While I hope you are right, he’s been on campus all summer, so why would he go now when workouts are set to begin? Not sure what exactly, but something must be up. He still has 3 weeks to decide on the draft. Wouldn’t you think he’d stay on campus to workout even if he doesn’t come back for next season?What if he is just going home for a month before he comes back for the start of school? Does the team have to stay on campus for workouts in July?
That line up looks like a lot of scoring. I was really expecting Kofi back, but when he delayed the rumored withdrawal from the draft, and then radio silence, I started to get worried. I hope, for his sake, somebody told him to stay in the draft, because they were taking him. I hope he is listening to the right people.Would love to have Kofi back obviously. Most concerned about rebounding/low post defense. However, I could imagine a lineup of this below which offensively could be really, really good. Again, D will be an issue. However, it gives a chance for Hawkins/Verdonk to possibly get playing time too.
Curbelo (27 mpg)(turn the keys over to elite, playmaking, distributing point guard)/backup of Frazier/Hutch - 13 mpg left
Frazier (27 mpg)/Hutch/Miller/Monte (13 mpg left)
Miller (25 mpg)/Hutch/Monte/Grandison - 15 mpg left
Grandison (25 mpg)/Monte/Hawkins/Verdonk - 15 mpg left - I think a little of Monte and around 10ish for Hawkins
Giorgi (27 based on backups)/Verdonk/Hamlin/ - 13 mpg - Verdonk for 9 minutes and Hamlin for a few for rebounding/defense.
Basically after starting lineup and minus Center lineup, I count 56 minutes for mainly Monte', Hutch' and some Hawkins as backup minutes sprinkle a little Verdonk at the 4. I think Hutch/Monte will get around 20 mpg each and that leaves about 15-16 mpg for Hawkins and a little more for Verdonk.
I really like our spacing and shooting (ironic change) for offense this year. However, rebounding and post d is going to be a big issue. Shot blocking will be limited unless Hamlin has picked up game more and/or developed a little more offensively. I think Verdonk could play some 5 at least bulk wise. I saw he lost weight and is supposed to be more mobile. If he is less robotic, then I think we may have a surprise and he could help immensely and play a lot at the 4 to help with rebounding. Monte is a heck of a rebounder and for that reason will play a lot of minutes to help with rebounding at the 3 and 4. I think his shooting will be more consistent at he was at end of year and his senior year (last hurrah). We will also be losing Dre's rebounding to help with small ball outside of Kofi lineups.
Probably will not make the tourney, but could be a threat too if our offense is so good (shooting, spacing, high iq players).
Otherwise, if we lose both Kofi/Ayo, in 2021, we should be really good by developing Curbelo, Miller, Grandison, Hutch and maybe someone like Verdonk, a senior Giorgi and depends on recrutis coming in. Hope Jones commits to provide size and hopefully Mac Etienne joins too....
To bastardize Thomas Paine a bit ... "you cannot [impose reason upon or inject logic into situations whose only applicable adjective is "fluid"] ... the use of either it is like administering medicine to the dead".While I hope you are right, he’s been on campus all summer, so why would he go now when workouts are set to begin? Not sure what exactly, but something must be up. He still has 3 weeks to decide on the draft. Wouldn’t you think he’d stay on campus to workout even if he doesn’t come back for next season?
I hope to [insert preferred deity] that this is more than just standard preseason hype. BBV could be a monster if he can put it all together.
Thanks, Kap. I hadn’t noticed. I’m wondering if anyone has seen him or knows that he has, in fact, fled the scene. Guess it doesn’t matter. Probably not going to be a season anyway since life as we knew it seems to have ineluctably ended.He is large.
(edit: You ever just say a word repeatedly, and the more you say it, the less it seems to be a real word? Large. Large large large. I'm not even sure this is a real word anymore.)
Only worry that BU said the same type of thing about Kipper before his jr season and it seemed he regressed. Lost weight, was quicker and in great shape didn’t translate well.I hope to [insert preferred deity] that this is more than just standard preseason hype. BBV could be a monster if he can put it all together.