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I have no idea how you can intentionally not recruit to full scholy limits. We could have had 2 more solid guys providing minutes...but no...nothing.
He doesn't believe in offering someone late just to fill a spot if they weren't good enough to merit a scholarship offer in the first place.
Bottom line is that he needs to recruit to his system
- if his system is going to be fast paced, then he's got to have waves of athletic guards/wings, and athletic big men to run with them. As fun as it sounded to have two 7' towers on the roster, they just aren't able to run the floor, nor able to move laterally to defend the back side of the press.
I'm cautiously optimistic that our 2 new bigs next year can fill that void.
You give Grant some of the rosters under xCMG and CAG could do something with them. XCMG could recruit athletes but then he ran a totally unathletic system.
And as I mentioned previously Grant is also walking a tightrope with his system beginning to affect his recruiting.
This next recruiting class or two is crucial to turning his era around. And the product on the court will be key in allowing him to get the guys he needs to fill out the roster in a way it's needed
This post was edited by Bama_Lefty 16 months ago
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While I am still a big fan of CAG and sure hope he can get it done there is one aspect, mentioned by someone above that also concerns me. That is the ability to recruit really good players when everything about our team seems to be defense. Top players want to play O also. Our guys seem wasted after making a tough defensive stop and often do poorly then at the other end on O.
Our style of play lends itself to a team of overachievers who lack talent and make up for it with hard work. That is not what he is trying to recruit. I'm concerned that by the time we get better inside players our good group of sophs will have graduated and we will be starting over again.
Having said all that we would be hardpressed to find a coach that could have done what CAG has thus far. During Gottfried's last two years they were painful to watch and I went to virtually every game.
I still to this day do not understand the defeatist attitude of some of our fans regarding our basketball program. We can do much better than the product that Grant has given us during his tenure.
I think this whole debate is moot, because I don't think a change is coming regardless of the outcome of this season.
I'm not suggesting CAG is perfect. I've been extremely disappointed this year, and frankly for the most of his tenure. However, I still believe that with CAGs reputation and respect in the coaching circles, it would be extremely difficult for us to get any established HC.
Hypothetically if we made a change this year we'd end up looking in the asst coach or lower level HC ranks.
Assuming this year doesn't perk up, 213-2014 will be the make or break year for grant
We are not a sweet 16 type program. We don't have sweet 16 players, facilities, coach, or fan support. We are a tounrament team every now and again type team. If we want to be a sweet 16 program we have to have all the above to get there. We may have a 1 off sweet 16 here or there but we are not a sweet 16 caliber program in any sense. That would to me would be a team like Georgetown, or Wisconsin early under Bo Ryan.
Great? No Good, yes.
This. Alabama has yet to have a "great basketball coach". I like grant and I think got fried had his moments but neither is great.
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