How's everybody doing? Plenty to talk about this week. Who wants to get things started?
Hey Pride, very good. Basketball is in the air. Very excited for tomorrow's game.
I was at today's practice, and I have to say I was impressed. There was really good energy. I think the guys are happy with the move. Cain is a very passionate, hands-on coach, so hopefully he can get the most out of the resources they have.
Can't argue with that. Being 23, I still have a while before I have to pick family over basketball.
I wasn't surprised that it happened, but the timing didi catch me off guard. I thought they'd wait until the end of the season. It does show a sense of urgency from Christensen though. I think he knows that if the Pokes don't reach a bowl game, he could be gone.
I like Cain as the pick for interim d-coordinator. He's basically the opposite of Tormey. Young, can relate to the kids, a definite motivator. He'll bring energy to say the least.
He's never been a coordinator on any level, but right now it's not about making big changes. All he needs to do is get the most out of his players and avoid big plays.
Lots of question marks on starters. My guess is Grabau, Adams, Sobey, Cooke and Nance. I think Washington, Hankerson and Granberry will also play a lot.
Haldorson and Sellers have also come on in the offseason. They'll need to add a boost on the interior.
I think that's a good move. He still said he thought the guys were thinking too much. He wants to make things easy and let them play fast. With a team that doesn't have a strong understanding of schemes, it's best not to add more to the mix.
I think they're capable of another 20-win season. It'll be interesting since they're so young, but they're deeper now than they've been. The question is whether they'll get the scoring they need.
Not sure how much you'll see from McManamen, Tyser, Herndon and Bentz. I realize some of those are walk-ons, but a lot of guys have a chance to contribute.
With the same players and similar schemes, I don't think you'll see overwhelming improvement. And they're going against some of the Mountain West's best offenses the next few weeks. They should be hoping for marginal improvement, enough to get wins.
The biggest emphasis right now is limiting big plays. There were six passes of 30+ yards against San Jose State.
They don't have many "true seniors", but we'll see what that really means. Talent is more important than experience.
I think he's still learning the game, but he could be good. He's only been playing basketball for two years, which is crazy. But you can't teach 6-10, and it seems like he has good ball skills and is a real high character guy. Will fit in well.
Shyatt said the team's biggest weakness last year was physicality inside, so he's hoping Cooke and Sellers can step up with interior D and rebounding. The team is young, and he's still trying to teach that tenacious defensive attitude. But he says because they can go so deep, they have the chance to be very good defensively.
Yep, and get this. He grew 11 inches from freshman to sophomore year of HS, and 2 inches since then. He may not be done growing.
I know. The kid wasn't even interested in basketball before he started growing. But when you're that size, why not?
HA, easier said than done. I have to say though, I'm really excited about their recruiting class this year. This time is honestly built for next season.
The only guys they'll lose after this year are Sobey and Granberry, The rest will return, plus recruits.
Lots of things. First off, rotations. Shyatt said he is not set at all on a starting 5. It'll be interesting to see who starts the game. I'm also interested to see how Washington runs the offense. Shyatt is very excited about the freshman.
Personally, I've said this for the past few weeks. If he makes a bowl, he stays. If not, he goes. Has to go 2-2 the rest of the way.
Experience really doesn't matter as much in the recent college game, when the big teams are built on freshmen that stay for a year and then bolt for the NBA. But I think Shyatt is excited about all the potential rotations he can use this year. He can go big or small with relative ease. Hasn't been the case in the past.