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How in the world can we only have 10 scholarship players? We only signed 1 freshman last year and now only two signees. At this rate with Steele leaving we will have 11 scholarship players next year. Why would we not maximize the number of players on scholarship? So frustrating...
could be worse, we could be like nc state that only has six scholarship players for next year. (three sophomores and three freshman). 11 is not that bad, many teams don't have a full load of scholarships every year.
Simple....CAG did not feel like there were enough players interested in Bama last year that were the good enough to play. With a great class coming up in 2014 he wanted to save some scholarships and be able to sign a large class then.
Having 10/11 players is plenty except when 2 of those guys get injured. He took a chance and it sort of backfired for this season. However, I would rather have top guys coming in next season than to be stuck with guys that aren't SEC caliber this year.
Or you sign juco guys who add depth and are off the books by 2014..,,,
juco guys won't be "off the books by 2014" unless they leave early.
Which ones exactly? Just saying that doesn't mean there were any worth having or that we had a legitimate shot at them.
is there a limit in basketball on how many you can bring in per year?
no. the only limit is 13 total.
There used to be a rule that put a max on the number of players you could bring in each season, and a cap on the number every 3 or 4 cycles. Good thing they did away with it - would've put people like Calipari out of business if he could only sign 3 kids a year!
As for Grant, he if doesn't add more than just Taylor/Hale this year, I'm worried any success we have next season may be unsustainable after this core group of sophomores is gone the year after. We need to find a couple of young guards in this next class (get get a xfer like Tarrant or a JUCO guy.) I always worry when you're almost totally reliant on one class the way we are with the core group of Lacey, Levi, Coop, Jacobs, Engstrom, etc. now. You're just constantly in a cycle of building to something that's a year or two away.
I have faith in him to turn it around, but we have to turn it up a notch in recruiting if we plan to be consistently competitive. The most consistent programs in the country always infuse existing experience with new talent.
Looks like Sheldon McClellan from Texas is leaving. He can fill it up. May be too much of a Tony Mitchell attitude though.
Who is in the great 2014 class?
They would've been if he'd signed them last year which was the point
I'd also like to add to the question: that we have a decent shot with?
The 2014 class is loaded with talent top to bottom. The more we can sign out of this class the better. Recruiting expert Jerry Meyer told me the 3 star player Riley Norris from Albertville was the best player in the state right now.
Am I just imagining something or did CAG not recently state that he hopes to add 1 or 2 late additions to the class entering next fall (2013)?
We don't have to deal with theory when discussing that class. It came and went.
Who are these Juco guys that grant should have signed?
Any JUCO post player with a pulse would've helped this team, and at the very least would've been 5 more fouls. Coty Clarke for Arkansas is from Birmingham and would've definitely helped this team and been our best rebounder but to my knowledge we didn't recruit him or offer.
That was before the injury to Carl and the last thing we needed was another post player that couldn't score. We knew we had a rebounder and defender in Mouse and Carl. Finding a dominate scorer in the post is a bit harder.
This post was edited by matt_bamahoops 13 months ago
Going into the season with only Gueye, Engstrom, and Jacobs was a huge risk and had me scratching my head. With only 3 bigs, two of which are projects just learning the game, any injury and foul trouble would be disastrous. Unless Grant thought Pollard was going to be a stretch 4, then signing a big man in the spring was essential and we failed to address our biggest need. Clarke is a much better scorer than Engstrom and Gueye, and a better overall player than Jacobs.
This post was edited by Koko B Ware4323 13 months ago
He had offers from arkansas, central Michigan, auburn, Colorado st, and Detroit. He's undersized at 6'7 and probably would struggle in grants system but at least you named someone as opposed to just throwing out demands.
In retrospect with Jacobs getting Hurt and missing the offseason and Carl missing most of the season an undersized aggressive PF would have come in handy.
I'm not sure why he would struggle in Grant's system, he's more skilled than post on our roster. He would've allowed Cooper and Pollard to play their natural positions at SF and we could have two posts on the floor at the same time and definitely helped rebounding. Our leading rebounder was a SF at 4.5 RPG, pathetic.
Cause everyone struggles in it. (G)
This post was edited by scottchap 13 months ago
Touche.....at least he would struggle less than Gueye and Jacobs.
Coty is not big man. He is another Cooper, but doesn't shoot the ball or handle the ball as well as Cooper.. Coty was a 7 ppt 5 rebs player,,,, Cooper was 10/4.. He would have played the same role.. Copper made 40 treys, Coty made 9.
And i can hear Coty's mouth now,,, if he read this post.
This post was edited by MrGold 13 months ago
I don't see them being the same player. To me Clarke is an undersized PF and Cooper is SF that was forced to defend the post because we don't have a PF. Yes they would've played the same role because Cooper is playing out of position. Cooper is a perimeter player on offense so I would hope he could shoot and handle better than Clarke.
Cooper shot 133 treys at 30%. Clarke shot 19 treys at 47%. Cooper shot 40% FG while Clarke shot 51% FG, just by looking at the stats tells me one player spends more time on the perimeter and the other spends more time inside the paint and inside the arch. Cooper also played 8.5 more minutes.
ahh, you are saying the same thing.... the percentages doesn't matter... The point is that the PF in grant's system will be open to take treys,,,, Coty doesn't fit. The only other position he could play would Big forward/Center... Coty does not fit.
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