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8 hours ago, UBinMD said:

2 years in and the implosion is already underway. If anyone thought this was NOT going to happen is very naive. It happen a it quicker than I thought to get to this point.

I mostly put that gif in as a joke, but it’s interesting that you say that considering NIL didn’t exist back in Cam Newton’s days. SEC bagmen still existed though. 

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1 hour ago, DooleyBull06 said:

All NIL does is bring out into the open what’s been going on for decades. Boosters have been paying players. As constituted currently, it’s “legal”. Anyone remember the movie Blue Chips?

Yep, no doubt that was based on reality. 

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26 minutes ago, rma said:

I mostly put that gif in as a joke, but it’s interesting that you say that considering NIL didn’t exist back in Cam Newton’s days. SEC bagmen still existed though. 

But now that it’s “legal” those fringe players with a bit of a conscience may have stayed straight. Now it’s a free for all. Throw agents and others in the mix is like introducing lawyers to any situation so it will all be gray areas, rule bending, arm twisting, etc. It’s just going to deep through the whole system down to one good player on the 350th ranked team. Sports are just going to be a business which I guess already happened but this feels worse and dirtier. 

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3 hours ago, bulls2684 said:

Ty Perry signed with D2 New Haven College

Here’s another player that just wants to go to a school where he can play some meaningful minutes and get his education. It is crazy how there is no mention of an education or degree for any of these players. The sad part is there will probably be a great number of these players that won’t even have a scholarship to fall back on when trying to transfer. Is it going to be a real life learning experience for many of these kids?? Time will tell and will be interesting to see all the facts about how many of these kids in the transfer portal actually find new schools and teams to go to. The big question is are we going to get the honest facts or are things going to be sugar coated to the general public. College sports is now a business just like pro sports.

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19 minutes ago, John said:

… It is crazy how there is no mention of an education or degree for any of these players. … 

At UB, Skogman was in an Accounting program.  Davidson does not have an accounting major.  Perhaps David decided to pursue other studies, but he did have a 3.5 gpa, so I’m guessing he liked the field of study. 

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10 minutes ago, 121Merrimac said:

At UB, Skogman was in an Accounting program.  Davidson does not have an accounting major.  Perhaps David decided to pursue other studies, but he did have a 3.5 gpa, so I’m guessing he liked the field of study. 

I was curious about that too. I guess there must be something he can study that’s he’s interested in. I guess accounting can transfer to some other things.

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On 4/30/2022 at 9:35 AM, John said:

I somehow wonder if the NCAA even had a clue that the NIL would turn out to be like this. I guess another case of the NCAA not having a clue of what this is all about. 

I don't think institutions see this as a problem. The major issue will arise if NIL money eats away at institutional donors and sponsorships. This hasn't happened yet. If anything, I think donations are up..which makes sense,

Syracuse W Basketball, USC Football, and other cases, pay the buyout, fire the loser coach, buy a new coach AND get an instant infusion of better players. Money well spent.

Will constant roster churn impact ticket sales? I would think no. Ultimately you root for whoever is in the laundry.

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13 minutes ago, MuchMany said:

Good luck going up against Tshiebwe and the SEC with that Peugeot motor, Josh.

If he is back to playing the 5 spot mballa, he can handle the sec

Now if he is at the 4 he might look very out of place 

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Just now, Tee4three said:

If he is back to playing the 5 spot mballa, he can handle the sec

Now if he is at the 4 he might look very out of place 

Is Josh 6'7.5" in shoes? He's not an SEC 5. He's really a tweener between three positions, size of a wing, game of a 5.

I have zero confidence that he could hold up in meaningful minutes night to night against Tshiebwe, Jaylin Williams, Bediako, Yohan Traore, etc. Maybe as an energy specialist off the bench.

A transfer like Skogman's to Davidson makes more sense for him, getting major minutes with more eyes on him than in the MAC. I'd guess he gets buried on an SEC roster once the intensity of conference play picks up, but happy to be proven wrong if he indeed ends up at Florida.

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10 minutes ago, MuchMany said:

Is Josh 6'7.5" in shoes? He's not an SEC 5. He's really a tweener between three positions, size of a wing, game of a 5.

I have zero confidence that he could hold up in meaningful minutes night to night against Tshiebwe, Jaylin Williams, Bediako, Yohan Traore, etc. Maybe as an energy specialist off the bench.

A transfer like Skogman's to Davidson makes more sense for him, getting major minutes with more eyes on him than in the MAC. I'd guess he gets buried on an SEC roster once the intensity of conference play picks up, but happy to be proven wrong if he indeed ends up at Florida.

There’s only a handful of PFs that are stars under 6’7, Zion Williamson and Charles Barkley to name a couple. The SEC is full of huge big men and I can’t see Mballa flourishing there unless he really ups his game dramatically. I wish him the best though

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1 minute ago, Dabulls said:

There’s only a handful of PFs that are stars under 6’7, Zion Williamson and Charles Barkley to name a couple. The SEC is full of huge big men and I can’t see Mballa flourishing there unless he really ups his game dramatically. I wish him the best though

Maybe he will play like he cares there, also he may listen to coaches there and not jack awful 3’s

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While he was at UB he averaged 13.6 PPG and 8.2 RPG against high majors.  He will be fine in the SEC. Without a doubt he looked worse this year after coming back from COVID, but if he's back in shape conditioning wise he will be fine.  I've never heard motor concerns about a guy who has recorded 20 rebounds in a game before lol. I do have concerns about his game but physicality and motor are not either of them

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14 minutes ago, trueblue32 said:

While he was at UB he averaged 13.6 PPG and 8.2 RPG against high majors.  He will be fine in the SEC. Without a doubt he looked worse this year after coming back from COVID, but if he's back in shape conditioning wise he will be fine.  I've never heard motor concerns about a guy who has recorded 20 rebounds in a game before lol. I do have concerns about his game but physicality and motor are not either of them

Seriously. The dude was on track to utterly dominate the MAC this year but obviously took a step back and looked out of whack. If he gets back on track he can contribute in the SEC or any conference for that matter.

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Is this set?  In my mind I assumed that Mballa was done here, either moving on professionally or to another college team.  If you told me the Bulls were losing the motivated Mballa who was working his way up, I would say that's a big loss...but if you tell me we're losing the guy who looked like he didn't give a crap (like against Canisius this past season), I'm not all that bothered.  

I still maintain that I'm not all that worried about who we're losing.  I'm much more interested in the potential and growth of who's coming in than the lack of further potential of a group that fizzled out last season.  I will definitely miss Skogman though.

The whole new landscape of yearly free-agency in college sports makes me less interested and less enthusiastic overall.  Why should I care so much about my school's team when the players playing for it clearly don't?

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5 minutes ago, DooleyBull06 said:

https://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/transfer-portal-target-buffalos-josh-mballa/
 

Great write up here summarizing Mballa. Note what it mentions about his offensive game, him buying in and the leash he was given at UB.

'He doesn’t shoot it, only 14-57 (25%) from three in his career, and when you have a non-shooter at power forward it can often condense the floor.'  

This occurred with UB some last year.  Also, seemed like he and Skogman clashed rather than complemented one another majority of time.

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