A-10 Media Day
Created: 10/14/2014 10:12:21 AMReplies: 33
10/14/2014 10:12:21 AM - BM - 4,968 posts (#3)
GW picked second, Garino first team, Larsen Second team, Savage Third team. Garino All-Defensive.
10/14/2014 10:36:24 AM - BM - 4,968 posts (#3)
10/14/2014 10:43:38 AM - alum1 - 676 posts (#35)
10/14/2014 11:15:20 AM - Mentzinger - 3,398 posts (#6)
Wow. Lofty. Two, possibly three first-temers next season.
10/14/2014 11:26:57 AM - The MV - 1 posts (#246)
Three different players on the three all-league teams and the guy who many of us think is the best option to take a shot with the game on the line isn't one of them. I love it.
Very excited to see the second place prediction. Unlike last year, this team wasn't going to be sneaking up on anyone regardless of where it was predicted to finish. That said, I think this gives the team a ton of confidence headed into the season.
10/14/2014 1:16:37 PM - Long Suffering Fan - 3,570 posts (#5)
Not worried about 1-4. I worry about 5-13. (Actually I worry about the health of 1-4). Don't drink too much of the Kool Aid...at least not yet. There is only so much room for long suffering fans.
10/14/2014 2:13:30 PM - Free Quebec - 5,779 posts (#2)
Very interesting that the coaches seem to be putting more stock in the regular season last year than Dayton's NCAA run.
I've said this before, but matchups (and health and sometimes just momentum) are the differnce between winning a couple games in March and losing 1st round. I have never believed that dayton's Elite 8 run is a better predictor of future performance than their up and down regular season, though I do think they found an identity. All this to say that I am glad to see coaches pick us ahead of them and it seems logical to me.
One other non-GW note, I am very glad to see Yousou Ndoye get 3rd team. He really surprised me last year with how much better he got and what a force he was at times. I suspect he is the most underrated player in the league. I'm surprised he was recognized, but i think it's deserved.
10/14/2014 3:03:55 PM - The MV - 1 posts (#246)
Some interesting observations by ML:
Kopriva to likely start but Yuta to see lots of minutes at the 4.
Bryant is the other freshman most likely to crack the rotation at the start of the season.
Pato is the team's best defender and has a chance to be the team's best offensive player too.
Kevin is the team's best passer.
Kethan is likely the best ball handler on the team.
Kethan is 100%. Joe had surgery on his hips (plural, in case there was any doubt) and should regain the athleticism that he had in high school.
10/14/2014 3:19:09 PM - BM - 4,968 posts (#3)
Thanks MV. Answers my burning question: "which of the freshmen likely to get the most playing time". Interesting that he mentioned GW fans knowing JoeMac is the straw that stirs the drink. Reading the board much?
10/14/2014 3:41:36 PM - Long Suffering Fan - 3,570 posts (#5)
That only leaves us with a 7 man rotation (core 4, Kopriva, Yuta and Bryant). Look to see at least one other player with signficant minutes (Griffin? Jorgensen? Cimino?) With the comment about Kethan being the best ball handler, this is additional reason to believe that JoeMac will be seeing much time at the "2". I would love to see Savage at the point, given his explosiveness and lack of a consistent outside shot. Also relieved to hear that Kethan is back to 100%. As for Larsen being the best passer on the team..a key reason why I think Kevin should get a touch every possession. If that is to occur, then the preseason 2nd team all conference will be very warranted. It all starts with everyone looking for him.
10/14/2014 3:56:06 PM - Free Quebec - 5,779 posts (#2)
Agree, LSF. We need to force teams to double and triple KevLar down low and at the high post - and then burn them when they do. But the offense should look for him as much as possible.
10/14/2014 3:59:05 PM - BM - 4,968 posts (#3)
10/14/2014 4:29:48 PM - NJ Colonial - 1,698 posts (#17)
At last night's reception in NYC, Lonergan gave the impression that it's killing him that Cavanaugh has to sit out a year - really high on him.
10/14/2014 4:34:51 PM - BM - 4,968 posts (#3)
From seeing him at Kenner, we'd be a top 25 team if Cavs was playing.
10/14/2014 5:10:34 PM - The MV - 1 posts (#246)
LSF, ML indicated that Yuta and Bryant had the best chances of cracking the rotation at the start of the season but I wouldn't take this to mean that they will be the only two. In fact, all five might though this comment tells me that early on, Yuta and Darian may be 18-22 minute players while the other three could see more like 5-15.
10/14/2014 6:01:44 PM - pops - 348 posts (#64)
i did not hear the interview, but i am very surprised jorgensen wasn't singled out as ready to crack the rotation. also i'm not sure you can draw the inference that if savage is the best ball handler, he and joemac will switch. as explosive as kethan can be, he is not the passer or decision maker that joemac is, nor does he protect the ball as well.
ML's comments regarding Yuta make you think he really believes he has a star in the making. As for Bryant, how great is that! No one out side of us even gave him a thought. but he plays like a junior and has the body to match.
LSF, your fears about 5-13 are just silly. get ready to enjoy yourself!
10/14/2014 6:10:21 PM - The MV - 1 posts (#246)
Pops, a lot of Jorgensen talk right now may not be the best thing for Joe or Kethan to be hearing as they both play their way back from injuries. One thing about Lonergan, he's a bright guy.
10/14/2014 7:21:17 PM - Your board handle - 2 posts (#245)
-1 MV. If you think Joe or Kethan cares about Paul getting talked up, you don't know the first thing about either of these young men off of the court.
10/14/2014 7:33:40 PM - Kaj - 22 posts (#225)
Lol, Shaka taking shots at Kentucky. "They just happen to have the kind of money that they can add a guy to tell them what time it is every five minutes.”
10/14/2014 8:57:32 PM - cagwu - 621 posts (#37)
10/14/2014 9:07:01 PM - herve - 8,588 posts (#1)
Like the JoeMac defense love from CAGWU's link!
10/14/2014 10:00:45 PM - Long Suffering Fan - 3,570 posts (#5)
Pops...I am always ready to enjoy myself at the start of the season. But after the top 4, we have a limited role player in Kopriva, an unproven shooting guard in Griffin, 5 freshmen and a non-scholarship player. Why are my fears here silly?
10/15/2014 12:27:02 AM - bobo - 2,966 posts (#7)
LSF, it's silly because you continously contend that depending on freshman to fill back up roles is to be feared. Just about every high level program in the country now depends on freshmen to play quality minutes, either as starters but at least as bench players. It's completely reassonable to believe that this year's good lookng freshmen group of 5 can produce at least 2-3 players that can contriibute off the bench for GW.
10/15/2014 9:42:14 AM - The MV - 1 posts (#246)
Whether Joe or Kethan would be bothered by ML talking up Paul is something that nobody would really know unless it was actually happening. By not mentioning PJ in the same context as Yuta and Darian, ML is doing the smart thing. First, anyone who shows up as a freshman with the nickname 'The Prince Harry of Harlem" probbaly doesn't need any added hype. The implied understanding is that Joe and Kethan represent the starting backcourt, each looking to play say 25-32 minutes a game. PJ is regarded as providing depth in the backcourt, someone who is more likely to play around 10-15 minutes a game. If ML actively talks up PJ, he creates more of an expectation that PJ should see more time on the court. Then, Joe and Kethan have to wonder if their minutes will subsequently be reduced. The much smarter solution is to keep Joe and Kethan very secure in their roles as starters and major contributors. Bring PJ along gradually and without any unnecessary hype or expectation. I agree that Joe and Kethan are completely fine right now. There's simply no point in running the risk of rocking the boat. So, ML wisely chose not to.
10/15/2014 10:26:09 AM - BM - 4,968 posts (#3)
10/15/2014 10:45:12 AM - ziik - 2,561 posts (#9)
ML seems to be a real teambuilder. We on this board seem more inclined to look for, and incite a bit of dissension. I am sure all the players are well atuned to what is hype and what is not, and who they need to please to play.
10/15/2014 11:15:42 AM - BM - 4,968 posts (#3)
PS - Darian Bryant's total stars from ESPN, Rivals AND Scout: Zero.
10/15/2014 12:06:48 PM - Thomas - 874 posts (#31)
BM, thanks for the link!! Mike Lonergan says Darian Bryant is "physically ready and can score"
I don't think ML is playing any sort of motivational or coddling games when it came to singling out Darian Bryant. The interviewer asked him, "Has One Guy Established Himself As An Instant Impact Guy" and ML immediately answered Darian Bryant. ML comes across as a straight shooter no matter who he's talking too. It will be interesting to see what position D.Bryant will play, he looks like a shooting guard to me, but he can also play some point guard and small forward because of his versatility.
10/15/2014 12:18:41 PM - Poog - 3,665 posts (#4)
10/16/2014 9:33:04 AM - bobo - 2,966 posts (#7)
You'd figure Bryant backs up Garino at the 3 to start as he's likely the best option at that spot off the bench right now. Lonergan has always been a complete straight shooter and hasn't been overly concerned about how the players would react to his public statements. If Prince Harry was lighting it up in practice I'm sure he'd let everyone know and not give a rip if that offended Savage or McDonald.
10/16/2014 10:56:30 AM - Free Quebec - 5,779 posts (#2)
Seems like a lot of parsing here. Coach pointed out a freshman who he believes will make an instant impact... and it's a guy who was the least heralded of our recruits.
Don't worry, behappy.
10/16/2014 1:40:47 PM - Long Suffering Fan - 3,570 posts (#5)
One thing we all know about ML is that he says what is on his mind, sometimes to the extent that it causes one jaw to drop. I remember in his first year, prior to the season, when asked (in public) what he liked most and least about the KH team he inherited, he said he liked most how hard they work and he like least how little talent they had. As for Darien, as I have stated in the past, think of Dwayne Smith both in terms of his use and his minutes.
10/20/2014 1:54:46 AM - Cagwu - 621 posts (#37)