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Nice article this morning. Sounds like Blaine is very happy. I like the part where he said this will put us in the top 20....of Junior Colleges, refferring to the many youngsters who will be on the team next year.
Regarding the final recruiting slot it is sounding more and more like we may be done, UNLESS and hopefully, we can sign Robert Ferguson. Harry Minium reported that we are still trying to sign Ferguson. He also said that ODU had "been in contact" with Mike Lasme. That sounds to me that he would be more of a long shot. Would love either, they are both great players !!!
04-24-2003, 09:11 AM
Mac, I assume this article isn't online. I didn't find it earlier this am.
ODUSORTS.com has a nice article:
http://odusports.ocsn.com/sports/m-bask ... 03aaa.html (http://odusports.ocsn.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/042303aaa.html)
No, it's in the real newspaper.
04-24-2003, 11:35 AM
I agree that it did sound like Blaine Taylor is done for this year unless we somehow got Robert. More and more it is sounding like he will be a long shot, but you can always hope. I am confident that Blaine is working his magic on Ferguson and you never know what might happen. If we do get him this would be an amazing class.
I agree with Mac. It sounds like the recruiting class is set unless Ferguson comes.
Here are some of the highlights of the article ("ODU Will be Young, Talented After Strong Recruiting Year" by Harry Minium) for the out of town folks:
"I expect we'll be ranked in the top 20 in the junior college rankes."--Blaine Taylor, referring to the 8-9 freshman and sophomores on the roster next year.
"This should make it a lot of fun. Had we not been able to add to last year's recruiting in a good way, we would have taken a step backward."--Taylor on the back to back strong recruiting classes.
"Arnaud is an eye-opening prospect because of the excitement his game offers. Many people feel like that from day one, he will be able to help us."--Taylor on Dahi.
"One of the things we've neeed to improve upon is to be able to shoot the ball consistently from the perimeter. Abdi was a 47 percent 3-point shooter over a four-year career."--Taylor on Lidonde.
"Forget the ratings. This kid can play."--Boo Williams on Vasylius.
04-24-2003, 03:55 PM
I like Boo Williams comment on Val. It doesn't make sense why recruiting agencies would stop evaluating a player even if hes signed already. It is supposed to be the best players in high school, not the best available players. If this were the case then Lebron James should never have been on the list of top high school players cause he's not coming to the college ranks barring some miracle. I say this cause kids just don't realize how beneficial it is to go to college a year or two then move up. I would take Caramelo Anthony over Lebron any day of the week. At least Anthony can hit threes every once in a while, where as Lebron is lucky if he hits any jump shots.
04-24-2003, 08:16 PM
In my mind, Val is a big part of this class. I know what Dahi will give, a starting SF for the next four years, who will make a few All CAA teams before he's done.
I have an idea what Lidonde will give us, some quality minutes off the bench this season, someone to open up the floor, and give us a real good second scorer to Dahi for the next few years.
The question, in my mind, is whether Val can be a top frontcourt player in the league, down the road. If he can contribute this season, start by next year, and have a chance at being in the top half dozen or so forwards by his jr year, this class will be special. You need more than one or two players, you need depth.
Two years from now, Alex and Dahi will be among the top 5-10 players in the league. Hopefully, Lidonde and Val won't be far behind.
Hunter needs to continue to improve, as does Janko.
04-24-2003, 08:31 PM
Here's the link: http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/st ... &ran=39507 (http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=53188&ran=39507)
BTW, with all these signings now official, here's my lineup:
PG Hunter (Nance seeing plenty of time)
SG Waller (Lidonde pushing him, maybe takes spot by mid season)
SF Dahi (Waldon seeing some time here)
PF Val (Waldon seeing some time here, as well as Alex)
C Alex (Janko seeing time, probably @ 15 MPG)
04-25-2003, 12:15 PM
I think Anthony is a better prospect than James, too.
Every all-star game I saw, James does a lot of cherry picking. His outside shot is not that accurate. He has a lot of improving to do before he makes a decent NBA player. The press already rates him as the next coming of MJ, wrong.
James has good size, but I think he is extremely immature and will be looking for the easy road. This attitude won't make it in the NBA. He better spend all summer with Charles Barkley.
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