The only thing that you said that I think would come into play would be the NBA Scout comment having little man complex--afraid to put their balls on the block and making a safe recommendation. I don't think that you see nearly as much of that now that there are two rounds.
Again, I was speaking about NOW and new GW not last year or Hobbs days.
Right now, with Lonergan at the helm, think about what you remember about Vermont games... do you remember Vermont nearly beating MD on the road? No, you remember Blakely killing MD in the paint and rebounding the hell out of them. If GTown wins a game ... the school wins.
DEA's list of three have slots openning up for them. They can claim serious minutes. There is just so much you can say about "waiting your turn" as it were in a GTown situation. All that does is slow development--thus rehasing my point, but I felt you needed me to make my point again.
THE STAGE: our stage is getting much more exposure. In today's world, CBS isn't as big a deal. Scouts and BBall guys can watch everything. They don't need fans, They want to see what guys do under pressure and when they have the weight of the game on their shoulders.
Finally, again speaking of having these three come to GW, that would mean that we would have a good portion of an all-met team at this school in just two years. That's going from the outhouse in local recruiting to the penthouse in two years. They would be representing Washington DC hoops and get TONS of coverage. It would approach the times when Lefty started getting mega recruiting classes.
Look, I was sitting with herve watching the disaster that was the Loyola game... as a fan it was stupid, but for the coach is was an embarassment. My immediate impression was that we are going to have to add 2 more years to the turnaround time table. Then, I saw players start to get a bit of personal success. I saw them start to feel it--no wins to bank, but good vibes. What we had last year was a scoring guard who had to also handle the ball pretty much all the time and a collection of roll players, for the most part. Our other impact players had this issue or that, so Taylor was the man. Replacing Taylor, Ware and Edwards, we have 6 guys who are very highly regarded.
Just do the math, GW is going uptempo as much as possible when we get the opportunity. Look at the six guys coming in, they all rebound their position very well I'm thinking that we are at 45 to 55 by years end. If we add three all met types per the hypothesis, and continue to ramp up the schedule and PR, we are looking at the 20 to 35 which will put us well within the radar range of scouts everywhere. And, remember who we have recruited and added, a point guard Parade All American, a combo guard All-Met, both of these guys can make their teammates look better--they pass very well--they do the dirty work and they have real competitive spirits. Then you add Garino who seems to be bigger than the 6'5 that gets hung on him and he is amazingly quick and by far the best young passer that I have seen since Carl E. You add a leader like Armwood and two passers like Larsen and Paris, both with 3 point shots.
MV, I know that I can be tiresome repeating what we all should know, but the point is that this team is being built on what seems to be a master plan. Players are set up to succeed. A guy like Jenkins only has to look back a couple of seasons to the Vermont game tape to know what his upside could be. Sure, you could say that GTown has sent its share of guys to the pros with great success, but where is the individuality and accomplishment? Jenkins can look at this team and can look at that Vermont team and see that this team has so much more than Vermont and still has a great need for a 6'6 or 6'7 250 scorer in the paint. He'd be the man... of course, sharing it with others and also the likes of a Hart if he also came.
I was living downtown near the Phone Booth during the 05/06 season. Most GW fans were totally unaware of how much attantion and love that GW team was getting. For two years, people had started to really grab our team as their own. They have gotten tired of MD and Gtown. We were new and exciting. Everyone at GW is on the same page and excited. It starts now. This is not the way it is at GTown and that explains a bit why a guy like Hart is visiting us with an offer in hand.