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and you can get a feel for how he plans to use Hale
On November signees Jimmie Taylor and Shannon Hale:
“He’s a guy that defensively will bring a presence with his ability to block shots, rebound the basketball,” Grant said of Taylor, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward/center from Greensboro High School. “Most freshmen come in, there’s an adjustment that you’re going to have to make to be prepared for college basketball. There’s no substitute for experience. Jimmie and Shannon will be no different.” Hale is a 6-8, 200-pound forward from Johnson City, Tenn., and Christ School in Arden, N.C. “Shannon’ having a great senior year. I just saw him Saturday in Atlanta. He played in a tournament there and had a great win. His body’s filling out. At 6-8, 6-9, he’s more of a skilled 4-man, pick-and-pop guy that can stretch the defense, puts the ball on the floor. Another guy that adds a dimension to our frontcourt that we need. We’ve got to get bigger. We’ve got to get more physical. Both of those guys will have to get stronger, pick up some weight and make the adjustment to college basketball. … There’s no substitute for experience. I can’t emphasize that enough. If you’re a junior or senior and you’re going against a freshman, you’ve got an advantage. … With the team we have coming back, hopefully we’ll be able to quicken that transition for them, but certainly we think those guys will have great careers at our university.”
And what about hot-and-cold junior point guard Trevor Releford?
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Just saw on twitter.
Good info. Thanks for sharing
it would be so nice to get some 6-8 and 6-9 guys that can defend and still have some athletic ability to knock down shots or make confident post moves
a post scorer would be fantastic. Thing about it is, if this team just had a Chris Hines type of player on the block...this would be a tournament team. Altering shots is nice, Moose has done a good job of that the last few games. But someone has to grab the rebound after the shot is altered.
Really excited about these two young guy's joining the team though. Can't happen soon enough.
Thank God. A pick and pop guy is something this team desperately needs. Nobody is scared when Moussa or Nick come out to set the high ball screen. We need an Erik Murphy type to keep the defense honest just as much as a low post scorer.
If Taylor can just play above the rim that will be more than what we have right now. If Pollard can add some weight and strength in the offseason he can do that down low as well.
i think pollard will be MUCH better next year...you can see the ability...he just doesnt have the confidence and the mental strength yet
I see him getting better as well, but he has a long ways to go to be a pick and pop type of player. To me he is more of a slasher, get to the rim and throw it down. You can tell when he takes anything outside of 10 feet he is very unconfortable.
Losing Engstrom really hurt because he had matured enough to really be a difference maker for us on the boards and add a little scoring. Moose is improving, but Engstrom was ahead of him and was really what this team needed. Bama could have matched up a lot better with the bigger and more physical teams this year with Engstrom on the court. Hopefully they'll finish strong this year, but I'm really looking forward to seeing the makeup of the team next year. Will be much improved IMO. rtr
I agree, but it seems like he has the athleticism/fluidity to improve as a perimeter shooter. I think most of his play this year is just the fact he's a frosh. Mental. He also needs to gain some lbs for defense.
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