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 51 
 on: Yesterday at 02:08:32 pm 
Started by rambacker - Last post by Fordham Road
As reported by Zagoria, http://www.zagsblog.com/2017/04/26/david-collins-south-florida/

Strong praise from his coach. Would have hurt more if Fordham had been a "finalist" -

“David can score on all three levels,” First Love coach Khayree Wilson said. “He’s also very unselfish and knows what it takes to win. He is a very hardworking kid who will not settle for anything outta his self but greatness. He has the ability to be a pro as long as he continues to push himself and not settle. It was a pleasure coaching him and I’m excited about the journey.”


when he transfers out next year we can lose him to Valpo.

 52 
 on: Yesterday at 01:42:38 pm 
Started by rambacker - Last post by PeterMartin08
David Collins has committed to South Florida.

As reported by Zagoria, http://www.zagsblog.com/2017/04/26/david-collins-south-florida/

Strong praise from his coach. Would have hurt more if Fordham had been a "finalist" -

“David can score on all three levels,” First Love coach Khayree Wilson said. “He’s also very unselfish and knows what it takes to win. He is a very hardworking kid who will not settle for anything outta his self but greatness. He has the ability to be a pro as long as he continues to push himself and not settle. It was a pleasure coaching him and I’m excited about the journey.”

 53 
 on: Yesterday at 01:35:01 pm 
Started by rambacker - Last post by John
David Collins has committed to South Florida.

Snake eyes again! Drat!

 54 
 on: Yesterday at 12:09:56 pm 
Started by rambacker - Last post by rambacker
David Collins has committed to South Florida.

 55 
 on: Yesterday at 11:57:24 am 
Started by PeterMartin08 - Last post by Waffle
Verbal Commits‏ @VerbalCommits  4m4 minutes ago
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 2017 Hargrave (VA) F Lewis Djonkam has committed to VCU. (HT @JonRothstein) @Master_leww http://verbalcommits.com/players/lewis-djonkam

 56 
 on: Yesterday at 11:51:07 am 
Started by PeterMartin08 - Last post by drunkle
A few thoughts.  First, we know JN was hired late in 2015, so hard for him to impact that class.  Chartouny and Bunting were Pecora recruits, but have played well under JN.  Chartouny pretty much thrives in this type system, the steals and 3s (up to 38% from 3 and nation's steal leader).  Bunting has improved as a big man depth piece (can make what little he takes at 60% and can block a shot), and hopefully can continue to improve in a bigger role.  Pekarek was a JN recruit, and played decently as a starter at the tail end of 2016, but regressed and was hurt this year.  He hasn't shot as well from 3 as hoped.  Hardnett and Smith didn't work out.

Last year's class, Ohams was a good defender and rebounder, not a bad passer.  Havsa showed promise.  Slanina did as well until injured.  Hicks was hurt.  Got a nice one year from Hawkins.  Tavares was disappointing, provided minutes.  I don't think he ever did Peter's proverbial 3-13. Smiley  He did do a 4-14 and a 5-16.  Whatever Nate Blue thinks he did play significant minutes all year.  

You want to add at least 2-3 long term pieces a year and then supplement.  He's done ok thus far through this year; grades are incomplete.

Next year will tell us more about the last 2 classes.  They'll have more minutes and bigger roles.

As for this year's class.  Right now there is no class.  Fordham isn't an easy recruit of course.  JN and Crawford did pretty well reloading on the fly at Eastern Kentucky with freshmen, transfers and jucos.  Ton did ok at Radford and Irvine.  

Things happen later and later.  At the upper levels you have new draft rules so guys can declare and then come back.  That effects top level recruit decisions, which effects the next level and so on. Same with grad transfer rules.  The game of musical chairs goes later and later.

Until Sengfelder and Anderson said they were leaving Fordham hypothetically had 10 guys coming back who have started games for them, plus Hicks.  Of course that includes Havsa, who started 1 game, and Zarko, who started one last year, and Bunting, who only started at the beginning of last year, etc.  Not world beaters but not bottom feeding the A-10, and guaranteed starter minutes would have required a pretty darn good player.  Chartouny, AA and Sengfelder would start, Slanina most likely, Ohams, with Bunting, Pekarek, Havsa, Tavares, Hicks and Zarko as depth.  Getting ahead of Zarko etc. may not be hard, but getting ahead of all of them?  With Sengfelder and AA gone we have more spots for immediate time.

Obviously this doesn't hold every team back.  As has been pointed out even the bottom feeders are adding.  No one is standing still.  It has to play out but right now some anxiety isn't out of place.  That's normal for fans.  We had guys coming at this point last year.  Of course N'Diaye didn't work out.

I'm not so much worried about next year, although I'm not as hopeful as before.  But after that it just gets harder and harder.  You need to add every year.

So we shall see.  We will add some players.  Eventually you have to add someone.

As far as what folks at A-10 talk think, although last year one optimistic Fordham grad posted on there about NCAA hopes, the A-10 media/coaches undersold Fordham 2 year's running.  We shall see.  I wonder if Ali Ton knows any other Belarussian big men like this guy:

   www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/artsiom-parakhouski-1.html


 57 
 on: Yesterday at 11:28:28 am 
Started by PeterMartin08 - Last post by fholbr
Two years under Jeff Neubauer: first winning season in a decade, 15 conference wins, wins over Davidson URI VCU, front end of a 1-1 away from getting to quarter finals A-10 tournament in an injury riddled season and made players better.  7 years before Jeff Neubauer: 20 loss seasons, 14 conference wins combined, 1 road win, no good A-10 wins, players regress, fans get angrier and coaches make excuses as Frank says he does not care if we win. 

Many of us were on the ledge last year when the team turned it around and some of us learned the lesson of let this staff do its job.  They have work to do (which they will readily admit) but they also showed they can move this program forward. Back off let them work show some loyalty to the people working to make this program successful. 
I agree that JN is the best coach we have had in the A10 but I hope he has learned a lesson from last year. The first year he was here he said he did not have the players to run his system so he would have to make adjustments. He did a great job using Rhoomes and leading us to our best season in a very long time. Then year 2 he implements his system and we have a terrible first half of the year. There were 2 games where TV commenters criticized JN - saying the system does not work at this level and just wears out your players. A SJU fan teased me after the SJU blowout that JN is like a "Dog with a bone". Never adjusting when things go bad. I think our team got run down trying to play JN's system.  
Then a couple of players got hurt and JN announces that he will have to make adjustments because he does not have the bench. We start playing much better. Ohams  & Havsi are allowed to play. I assume JN felt that they had not picked up his system during the first half,

So hopefully he will employ the scheme from the 2nd half of the season.

 58 
 on: Yesterday at 11:28:09 am 
Started by rambacker - Last post by greenwood
I remember he had not seen the floor at all before checking in at the end, and thinking, okay, we're flooding the lineup with 3 point shooters, and he'll be like the 4th option.  Then they actually ran the play for him.

 59 
 on: Yesterday at 11:19:02 am 
Started by PeterMartin08 - Last post by ram64
True - just need to trust JN and wait patiently.   Lips Sealed

 60 
 on: Yesterday at 11:09:39 am 
Started by rambacker - Last post by ramfan01
I remember the ball in his hands at the end of the Butler game. I think we were down 66-63 late and he missed a 3 which looked ok for a split second, but missed. We then fouled and lost 68-63.

18.4 seconds left, we should have gone for easy 2.

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