More from Utter's interview with Lutz

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Items on Phil Jones, Lutz on football so far.

I saw that. Glad Phil is finally to the point that he can be talked about openly. Utter is doing a great job!

Great blog, keep the Niner news a comin

Excellent coverage Utter and O.

[QUOTE=ChevEE;228552]Utter is doing a great job![/QUOTE]

Yes, he is.

Utter treats us right. Plus, you have to like a guy with a name that sounds like a cow tit.

[QUOTE=bball49er;228738]Plus, you have to like a guy with a name that sounds like a cow tit.[/QUOTE]
:confused: … :lmao:

New blog where Jim asks: Do you shoot too many threes?
Utter nonsense, says Bobby.

[QUOTE=LeftyNiner;228744]New blog where Utter asks: Do you shoot too many threes?
Utter nonsense, says Bobby.[/QUOTE]
:lmao:
I’m going to have to ask that you not post anything whitty or clever for the next week… It looks like I matchup against you this week.

Interesting Blog today and probably the first time I have ever heard anyone confront Bobby about shooting too many 3’s. My only issue with his response was I don’t remember us going inside to Curt even when we had him here. A lot of his points came off of rebounds and fast breaks. Good blog though!

I’m going to have to ask that you not post anything whitty or clever for the next week… It looks like I matchup against you this week.[/QUOTE]

Just trying to show my versatility. :dribble:

key statements from Lutz on the 3 point shot discussion…

[QUOTE]This year I don’t think 3-point shooting was the reason we lost games. It was because we couldn’t stop people at key times.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE]Was that balance missing this season?

Lutz: "It was missing.
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Easy statements to make, after the fact. However, it is proof that Lutz is smarter than many people give him credit for during the season.

Now, we just need recruits that perform, on & off the court, as expected.

and, uh Threemire…you ALMOST got it right.

[QUOTE]Excellent coverage Utter.[/QUOTE]

so what i gather is that i can expect a better balance and better defence next year?

definately enjoying the blog

Easy statements to make, after the fact. However, it is proof that Lutz is smarter than many people give him credit for [B]during the season[/B].

It was a pretty easy statement to make before the fact, too. I said it a bunch of times before and during the season: mustache-less Bobby is going to pay for the mistakes of mustached Bobby. I honestly thought the coaching was pretty good this year during the season. The roster just wasn’t built properly.

Them: “Check out our recruits! This guy is a tremendous shooter - great range. Next we have another long-range shooter. Recruiting sites went ga-ga over him. Up next, another shooter! Here’s a really tall shooter…”

Me: "Uhm…so what [I]roles[/I] do you expect to give each of these players?

silence

Them: “Here’s another shooter. He’s a face-the-basket power foward…”

and so on. You lie in the bed you make.

[QUOTE=survivor45;228797]You lie in the bed you make.[/QUOTE]
Actually my wife makes the bed… :biggrin:

I agree with what you are saying and your questioning is complimented by Lutz statement earlier this season that he is no longe recruiting based on accolades. (I thought most coaches already did that, but evidentally he hadn’t gotten to that chapter in his coaching manual yet)

so what i gather is that i can expect a better balance and better defence next year?

I hope so. Outside of the 3 main options (Goldwire, Alexander, Drayton) last year, the only other players whose roles seemed clearly defined were Jamison and Coleman (who was hurt much of the year).

This is how I see it next year:

3 Main Scoring Options:
Goldwire - Long-range threat
Gerrity - Medium-range threat
Jones - Close-range threat

Harris - Speed at PG for penetration
(empty) - Pass-first PG
Lewis - Experienced and reliable combo guard
Ian - Long-range threat (Goldwire understudy)
Barrett - Tall guard
Phaler - Off-the-bench offensive spark
Dewhurst - Defense
Wilderness - Multi-tooled athletic foward
Mack - Multi-tooled athletic foward
(empty) - Tall rebounder that can defend the paint
Gaby - Athletic reserve center
(empty) - Experienced and reliable post option

I know Lutz loves having a three-headed offense (as opposed to having one or two go-to players that most teams have) and it looks like those three ‘heads’ can all score in different areas of the court.

We’re still missing a pass-first PG (As WH said on the A-10 boards-WH has watched Pepperdine in action- Gerrity is a terrific [I]shooting[/I] guard in a point guard’s body). He looks to shoot-first, pass second. Maybe Harris can fill the role of a passer, but it might be asking too much of him.

Still missing are some post players. I’d be thrilled to death if we can sign Collins - we’d get experience, height, defense, and rebounding all in one guy. So, of course, we’ll probably sign someone else.

[QUOTE=survivor45;228805]We’re still missing a pass-first PG (As WH said on the A-10 boards-WH has watched Pepperdine in action- Gerrity is a terrific [I]shooting[/I] guard in a point guard’s body). He looks to shoot-first, pass second. Maybe Harris can fill the role of a passer, but it might be asking too much of him.
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Gerrity is actually a drive-first PG. He attacks the basket, at least that’s what he did at Pepperdine. He shot a lot of free throws. Hopefully, he’ll look to dish. I believe Harris averaged 6 apg in JUCO, so it seems he’ll pass it. Both are not very good shooters. Defenders will lay off both of them. Mack is going to be counted on to score it.

Three-headed monsters are the marginal Centers we’ve had so often way back to Whitehead, Neeley, Reed, Nance, etc; not the trio of scoring threats.

Three-headed monsters are the marginal Centers we've had so often way back to Whitehead, Neeley, Reed, Nance, etc; not the trio of scoring threats.

Whatever you want to call it, we always have a trio of scoring threats with Lutz.

Teams typically need at least 2 players who can play the 5 due to the amount of fouls that position can generate, plus a reliable backup in case someone goes down. Not unusual to have three heads, marginal or not. Sometimes I wonder if our coaching staff - all of who seem to be former college guards - appreciate the position.

Gerrity was getting about 15 shot attempts/game at Pepperdine as a frosh (20 was his high).

[QUOTE=survivor45;228836]Whatever you want to call it, we always have a trio of scoring threats with Lutz.

Teams typically need at least 2 players who can play the 5 due to the amount of fouls that position can generate, plus a reliable backup in case someone goes down. Not unusual to have three heads, marginal or not. Sometimes I wonder if our coaching staff - all of who seem to be former college guards - appreciate the position.

Gerrity was getting about 15 shot attempts/game at Pepperdine as a frosh (20 was his high).[/QUOTE]

You ever watched any of Lutz’s coaching instructional videos? You’ll have your answer. Pretty insightful on what type of player they want to recruit, roles by position, philosophy, etc. Get the Plavich one.

Gerrity might have taken a lot of shots but they were not the long range variety.

Gerrity might have taken a lot of shots but they were not the long range variety.

Agreed.

[QUOTE]Mike Gerrity 21 GP 33.2 Min. 14.1 Pts 2.7 Reb 3.4 Asst, 3.8 TO, 1.9 Stl, 2 PF
FG 110-267 (41%) 3PT 8-36 (22%) FT 69-106 (65%)[/QUOTE]

I thought “mid-range” was fair to say - I figured a 6’0" PG typically is not a “close-range threat”. But I did notice that he does draw fouls and I hope Gerrity generates productive misses for us. What’s a “productive miss”, you ask? A shot that Gerrity will start and Phil will finish. Typically, you’ll get more productive misses from shots inside the arc than from outside the arc, so I’m hoping we don’t waste many offensive possessions this season. Of course, the key is to get the rebound in the hands of Phil rather than a Nivins, Seawright, Achara, Dunston, Huelsman, Bonner, Husak, Bronson, Shawn James, etc. etc. etc.

And I know you’re high on Mack and I’m hoping we can count on him to do a lot of different things well, but I’m not necessarily counting on him to score (at least not in the 2nd semester). Goldwire will get his 15 shots/game, Gerrity will get his 15 shots/game (call it a hunch) and Phil will get his opportunities inside. If we get 60 shot attempts in a 40 minute game, then that leaves 10 schollies (+1 with Harris) fighting over about 20 FGAs. Count on Mack to score? Not really. Count on him (and others) to shoulder the defensive burden, rebound, etc.? Oh yeah. Big time.

Also found this quote on Gerrity from 2005:

[QUOTE]I know that King and Jacobsen got a lot of the press but Gerrity was clearly the heart and soul of that team last year and easily their most valuable player in the 3-4 games that I watched. It’ll be great to watch him in college.

P.S. Am I the only one who thinks Gerrity could easily pass for a 35-year-old?[/QUOTE] :lol: