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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 5 days 14 hours ago #359844

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MCNPA wrote: Yeah it’s pretty funny but Heron has really quietly been very good. Not sure why it seems that way, but I actually think he has a lot of room to get better too. He looked confused under Lavin and as mentioned was injured as well. Hopefully the new system jives even better with his game. He’s definitely gonna be in better shape as well.

Freudian slip? Lavin coaching from the studio? ;) :)

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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 5 days 14 hours ago #359846

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Paul Massell wrote: Cain's senior season is one of my all time favorites for any player. However I would not say it was only a matter of opportunity. Whether it was hard work, maturity or coaching that got him to his senior season level, he pretty much squandered almost every opportunity he had before his senior season. It got to a point where he would come into a game and I would start a countdown and almost on queue he'd turn the ball over. The contrasting poise, made his senior season that much more enjoyable.

Carnesecca yanked him every time he made a mistake, It was always apparent that he was a very good distributor and more of a true PG than Buchanan. When he got his chance, he delivered.
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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 5 days 13 hours ago #359847

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bamafan wrote:

MCNPA wrote: Yeah it’s pretty funny but Heron has really quietly been very good. Not sure why it seems that way, but I actually think he has a lot of room to get better too. He looked confused under Lavin and as mentioned was injured as well. Hopefully the new system jives even better with his game. He’s definitely gonna be in better shape as well.

Freudian slip? Lavin coaching from the studio? ;) :)


Haha. Just noticed that. I meant Mullin. He would have loved Lavin probably. Better coach than Mullin.

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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 5 days 13 hours ago #359848

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Agree that Mustapha has very consistent three year stats. But last year was a bit strange in that, while he averaged 14.6, he had 8 games below 10 and 6 games above 20. He looked great some games and out of sync others. Seems like it was a combination of injuries & chemistry.

Like others have expressed, I see him having a break out year with a new coach and a year under his belt where he is expected to be the leader.
If he's not first team all BE, I will be a bit surprised.
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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 5 days 12 hours ago #359850

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NCJohnnie wrote: Agree that Mustapha has very consistent three year stats. But last year was a bit strange in that, while he averaged 14.6, he had 8 games below 10 and 6 games above 20. He looked great some games and out of sync others. Seems like it was a combination of injuries & chemistry.

Like others have expressed, I see him having a break out year with a new coach and a year under his belt where he is expected to be the leader.
If he's not first team all BE, I will be a bit surprised.


Heron is not injured.
Heron is in super shape.
Heron is not joining a group of p’ayers Where he is looking to fit in.
Heron is not playing with someone who dominated the ball.
Heron is the elder statesman team leader.
Héron will play with a pass first pg.
Heron is one of only two proven scorers on the team.
Heron will be playing in an uptempo offense.
For all of these reasons and more which other more knowledgeable posters can point out Heron should have a great senior season.
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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 3 days 22 hours ago #359935

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NCJohnnie wrote: Agree that Mustapha has very consistent three year stats. But last year was a bit strange in that, while he averaged 14.6, he had 8 games below 10 and 6 games above 20. He looked great some games and out of sync others. Seems like it was a combination of injuries & chemistry. I think Heron realizes he is playing for a possible NBA career . He needs a super Season to reach getting drafted in the second round . I hope his handle improved over the summer , being left hand dominant as he is , he seemed to lose the ball a lot going to the hoop . I think he is better playing around the key than getting stuck in the corners . He only goes left from that spot and is easily defended . Plus , he’s a better shot from the elbow than either corner.

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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 2 days 15 hours ago #360007

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MCNPA wrote: Yeah it’s pretty funny but Heron has really quietly been very good. Not sure why it seems that way, but I actually think he has a lot of room to get better too. He looked confused under Lavin and as mentioned was injured as well. Hopefully the new system jives even better with his game. He’s definitely gonna be in better shape as well.


Yes Heron has been a very good college basketball player. I think the point is he hasn't exactly played to the level you would expect of the #18 player in the class of 2016 over his first 3 years, just like SirDom didn't play like the 35th player in the class of 2011 over his first three years. Heron has been better over 3 years than Dom was. But Dom's Sr year he was awesome and almost up to his HS ranking. If Heron does the same it would be a special year for him and that obviously would help a team that's going to need all the help it can get.
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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 20 hours 31 minutes ago #360108

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OLV72 wrote: Seriously, I wasn't thinking about numbers. Pointer came out and made the best of his final year. There was more to it than just playing a different position. He reached his potential in that final season.

I can see Heron do the same thing this season.


Say what you want about Lavin (remember Keady was still on this bench). In year one he radically changed roles and the lineup by benching Boothe and Evans in favor of Hardy and Brownlee. Hardy played out of position at the point, but his fair ball handling never cost us. Brownlee had a great year until he broke his finger, and DJ Kennedy was relegated to third wheel where he also excelled, filling out a scoresheet with rebounds, points, and assists.

Pointer was turned into a point of sorts, pushing the ball up court on every possession. The team strategy was changed to maximize Pointer's athleticism, and Pointer didn't disappoint - blocked shots, steals, transition baskets, and free up Harrison and Greene to shoot from the wings. When you think about up, until Harrison got banged up badly, this was a dark horse team to go deep in the tourney.

The decision to play Pointer the way he did maximized Pointer's abilities to the Nth degree and almost got him to the NBA.

Say anything you want about Lavin, but his two best seasons were derailed by key injuries that wrecked our post season chances (including the season ending injury to Kennedy in the BET.) Well that and a thick haze of smoke around Obekpa.

Both seasons included strategic decisions that both work out very well and although injuries are a part of the game, Lavin could still be here.
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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 13 hours 54 minutes ago #360130

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Are you saying the school jumped to fast and we should have stayed with Lsvin

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Coach Anderson's recruiting article 8 hours 22 minutes ago #360150

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I don't think there is any question that Heron's junior season at St. John's was uneven at best, and as a result would be a C plus at best.

He has enormous upside where even last season could go off for 28 points one night, but struggle to score the next. The low point was capped by his horrendous performance in the ncaa play in game. The real Heron shows up at his best and we coast into the first round.

Fully expect him to score between 16 and 21 ppg but more importantly have a consistent season where he will be productive game in and out.

Agree that last season was not completely of his doing and that it got into his head. Numbers alone weren't bad but most agree he can be much better.
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