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1  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Joe Chartouny on: Today at 04:15:18 pm
Did not get drafted last night

He had withdrawn from the draft, no?
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: All time best Fordham Starting five on: Yesterday at 01:09:41 pm
Jack spent a couple of years in the Mets system, got as high as AA:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=burik-001joh

Returned to his hometown and became a respected teacher and coach. A regular Doc Graham.
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: June 14, 2017, 02:07:23 pm
Hey, my firm opened a Seattle office this year and we're loving it! It's a great town.
4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: June 13, 2017, 05:08:58 pm

Key Arena's an aging albatross in a bad location that needs a bunch of maintenance. My niece coached at Seattle U., and it's basically Izod Center West at this point. UDub grabs all the attention in that town, and Seattle U's conference will never generate enough interest to make a dent in filling that place.

That being said, RHG is inadequate in too many ways to count.
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: June 10, 2017, 12:26:24 pm
Some legit recruiting news.  Won't help us next year, but Fordham offered former Patriot League Freshman of the Year Delante Jones (Soph) from American.  6'5 guard who averaged 11.5ppg and shot 34% 3pt last year.


https://twitter.com/tay_mchugh/status/873348372379381761


Big guard. Couldn't hurt.
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Starting Line Up '17-18' on: June 05, 2017, 11:55:07 pm
With two more players expected, it's difficult to project a lineup until we see the entire 2017-2018 roster. Will reserve predictions until then.

If we get new cards, we'll reshuffle the deck, and everyone gets to play a new hand. But until then, I'd go with:

Slanina (need his size)
Bunting (gets the nod over Ohams because JN likes to play upperclassmen. He showed well at times last season. Doesn't mean he'll get the most minutes).  
Evans (quality seems to be there)
Hicks (again, with upperclassmen)
Chartouny (because you always start your best player).

Frontcourt:  Ohams will fight Bunting for minutes, might be a good 6th man/defensive stopper off the bench. Pekarek's the "X" factor -- will he be the guy who had that impressive A-10 stretch as a freshman, or the guy who couldn't get on track last year? If the former, we're a whole different team]. Anything Saglam adds is gravy.

Backcourt: Tavares can add size as a swing player, but needs to stop disappearing for long stretches in games, as was often the case last year. Havsa seems to have major upside, but will probably be a role player, unless we somehow go to 4-guard offense). Zarko another defensive stopper.

Big question: shooting.

I view this team as a bit of a coaching laboratory. Can JN mesh these guys, develop chemistry, get them all to buy into the defensive scheme? I suspect so. Do we have the shooting to take advantage of the opportunities the "D" gives us?  No idea. Looking to Hicks and Evans to lead the way on that score.
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: 2017-18 Out Of Conference Schedule on: June 02, 2017, 12:58:41 am

Interesting. If you recall, Coach Neubauer was the chief assistant coach at WVU from 2002-05, and that's where Eastern Kentucky hired him out of. If nothing else, we should see some vicious defense from both sides at this game.
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Bryan Dunston $2.3mill contract on: May 30, 2017, 02:43:49 pm
Congratulations! Maybe while he's in Turkey, he can team up with Ali Ton and send a couple of prep stars our way.
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 30, 2017, 11:14:10 am
Methinks Braziller is being kind. We're looking for replacements for a 6-1 guard and a bulky 6-7 forward, and while Evans might be a suitable replacement for Anderson, a skinny 6-4 guard who won't be eligible until 2018-19 is hardly a replacement for Sengfelder.  As of now, friends, we're hurting on the recruiting front. Time to start focusing on the U-19 tournaments being held in Europe this summer, I suspect.
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: All time best Fordham Starting five on: May 27, 2017, 03:27:44 pm
McCormick was an incredibly tough defender. The year St. John's went to the Final Four, he gave Chris Mullin all he could handle in a tough 47-46 loss at the Garden. Manhattan's Tim Cain probably still has a bruised ribcage from being defended by Don. Cain had this very high jump shot he took from the corner, and McCormick probably made Cain think he was in the corner of a boxing ring.

McIntosh and Hobbie were amazing to watch as a backcourt. They appeared to communicate by ESP, with each one completing the other's thoughts and moves. They could swing in and out of the PG role interchangeably, which caused many a headache for defenders. When Mark Murphy came in to play a 3-guard configuration with them, he just latched into the ESP himself (although Mark had a slightly different skill set).  Those teams were just so fun to watch, and they were so tough-minded, you were never out of a game.
11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: All time best Fordham Starting five on: May 26, 2017, 01:01:48 am
Watching since 1970 --

Damon Lopez
Bryant Dunston
Darryl Brown
Kenny Charles*
Charlie Yelverton

* Imagine how JN's system would work if he had a player who could put the ball in the hoop like Kenny.
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 22, 2017, 01:44:27 pm
Maybe. I know St. John's has some programs designed to let students spread tuition, with discounts, and get their degrees within 3 years. Idea is to minimize student debt while filling up summer and winter intersession courses.

To each their own. But I got my own Fordham degree in 3 years as an undergrad and, if I had it to do over again, would have found a way to stay and pay for my 4th year and graduate with my classmates and friends.  Just saying.
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham’s Joseph Chartouny to Declare for NBA Draft on: May 19, 2017, 07:45:00 pm
Agree -- we'll be very strong in the backcourt now. I won't say "welcome back", because Joe never left.
14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Disappointed ! on: May 19, 2017, 01:01:05 pm
I was going to say Rochester is a longer drive than D.C., much less Baltimore or Philly.  Actually, Rochester is a 1 mile longer drive than Richmond, Virginia.

Don't I know it! AA and Mandel were not "locals".

Recruiting's changed, it's become an industry, and now involves a national "sifting" process. The best prospects get sifted into the Power 5 conferences; geography doesn't matter. The next pool of players spreads onto the next group of conferences, including the A-10.  You just don't see a Bob Lanier winding up at St. Bonaventure any more. And the recruiting stream doesn't run through the high schools, it's largely through AAU ball.

That being said, it is very disappointing that we went head-to-head with a number of A-10 schools for prospects this year, and did not come away with a single "win". Foreign players are a consolation only if they are as good, or better, as the guys we were chasing at home.
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Disappointed ! on: May 19, 2017, 11:16:23 am
While I suspect one or more foreign players might show up, it's pretty disappointing that a school offering a 4-year ride valued at $67K per year, with a gorgeous campus in the most exiting city on the continent, cannot persuade a single American HS or prep hoopster to accept a scholarship offer. That makes exactly 1 such player in 2 years to sign on.

Perhaps it was bad luck of the draw with the kids we offered this year, maybe something else. The one that stung me was losing Myles Johnson to Rutgers, of all places. He had the academic tools clearly was willing to relocate to the East coast, and signs with a school that's been out of the Dance for longer than we have, and competing in a conference they have little chance of prospering in. We've got to do something to rebrand this program (winning would be nice).

I'm not totally dejected, though. I think JN has a certain "type" of player he wants, and pretty challenging performance expectations. [Like Tom Penders, who was accused of being a "lazy" recruiter -- a charge that could not be leveled at JN & Co.  But in fact, Penders was just looking for a certain type of player, and he put some tough SOBs on the court during his time here. I'd like to think JN's the same way.
16  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 18, 2017, 02:31:59 pm
Now this thread has deteriorated into talking about "talking about recruiting"! Roll Eyes

Well, exactly can we say about those who talk about those talking about recruiting?  Maybe we could start a poll.
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Disappointed ! on: May 18, 2017, 02:29:26 pm
C'mon, folks, we haven't been a factor in the local recruiting scene for a long time. Even Pecora, with his "New York Style!" nonsense, got most of his recruits from out of area. We've had something like 24 losing seasons in the past 26. Obviously, the local kids see that and know it, and if they don't, rival coaches are telling them it. 

The 17-14 record in JN's first year put some spring into our step. I have to think that losing 19 last season allowed rival coaches to ramp up the "same old Fordham" line.
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 17, 2017, 11:29:30 pm
Well, hold on a second. On the one hand, we want to keep discussion in the thread to players we're actually recruiting, when the staff has gone to radio silence on who we are recruiting. Well if that's the case, yeah, folks will speculate. As is my view with many things, if nobody is actually harmed . . .  don't sweat it.

Spring signing period closes minutes from now. Seems that, after that, speculation is all we have.
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 17, 2017, 06:41:34 pm
A scholarship for a D-II player? We can't be serious.   There's nothing more to say...

Depends on the player. Creighton took Manny Suarez, no?

Doesn't the school usually issue a press release at the end of the signing period?
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Fordham’s Joseph Chartouny to Declare for NBA Draft on: May 16, 2017, 12:14:03 pm
Joe's our best player. We hold the seat out for him. I think whatever pro prospects he has, domestic or foreign, are enhanced if he plays another year of college ball. And there's that degree.
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 15, 2017, 03:25:58 pm
If Pekarek could reproduce that stretch, or come close, I don't think anyone on the board would complain.
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Why the RHG is to be Named for McGlaughlin on: May 15, 2017, 10:53:45 am
Perhaps this is the Administration's way of saying "25 years of athletic futility? It wasn't just Frank.  It was us, too.
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Football / Re: Memorial Field stadium on: May 13, 2017, 08:11:43 am
If it's affordable to use, it could be that "bridge" venue, the way Cincinnati Gardens served that function for Xavier before Cintas Center got built.
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Academic standards and athletics success on: May 12, 2017, 08:11:14 pm

Those were all Pecora recruits. Did we have any 3 year guys before Pecora?  Did we have transfers in from every other coach in history sans Pecora? Prime directive was to keep Franks lofty grad numbers up. Hence a contract extension to a 20 game loser.

It has changed and it needed to, thank goodness. We now seem to have the right mix coming in on front end to compete. JUCOs, transfers, 5th yr. guys. Hopefully, the more realistic recruiting continues....let the cards fall where they may....and get frank out of there for good........


Don't know why it matters that these were Pecora recruits. I do think Tom believed in Fordham as an institution, and he and his staff corralled good academic prospects. That's to his credit. He couldn't coach these kids up worth a da*n. JN's experience has shown that a lot of these kids were better players than they've shown under Frank. If Pecora had chucked the ego, and hired an Xs and Os guy, . . . well, water under the bridge, not worth dwelling on.

JN strikes me as a realist. He's got realistic views of the school, and what it would take for us to compete in the A-10.  He doesn't settle when it comes to recruiting. I think we've got the guard slots covered for the next 2 years. Now get us some bigger players, and we could be OK next year, defections and graduations notwithstanding.
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Why the RHG is to be Named for McGlaughlin on: May 12, 2017, 08:00:30 pm
The only consoling thought in this discussion is that the floor is what you strike when you hit bottom, so in that sense it's fitting that Frank's name go there.
26  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 12, 2017, 07:59:35 pm
I agree...I try to keep myself from posting stuff about random guys, but this guy just looked interesting...it's probably because his massive size made him a fan favorite at Pitt...the RHG could use somebody like that...  Grin

We had Glenn Batemon. Been there, done that.  One thing I like about JN's recruiting is he doesn't seem to settle. He doesn't want the guy with MAAC or NEC offers he hopes can improve. He wants the 3-star guys. And that's who we need to compete in our league.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 12, 2017, 11:32:04 am
Yeah. Rather have the guy from Lehigh, if he's available. Big men tend to be green when you get them, and develop over time. Nix is 4 years in, 1.4 ppg. Not much upside.
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Why the RHG is to be Named for McGlaughlin on: May 12, 2017, 08:19:43 am
There will not be any naming of the RHG for any  " McGlaughlin," rest assured.  It's possible, if enough investors contribute, that the RHG will be named after one or more "McLaughlins".  Wink

Who knows? Sports information has a penchant for misspelling things!
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Academic standards and athletics success on: May 11, 2017, 03:51:57 pm
One thing to bear in mind is not just academic standards, but academic offerings. There are schools with majors in such things as physical education, recreation, sports management, physical therapy, and other disciplines that draw a significant number of student athletes. [Not dumping on those majors, BTW; folks into athletics may be more inclined to pursue careers in athletic-related fields]. To my knowledge, Fordham does not offer those majors, or a number of others (nursing, engineering, etc., etc.). No doubt some prospects pass us by because we don't offer what they want.

Fordham probably has more academically rigorous offerings than other schools. This, in turn, requires better discipline and time-management by student athletes.  At a lot of schools that DO offer engineering, you don't usually see many engineers playing varsity sports, because the academic time demands make devoting sufficient time to sports. The relative few who handle both are usually exceptionally disciplined time managers.

We've had 3 basketball players graduate with eligibility left in the last two years, and at least one more likely to do so this year. That suggests we're attracting the right kind of students as athletes, and that our academic support programs are working well. Hoops hasn't had academic ineligibilities for several years.  Our admissions office is discerning; the academics, once you're in are relatively demanding. I don't see Fordham changing that for athletics. We are who we are.
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Another stupid poll on: May 10, 2017, 03:23:07 pm
Should have included another choice which is "constantly bitching in a semi-anonymous forum to the same 100 diehards is most likely to lead to a new facility."

This could actually work if one of the die-hards was extremely wealthy.

Don't look at me.
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