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#626      
Yep. What I heard is the following, for those curious:

Skyy from day one wouldn’t listen to coaches about running sets and plays in practice, and would always mouth off. Mayer, a natty winner and a transfer being brought in for the culture guy, was the opposite and was a do your job or get out guy. One day in practice skyy was being a whiny baby and Mayer said if you don’t start doing your job here today I’m going to clock you. Skyy continued to go off script in practice and !!!!! and Mayer went over and socked him. After practice, skyy went to coach and said you either kick him off the team or I’m leaving, and coach said “you better toughen up” and Skyy quit later that week.

After hearing the story, it made sense to me why coach stuck it out with Mayer despite him falling off a cliff. He was rewarding the tiny piece of culture he thought remained, and it was more important to protect that in a lost season than it was to try to mix up a line up with a team that wasn’t going to go anywhere
I don't think Mayer comes off particularly well in that exchange, to the extent what you described is accurate, either. Especially as Mayer had his own issues with going off script. We don't need 5th year seniors going around punching freshmen to try and build a "culture".
 
#627      
Yep. What I heard is the following, for those curious:

Skyy from day one wouldn’t listen to coaches about running sets and plays in practice, and would always mouth off. Mayer, a natty winner and a transfer being brought in for the culture guy, was the opposite and was a do your job or get out guy. One day in practice skyy was being a whiny baby and Mayer said if you don’t start doing your job here today I’m going to clock you. Skyy continued to go off script in practice and !!!!! and Mayer went over and socked him. After practice, skyy went to coach and said you either kick him off the team or I’m leaving, and coach said “you better toughen up” and Skyy quit later that week.

After hearing the story, it made sense to me why coach stuck it out with Mayer despite him falling off a cliff. He was rewarding the tiny piece of culture he thought remained, and it was more important to protect that in a lost season than it was to try to mix up a line up with a team that wasn’t going to go anywhere
Mayer fell off a cliff shooting the last couple games last year but he was also one of 2 guys that could score last year with the other being Shannon. Plus he's a legend for immediately dropping 24 on Michigan after poisoning himself with energy drinks.

Mayer ended up being miscast with having the ball in his hand to much and create his own shot but that was more of a result of him having to after Clark quit and Epps got worse during the season.

Mayer would have been an absolute stud if he was in the Quincy Guerrier role on this year's team.
 
#628      

the national

the Front Range
Feels more like regret.
were the millers no ragrets GIF
 
#629      

Tacomallini

Washington State
RJ Melendez and Georgia play tonight, 8:30pm Central, vs. Seton Hall. Winning team will play the winner of Indiana St./Utah on Thursday in NIT finals.
 
#631      
Good for him. He gets to play on a grand stage in April.
I saw R.J. and spoke with him during warmups before Georgia's NIT Round 2 game against Wake Forest in Winston Salem NC, the school my wife went to and graduated from.

He was very cordial to me and his face lit up when I told him I was a forever Illini fan. He gave me a fist bump, after I told him that all Illini fans are rooting for him and miss him.
It was pretty cool for this old guy in that fifteen second interaction, with security preventing me from getting on the floor.


He was making nearly every 3ptr in warmups, and followed many of them up with some nice dunks, but a couple freshman have passed him in the depth chart and he played only about seven minutes. He should be getting more time IMO.
 
#632      
I saw R.J. and spoke with him during warmups before Georgia's NIT Round 2 game against Wake Forest in Winston Salem NC, the school my wife went to and graduated from.

He was very cordial to me and his face lit up when I told him I was a forever Illini fan. He gave me a fist bump, after I told him that all Illini fans are rooting for him and miss him.
It was pretty cool for this old guy in that fifteen second interaction, with security preventing me from getting on the floor.


He was making nearly every 3ptr in warmups, and followed many of them up with some nice dunks, but a couple freshman have passed him in the depth chart and he played only about seven minutes. He should be getting more time IMO.
Wake was playing without their leading scorer and first team all ACC Hunter Sallis due to a foot injury he suffered apparently walking off the court after their first round victory, or so someone said.

Georgia got off to a big lead and Wake got to within three several times with the ball, in the waning minutes, but couldn't complete the rally.
 
#635      
best wishes to Luke except when playing us .

not sure why his shooting touch didn’t improve while with us . but he was a solid role player and representative of the team
Luke, IMHO, pulled off the line too often when defenses closed out on him. He did not prove efficient at putting the ball on the floor and shooting the subsequent 12 footer.

But what he did do in spades was rebound with a vengeance and was good at anticipating where the ball would come off. He was always challenge guarding the perimeter. Hated to see him move on but wish him the best in his future....which I would guess will be very successful regardless of including hoops or not.
 
#637      
I don't know where to put this, but Brandon Lieb in his second season at ISU was again a non factor for the Redbirds. He averaged 3.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg. He is in over his head in the MVC. I always wished he would have gone D3. I watch a lot of Illinois Wesleyan games. They play in a strong conference, CCIW. Lieb would be a serviceable--but not exceptional--center in that conference. At least he would be a starter (most likely) and get to play significant minutes.
 
#638      
I don't know where to put this, but Brandon Lieb in his second season at ISU was again a non factor for the Redbirds. He averaged 3.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg. He is in over his head in the MVC. I always wished he would have gone D3. I watch a lot of Illinois Wesleyan games. They play in a strong conference, CCIW. Lieb would be a serviceable--but not exceptional--center in that conference. At least he would be a starter (most likely) and get to play significant minutes.
Being a fellow DHS alum, I always pulled for him, but it was pretty obvious that success at the D1 level was not in the cards. Don't think that there will be much basketball in what I hope will be an otherwise successful future.
 
#639      
Being a fellow DHS alum, I always pulled for him, but it was pretty obvious that success at the D1 level was not in the cards. Don't think that there will be much basketball in what I hope will be an otherwise successful future.
With transfer rules being what they are if he wasn't happy he would moved on. It's not always about basketball.
 
#640      
Being a fellow DHS alum, I always pulled for him, but it was pretty obvious that success at the D1 level was not in the cards. Don't think that there will be much basketball in what I hope will be an otherwise successful future.
That's why I hoped he would give it a shot at the D3 level. At least he would actually get to PLAY!
 
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