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Mullin 1 week 1 day ago #281281

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austour wrote:

L J S A wrote:

Dan V wrote: Or maybe Alford thinks Grace is going to get busted in the whole FBI investgation so he let him go early to save his own a**.


Grace was in the military for 20 years. He has stated that because of that background he has too much integrity to cheat.


There's plenty of folks lacking integrity in the military so him saying it doesn't mean it' so.


It’s not categorical. It depends. Integrity is an individual attribute —not an occupational one.
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Welcome Caraher 6 days 18 hours ago #281497

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Mike Zaun wrote: Paultz, sometimes I wonder if you're secretly Matt A, St. Jean, Mullin, or Goff. Either that or you can tolerate a lot more failure than I can...in a good way. I agree, let's wait and see what the roster looks like and what big we get. That being said, it's pretty clear that Mullin desperately needs a real assistant. That can't be spun into "just wait and see" IMO. Again, he's solidly on the hot seat according to every major college hoops pundit and it's obvious to everyone who isn't biased. There's smoke coming from the windows and there are some in denial of the fire inside the building. Imagine going up to a person watching smoke billowing from the windows of an office building and saying "there's no fire...it's just your imagination". They'd look at you cock-eyed. Mullin gets one more year to show he can have even mild success. I just think fans have seen this movie before and it usually doesn't end as nicely as you seem to imply it will.

Caraher is a good get but I'm not letting that cloud next year's importance or the obvious absence of a solid big transfer and lack of big man development.

Frankly I was never a big fan of hiring Chris, but interested in seeing him succeed. Next season to me is very important. I just don’t believe in droning on about the staff shortcomings at this point & will leave that to you.
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Welcome Caraher 6 days 17 hours ago #281499

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Paultzman wrote: Who are we are we kidding? Easy to say “get two” but we are not being inundated with big prospects. Was told Femi apparently wanted a place where he could display his offensive skills to maximize his chances of earning $$ somewhere professionally. Our guard oriented approach was not appealing to him apparently. It is not like bigs are lining up at our door. Get a serviceable player who can rebound, set picks and do the dirty work. If not, tough season awaits imo.


Funny you say that as I was thinking to myself, I said self, the need for multiple bigs is not as severe as some make it out to be purely because of the nature of the system. I don't see them switching to inside out no matter who comes along, unfortunately.

Keita will likely be able to replace Owens rebounding and defense while being a little short on the offensive production, Dixon will probably replace Ahmed's offense while being a little short on the rebounding side (he did average close to 5 per game at SF). The only other upgrade is the potential of Greg Williams. Sure the returnees will mature and improve, so will everyone else's.

I guess my cynicism is based on the fact that the last place team in the BE replaced 2 starters with players who are not marked improvements over their predecessors and didn't add much else, if Diakite, Roberts and Earlington are the projects everyone says they are. If they are then combined they can probably replace Kassoum and Amar. ;)

The only real hope I see to be a really good team is Shamorie becoming a Hatten/Hardy type of force who can take over games completely and will the team to wins, and besides two games last year I didn't see Shamorie, as great as he is, as that type of player. Otherwise I see a struggle to get to .500 in conference, and potentially contending for the bubble.

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austour wrote:

Paultzman wrote: Who are we are we kidding? Easy to say “get two” but we are not being inundated with big prospects. Was told Femi apparently wanted a place where he could display his offensive skills to maximize his chances of earning $$ somewhere professionally. Our guard oriented approach was not appealing to him apparently. It is not like bigs are lining up at our door. Get a serviceable player who can rebound, set picks and do the dirty work. If not, tough season awaits imo.


Funny you say that as I was thinking to myself, I said self, the need for multiple bigs is not as severe as some make it out to be purely because of the nature of the system. I don't see them switching to inside out no matter who comes along, unfortunately.

Keita will likely be able to replace Owens rebounding and defense while being a little short on the offensive production, Dixon will probably replace Ahmed's offense while being a little short on the rebounding side (he did average close to 5 per game at SF). The only other upgrade is the potential of Greg Williams. Sure the returnees will mature and improve, so will everyone else's.

I guess my cynicism is based on the fact that the last place team in the BE replaced 2 starters with players who are not marked improvements over their predecessors and didn't add much else, if Diakite, Roberts and Earlington are the projects everyone says they are. If they are then combined they can probably replace Kassoum and Amar. ;)

The only real hope I see to be a really good team is Shamorie becoming a Hatten/Hardy type of force who can take over games completely and will the team to wins, and besides two games last year I didn't see Shamorie, as great as he is, as that type of player. Otherwise I see a struggle to get to .500 in conference, and potentially contending for the bubble.


I also have Ponds a shade below Hatten/ Hardy much to the chagrin of a few posters. But as has been pointed out to me both Hardy and Hatten were older than Ponds is even now. Ponds also has Clark and Simon which is honestly better than anything Hatten got to play with though Hardy had a better team. I am betting on Ponds and Mullin to finish around 500 in BE and to win around 20 and get in as 8th seed.

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Welcome Caraher 6 days 17 hours ago #281502

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Mike Zaun wrote: Paultz, sometimes I wonder if you're secretly Matt A, St. Jean, Mullin, or Goff. Either that or you can tolerate a lot more failure than I can...in a good way. I agree, let's wait and see what the roster looks like and what big we get. That being said, it's pretty clear that Mullin desperately needs a real assistant. That can't be spun into "just wait and see" IMO. Again, he's solidly on the hot seat according to every major college hoops pundit and it's obvious to everyone who isn't biased. There's smoke coming from the windows and there are some in denial of the fire inside the building. Imagine going up to a person watching smoke billowing from the windows of an office building and saying "there's no fire...it's just your imagination". They'd look at you cock-eyed. Mullin gets one more year to show he can have even mild success. I just think fans have seen this movie before and it usually doesn't end as nicely as you seem to imply it will.

Caraher is a good get but I'm not letting that cloud next year's importance or the obvious absence of a solid big transfer and lack of big man development.

Frankly I was never a big fan of hiring Chris, but interested in seeing him succeed. Next season to me is very important. I just don’t believe in droning on about the staff shortcomings at this point & will leave that to you.


I appreciate your honesty about the Mullin hire. I didn't meet one fan at the time of the hire that was optimistic about hiring a completely inexperienced coach. What gave me and others hope was recruiting over the coaching deficiency by the hiring of Slice and Matt. I believed that Matt would excel at the transfer game as he did at Iowa State and Slice would work all the local talent and high level preps as he did at Pitt and Kentucky. When, in the summer of 2016 that duo and Mullin has a falling out, recruiting talent to cover the staff's inexperience became a long shot and it shows in our difficulty in maintaining relationships with some of the top talent because, as has been mentioned here 100 times, Matt cannot do it all and Mitch Richmond obviously has not filled the void left by Slice. Without reconfiguring roles on the staff or adding someone like Rice this staff will have a very difficult time moving from the bottom 5 to the top 5 five where NCAA consideration becomes automatic. I agree we have no choice but to wait and see and have passed the baton to young Mike Zaun to point out the coaching deficiencies in the 4th year because frankly many of us older fans have bigger and more important issues in our lives than worrying about if Mullin gets it or not.

At St. John's nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
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At St. John's nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

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Cooley was seen at T.F. Green Airport at 5 a.m. Monday morning. It was yet another reminder that there’s no offseason when it comes to recruiting. The first of two April AAU evaluation periods is scheduled for this coming weekend.

“Recruiting is an everyday process,” said Cooley. “It’s like oxygen. You can’t recruit, you can’t breathe.

WE AREN'T EVEN DePAUL
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Tom in Salem wrote: Cooley was seen at T.F. Green Airport at 5 a.m. Monday morning. It was yet another reminder that there’s no offseason when it comes to recruiting. The first of two April AAU evaluation periods is scheduled for this coming weekend.

“Recruiting is an everyday process,” said Cooley. “It’s like oxygen. You can’t recruit, you can’t breathe.


2018 recruiting class rankings (according to 247):
#14 Nova
#18 Providence
#29 Georgetown
#35 Creighton
#45 DePaul
#53 Seton Hall
#54 Xavier
#72 St. John's
#97 Marquette
#139 Butler

Cooley certainly doing an excellent job in all aspects. Best part of those rankings is that the top 3 (4?) coaches aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Actually, I'd say nobody in the conference will be leaving the next couple years unless they're fired.
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Cooley stays hungry. Lives and breathes every aspect of the job.
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Mullin 6 days 15 hours ago #281516

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Tom in Salem wrote: Cooley was seen at T.F. Green Airport at 5 a.m. Monday morning. It was yet another reminder that there’s no offseason when it comes to recruiting. The first of two April AAU evaluation periods is scheduled for this coming weekend.

“Recruiting is an everyday process,” said Cooley. “It’s like oxygen. You can’t recruit, you can’t breathe.


He was only there that early because you can't get anywhere from Providence, you need to connect. Add's 1-2 hours to any trip. ;)
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Mullin 6 days 13 hours ago #281527

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Recruiting rankings are always a little skewed because volume counts especially in the 247. That being said Nova, Prov, and Gtown really knocked it out of the park. Bulter, Hall, and us are counting on our transfers and RS to make the biggest impact.

Still I hate finishing last in the big east and then having the 8th best class.
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