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Date Posted: Sat, November 02 2019, 10:44:15
Author: Dave
Subject: Some impressive newcomers

I thought Majesty Brandon, Ahmed Akrum were impressive today in the exhibition game vs. McMasters. Jacob Fritz was a revelation! I can't believe he went virtually unnoticed. He is extremely fluid and moves very well. He handled the ball against backcourt pressure. He is very sound in fundamentals. He got an offensive rebound, came back to the floor and in an instant went right back up for the layup while keeping the ball above his head. The kid is going to be an All-MAAC player one day. Harried is athletic but has some rough edges. They have a great deal of depth this year. Malik is poised to have a great year while Jalani White and Scott Hitchon didn't show much today. Ivan provided some decent minutes too. We are definitely a guard oriented team. Malik and Majesty really pressure the ball.

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[> Re: Some impressive newcomers -- Griffer, Sat, November 02 2019, 13:06:27

Agree with the above. Tons of turnovers and atrocious free throw shooting from a few players. Jalani White was in a virtual trance out there. Acted totally detached from the action. Henderson will help when he is back . Majesty Brandon is the real deal. The potential is there to be competitive. Suspect they will improve as the year progresses.

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[> Re: Some impressive newcomers -- Griff72, Sat, November 02 2019, 14:03:57

I thought the newcomers were very encouraging with their play today, Majesty Brandon could be the best new player in the MAAC, he is really an all around player with a great pull-up jumper, I thought he might just be a player who shoots a lot but he got his points in the flow of the game, likely our leading scorer based on what we saw today. Incredibly apparently he never played high school ball! I agree on Fritz, very impressive for a young big man how he takes care of the ball and passes , he is all of 6-10 and moves very well, looks to be a surprise player right away. Akrum and Harried also impressive, Akrum probably a little better right now but I thought Harried looked like a very special player who once he gets experience will be a tough to take out. Hitchon and White didn't do anything special today and Routins and Henderson are still out so it was a day for the newcomers to shine together with Malik who played his normal game. An encouraging intro to what might be possible this year!

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[> Re: Some impressive newcomers -- Franklin, Mon, November 04 2019, 6:09:41

All newcomers look like they will play and Hazdic showed well during his minutes... St. Louis is obviously the last man off the bench. His CC career just hasn't panned out... Brown should be part of the front line rotation.... Let's hope the coaching staff can develop this current crop of bigs. You can't teach size, but you can teach basketball.

I'm hoping at times Fritz is on the court with White & Hitchon. That is a big, athletic front line that could really exploit some mismatches when facing the many 3 guard lineups we'll see in the MAAC.

Ahemed, Harried and Brandon, are quick athletic guards. Brandon shot lights out and I love the fact the kid is willing to stop & pop from 15 - 18 feet. That is very refreshing in this era of the 3 pointer being the "be all end all" to so many offenses.

One message to all the guards/wing players, when one of your big guys is posting up on the block and showing his hand wanting the ball, pass the ball to that hand! If you don't see a hand, you look elsewhere. But it sure would be nice if the offense game plans this year put a focus on getting the ball down low some, as opposed to constant perimeter passing and settling for 3's as the shot clock wind downs.

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[> [> Re: Some impressive newcomers -- Hmm, Mon, November 04 2019, 15:51:19

I totally agree. Go Griffs!

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[> [> Re: Some impressive newcomers -- Cager, Tue, November 05 2019, 7:38:33

Good suggestion on getting the ball inside. Several times vs McMaster, players were posting up and calling for the ball but no entry pass was made. Since our two best three point shooters are injured Rautins,Henderson ,relying on outside shooting could be a major concern. The play of Hitchon, and White is also a huge concern. Hitchon plays hard and will have good moments, but Jalanni is a question mark mostly because of his lack of energy. I was impressed with the other freshmen. They are athletic, and can run the floor, and hopefully they will get plenty of quality minutes. Malik and Majestywill make this team competitive. Go Griffs!!!

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[> [> [> Re: Some impressive newcomers -- GoldenGriff32, Wed, November 06 2019, 4:11:46

Time frame on the 2 injuries?

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[> [> [> Re: Some impressive newcomers -- BBD, Wed, November 06 2019, 11:09:01

According to last years stats, Hitchon should be shooting 3's more or as much as anyone this year. Go Griffs!!

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