Center/PF: 2018/19 Season

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Center/PF: 2018/19 Season

Postby titandave » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:24 pm

Regarding next season; given the uncertainly associated with Blackshear (injury) and Tariq Jones (academics) ... any rumblings on the possibility of using the remaining 2 scholarships to add a Center and/or Power Forward from a JUCO or D1 Graduate Transfer?
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Re: Center/PF: 2018/19 Season

Postby NC Titan » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:17 pm

titandave wrote:Regarding next season; given the uncertainly associated with Blackshear (injury) and Tariq Jones (academics) ... any rumblings on the possibility of using the remaining 2 scholarships to add a Center and/or Power Forward from a JUCO or D1 Graduate Transfer?


It was pointed out in the fall that we are pretty solid in the backcourt -- even two of our big guys are backcourt guys (Chatman and Long) and that our efforts need to focus on height and weight. Ballantyne plays outside, too. Hopefully Blackshear will return bigger/better/stronger at PF, and it would be nice if Eichler would develop over the summer, but he still would need backup. So any more recruits need to be bigs.
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Re: Center/PF: 2018/19 Season

Postby ptctitan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:02 am

We need a 6'8" or taller post player with some muscle and a back-up PG. Or a 4th guard if you think that Josh and Jackson are adequate PG's. On the last coaches radio show before Cliff Russell died, BA said that he was looking both at JUCO's and transfers for one or both of these openings. The two signed HS recruits, Nelson and Hightower, add length (and hopefully quickness) to our roster. The coaches seem to prefer a balance between HS recruits and transfers in each class.
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Re: Center/PF: 2018/19 Season

Postby R.B.J1 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:20 am

It will be interesting, we haven't signed a player with average ability over the height of 6'8 since 2012. (Jermaine Lippert, Njoku Ugochukwu).
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Re: Center/PF: 2018/19 Season

Postby The-Dude » Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:34 am

There is only one place where we can go to find a 7’3” stud recruit who not only can play ball and contribute, but they would also play a mean soccer game and know how to milk sheep. Would anyone like to guess where this is?
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Re: Center/PF: 2018/19 Season

Postby ptctitan » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:29 am

R.B.J1 wrote:It will be interesting, we haven't signed a player with average ability over the height of 6'8 since 2012. (Jermaine Lippert, Njoku Ugochukwu).


I believe that Lippert was 6'8". Don't know if he had average ability, but he and Solanke looked great in airports.

Blackshear is 6'8", but his progress has been hindered by leg injuries in the past 2 seasons. And he has always been foul-prone.

We need a positive surprise from either Eichler or Ballantyne plus a recruit. And we need guards who will look for the big when he slips the screen.
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Re: Center/PF: 2018/19 Season

Postby titandave » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:50 pm

ptctitan wrote:
R.B.J1 wrote:It will be interesting, we haven't signed a player with average ability over the height of 6'8 since 2012. (Jermaine Lippert, Njoku Ugochukwu).


I believe that Lippert was 6'8". Don't know if he had average ability, but he and Solanke looked great in airports. Blackshear is 6'8", but his progress has been hindered by leg injuries in the past 2 seasons. And he has always been foul-prone. We need a positive surprise from either Eichler or Ballantyne plus a recruit. And we need guards who will look for the big when he slips the screen.

I would certainly welcome a positive surprise from Eichler or Ballantyne, however, this past season neither looked comfortable playing on the inside. One possibility is Cory Hightower; in his senior year of high school, he's averaging a double-double on a Class 7A (highest level in Georgia) team that's 25-6 and playing in the semi-final game of the state championship on Saturday.
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Re: Center/PF: 2018/19 Season

Postby NC Titan » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:45 am

titandave wrote:
ptctitan wrote:
R.B.J1 wrote:It will be interesting, we haven't signed a player with average ability over the height of 6'8 since 2012. (Jermaine Lippert, Njoku Ugochukwu).


I believe that Lippert was 6'8". Don't know if he had average ability, but he and Solanke looked great in airports. Blackshear is 6'8", but his progress has been hindered by leg injuries in the past 2 seasons. And he has always been foul-prone. We need a positive surprise from either Eichler or Ballantyne plus a recruit. And we need guards who will look for the big when he slips the screen.

I would certainly welcome a positive surprise from Eichler or Ballantyne, however, this past season neither looked comfortable playing on the inside. One possibility is Cory Hightower; in his senior year of high school, he's averaging a double-double on a Class 7A (highest level in Georgia) team that's 25-6 and playing in the semi-final game of the state championship on Saturday.


I'd prefer to see Eichler in the middle and Hightower (and others) in their natural positions rather than force one of them into playing center.
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