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Date Posted: Friday, March 07, 07:51:36am
Author: Cindy Crawford
Subject: Re: With all due respect
In reply to: oldtimer#1 's message, "Re: With all due respect" on Thursday, March 06, 09:02:58am

You're correct on this one oldtimer. What makes anyone believe that Dunne did not land the best players available.Most WERE more than satisfied with this recruiting class.
When was the last time SPC landed as many all-staters?
Although some may find an urban campus in proximity to NYC to their liking,it's difficult to compete with more beautiful suburban campuses,and their modern facilities.
Add the lack of fan support as opposed to the "only game in town" support of Siena or Marist ,and the job is understandably difficult.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: With all due respect -- oldtimer#1, Friday, March 07, 10:19:50am [1]

Absolutely, Cindy. When Dunne was hired he was quoted that he would not be outworked. From reports from other posters who have seen him at high school games, camps and summer leagues that appears to be more than true.

Now while hard work doesn't always correlate with results I would have to think that this staff has a better chance than most to recruit players. Thus, I'm of the opinion that Dunne knows what holes he has to fill (look at the positions he's obviously targeting), I just hope he lands players who can make an impact at those positions.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: With all due respect -- loyal, Friday, March 07, 03:53:47pm [1]

Agree....but......the hole Sowell will leave related to rebounding/inside defense has been apparent since the day Dunne got the job.
I trust you would agree one benchmark of his ability as a recruiter would be the ability to fill that hole in 2+ recruiting seasons?
So far, we have Conley only. Not nearly enough.
Absense of rebounding help will cripple next season before it starts.
I sure hope all that hard work starts to yield SOME results on the hardwood next season....and that won't happen without a top notch rebounder.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: With all due respect -- oldtimer#1, Friday, March 07, 06:23:31pm [1]

Loyal, Ryan Bacon, Conley, Shumate and to a lesser extent Costner (yes Costner is an inside player) and Hogga. That's what HARD work has brought in the last two years. Now others can bad mouth that all they want but as Cindy states they may have been the best available. Let me also add that IMO the Staff knows talent. Dunne and Morton have been in this game a long time. Let others disagree but that's my strong opinion. And they didn't get that way from reading newspapers or surfing websites but rather spend a lot of time watching players. Now if that doesn't please the naysayers, nothing will.

Loyal, I agree that we need a mobile (as opposed to Sowell) big man at the center position but I don't know who is available or, if available, can be recruited to SPC. To my mind Dunne has taken a good first step in Conley, if he works out. Although a power forward it does seem to ALREADY give us a decent inside presence when combined with Bacon. Plus you have your backups in Traore and Gooding/Costner/Hogga(?). Getting Conley is a good first step.

Now if we get that quality big man I would consider it a big bonus. If not, consider the role a stronger 6'8" Bacon could play. This guy has to be on the court somewhere! Perhaps we already have that quality big man and don't know it! Ryan definitely plays better with his back to the basket. His best position is underneath with his putbacks, dunks and shot blocking ability. He is really more of a center than forward. His downside, of course, is that he might be injury prone and needs to fill out (read, weight program). IMO Bacon will start at center unless we get that wonderful player. A lot,of course, depends on Conley and whether he can contribute immediately.

Bottom line is that I give the staff a lot of credit for going after and recruiting two power forwards this class. The job is not complete but we have taken some very good first steps in getting some additional rebounding power. One more will definitely help but I'm not going to judge Dunne by his success or failure to land that big one! Beat Manhattan!

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