[quote=“Nugget, post:12, topic:30805”][quote=“Ben H, post:9, topic:30805”]While I share everyone’s sentiments on our defense our 7 footers haven’t really given me any reason to think they would be any better. They don’t rebound, they don’t block. I mean… they are tall but…
At this point, I guess, what is there to lose? Maybe throw the 7 footers out there just to see if they are different than (I’m assuming this is because of -) practice. We suck so bad, I guess we might as well, but IMHO these guys are border line D-1 players and I don’t see it making much of a difference.
I feel bad saying that, because they chose to go come to our school and represent us. But, we just don’t have very good talent, and that applies to our front court especially. The coaching staff is not very good at teaching defense, but that doesn’t mean we have the front court pieces even if they did. Look, they get out hustled by Reid Aube.[/quote]
It looks like the coaches have decided that Garvin is the future so they are giving him the minutes. Some days he is like a puppy, feet and hands flying, and whistles blowing, but he has improved. I feel good about his potential and want him to get plenty of minutes. I just wish it didn’t feel like we had written this season off and are getting ready for next year.[/quote]I really like Garvin and his potential. I just look at Benas & Bergang this way, they were beat out by a former 6’7 walk-on (who I appreciate giving his all to the program and his level of effort when he plays with) and a 6’2.5 PF in Hook (who is skilled, just vastly undersized). I don’t think Bergang has the strength to play on the interior right now and Beans is what he is, not an effective rebounder or shot blocker despite being 7 foot tall.
Clearly we need an influx of bigs to help Garvin out come next year. We have 1 in DeVarte Watson and the staff is hunting big men. How many more do they bring in? No idea, at least 1 more experienced guy is my guess (JUCO/grad transfer).
UAB game is a perfect example. We reduce their offensive rebound totals, we’re right there to win that game on the road. The staff knows it’s an issue and are working to get another big man.