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Date Posted: Saturday, October 18, 12:06:30pm
Author: oldtimer#1
Subject: Re: Loyal
In reply to: loyal 's message, "Re: I did read" on Friday, October 17, 04:30:15pm

Loyal, some preliminary observations (only my own), hope it helps.

1) Schumate - wirey strong and looks closer to 6'7". Excellent fighter inside and has nose for ball. Has little outside shot and as with freshman will probably be a role player. Potential but needs to develop.

2) Hill - interesting player. Runs the floor amazingly well for a big man. Also handles the ball very well. Other positives is that he does have some inside moves and often dunks on put backs. A worker and hustler. Negatives are that he doesn't know positioning as well as Schumate and does not have much of an offensive game at this point. My guess is that he will get decent playing time in that he has significant upside.

4) Reid - another work in progress. Exceptionally physical and can do a lot of things well but at this point not great. Can handle, pass, shoot, defend and rebound. Just needs playing time.

5) Hall - another well built player. Haven't seen much of him. Pass first, shoot when open type who can be a steady player and helpful. Does a lot of little things well.

6) Bacon - better than ever. Looks dominating at times but that is against fellow teammates. Wonderful inside moves, put backs, dunks and shot rejections. Not much away from the basket. Can't do it all by himself but with help will eventually be an All-MAAC player.

7) Jenkins - just as good as ever

8) Leon - perhaps the best shooter and driver on the team. In pick-up games teammates regard him and Jenkins as the go to guys. Will probably play point which will test his decision making ability.

9) Lampley- actually looks much better and is more under control. Realizes that he will not be the man and is adjusting to the fact that he will be a spectacular player in spurts. Still needs to finish those drives but is shooting better.

10) Gooding - Assuming the role of co-leader. Does a lot of things that go unnotced but still can't shoot the ball. Will be big help on what I suspect will be more of a running and trapping team.

11) Costner - nice kid, solid but plays a quiet game. Will not hurt you but questionable how much he can help.

12) Traore - has gotten even stronger (remember he missed a lot of pre-season last year). Don't expect much but he is working exceptionally hard and may suprise all in that he is not terrible. How much he plays will depend on the developmernt of Hill and Schumate.

13) Others - Mumford can shoot the ball and can be used in spot situations. The other guys appear adaquate but bench players. Conley cannot practice but it's a shame he's not eligible this year. His presence would have been big.

Much to early to guess about starting lineups but I think it will be Leon, Jenkins and Gooding along with Bacon up front. It will be interesting to see who gets that #4 spot.My guess is that it will be rotational until someone emerges. It's very early to be definitive so evaluate my evaluations as you will. The fact that most of these guys have been playing togather for over a year should help.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Loyal -- loyal, Saturday, October 18, 04:53:04pm [1]

Nelson (PG we nabbed out from under Felician)....unintentionally omitted or (gulp!) classifed as a bench player?

Was hoping against hope he could relieve Leon...or at least eat some minutes without us having NO ballhandlers on the floor.

Seeing the projected starting five gives me pause...but I am hoping!

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Loyal -- oldtimer#1, Saturday, October 18, 06:50:02pm [1]

Loyal, think you have the names confused. The freshman point guard is Brandon Hall. From what little I've seen he has a D1 body and attitude. Also has some size. Pretty good player who should get a decent amout of floor time. However, I think we'll run much more than last year since Sowell is gone. All are big men (if you can call them that) run the floor exceptionally well. Also think you'll see Leon and Lampley eventually on the floor together depending on matchups. We will be fast but can we get the rebound to start the break?

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Hall -- loyal, Monday, October 20, 09:06:21am [1]


I get Hall confused with Nelson, the PG from Union County that Niagara recruited and signed last year.

Memory is the second thing to go. :>)

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Loyal -- figgyprez, Tuesday, October 21, 12:36:24pm [1]

I was hoping for a bit more positive reports on Hill and Reid, but you're right in that it is early. Also I think we need to be a trapping/ running team. In the halfcourt we may not yet be strong enough to sustain down low and on offense players like Leon, Gooding Bacon and Lampley are probably better suited to going up and down. We probably need to make opponents uncomfortable with the pace of the game. Some nights you get killed, but we are not yet good enough to play it totally straight up, I don't think. I guess we'll see.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Loyal -- oldtimer#1, Tuesday, October 21, 10:01:33pm [1]

Good analysis. Everyone seems to run the floor well and from what little I've seen that is exactly what JD is working on. Even after made baskets we are trying to push the ball upcourt.

Don't know how Hill and Reid will perform until we see them against opponents. Reid is somewhat impressive and could definitely be a sleeper. Hall is also solid but will find it difficult initially to break into the lineup. Hill is the big question mark. Interesting to see if and how he develops. Hate to sound like a broken record but Conley (who cannot practice now) is definitely the real deal.

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