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  1. Blocker is expected to commit to UB. Per sources.
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  2. Hey guys! Just wanted to let everyone know that I've created a new website called UBcourtside.com . Before and after each game, I'll be posting detailed game previews and recaps, among other things. Also, if you're interested, follow @ubcourtside on twitter! I'm going to do some ticket giveaways for women's and men's games, give out interesting stats about the team I come across, and give updates as I scout our upcoming opponents. I just joined this forum and I plan to be very active on here as well! I'm not affiliated with the university at all, just a season ticket holder and a rabid college basketball fan. Go Bulls!
    13 points
  3. Folks, I have gotten to know this young man over the last 2 years as my wife and I have mentored him during his 2 years in Juco. He is a much better person today than hew was 2 years ago. He has grown up a lot and is ready to be a leader. You will get a ferocious competitor and one who will absolutely make everyone around him better. He is a pass first guard but make no mistake, when Chipola needed him to score he could get to the basket at will. Also understand that he was playing in the best Juco conference in America against really good talent. You guys are gonna love Malik. Cant wait to make my first trip to Buffalo for his first home game in November! Congratulations to Malik and Buffalo!
    12 points
  4. I’m sorry but how the hell was ButlerDad on an advisory committee for this university? He seems to only be here to bash any suggestion that UB, the largest and most comprehensive state university in arguably the most powerful state in the country, could possibly do better than playing in a conference with a bunch of 2nd tier Ohio schools and directional Michigan’s. I encourage everyone to always aim higher and ignore outside opinions like this. It may be far fetched and down the road but AAC is certainly not impossible by any stretch of the imagination.
    12 points
  5. He will be signing with UB, per sources
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  6. Does anybody else love how much the Ohio schools continue to HATE losing to us in Cleveland 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻
    11 points
  7. Let me take a moment to go off topic. The newest member of Bulls Nation arrived minutes ago! My grandson entered this world during the game. Hope it confirms a shellacking of Ohio! Let’s gooooooo!!!!
    11 points
  8. Another small error, they accidentally said we would finish in 2nd and then 3rd. Can’t believe they misspelled 1st two separate times.
    11 points
  9. Thank you Nate. You didn’t know it then nor did we at the time, but if it wasn’t for you taking your talents to Toledo, UB basketball would not be what it has become. CJ Massinburg, Nate Oats and all UB players and fans appreciate your kind consideration.
    11 points
  10. I was looking through the roster and was trying to figure out who I think would be playing the most this season. I think the following lineup makes the most sense as of right now. But, it's still a little early. And I was bored. Also adding some analysis on each player and what we should be expecting this season. And if you don't wanna read it all, I understand. STARTERS ESTIMATED MINUTES F. Laquill Hardnett JR. 6'8" 200 22 F. Josh Mballa SR. 6'7" 225 32 F/W. Jeenathan Williams SR. 6'5" 205 32 G. Maceo Jack SR. 6'5" 190 22 G. Rondo Segu SR. 6'0" 160 32 ____________________________________________________ KEY BENCH PLAYERS G. Keishawn Brewton SR. 6'2" 180 22 G. Ty Perry JR. 6'3" 215 14 G. Curtis Jones SO. 6'5" 180 12 C. David Skogman SO. 6'10" 225 12 ____________________________________________________ RESERVES C. Brock Bertram GRAD 6'11" 240 F. Tra'von Fagan GRAD 6'8" 210 ____________________________________________________ INCOMING FRESHMAN F. Zaakir Williamson 6'7" 240 G. Kidtrell Blocker 6'5" 190 F. Kuluel Mading 6'9" 190 Laquill Hardnett - He's going to be a guy who is going to be crucial inside. A bit of a nuisance in the paint. Making easy buckets, getting tough rebounds. Last year he was really starting to find his groove as primarily a 4 player who from time to time takes a jump shot and even a 3. Overall, he needs to embrace life inside the paint. That's where he's most important. I would love to see him improve dramatically on the defensive side and to be confident getting to the rim. Much like last year, he will most likely get 20+ minutes a game and be needed for size. Josh Mballa - One of the best and most consistent rebounders in UB history. A total ball hawk who has great awareness for ball placement when a shot is missed. Much like Hardnett, he is going to making a living this year inside the paint. As he should. But he's a guy who isn't afraid to take a chance at a mid range jumper or a close range jumper. I think he should refrain from taking 3's often because we don't really need that from him. He's a true 4 who plays like a 5. Expect him to be averaging double doubles on double doubles. This is his team for the leading alongside Williams and Segu. This will be his last year at UB, so, let's see him really shine. Jeenathan Williams - Well, we all know how far Jeenathan has come. He is this best player on the team and one of the most talented players in the MAC, and most talented in all of mid-majors as far as I am concerned. He will most likely lead the team in points, just like last season. For a guy who has shooting guard size, he sure does play a lot bigger than he is. Expect his stat line to be near 20PPG 7 RPG 3APG. If he remains consistent, stays healthy, and the team is clicking, I have no doubt in my mind he is going to be the MAC player of the year. Much like Mballa and Segu, this is his team for the leading. He needs to be a leader and I have no doubt that the team will look at him as one. Maceo Jack - The debut of Mr. Jack himself. This is really going to be a very interesting year for Maceo Jack. He is entering a team where he is in the shadow of a 3 headed monster known as Mballa, Williams, and Segu. When he was at George Washington, he was heavily involved in their game plan. He was asked to do a lot more than I think he was capable of giving them. Constantly shoot the ball. Fast forward to the 2021-2022 season, I don't think he's going to be asked to do as much as he was at GW. I think this puts him in a position where he can play a bit more stress free and you might see a massive statistical improvement in his shooting. He is a good shooter, but was very inconsistent. Hot and cold. He is an amazing free throw shooter at a whopping 86%, and expect him to provide rebounding numbers. He is going to be getting a fair amount of minutes with his game experience, and I expect him to play well this season because he will be in a offense where he is not the most needed shooter. Ronaldo Segu - As I've said, this is his team for the leading alongside Williams and Mballa. Quite possibly the most emotional player on this team. The most emotional since maybe Shannon Evans. A player that we have needed for quite some time who will show some emotion on the court and isn't afraid to speak his mind toward his teammates. Segu last season had really improved on his offensive game. With a stat line of 13-3-4, I expect Segu to repeat the same type of season, if not improve those numbers as well. The one thing I wish to see from Segu is become a better defender. I thought at times last year he really let people down with getting blown up on the defensive side of the ball. This is probably his last season with UB, and I hope that he helps lead us to a run toward the NCAA tournament. Keishawn Brewton - Now, I know there are people on the forum who maybe don't think Brewton is that good. Or think that he shouldn't be getting as many minutes as I think he will. And he hasn't given you a reason to think so. His playstyle was pretty much just be a shooter. That's what was asked of him. But I think his role is going to change and that he will not only be a shooter, but to also become more of a playmaker. He's not going to be asked to just fire 3 pointers or mid range shots constantly, I think he is going to contribute to ball movement and to help set up better % shooting. He's destined to come in for Segu and to provide much needed guard depth at the 1. Don't give up on Brewton yet, because I think he can provide the team with very meaningful minutes. This is his last season with UB, expect him to play like it. Ty Perry - A very interesting addition in the offseason. An addition that may not excite, but an addition that was needed. Especially at the 2 guard spot. A role playing guard who is probably going to be asked to shoot when he has good looks, play great defense, oh, and it doesn't hurt that his career free throw shooting is .802%. There's not a whole lot of expectation with Perry, but he's going to get minutes, he has game experience, he's a good shooter, and based on game film, not a bad defender. Expect some good things with him. Curtis Jones - Some may ask, why do I think Curtis Jones here. Well, because he should be. He's coming off a great year with Indian Hills CC, his stat line there was 12.1 PPG, 6 RPG, 5.5 APG, and a whopping 87% free throw % (59/68). I don't know how that all will translate into D1 basketball. If that skillset pours over into practices and he shines, he will be getting minutes, and he might take away minutes from Jack and Perry. It's early but the potential for Jones is exciting and he has an opportunity to make a splash and impress the coaching staff, they are looking guard depth and he is going to be fighting for minutes. David Skogman - Skogman is entering his third year with the team, a redshirt sophomore. Since I would say Mitchell Watt, have we been looking for a big center type player who can provide meaningful minutes. This is the year that Skogman needs to show some life. He is an athletic, intelligent guy with a fair amount to prove. I don't think he is going to be asked to do a whole lot, but I sure as heck would like to see him out there playing meaningful minutes, play some good defense, getting down and dirty inside the paint to get baskets and rebounds. He's a guy who also has a jump shot and can shoot the 3 ball. I would like to see a little of all of that this year. I don't think he overtakes time away from Laquill Hardnett, but, you never know. If Hardnett plays poorly, Skogman has a chance to take over. His situation is a little exciting because now is his time to step up and provide the team with good playing time. Brock Bertram - Grad student, a locker room guy who is great for morale and leadership. At this point in his career, I don't think Bertram should be getting any minutes, barring serious foul trouble or injury issues. I don't think it's wise to take minutes away from players who probably need it more. I'm glad he's on the team for morale, and that's about all. Tra'Von Fagan - Much like Bertram, same story here with Fagan. I think the ship has sailed with him getting any minutes. He is great for morale and leadership in the locker room, but that's it. If serious foul trouble looms, or injuries become an issue, maybe they get him on the floor. I would almost prefer Zaakir Williamson over Fagan, however. Zaakir Williamson - I see a lot of Javon McCrea in this guy. Both are the same size, both play a similar style. At 6'7" and weighing around 240, this is the one guy I think might get any playing time out of the upcoming freshman, maybe Blocker gets some time. I don't know about red shirt statuses yet, but I'm just going off of what I saw from him playing in high school. He's a physical, big forward with tons of potential. Really good footwork on the inside where he can do damage in the same fashion as Josh Mballa does. He even has a decent jump shot which is pleasantly surprising. I don't know how they are going to fit him into the rotation here. I think if Hardnett and Skogman play poorly, injuries and foul trouble become present, then I think he might get minutes. This is all based off observations and I think his style translates well to D1 mid-major basketball and I think he might be the one recruit in this class who gets some play time. We will see as practices go on and we will see what happens with him. If he stands out in practice, and shows the coaching staff a lot of good things, I'm not sure he redshirts. Kidtrell Blocker - Blocker is a very talented player. I would describe him as a bit of a slasher. He likes to take the ball to the rim and finish there. A hell of a dunker, has a nice shooting stroke with a nice jumper. He is an electric player in transition also who plays fast. This is a player who fits the style of the offense. His speed almost reminds me of Davonta Jordan with a mix of Jayvon Graves. His disrupts passing lanes often while on defense and does a really great job of getting in the face of his man. I don't know what happens because I think Curtis Jones might have the upper hand here. Maybe he flashes in practice and impresses and Jones does not, so they split minutes between the two. Maybe Jones and Perry both don't look great and Blocker rises up. And maybe foul trouble and injury happens and that's where Blocker really gets a lot of minutes. It's all too early yet and I don't know what's going to happen. But Buffalo really made out with a freakishly athletic guard in Blocker. Does he red shirt? Does he shine in practice and climbs up the roster and gets minutes? Who knows, it is still early. Kuluel Mading - A very undersized forward with a lot of potential. I see him red shirting. I think he's a guy who really needs to put time into the weight room. Give him the Nick Perkins regimen. And I think next year he may provide good minutes at forward when roster room opens up a little more. He's a good inside guy who has a jump shot and can hit the 3 pointer. But I think his style and size doesn't translate well immediately. He looks like a deer trying to find its legs. I can see him being over powered if he were to instantly play. It's early, but, who knows what is going to happen.
    9 points
  11. I love UB basketball. That is all. 😁
    9 points
  12. Hi everyone - getting excited about the upcoming season and Coach Mo! Something that has frustrated me in the past is the lack of news around recruiting for football, I feel like this is something a lot of big programs have but lacks with UB. I am starting a UB recruiting twitter where I will try to keep up to date with scholarships, commitments, top targets and hopefully some other content like Q&A with potential players and commits. You can follow me below, I would really appreciate it!
    8 points
  13. Love everything about this. Love the old, recent and new coming together. This is how tradition and legacies grow. Hope the current players picked the brains of the vets. And really hope they played some competitive pickup.
    8 points
  14. Then don’t watch it? Nobody is forcing you to watch. Who cares about what Moss did 7 years ago, or why Monte left, if you don’t like it, don’t watch the tournament. It’s that simple. Stop complaining.
    8 points
  15. I am officially entering the fan portal. I want to thank everyone here that has supported me on my journey while supporting UB. I am considering multiple offers from P5 conference fan bases as I continually look to build my brand and grow my ability to be a fan. Forever a Bull.
    8 points
  16. The goal for the coaching staff was to address the needs of the roster in recruiting and to get this team prepared to win a MAC title next season. So far goal 1 has been addressed. Expectations are high headed into next season. If the ascension/improvement under Whitesell is any indication, at this point there’s no reason to believe Whitesell can’t lead this team a MAC title. We will see how big a loss losing Graves is. But at this point it’s fair to say we could have a better overall roster next season. I’ve never called for him to be fired, I’ve been critical of him but this year collectively the players and coaches seemed to figure some stuff out. And we got to the title game. Next year with an improved roster and returning what we are returning...could equal big things. Not Oats final season big, but MAC title big.
    8 points
  17. Gotta love this as well. "Not only is Jones shining on the court but he also performing in the classroom making it on the Presidents list during Winter term with a 4.0."
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  18. I’ll tell my future children about the day Davonta Jordan went 4/4 from the FT line
    8 points
  19. When a recruit correctly spells the name of the school offering him.
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  20. Good things were happening with UB Basketball. Cierra Dillard named Honorable Mention All-American C.J. Massinburg also named Honorable Mention All-American Nick Perkins Selected to play in NABC All-Star game I realize these are all seniors that won't be here to help the teams next year, but every honor garnered by our players, makes UB more visable to those outside of our little community, and maybe even to prospective coaches.
    8 points
  21. Spoke with Segu. He is excited about the new coach and seems to be in good spirits. He has enough confidence that he'll work with any coach. For now, we save one of UB's top recruits ever.
    8 points
  22. Let’s celebrate and give thanks for two incredible teams and coaches which will go down in the record books of UB athletic history. Women after losing tons of talent and leadership win the MAC tournament over their nemesis and tremendous foe CMU to get to championship where they beat an excellent Ohio team. They overcame adversity with the suspension of Summer. They displayed grit against Rutgers and then fought UCONN for 40 minutes. As FLJ said for UCONN to get another NCAA title they had to go through BUFFALO! And she was not kidding. What a valiant effort! They put Buffalo women’s basketball on the map and earned the respect of everyone in women’s college basketball. Thank you Coach Jack! You are awesome! Thank you to the best individual basketball player to ever don a UB women’s basketball jersey. You gave thrills to many and made UB women’s basketball a must see for so many at UB and in the WNY community. We wish you well in your professional basketball journey and broadcasting career! The men! 32 f’ing wins! 32-4! 16-2 MAC regular season wins! Another MAC title! Another NCAA tournament appearance! Four in five years! UB men’s basketball like the the women’s team is known and respected nationally! Beating WVU! Beating SU in dome! Winning Belfast tourney! CJ dropping 43 in WVU! Nationally ranked first time ever! Ranked 19 consecutive weeks! Ranked as high as #14! Will likely be ranked at seasons end! Nate one of 11 nominees for NABC Coach of the Year! Character, class and integrity coursing through the program from coaches to players. Nate’s extension made possible by generous donors! Thank you all for being fantastic ambassadors for UB, Buffalo and WNY!
    8 points
  23. All, Posts about kids will be deleted.
    8 points
  24. To be honest I think we're in a pretty good spot for the portal. We haven't had a major loss there since Bearden, and we've had several significant contributors come in since then. Being a top mid-major theoretically gives us a shot to pick from some good down transfers, while also retaining the Segus and Williams because we're still winning and they arguably get just as big of a spotlight as they would as a role player at a high major. I understand frustration with some of Whitesell's shortcomings, but he seems to continue a culture that players aren't choosing to leave while also succeeding at bringing in more high level talent. You can argue what the ceiling is with Whitesell but I feel he brings a high floor to the program, which I value highly with a re-shuffling of the conference decks on the horizon (which if things break right could raise our ceiling for us). Now is not the time for the program to fall off of the map, and hopefully Linguist can do the same for the football program.
    7 points
  25. Some upper echelon Euro league team should just scrap their roster and adopt this one because I swear as good as these guys are all on their own it will never be as good as they are together.
    7 points
  26. Hello everyone, had the pleasure of speaking with two of the players today and I’ll give a quick rundown of my questions for them and their general responses. 1. on how Linguist and the coaching staff are doing: they seem to love the staff, linguist in particular. Practices have been tough and competitive but fair. They believe the staff will do a great job as the season rolls around. 2. Shape of the team: Both believe the team is just as strong as last season and are convinced they can upset Nebraska and Coastal, both will be tough but they’re confident. They also believe that even with the transfers, they have depth to cover the losses. Both expect a few true freshman to get some game time, especially WR Jamari Gasset, was compared to Nunn in ability to catch balls. Another player they believe could come in and contribute is Juco WR Chandler Baker, said he had incredible speed and route running ability. 3. concerns: while confident they seemed to talk about the OL when I brought up their worries. Especially the Center position, they did not have a true backup center last season and will have to rely on a non true center to take the job, Bence Polgar was the consensus belief for new center. Still with a possible inexperienced group of OL’s they believe they will get the job done, the OC and strength coach have pushed them really hard. 4. on new players (transfers, not freshman): the CB we got from Texas tech should be an instant starter same with Josh Rodgers, the D-linemen, forgot where he came from. The WR from Eastern will take Wilson’s spot as our deep threat. Both said the JUCO guys especially Tra Wilkins, could be instant contributors. general thoughts by myself: I love the optimism from these two guys, they also told me the rest of the team feels the same. I’m not worried or believe that this is going to be a reset year, as few may think. They generally feel like we are going to take off from where we left last season, one of the top dogs in the MAC. we did have in depth talks about other factors/situations and please let me know what you would like to hear as a fan base. I have connections with few of the players. 1 special teams player, a new WR and a returning readshirt WR. They are willing to talk to me because they’re my friends and I personally know them outside of their college football careers appreciate it if you read this far, sorry for any spelling or grammar errors
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  27. Hi All, I wanted to share our newest player evaluation on Buffalo’s newest recruit in the class of 2022, Devin Ceaser, from St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. The evaluation is free and very extensive. It also comes equipped with 40+ film clips to support the observations made. News of Buffalo’s scholarship offer extension broke a couple of days after Ceaser’s strong showing during a live period event in the DC/MD/VA area, so I thought the Bulls fanbase would be interested in reading up on what he could potentially bring to the program. Ceaser is incredibly explosive. Please copy and paste the link below (URL is secure) to view Ceaser’s evaluation: https://www.pointguardeyes.com/devin-ceaser Enjoy! Sincerely, Tyler McKittrick Editor and Publisher of www.pointguardeyes.com
    7 points
  28. Neat how Nate has UB players on staff at bama. He also has Christian Pino as a grad assistant.
    7 points
  29. I am surprised, but also pleased to be starting this thread. But what’s fair is fair. The team won two games that, I think, they would have lost earlier in the season. I want to recognize the coaching, especially getting the guys to refocus in OT after the heartbreaking tip-in at the end of regulation. Go Bulls.
    7 points
  30. I saw Brock come in for hardnett and instantly said why isn't it Fagan! Then brock proceeds to make absolutely the most clutch rebounds of the season Thank you Brock!
    7 points
  31. Postponed a half hour before tip-off...unreal. CMU didn't know about this before they left, let alone earlier today??? This season sucks.
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  32. I don’t post often, but this is a milestone worth acknowledging. With all that is happening in the world, and locally in Buffalo in the midst of Bills hysteria, it’s easy for an accomplishment like this to go relatively unnoticed. A top 25 ranking of any kind was almost unimaginable as recently as a few years ago, to say nothing of when we dropped football 50 years ago. Hopefully, we can continue to raise the bar in all sports and maintain a level representative of UB's standing as a university. That will be a major challenge, of course, but no more so than the challenges faced in getting to this point from our humble beginnings.
    7 points
  33. So I am a graduate of the University of Florida. some of you may recall the point guard for the 06/07 National Championship teams named Taurean Green. Malik's game is very similar. He is always in control but if defenders don' respect him then he will score again and again. he has a fantastic mid range jumper. I am telling you in preseason practice this past year before he hurt his knee (minor injury that has completely healed) he had taken his offensive game to another level. In fact in a preseason tournament in Dallas he was clearly one of the best payers there. It is a shame he lost the year to a freak accident (damn you pork and beans) because we were so excited to see what he was going to become. good news for Buffalo though is because of that freak accident he now has 3 years to shine! Look forward to sharing the next 3 years with you all! Go Bulls and Go Gators!
    7 points
  34. 2 crystal balls for UB on 247 if that means anything
    7 points
  35. UB has reached at least 20 wins for the 5th time in 6 years. Hopefully we can appreciate how far we’ve come over the past decade. To get here after losing 5 seniors and the head coach is no small feat. Coming out of Cleveland with the bid would be icing on the cake but it’s been a fun season even with the speed bumps. Horns up 🤟🏽
    7 points
  36. I get nervous every time I see an update in here lol
    7 points
  37. We have all given Grant a lot of grief this year, but he came up huge at the end of the game.
    7 points
  38. People point out positives and negatives throughout the ebbs and flows of games (and seasons). It's a forum, people are going to disagree... and that's fine. There's no reason for it to always turn into a "who is the right kind of fan" discussion here...
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  39. I'll throw in some commentary here. I'm not a basketball Xs and Os guy and won't pretend to be. Whether Whitesell is "the future", I don't know. I certainly don't think we had any idea of the successes of either Hurley or Oats halfway through their first seasons at UB. For the rest of this post, I'm going to use PORPAGATU! as my metric comparing players - not because it's perfect but because it Torvik's calculations are transparent and the info can be compared year-over-year. It is clear to me through 14 games that all 4 of UB's returning "core" (Graves, Jordan, Williams, Segu) have taken major steps forward. All four are performing considerably better than years past using these metrics. Graves in particular is a top ~200 player in the nation on this metric and would've been far and away the 2nd best player on last year's team with these ratings, while playing more minutes than anyone on last year's team. They're putting a lot on his back right now. Jordan's production this year approximates Harris' from last year (2.7 vs. Harris' 2.8). Segu and Williams are playing at a level that would've firmly put them in the starting lineup in the Hurley/early Oats days. To my untrained eye, the improvements that all 4 have shown demonstrate good coaching, and players buying into Whitesell and his staff. The issue is that you can't replace 5 strong seniors so easily. UB was incredibly deep last year. No one expects these guys to step right in and fill in for the departed seniors, but I think we all - myself included - failed to realize just how much UB was losing (or, to put it differently, how massive of an immediate and unrealistic step-up the returning players would need to take to replace them). Massinburg was the #22 player in the country last year by this metric. The year before that, CJ, Harris, and Clark all scored in the 3.8 - 4.5 range; as well as Graves is playing right now, UB had 3 players playing at or above that level in 2017-18. You've got 2 ways to pick up the pieces - with the previous transfers becoming eligible, and through recruiting. Clearly, any time you have coaching turnover, the program is dealt a blow in terms of recruiting; I find it difficult to put that on the coaches. It's clear they've landed a gem in Mballa, who - as crazy as it may sound - has nearly replaced Perkins (2.6 vs. Perkins' 2.7; Perkins had a 3.0 in 2017-18). They may have another gem in Hardnett, who is already outpacing Perkins' freshman metrics and even Justin Moss' soph metrics (his first year at UB). Gallion and Skogman are both unknown commodities, hopefully they both turn out. The future is bright here, as these players continue to improve. With the returning transfers, Johnson was a 2.3 player in 17-18 at MTSU - that's a solid rating that would put him ahead of a guy like Caruthers from last year. This year, he's playing at a 1.0. He's been consistent game-over-game, and does not turn the ball over, but a simple review of these metrics shows a regression from his junior year at MTSU. Grant, on the other hand, hasn't regressed but hasn't markedly improved since his time at Houston (0.2 this year vs. 0.4 at Houston). Is this coaching? Maybe. Or maybe it's guys still shaking the rust off after not having played for a full year. Maybe it's a scheme fit issue. Maybe it's something else. Or maybe we, the fans, simply had unrealistic expectations. I do know that I see significant improvement in UB's young players, and there are a lot of bright spots on this team. Torvik projects UB to go 8-10 in MAC play. I'd be disappointed in that, but I wouldn't be jumping ship. There are enough pieces in place here to have another special season next year or the year after. We'll know by then if Whitesell is the guy. Otherwise we're all just grasping at straws here.
    7 points
  40. I'm not sure that I completely agree with that statement, as it sounds quite dismissive of Nate's basketball mind. Nate & Jim worked extremely well as a unit, along with Jamie & Bryan. They each had their roles and they were excellent together within them. Yes, Jim has superb basketball brains, but Nate does as well. His biggest obstacle at a school like Alabama (or any other "big" school) is going to get the players to buy in to his unselfish system and play for each other, much as UB has done over the past several years. Many of these high profile players have egos, talkers in their ears telling them how good they are and how they need to get theirs, etc. If the talented players buy in to what Nate sells, they will be phenomenal sooner than later. If not, it will be a struggle both individually and as a team for them in my opinion.
    7 points
  41. Is this your way of saying that it is difficult for news to get to Olean?
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  42. Brock worked a lot on his shooting and actually can hit 3s pretty consistently now as well. Not sure if he’ll have the green light to shoot them like Perkins did but it’s still encouraging. Not even just Brock though. Segu is showing more confidence and actually showing off his shiftiness (hesi move he’s known for) and is making acrobatic contested layups. Davonta looks more explosive and his shooting has improved remarkably. Graves is very quiet personality-wise (think Kawhi Leonard) like usual, but looks ready to lead and his shot looks as spot on as I’ve ever seen it. Savion looks like he was severely underrated because he plays at a freshman Graves level. Grant is being completely overlooked by the media because he has Jeremy Harris scoring potential and shows it on a daily basis. Johnson reminds a lot of Wes Clark. Like a LOT. Hits shots with guys all over him like it’s nothing and is a very athletic rebounder. Williams has improved in every aspect honestly. His shot is falling, and his long arms make him a really difficult matchup to guard. Very athletic dunking on people. Skogman is very talented and has a very smooth 3 point touch but is just a step slow on some plays so he just needs to work on his lateral quickness and he could easily be a frequent double digit scorer. Hardnett is extremely athletic and a very good rim protector as well as showing good slashing sense. Could see a lot of pick and roll alley-oops to him. My biggest surprise along with Brock shining is Mballa. Online, Texas Tech fans said he was a project and needs work but that’s not the case because he looks very impressive. He’s strong, plays excellent perimeter defense (he’s been stealing the ball and poking the ball out even on Jordan and Johnson), and he can hit 3s. Long post I know but all of these players are showing a lot of promise, this is coming from someone who was expecting a severe drop off from last season. Haven’t even seen Nickelberry yet but he figures to also be one of our best players.
    7 points
  43. Ahh yes just what this site needs. Politics
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  44. This is a bad poll. Lots of binary choices that are NOT binary in reality. I will not vote in it unless you decide to re-write it in a non-biased way.
    7 points
  45. 7 points
  46. So far, I've been told this is the current interested names: Kuluel Mading (2021) - Signed with Buffalo - Three Star - - 38th PF Zaakir Williamson (2021) - Signed with Buffalo - Three Star - 38th C Curtis Jones (JUCO 2021) - Signed with Buffalo - JUCO (4 years remaining) Kidtrell Blocker (2021) - Signed with Buffalo - Three Star - 77th SG Davonte Gaines (2021) Signed with George Mason Jalen Cone (2021) - Signed with NAU Kanye Jones (2021) - Signed with BC Victor Hart (2021) - Signed with FIU Abdoulaye Thiam (2021) - Signed with MIN Aaron Estrada (2021) - Signed with Hofstra Alec Oglesby (2021) - Signed with UNCW John Orogon (2021) Julian Agusto (2021) Brian Waddell (2021) - Signed with Purdue Willie Lightfoot Jr. (2022) Jalen Bradberry (2022) Jai Smith (2022) Damani Barley (2022) Trey Knight (2022) GG Jackson (2023) William Lobor (2023)
    6 points
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