just some thoughts based on all the comments so far for the predictions for the makeup/lineups/minutes/abilities of the new eligible players added to the returnees. My thoughts are predicated on watching all our games last season and ONLY the videos of the new guys coming out of high school/college transfer action. Did some of you fellas get to view the team practicing last season? or since the CA tournament? Any real input from you would be appreciated. Also the player's physical improvements you may have witnessed would be nice,i.e. weight(muscle), vertical, ball handling, attitude(I expect excellent though possibly negative for those not seeing an improvement in PT),etc, etc.
So- Mutts looks like a guy with tons of enthusiasm and strength- I'm hopeful he possesses enough strength and technique(blocking out, moves,etc.) to be a productive small forward and earn a good # of minutes.
Darling appears to have the right stuff to be quite an asset, Can he play tough defense and rebound? He appears from what I believe to possess solid scoring skills? should be getting a good # of minutes. Can and is he willing to be the point guard???
Painter- sounded like a nice pickup with an excellent hs bio, being recruited by Villanova, nice size with reasonable weight, but then things get murky.
The best I can garner is that though he had very limited pt with V, he must have a quite reasonably high potential to contribute at the CAA level at least for us. The practice v V's quality players for years should have made him tough. Better than Goss?- hopefully a good bit more. Goss improved through the season as a backup, but I believe he is really only valuable in certain matchups v opponents and the UD group on the floor with him. He lacks the speed/reactions to be a plus for us.
Horton( oh yeah), Allen(yeah), and Anderson( potential high, not a true point guard). The kid, if he continues his rapid improvement viewed at the end of the season, is a real weapon slashing to the bucket, but he must prove the 3( or 2s) will be there consistently.
Veretto and Cushing??? V hustles and gives good O, but can he handle the necessary D required under the boards?
C- can't really evaluate , and it appears that MI doesn't favor him with pt a la last season?
Rufo, Long- I have no clue except in the few minutes on court, R. showed some ability.
SO- Lots of possibilities for next season. MI seems to have brought in some pretty good talent for winning a CAA title if he utilizes them properly. This will be year 4, and he needs to have an outstanding season not including cupcake wins. I still believe that he must pick up an experienced type of big guy((like Owens from Tx. Tech) to complete the jigsaw puzzle. The four guard system ain't gonna hack it in today's game unless you possess outstanding Virginia type biggish men( H.+D.) who are RARE GEMS.
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Keep the faith kick butt go Hens