[quote="tundra, post:9, topic:1405"]OK....thanks.................BUT, it's not the time to discuss record review now. The topic is best served toward the end/at the end of the season. The preseason is for hope and anticipation...........!![/quote]
I agree, but it’s either that or knee-jerk kool-aid spamming. the glass-half-empties feel the need to excersize their right to show coach’s record, as if people are unaware of the coach’s record, as if the record data proves that coach doesn’t deserve to be here or some theory. They can present all the fact they want, but the facts are the PSU is not a traditional college basketball power and play in arguably the toughest conference in America. So coach may have a sub-500 conference record in the BigTen, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t improved a program that besides one or two years, was consistently at or near the bottom. If you compare PSU’s current roster to PSU’s roster from 2001-2003, the talent and competitiveness of the roster far exceeds what was there when coach came onboard. After the Crispins left, we had very little chance to win for 2 years. Now we have a good chance to win. Big difference.
In fairness, I thought the roster was fine when ED got here. Not sure why guys like DfRS and Brandon Cameron lerft early. And then Jagla left with a year left. Seemed like the entire roster turned over that first season. And there wasn’t any depth to recruiting for years – we had to keep recruiting seniors only for a bit. So I get why things have taken so long. But really, this has to be a big year. If not, then when? Next year, if everyone eligible returns, we’ll have essentially one senior (Woodyard), one junior (Frazier), six sophomores (Marshall, Buie, Bowman, Graham, Borovnjak and Oliver) and five freshmen (Alexis, Ackerman, Lewis, Travis and TBD). Granted three of the sophomores would be upperclassmen academically (including 4th year sophomore Oliver). But they still might have limited game experience depending on their roles this season. Now is the time.
I think it will be better, and I’m getting more optimistic(caveat: this happens every fall). As much as I’m a fan of Buie, it was good to read djones, cause you can never tell how quickly someone can adjust to the college game(see Talor’s 1st 10 for idea). But if guys can’t stop him in practice, that’s a great sign. Frazier too. To me, that means a few more wins over last year, just on those two. Maybe Wisky, UM, Illinois, Purdue become wins. That’d be 7 wins. The growth of the 4 seniors will help. IMO, if 3 newbies can really chip in, i.e., Oliver, Bowman, Cam and Marshall, it should be good for a bit more. By chip in, I mean more than 2-3 mpg, meaningful minutes from maybe 2 of them. Last year, I liked Tim, Chris, Talor in at same time. Tim at pg took the double team off Talor. This year, Tim, Taran and Talor will be murder to cover, esp if Tim’s at the point. You can’t double anybody who’s not pg, not at guard, not really. And if Tim’s not in, Taran will create issues, so they won’t double Talor. IMO, the biggest issue last year on “O” was in the halfcourt, passing around the arc til 3 seconds were left. I see that changing big time. Lots of penetration and kickouts.
I liked this from Kirkpatrick, "Called Tre Bowman and Taran Buie “very athletic guards” and said Jonathan Graham “really has the ability to block shots down there.” (from bsd) and this from Graham, “Believes fellow freshman Taran Buie will be a big contributor this season.” (bsd)