Iti backs out

Just confirmed with coach Lutz (literally 15 minutes ago) that Iti will indeed be a Niner next season. Talk about in the nick of time…
We’ll have lots more later.

-Jason

GOOD MOVE ITI. You just made the best move for your future in pro basketball.

Whew! I really can’t believe that it was even that close. I guess that means we only have one more year with the big guy.

Smart move Iti, get used to the college life. Your not going anywhere for a couple more years!!

[i]Originally posted by Agent Smith[/i]@Jun 17 2004, 03:39 PM [b] Smart move Iti, get used to the college life. Your not going anywhere for a couple more years!! [/b]
The NBA scout Jason talked to said Iti needs more time in "Bobby's system". We run NBA type offensive sets. Isolations, primary options, hit the guy who's hot, shoot, run, big guy in the middle to disrupt shots and get back on defense. This is the perfect place for Iti.

The NBA is made up of stars and specialist. Iti will never be a star BUT he can be a defensive specialist. Learn the game Iti and you’ll be in position to make the millions. Apparently he’s not 7 feet tall but plays like a 7-footer, wing span included.

[i]Originally posted by LeftyNiner[/i]@Jun 17 2004, 10:14 PM [b] Apparently he's not 7 feet tall but plays like a 7-footer, wing span included.[/b]
That's a very good point. This measurement is getting too much attention, he's got ridiculously long arms, he will be a center if he ever makes the NBA(the league of 6'10 PF's who shoot 18 foot jumpers). He's got a long long long long way to become a defensive specialist, but the physical talent is there, he just needs to be taught how to play defense. Footwork, knowing when to jump and when to stay down, denying, ect.....he's got a lot of work, hopefully the camp made him realize this and he will work on his defense all summer and not the 15 foot jumper.

I am excited about this because now we have a true center, but he needs to control those early fouls. Hope everything works out next season. We should have an EXCELLENT shot at the title. It would be awesome to win the league in the last year in a solid CUSA. GO OUT WITH A BANG!!!