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Date Posted: Monday, February 18, 10:54:04am
Author: oldtimer#!
Subject: Re: My case for Tim Spitler
In reply to: jajk 's message, "Re: My case for Tim Spitler" on Sunday, February 17, 03:17:06pm

Jajk, just reread your post and most of it was quite accurate. However, when you said that Darrell was one of the" two keys" to victory it again shows your bias. When our assistant coach was interviewed after the game he talked about Wesley Jenkins and our guard play, especially that of Nick Leon. Anyone who listened to those comments would have intrepreted that to mean Jenkins was key, our guards were excellent but that he singled out Leon for being the other key factor.

Now reasonable people can have different points of view. Supporting an obvious player favorite is one thing but making some of the statements you make in that support often warrents a response. Darrell played well and was a positive factor in our victory but anything beyond that is hype. LOL

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[> [> [> Re: My case for Tim Spitler -- jajk, Monday, February 18, 12:35:13pm [1]

I did not say that Darrell was one of the two keys to winning the game, just that the the 25-3 run was one of the keys,along with the finishing of the game of which Nick Leon was a big part. As to the assistant coach's comments I will differ with you to the extent that I thought he emphasized that Leon was the absolute key to the game. It was the announcer that brought up Jenkin's contribution that the coach then concurred in. So I believe absolutely that the staff,from that interview and from their relative playing time, agree with you that Leon is their guy-at least at this stage. I just get a touch concerned that a player of Darrell's talent (again IMO) and desire to excel may just think that if the staff obviously prefers another player at the slot I want to play and he is in the same year, it may as well be at least a consideration to play somewhere else. This is purely speculation on my part and I surely hope that it is not the case. It would be a shame. And I will also stress that I don't think that this is an easy spot for Dunne as he adapts to Div 1 head coaching. He has two players close in talent with strenghts and weaknesses each and both as freshman. As I have said there are a lot of different type of point guards and it appears that the staff -again at least at this stage- have a preference for Leon. It is just one fan's opinion that I think that Lampley's upside potential is significantly higher, Hey ,maybe part of it is my bias about the type of bb I enjoy watching the most.

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[> [> [> [> Re: My case for Tim Spitler -- oldtimer#1, Monday, February 18, 02:51:42pm [1]

Jajk, think you hit the nail on the head regarding our disagreement about Lampley. You like his type of game and I have extreme difficulty warming up to it. I also think that his "talent" has been grossly exaggerated. I will not go further because criticism focusing solely on Darrell is unfair when our entire team, including the coaching staff has had the type of season we have been having.

Quite frankly, while neither of us wants to even hint at or begin unsubstantiated rumors or guesses, I would say that if Darrell did choose to go elsewhere it would in no way reflect on the staff. Leon, atleast as of now, is the better overall player and I would go with that over whatever "potential" you see in Darrell. As I've pointed out, John Dunne has been very supportive of Darrell both on and off the court. There should be no legitimate bitch that he hasn't both stuck with Darrell nor given him plenty of opportunity. Basketball is a team game and no matter how much perceived talent a player has, it's wasted unless molded into the team. This, by the way, is where I applaud Darrell the most. There is no question that he is trying and somewhat succeeding in his attempt to become more of a point guard/team oriented player. He was not in the beginning.

My preference is to continue to see how each player develops. The problem is that I see both players as better than your average sub but not quite having current ingredients to be "the man" on a top level MAAC team. On the other hand, both are essentially freshmen and haven't played that bad as such. If I were John Dunne, I would feel quite comfortable that I had two pretty good players but that wouldn't stop me from looking, if the "right" player came along.

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