Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Watched what I could of the live practice

Enjoyed seeing Jarvis Hayes again.  Good to have the interviews, but I would have preferred to see the team do more drills.  It was much more "Media Day" than "Live Stream of Practice."  Guess we won't know about much about how the guys look until the exhibition game.

With that said, here are a few observations:

Kenny Gaines looks thicker.  Without seeing him move around, it's hard to tell if he's put on good weight, or whether he has gained weight because he hasn't been able to participate fully in conditioning drills.

Juwan Parker has a brace on his leg.  Likely means he won't play much at the beginning of the year.

Fox has Turtle Jackson learning the point.  Great to be three-deep at the point guard position, especially in light of the two recruits scheduled to come in next year, but it makes me wonder what we will do this year if Kenny and Juwan don't heal completely.  I guess that by learning the point, Jackson should be able to know where the two-guard is supposed to go, so it stands to reason that he could play the shooting guard position if needed.

E'Torrion Wilridge does indeed have a nice stroke.  Elbow is locked in tight and good follow-through.

Derek Ogbeide is a man in the post.  Once again, I am reminded of Cordy Glenn, a guy who got better and better every year on the O-line for the football Dawgs.  It's rare to get a stocky guy who also plays above the rim.  Jeremy Price and Takais Brown were two former Dawgs hoops players who had the beef, but lacked the explosiveness.  Chris Barnes of a few years ago is probably the best comparison.

Fox seems to think that Kenny Paul Geno took a significant step forward in the off-season.  KPG is such a "tweener" that I really don't expect him to get a lot of minutes.  He can jump and has a fairly reasonable shooting motion if he gets his feet set.  However, he doesn't seem big enough for the power forward position, nor quick enough for the wing.  If he scores 5 points a night, I would be surprised.  I would love to be wrong.

They are referring to Mike Edwards as being 6' 10".  Is that right?  Whether he's 6' 9" or 10", if he runs the floor like they say he can, he will be a load for other teams to handle this year.

Looking forward to the season.

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