Transfers
    Claude
    Free (obviously hope he is healthy)
    Transfer

    Bench:
    Swain
    Green
    Ousmane
    Ciani
    Nzeh
    Hunter (have him at the bottom b/c not sure what he will realistically be able to contribute)

    I think if those 2 transfers are solid additions we can be pretty good next year. Guys returning will need to make a jump from one year to the next but I don't think that is far fetched.

    That means those leaving might be Gytis, Lazar, Ducharme, Craft. If Miller wants to retain some of them/they want to return, great, I trust Miller with a full offseason to make the right additions and subtractions for next year.

    Miller might want to add 2 bigs. I haven't got a chance to listen to his whole radio show from last night but my buddy said he said this is his 19th year coaching and this is his 19th best rebounding team. He obviously will want to fix that.

    My buddy said they way Miller was so passionately talking he couldn't imagine Miller is on his way out either, but obviously who knows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D-West & PO-Z View Post
    Obviously a lot of moving parts but he doesnt need to keep everyone.

    My ideal roster scenario for next year:

    McKnight
    Transfers
    Claude
    Free (obviously hope he is healthy)
    Transfer

    Bench:
    Swain
    Green
    Ousmane
    Ciani
    Nzeh
    Hunter (have him at the bottom b/c not sure what he will realistically be able to contribute)

    I think if those 2 transfers are solid additions we can be pretty good next year. Guys returning will need to make a jump from one year to the next but I don't think that is far fetched.

    That means those leaving might be Gytis, Lazar, Ducharme, Craft. If Miller wants to retain some of them/they want to return, great, I trust Miller with a full offseason to make the right additions and subtractions for next year.

    Miller might want to add 2 bigs. I haven't got a chance to listen to his whole radio show from last night but my buddy said he said this is his 19th year coaching and this is his 19th best rebounding team. He obviously will want to fix that.

    My buddy said they way Miller was so passionately talking he couldn't imagine Miller is on his way out either, but obviously who knows.
    Yeah, he isn't going anywhere with the way he talked last night, unless he is just one hell of an actor.

    Here is the link to the show. Around the 7 minute mark is where Miller gets fired up and around the 30 minute mark he talks about the shaping of next years roster:

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcas...=1000647166297

    I think on Wednesday, we will know a few guys on the team that won't be here next year based on his comments. I think they are guys who are/were in regular rotation that won't be playing anymore.

    In regards to the roster, don't forget powell :) . I don't see Nzeh and Ciani both staying unless Abou leaves. I'd think they would want to play and with Free/Hunter in the mix, along with transfers, there isn't going to be much if any time for them imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xville View Post
    Yeah, he isn't going anywhere with the way he talked last night, unless he is just one hell of an actor.

    Here is the link to the show. Around the 7 minute mark is where Miller gets fired up and around the 30 minute mark he talks about the shaping of next years roster:

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcas...=1000647166297

    I think on Wednesday, we will know a few guys on the team that won't be here next year based on his comments. I think they are guys who are/were in regular rotation that won't be playing anymore.

    In regards to the roster, don't forget powell :) . I don't see Nzeh and Ciani both staying unless Abou leaves. I'd think they would want to play and with Free/Hunter in the mix, along with transfers, there isn't going to be much if any time for them imo.
    Yeah probably right. It's tough because I see promise on both. Ciani sooner but Nzeh with more potential.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xville View Post
    After listening to the snip from Miller's Coach's show last night there are two truths I know.

    1.) Miller isn't going anywhere for a while.

    2.) Miller will fix this.

    Bonus: Whoever has been loafing it here recently, won't be back. He's very pissed off, which is a great thing to hear.
    Yeah. I listened also. Miller made reference to 31 snippets of tape exposing lack of effort from individual players. He went on to discuss 17 of those occurrences and although he did not identify the player, the context gave me the impression he was talking about one individual. You can be sure, if he was referring to one individual, that player is likely a starter and is likely on the hot seat.

    Given all the discussion about what Miller should have known or anticipated, the one strong conclusion to which I 100% agree, is (2) above.

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    If Miller isnt going anywhere, I would love to hear him say that. Maybe he did, but i doubt it. Consider me scarred from the last 5 guys that we felt the same way about.....only to have them leave.

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    He certainly didn’t sound like someone that was not planning on being here next year.


    Also….he sounded like someone that was very frustrated with some players lack of effort.

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    Claude has no heart and I'm sure Miller is targeting him in his comments. It's stunning to me that posters i respect think he's developed significantly from last year to now.

    Also, at least the same hysterical poster that keeps pointing fingers at Miller is being taken to the woodshed so there's that.

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