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  1. Blocker is expected to commit to UB. Per sources.
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  2. He will be signing with UB, per sources
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  3. Does anybody else love how much the Ohio schools continue to HATE losing to us in Cleveland 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻
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  4. 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!!!!
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  5. 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.
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  6. I love UB basketball. That is all. 😁
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  7. 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!
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  8. 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.
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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.
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  11. 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.
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  12. 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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  13. Jayvon has signed with the Austin Spurs, the g league affiliate of San Antonio. Good luck to him, rooting for his success!
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  14. My son not going anywhere he absolutely love the coaching staff…
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  15. 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.
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  16. 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.
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  17. 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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  18. 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
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  19. Neat how Nate has UB players on staff at bama. He also has Christian Pino as a grad assistant.
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  20. 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.
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  21. 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!
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  22. 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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  23. 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.
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  24. Reading Blue Ribbon Yearbook's Buffalo summary and here's some quotes that jumped out to me from Whitesell that give an idea of what some of the guys roles will be this year: On David Skogman “I think Skogman has great potential. This summer, he really made a jump. He’s much more confident. He can shoot the 3. He's got an opportunity to play heavy minutes with a chance to start.” On Kuluel Mading: "He's thin, but he's got a great upside. He can really run. He's more of a tall three than anything.” On Kidtrell Blocker: "He's got a lot of talent, he's got good potential, but he's a little bit behind because he missed a month of the summer” On Zaakir Williamson "He's a five/four, wide-body kid. We've got a lot of good depth inside, so it's a luxury for him to be able to take our time and develop him. He can get extra reps in practice -kind of what we did with David Skogman a couple years back.” He also mentions Brewton providing a spark off the bench, so presumably Jack will be starting with Skogman as an option for a bigger starting lineup.
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  25. Yeah it sucks having to wear a mask to games but it’s better than not being able to go to them like last season
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  26. I see and understand both sides. I’d feel perfectly comfortable not wearing a mask at the stadium, but I’m also not going to boycott games because of it. I’ve worn a mask every day at work for 10 hours a day for the past year and a half, and even I have it pretty good compared to healthcare workers. People act like it’s unbearable to put one on for a little while should go talk to nurses or doctors who have to wear N95s all day. If I have to wear a mask for 3 hours to see UB play live I can deal with that. While I respect other people’s opinions, and agree that masks don’t seem necessary at games, people should also have a little perspective and not act like it’s some horrible, impossible ask.
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  27. I'd be shocked if we didn't lose her. She deserves every gig that is offered to her and will be VERY hard to replace.
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  28. Perk says out loud what active players and coaches won't/can't say, but something we all know to be true - “If you look at the MAC, we are the only New York team,” he said. “We’re always going into Ohio, playing against Ohio refs, and Ohio people. They always want the Ohio team to win the MAC, if we are being real. We’re used to that.”
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  29. Great game. Got chills seeing them back together. Dennis really stepped up as an outsider. Wish I didn't have to work Monday. Oh well, eastbound and down.
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  30. Jim has stabilized the program and has us in position to be in the title conversation every year moving forward. Congratulations to him on a job well done, let's keep it rolling. Can't wait to be in the building in a few months.
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  31. The school has no say in this, its a bunch of guys who met at or through ub and became friends. I don't see the issue I for one like that they still feel a connection to the University
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  32. 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)
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  33. Give me guys who wanna be here. Part of a perennial MAC contender. Perfect time to shoutout guys like Jeenathan and Segu who stayed during a coaching change and will be here through their senior years.
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  34. Kid hasn't even committed and we're scheduling his transfer out.
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  35. Koonce gone to DA RAIDERSSS. Round 3..quite impressive at #79 from many projections.
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  36. Shout out to @Kevin for getting that info. Great get for the staff. Excited to see him play, I think he can be a dynamic big on both ends of the floor. If we can sign some guards then this recruiting class will be really good. But good job by the staff.
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  37. Committed to UB per his Instagram live!!!
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  38. Hey at least this thread ended up mattering
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  39. I just want to point out how good Segu was defensively on LCJ. He shot 11-33 from the field. That was huge in getting that win
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  40. I’m not an expert so maybe this is wrong but.... I do want to give the coaches credit for seemingly adjusting the defense. it looked like they switched up how LCJ was being played at the point. Rondo would cover him and when he ran into a pick and roll Mballa was standing right at the other side to keep him from driving or taking an open shot. It was extremely effective and the Akron player setting the pick couldn’t move towards the basket quickly enough to take advantage of it
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  41. Seeing Williams layout to save a backcourt violation up by 19 told me lot about that young man and the hustle. Not many college players would be doing things like that. I was so impressed.
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  42. I have been holding off on providing my thoughts on the season too soon. As we all know this is a unique season with different circumstances. Sometimes we lose sight that these are college kids and they take time to develop. That being said, I feel we have seen enough of this team to have an understanding of who we are and what we may be able to become. here are my thoughts, I welcome yours and look forward to a discussion either about the team or individual players: Team: Watching this team this season has certainly been more frustrating than it has been enjoyable. We all know they have the talent to be successful. Compare the individual players on this roster to most other teams and you have to like how we stack up. Despite this fact there remains something missing, game after game this team does not produce. It feels to be like there may be some chemistry issues on the team. I suspect there may be some friction between some of the players and my guess is it surrounds Graves. This team is in a transition. last year there was no doubt this was Javvon Graves team. This season it clearly is Mballa/Willams team. I suspect there are some hard feelings about this transition that are making some waves throughout the team. I have no inside knowledge just my guess from watching the team and trying to diagnose what the problems are. The facts are both Mballa and Williams are better than Graves at this point, I would even argue that Segu is better as well. Once the team embraces this transition they will be better off. I like what I saw from the team defensively yesterday and I like the rebounding for this team, they are relentless on the glass. They need to limit the turnovers and move the ball more offensively. We have several players that can attack the rim off the dribble and put pressure on the defense by getting to the free throw line or kicking for an open three when the help comes. I think we saw that play out versus Ball State yesterday. I think this team has some issues but I remain confident they have the time to work out the issues. Our success moving forward will be determined by four factors in my opinion: Will one of our bench players step up and provide some results off the bench (looking at you Nickleberry and Brewton) Is this team willing to move the ball as necessary for team success? Can we solve our free throw shooting woes? Can the coaching staff get this team prepared to play better in the first half of games? Personally I look forward to seeing how this plays out. I am hoping yesterday was the start of this team coming together and learning how to be successful as a team. Coaching: I have been so frustrated with the coaching of this team this season for several reasons. Free throw shooting is a big problem for this team and it will burn them in a big game if they do not fix it now. I understand the players take the shots, but I put free thrown shooting on the coaches. If you cannot make free throws then you don't play, simple as that! Javvon I am looking directly at you, learn to shoot free throws, get in the gym! Put an emphasis on it and the kids will respond. This team shows up for games and they look like they are not ready to get started, that is also on the coaches. The biggest role of a coach is motivator in my opinion and thus far this staff has not had the kids ready to start games. They come out in second half ready to go but they need to start the game that way. The second most important role for a coach is end of game management and to be honest we have been a train wreck in this department all season. This needs to be fixed as soon as possible. End of game planning is easy for this team. Graves is not allowed to touch the ball unless a catch a shoot scenario arises. I would put the ball in Williams hands at the top of the key. I would spread out the floor with Graves, Segu, Brewton and Mballa (for rebounding). WIlliams attacks off dribble and when and if the help comes we kick to a shooter. Its simple basketball. The key is to be in attack mode. Thus far we are passive at the end of games and that will never work. Javvon is not a closer, never has been and never will be. Williams is our best option for success, but he needs to be willing to give it up if needed. I know this coach was hired to keep team continuity, and that's all well and good but all of the momentum this program gained over the last 5 or 6 years is disappearing. We all wanted this and this program worked too hard to get to this point to just let it go away because of a coach. Recruiting needs to improve, and immediately. We need to see results now when we have the talent or changes need to be made. I am not ready to jump ship as of yet but I am keeping a close eye on this program and the direction we are heading. We MUST keep this program going and we MUST continue our success and if the coach is not part of this then its time to move on. David Nickleberry: He is not the player we thought he was when he transferred here. How he played as a freshmen at Memphis I will never understand. He has good length and he can rebound well for a guard. He is a willing passer although he turns the ball over too much for my liking. Those are the positives. Defensively he is a liability. He struggles to stay in front of guards at this level. He is too slow to take anyone off the dribble and his jump shot is weak and allows a defender to lay off him with no fear of him making a shot. This makes him one dimensional and makes it hard to give him any playing time. This team needs someone off the bench to step up and he would be a one of the main options of the bench if he could do so. His lack of a jump shot makes it hard to play both him and Hardnett at the same time as neither of them have much of an outside game. Laquill Hardnett: I will say I like what I saw from him the last handful of games. He rebounds the ball well and is a really strong passer. Defensively he is decent but needs to improve his perimeter defense. He needs to develop a jump shot to make his game more well rounded. I like his athleticism and I like him in the starting role. He plays with passion and desire and this team needs more of that. I like the path his career is going and I look forward to seeing where he can take his game too. If I was the coaches I would have him in the gym working on a pull up jump shot, bring back the midrange game! Keishawn Brewton: He was sold as one of the best shooters to come to UB! So far we have not seen that. He does not look comfortable on the floor. I think he is struggling with the speed of the game at this level. He is a turnover waiting to happen when he puts the ball on the floor. He needs to be a catch and shoot player to be successful. Defensively he needs to improve. He strikes me as a player who is not used to applying ball pressure, maybe he comes from a team that played a lot of zone, that is my take on him defensively. This team needs a shooter and needs some points off the bench. He could be a perfect player for this role. He need to get things figured out so he can start to contribute consistently. he gets the shot off quick and with the athleticism this team has we should be able to put him in a catch and shoot scenario where he can find some success. Javvon Graves: I have been watching and following UB sports since I first attended the University in 1995 and I have never been more disappointed in a player in all those years as I am with Graves. His decline has been eye opening. He looks out of shape or hurt and has lost much of the athleticism he has been know for in the past. He simply cannot get by anyone with the ball. He has not been relegated to a spot up shooter on this team. He rebounds the ball well and is a solid passer but those are the only positives at this point. His turnovers are ugly and costly to this team. He tends to try to do too much. he has not come to grips with the state of his game and where he is in the pecking order of this team. The most eye opening issue has been his defense. It has been god awful. He cannot guard anyone at this point. Seems every game his guy goes for a career high. If he is hurt, reduce his role and put him in a situation where he can succeed. If he is out of shape, hold him responsible for his actions and reduce his minutes as it is hurting the team both in his play on the floor and in the chemistry department on this team. Javvon can be a great complement to Williams, Mballa and Segu and he needs to embrace that role. The only thing I can come up with is his inquiry into the NBA did not go well and it broke his will and desire to play and he has been upset about it and stopped working on his game in the off season as a result or he is injured. I hope he can find a way to turn it around as this team needs him to be successful. We need him to be a complimentary player and not the alpha dog for this team. Ronaldo Segu: He may be our most improved player. I really like his game. He runs the offense when he needs to and has become a very dependable shooter from the outside. He has the ability to attack off the dribble and is more than a willing passer when the help defense comes. I would like to see more of this throughout the season. Defensively he is a pest and he never quits. He works hard and sets a great example for the younger guys. Offensively he could handle a larger role if needed. I like the trajectory of his career and I think the future remains bright for him. I am hoping he comes back for two more years after this year. Jeenathan Williams: Despite his shooting the last few games he has shot the ball really well this season. He has developed an ability to attack off the dribble going to the right and is simply a matchup nightmare for every team that we face. He rebounds the ball well and will say I have never liked his effort defensively but he has shown signs this year of becoming a good defender as we all new he could become. For him it is all bout the effort and we are starting to see him commit on the defensive end. That should be scary for all of the MAC teams. He and Mballa are our best players and the offense should go thru them. Attacking off the dribble looking to get to the rim or get to the free throw line. His skills in the open court are fun to watch when they get running. Like Segu I hope to see him return for 2 more seasons after this because of covid and this season not counting towards eligibility. He has a chance to play at the next level with this length and athleticism. I would love nothing more than to watch him develop those skills here and take his game to the next level and become a MAC POTY! Travon Fagan: He works hard and I like that but his game is one dimensional. He cannot take anyone off the dribble and he cannot play with his back to the basket. He is a stretch 4 but has not shown that ability this year. I like his game better than Bertrum but I dont see him ever being more than a role player on this team. He needs to become a better rebounder. Rebounding is his role, embrace it! Josh Mballa: I don't think we have ever had a player that works as hard as Mballa does at least if we have I don't recall one. The guy is an animal. He is a great rebounder on both ends of the floor. His game has been taken to the next level this season with an ability to put the ball on the floor and attack of the dribble. I will say he has been known to take a bad shot in this scenario in the past but I like when he is in attack mode. He is a great passer and is willing to give up the ball for team success. He has shown improvement in his jump shot and I would like to see that continue as he can get a jumper anytime he wants it. Josh is the glue that holds this team together, he is our leader and the alpha dog on this team. Before his career is over he will win MAC DPOY. Our success this season will be determined by how he plays. He continues to attack the rim and get to the free throw line and this will cause other teams problems. Like Williams he is a matchup nightmare and we need him to be in attack mode at all time, going at the other teams bigs and kicking out when the help comes. I love his game and everything he brings to this team. He is the perfect personification of what this team is about and we need more players like him to be successful. Sacrifice for the well being of the team! Brock Bertrum: I have been saying this for years but he is a role player and always will be. At the end of the day his foot speed and athleticism dont match up at this level. he has become a solid rebounder and shot blocker that can prove serviceable when we play a team with a true back to the basket big man but otherwise his role should be limited. There are players behind him that are more athletic and can defend better and shoot the ball better. I love that he is a senior and he is dedicated to the program and its success but his role should be limited to spot duties when needed only. No reason at all to start him. MBalla should start every game! David Skogman: He is long but wow does he look lost out there, especially defensively. He needs so work on his game and his ability to defend the pick and roll. He needs to become a better rebounder. He is only a freshman so I know his day will come. If he continues to work I know he can become a big part of the future for this team. It appears he is a stretch 4 and not a back to the basket guy but that has yet to be determined. I hope he continues to develop and get better so he can help us next season but this year he cannot get on the floor until he is a reliable defender and rebounder and thus far he has not shown that. Am I ready to give up on this team this year, not a chance! I am very frustrated with many things that I have seen this year but I am trying to keep the big picture in mind that this is an odd year. I am hopeful this team can find an identity and start to use their superior athleticism to beat people. To me its simple, hold the players accountable. Demand they play defense tirelessly and everybody rebounds the ball. If you don't do that you don't play, regardless of who you are or what you were told when you were recruited. You need to earn your time on the floor here in Buffalo! Offensively you need to be willing to move the ball and make the extra pass and if you cannot knock down open shots you don't play and we find someone who can and is willing. That is the recipe for success and I remain hopeful this staff and team can figure it out. I love this team and I remain hopeful they can get to where they should be and string together 3 straight wins in March in Cleveland. I look forward to hearing what you all think about these players and this team moving forward as well.
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