fordhamfans.com
March 24, 2017, 06:14:53 am
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News:
 
  Home Help Search Gallery Login Register  

  Show Posts
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... 208
1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Sengfelder to transfer on: Yesterday at 11:34:12 pm
On one level I can understand this. I graduated Fordham in 3 years, aided by a bunch of AP credits and a couple of summer courses. It would have been great to stay the 4th year and graduate with my classmates, but family finances dictated I get out and jump to graduate (Law) school. There was a bit of money left in the kitty to get me started there; it wouldn't have been there if I'd stayed my 4th year.  Chris has his degree, wants to move on, has new opportunities. Hard to begrudge him; he left it out on the court for us all the time.

This happens to lots of programs; USC, UNLV, Arizona, the list goes on. The 5th year transfer rule is dumb, and I don't think it will be with us that long, but it does reward the student-athlete who sticks to their studies. There's an experienced 5th year out there who can help fill Chris' shoes for next season; we need to go get that guy.
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Sengfelder to transfer on: Yesterday at 09:12:27 pm
Rough news for us. Chris an exemplary Fordham man.

Answer is clear. JN needs to get us a 5th year recruit to take CS' place next season.
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: Yesterday at 06:19:43 pm
That's not dreaming, that's hallucinating!
4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Hoopdirt Interview With Ali Ton on: Yesterday at 11:55:32 am
Worth a look-see:

https://hoopdirt.com/coachs-insight-richie-schueler-featuring-fordham-university-assistant-coach-ali-ton/
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: MANNY SUAREZ 44 on: March 22, 2017, 03:00:04 pm
If he's bringing Daddy back with him, no thanks.
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 22, 2017, 11:41:58 am
Completely unnecessary and antagonistic. This board would be much better without that stuff.

No offense taken. I don't think any was intended. Chaka's been posting here a long time.
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 22, 2017, 11:40:54 am
Zarko doesn't get prominent mention among the returning guards, because I think he's viewed as a specialist -- come in for a few minutes at a time, give the other guy hell, hit a shot here and there. Guys like that may not even be on the court at the end of the game when the man he guarded starts to fade. But they make an impact.

Someone mentioned Duane Wilson from Marquette as a possible 5th year transfer in the recruiting thread. He's a guy who went from being a 10-11 ppg scorer his first couple of years to scoring 4 ppg last season because . . . well, he got recruited over. So, do we need him next year? My view's no, not as a defensive specialist because we've got Zarko for that, and not as a scoring guard because we have two upperclass starters returning. Side by side, Wilson's more physically talented than Zarko -- he was a consensus Top 100 recruit out of HS -- but I don't think we need him because we're covered for next year on the defensive specialist front and want to develop younger guys as well.

They key to next year seems pretty clear. We need to add a couple of accurate long-range shooters, and improve our offensive efficiency. The defensive piece is in place -- we're almost always getting more shots than our opponents. Now we need to do a better job at converting those shots.

8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 21, 2017, 11:52:07 pm

Zarko is to slow and flawls his arms so it looks like he is an intense defender but the reality is he can't defend.  Not being mean, just being real.  I wish the kid all the best but with increased depth on this team and  having a player like Havsa who is more talented and younger, Zarko should be riding the pine.  Just saying he may be better off transferring IF playing time is his priority.


Take a step back, close your eyes for a second, and refocus. Nemanja Zarkovic is a Fordham student who came here from Canada and has busted his butt on the court and in practice for 3 years. After next season, I assume he'll get his degree and become a "Fordham Man", which so many of us on the board pride ourselves on being. He was already a part of our first winning team in a decade, who knows what memories he might deliver in the coming season? You don't ship a guy off like that via transfer so some fan can get more jollies watching some other newcomer he thinks might have more upside. In college basketball, it's sometimes the guys like that who write some unforgettable memories in their senior seasons. Don't know about you, but it's moments like that that bring me back to the college game.

If you're a fan of the "bring 'em in, use 'em, ship 'em out" school of b-ball, there's a team in Lexington KY you might want to follow. Chill. Whether you believe it or not, we're poised to have a very good year in 2017-18. A lot of guys -- veterans and newbies -- are going to play a part in that. Sit back, cross your fingers, and wait for some memories to be made.  Peace.
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: JOHN ANDARIESE FUNERAL RECOLLECTIONS on: March 21, 2017, 11:35:37 pm
Thank you for that, Joe. It's like I'd been there.
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 21, 2017, 06:36:19 pm
Hey, Zarko is going to be one of our seniors next year, and I'd like to see him team with fellow seniors Sengfelder and Anderson and his HS teammate Chartouny to do some great things. There are great players, great role players, and great locker room guys. A winning team needs all of these.
11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: MANNY SUAREZ 44 on: March 21, 2017, 06:33:47 pm
5th year transfer?

Interesting . . .
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 21, 2017, 11:19:03 am
He's not the fastest guy in the world, but I really like Zarko for his effort and willingness to play defense. If you can rest one of your players, and sic on the opponent a guy who's going to be in his face and make him work like hell for 4-5 minutes, that's quite useful. Even if Zarko doesn't put a hard stop on his guy while he's in, he can tire him out for down the stretch. Most coaches love to have a player or two like that on a team.
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: March 20, 2017, 11:10:39 pm
Duane Wilson Marquette graduate transfer.  6-2 guard eligible immediately.  He was a very good freshman sophomore years had his minutes cut this year but improved his defense. 

https://marquettewire.org/3968406/sports/wilson-evolves-from-volume-shooter-to-shutdown-defender/

On this past season's Marquette squad, defense was sort of optional. Wilson's a good player, but his strengths are our team's current strengths. We need a taller wing shooter first. Wilson rang up most of his points on MU teams that, frankly, weren't that good. His best offensive performances were against inferior opponents.  Assuming we enter next season with Chartouny, Anderson, Hicks and Havsa, I'd rate him as  a luxury, not a necessity. Mind you, a few luxuries can be nice, now and then.
14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 20, 2017, 11:03:55 am
Well, it would be helpful, I think, if JN were to go on WFUV with a season-end interview and touch on some of these issues.  I assume he'll be at the Final Four in a couple of weeks, and if WFUV's got someone there covering it, that might be a good time.  Most programs seem to do more fan outreach on these types of issues. We did OK last year, but seemed to fall off this season, especially after the rocky start.  It's time to hear from the coach.
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 19, 2017, 03:13:17 pm
So let me get this straight. We finished 10th in the conference this year, so far we have no commitments and just because most of the team comes back we are going to make a major move forward? Like no one else in the conference is going to get better because of returning starters and none of their commitments are going to contribute. Not every school ahead of us or for that matter behind us is losing major players. And for some programs that do such as a Dayton or VCU you wouldn't wanna bet they reload damn quickly. When was the last time one of those schools was not near or at the top of the conference?

Want another fact to consider. Its probably more reasonable to assume based on history that most of the other programs are more likely to get recruits that impact their program the first year than we are.

I think its great we have some consistency with the roster in some cases but unless we improve the talent level we will be stuck in mediocrity in the A10.

Well, yeah, with a lot of returning experience on a 10th place team that might have done better but for (1) early season style-of-play issues, and (2) late season injury problems, I think we have cause to be reasonably optimistic. Lots of variables, as Ace points out. But sometimes, you just have to channel Coach Norman Dale and say "my team is on the court". Hopefully between now and next season there will be some helpful additions to that team. At Fordham, we've gotten into the habit of hoping that some miracle recruit will come through the doors and turn things around. Unless some tall kid named Chitwood is walking into JN's office and saying "I figure it's about time I started playing", that probably isn't going to happen.  And on the recent occasions when something like that did happen -- Jon Severe, then Eric Paschall -- the "savior" didn't save us. Both had wildly inefficient freshman years on losing teams (which lacked experienced players). One left, the other didn't become the "X" factor for us.  I think we're in a much better situation now, where if we did get a hot-shot newcomer, they'd learn that PT is earned, not just handed out.

The other thing I like about our returning players is that they generally have much more mental toughness than I sensed from players under prior regimes. They've been in battle against good squads and (unlike their predecessors) they won some of those battles. That is something that dearly needed to happen in this program.
16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 19, 2017, 01:11:40 pm
Just a couple of numbers to throw out there.

We scored 2090 points this year, and assuming the roster stays intact, 79.1% of our scoring will be back next season. That's not typically a bad thing (and, no, don't tell me the number is to be devalued because our players stink, they don't).

In addition to 1653 points of returning scoring, other players will, if the roster stays intact, bring an additional 1,705 career points of scoring back. That would mean that next year's team brings 3,358 of career scoring into the season.

So JN won't have a "we're young", or "inexperienced" excuse next season (not that he's ever used it, but his predecessor never tired of it). We add Hicks, hopefully we add a couple more pieces. Unless the recruits of other A-10 schools have capes and an "S" on their chests, we have a chance for a major move forward in the conference.

The team can still practice until the NCAA tourney ends. Has anyone seen a post-season practice? Any of the wounded back?
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: MANNY SUAREZ 44 on: March 19, 2017, 12:53:35 pm
Glad he's gotten some playing time in D-II. Hope he finishes up with a big senior season next year.
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 18, 2017, 03:13:26 pm

3 things I totally disagree with. If last year's OOC schedule was a cupcake, this year's was not far behind. We lost 2 games to 2 teams we had no business losing to Manhattan and Sacred Heart and 2 of our wins were against NYIT and Lipscomb not to mention Rider. In the "tougher" games we didn't even compete in some like St John's and Rutgers neither of which had great talent.



All of the games you mentioned occurred in the early part of the year when JN was trying to play his style and finding out that, while the defensive part of it has taken root, the offensive ability was lacking. Our bigs were running around too much on defense and getting winded. Hence the losses. I agree that the Manhattan and Sacred Heart losses were awful. In Lipscomb's defense, they were a 20-win team that knocked off Missouri on the road.

But here's the thing to remember about the OOC -- if you want to play home games in the RHG, it's going to have to be against smaller conference schools. The big boys simply won't come to our place. So the key to ramping up the OOC schedule is going to be finding small conference opponents who will come for a visit and be worth playing.

As others have said, it was a strange year. Almost like we had different teams in the first and second half.
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Not sure how people think this was a good season on: March 18, 2017, 11:12:05 am
Well, it depends on your expectations and whether your perspective is short range or long-range. If you just look at the W-L, it was worse than last year's. Then again, last year's OOC schedule had more cupcakes than Entenmann's and so many home games you'd think the team had been grounded by their parents. But that was done for a reason; the program had to halt a culture of futility that had folks saying it was impossible for us to compete in the A-10, or even in D-1. Invigorated by a new coach and stellar performances from 2 seniors, we did that. I don't think before last season, many folks expected a winning record.

This year, we upped the schedule a bit, and Coach Neubauer  tried to put in his system -- half successfully. The team stats after our first dozen or so games told the story. Defensively -- something that has to be taught -- we were getting it done.  [A graphic in last nights's Marquette-South Carolina game showed Fordham as #3 in the NCAA this season in forced turnovers]. We were getting more shots than the opponent -- just not hitting them at a good enough rate. A modest improvement in shooting percentage would have led to a rather dramatic shift in the W-L.  But once JN knew he didn't have the horses, he shifted strategies (wow, a coach who doesn't think his 'system' is the ultimate in basketball, and the problem is his kids don't play it properly, and who has the guts to make a change!) and the record began improving dramatically. Yep, we had some nice conference wins, a couple of heartbreaking losses, and we were gassed at the end due to injuries, but there weren't many beatdowns coming down the stretch (a hallmark of prior Fordham teams).

If the roster stays intact, we've got 10 returning players for '17-18, each of whom has shown they can contribute something in an A-10 game. Probably around 2500 returning career points in scoring, a nice problem to have. We add Perris Hicks and hopefully a couple of decent recruits.  By itself, this season's record wasn't anything to get excited about. But if you view the season in the context of a 5-year program turnaround plan -- which I do -- we're precisely where we should be, maybe a bit ahead of schedule. Losing culture, gone. A coach who sets out to win every game. Players who believe they can do that. We're making progress.

 
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY on: March 17, 2017, 01:30:58 am
St. Andres will always be a revered figure in the Fordham pantheon. Regardless of your heritage, you don't come out of Fordham without being a little bit Irish -- and having an appreciation of what that means.

Bittersweet Saint's Day for me. A year ago this day, my kid sister got a rough diagnosis. "It'll be fine" I tried to tell her.  On things Irish, I remember some years ago visiting Birr, in County Offaly, my maternal grandmother's hometown, with my [Italian] wife and 1/4 Irish son. As we stand in the town square, kid sister calls and asks how Birr is.

"I think it's Gaelic for Scranton" I told her, "but Tullamore's about 10 km up the road, and they've got a racetrack and distillery! Off we go!"

Sis slipped away to God in LA two weeks ago. "That team you follow any good yet?" she asked when she was in hospital. "Getting there" I told her.

I'll raise a toast to her for St. Patrick's Day. Don't be surprised if she impels Fordham basketball to great things next season, just to put ME out of MY misery. ["Bro, seriously, they haven't won since when?"]
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: RHG renovations on: March 14, 2017, 01:22:27 am
Thinking about my longtime support for Fordham hoops . . . and this floor idea. Watching reruns of "The Fountainhead". Just saying. Good movie.
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Moving forward 2017-18 on: March 14, 2017, 01:20:16 am
True, but JN uses a brand of "additive" coaching, in which the longer you play for him, the more you learn, and the more responsibility you get on the court.  There's also a lot of "cadre" coaching in his style, which takes a while to get developed. Next year, he'll have a pretty veteran team at Rose Hill, and I'm looking forward to seeing him coach it.
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: March 14, 2017, 01:17:11 am
Yeah, thanks.

Wow is Molloy loaded.  247 ranks Brown 8th and Moore 80th in class of '18, Anthony 12 in '19 and the number 1 point guard. 

'Bout time alma mater reloaded. Go Stanners!
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Keep John Andariese in Your Prayers on: March 14, 2017, 01:16:26 am
Made his mark, had a long and lustrous career, then stepped away to spend time with the loving family he'd made. May we all do so well.

Godspeed, Johnny Hoops.
25  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: WBB WNIT on: March 14, 2017, 01:11:30 am
Thanks and congrats, ladies! Always good to see Fordham in the postseason!
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: RHG renovations on: March 13, 2017, 12:27:45 pm
This is tantamount to placing a "Stamp of Mediocrity" on the school's leading athletic program. [In fact, "Stamp of Mediocrity" is a pretty good name for this thing].

I mean, here's a guy who essentially dismantled a proud and winning basketball program had for years been successful inside and outside the MAAC, by sending us into the Patriot League. Yes, we wanted the PL for football, but Frank essentially sold out the hoops programs and other sports to that end. Then when the school joined the A-10, Frank opposed it, did nothing to fight for resources to let the school actually compete in the conference, and saw the team rack up the most miserable conference record imaginable. Now HIS name is going to be on a homecourt with the Atlantic 10 logo?  That would be a sick, sick joke -- if it were a joke.

Just a quick note about how badly we've slipped vis-a-vis other schools. Northwestern made the NCAA tourney yesterday for the first time ever (as Fordham celebrated the Silver Anniversary of its last bid). Next year, Northwestern will play its home games in the Rosemont Horizon because its current facility will be undergoing a $110 million renovation.

Fordham's begging for $2.5 million for lipstick on a 93-year old pig, complaining it could never raise the $100 million needed for a new facility, and Northwestern is spending $110 million renovating.

Fordham simply needs better personnel, up and down the line. Right now, the Administration and Athletic Department are simply gutless.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: RHG renovations on: March 13, 2017, 08:38:39 am
Perhaps we can place an insignia on the court commemorating that Fordham has now gone a quarter century without making the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, and thanking Frank for his role in that.
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Moving forward 2017-18 on: March 12, 2017, 05:50:23 pm
Well, you need a lot of depth for the style of ball that JN likes to play. Early this year, he adjusted his strategy when he realized he didn't have the shooters to carry it off on the offensive end. When the injuries hit, he had no choice but to make further adjustments. To JN's credit, he did not pout and insist that his sacred "system" be played, nor did he write the season off as a practice exercise. This guy coached to win every game he was in.

Other teams may have good freshmen coming in, but the A-10 is a league where experience counts for a lot. An impact newcomer would be nice, but a newcomer whose impact will be felt the season after next might be fine, too.
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: RHG renovations on: March 12, 2017, 11:58:35 am
Truly the Deathstar of athletic management.
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Moving forward 2017-18 on: March 12, 2017, 12:12:31 am
Assuming everyone's back next year, we'll have a lot of returning depth, just in scholarship players.

Frontcourt:  Sengfelder, Slanina, Ohams, Bunting, Pekarek
Backcourt: Chartouny, Anderson, Hicks, Tavares, Zarkovic, Havsa

Most other A-10 teams should have deeper graduation losses than Fordham.  I'd feel comfortable taking the above rotation into competition next season. Every one of those guys, save Hicks, has proven he can contribute something positive at the A-10 level (and I'm not worried about Hicks).  Add a couple more solid pieces, we should be firm, possibly even formidable.
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... 208
Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum

Buy traffic for your forum/website
traffic-masters
Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Page created in 0.094 seconds with 13 queries.