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1  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Moss caught in theft on: August 10, 2015, 06:08:13 PM
We have the potential of losing Regan, Ford, Evans, Moss, Johnson, Diane, and Frasco in one off season on top of lost recruits. What a dumpster fire this off season has been after such a magical season.
2  General News and Announcements / General Discussion / Re: Butler hires AC with strong MAC ties especially recruiting on: April 24, 2015, 04:35:03 PM
While we're on the topic of Butler coaching news, Lester "Jay" Butler Jr. was just named the head coach at Virginia Union University. Lester comes to VUU after being a head coach for The University of District Columbia women's basketball program for 11 years, amassing 177 wins. Also, much like Holtmann's hire, he has absolutely no relevance to this forum or UB in general.
3  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Welp (Evans to Transfer) on: April 22, 2015, 05:05:16 PM
Honestly, this would be so much worse if we didn't have Bearden. Not counting Evans, Bearden probably projects to be better than any other guard to play at UB during my fandom.

Agreed. I think any other time in UB's history losing Evans would have been catastrophic. As much as it sucks (I think he could have been the best player UB has had in its most recent D1 era by the end of his senior season), provided that we retain Bearden, O'Field, Diane, and Graham we should be okay. That's a lot of highly recruited bodies to fill in. Having 2 excellent PGs was a luxury not many teams have. We had it last year, and now it's not looking like we'll have it this year. C'est la vie.

Based on the roster now, I'd predict the lineup to be:

PG - Bearden
SG - Skeete
G/F - Wigginton
F - Moss
F/C - Johnson

Bench: O'Field, Kadiri, Diane, Perkins, Smart, Pino, (Graham)

Depending on how Kadiri or Perkins look I could see them bumping Johnson to the bench and having Moss play more of a center role like he did this year.

For the guards, our depth is pretty great with Diane and O'Field coming off the bench. I'm not projecting Graham anywhere since he won't be eligible until the second half of the year.

We have 2 scholarships to play with providing Evans leaves. I'd wager Oats would try to bring in another PG and save the second for next year.
4  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Welp (Evans to Transfer) on: April 22, 2015, 02:44:25 PM
The problem with all of these comparisons is that they aren't showing a player who followed a coach up to a bigger program. Danny White transferring in college for whatever reasons, Freelove transferring because his school had a post-season ban, etc...these don't compare to a kid transferring to follow his coach who left to move up.

How about Ameen Tanksley and Juan'ya Green leaving Niagara to follow Michalich to Hofstra.
5  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Welp (Evans to Transfer) on: April 20, 2015, 02:42:11 PM
There is nobody I would want to see transfer out of UB less. He's the heart and soul of the team. Ultimately it's his choice and I'd wish him well, but this would really, really suck.
6  UB Sports / Basketball Recruiting / Re: 2015 class - torian graham on: April 19, 2015, 10:58:34 PM
He practiced with the team the entire second semester, which I think is huge.

he is not eligible until after Fall semester (so maybe 1-2 non conf games).

He is likely to start off the bench but very much in the mix for big minutes. Excellent 3 pt shooter and a very explosive player. Big get for us.

Shouldn't he be good right away coming from a JUCO?

I think he will be good right away but who would he replace from the starting lineup? Skeete? Bearden? Evans?

He should make a strong case for 6th man.
7  UB Sports / Basketball Recruiting / Re: 2015 class - torian graham on: April 19, 2015, 04:10:00 PM
Any update if Graham is still coming to Buffalo?

He's already enrolled and only has a year and a half eligibility remaining. I can't imagine it makes sense for him to go anywhere else now.
8  UB Sports / Basketball Recruiting / 6'8" PF David Kadiri - JUCO (Commit) on: April 19, 2015, 08:23:56 AM
Looks like Oats has his first commitment as a Head Coach.

http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/david-kadiri

6'8" out of Maryland. Looks like he originally went to UMBC then transferred to a JUCO. Has 2 years of eligibility remaining.

http://www.umbcretrievers.com/sports/mbkb/2013-14/bios/kadiri_david_i34m

http://www.spctexans.com/roster/12/1/1445.php
9  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Spring Game on: April 18, 2015, 07:23:56 PM
I left at "half time" so I can't speak to what happened after that, but I thought Collin Michael was far and away the best QB of the three. He did a great job with progressions and was looking down field every play, whereas Daniel and Merchant seemed to be throwing dink & dunk type passes. I'm glad we'll have Licata back.

It also seemed like we have a bunch of really tiny WRs this year, but I didn't look at the roster to verify.

Very balanced between run/pass plays. The offense will need a lot of work. Lots of miscues and sloppiness. Tough to say at this point whether the offense looked bad or the defense looked good. I liked Boise Ross on D a lot. I could hear him from the upper deck talking to his team the whole game.

I didn't like the format they used. They ran 20 plays in the first quarter, 20 in the second, then took a halftime break, then were going to run 15 in the third and 15 in the fourth. They didn't keep score. It kind of seemed like a boring way to present a spring game, so I hope it was at least beneficial to them for practice. The crowd didn't seem much into it, though I can't say anyone ever really gets into the spring game.

I'll probably attend at least a couple games this upcoming year, which is at least a couple more than I attended last year.
10  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: New Staff Offical on: April 16, 2015, 06:48:44 PM
Wow quite a staff. Very excited for next year.
11  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Nate Oats Named 13th Head Coach of UB Men's Basketball on: April 12, 2015, 10:38:46 AM
Interesting to note that Ben Wood is still listed as an assistant coach for UB. I assumed he'd be following Hurley to ASU given their history. It could still happen but the Watkins switch happened almost immediately.

One thing is for certain: with Oats taking over head coaching duties, UB will need a solid recruiting coordinator to fill in for him as an assistant. I think Oats is definitely the person to be able to identify someone solid for that role, but it will be interesting to see who that is.
12  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Nate Oats Named 13th Head Coach of UB Men's Basketball on: April 11, 2015, 02:39:29 PM
Love it! I always suspected it would be him. I think he's been a big part of this team's success already. Head Coach Nate Oats has a great ring to it.
13  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: New Coach?? on: April 10, 2015, 10:46:58 PM
How did Hurley find Oats in the first place. Did they know each other. Did Oats answer an ad for assistant coach on Monster.com?

I know Rhode Island recruited at least one kid off of Oats' team when Hurley was there (EC Matthews). I think either he met him then or knew him even before that.
14  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: New Coach?? on: April 10, 2015, 10:18:54 PM
Oats was offered MAC assistant coaching jobs in the past and turned them down. He's run a high profile high school program successfully, and now he has college coaching experience under an unquestionably good coach. His recruiting cannot be denied, either.

I really have no questions about his qualifications. I want him to be our guy. Continuity and potential.
15  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: New Coach?? on: April 09, 2015, 07:39:05 PM
Oats, Pikiell, and Will Brown could and should all get long hard looks.
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