Post by Cap'n Cattitude on Jun 13, 2018 1:33:23 GMT
Some of the men are already in town. There are BB camps going on. But there's one piece of really great news:
Jalone Friday has been selected to the USA East Coast All Stars and will be playing in an event in Venice, Italy August 1-9. The team is coached by HOF coach Larry Brown and will play games against U-25 teams from Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
The 11-man roster includes players from SMU, Lycoming*, Iowa, Purdue, Villanova, UNC-Greensboro and Colorado. Plus ACU.
This organization is not not affiliated with USA basketball but has been operating since 2006 and has several alumni who have played in the NBA.
*Why D3 Lycoming? The organization is based at Lycoming College.
A personal disappointment: I will be in Venice the week before the team arrives on August 3.
Just looking forward to the 2018-2019 version of the Cats. We stack up this way:
Point Guards Jaylen Franklin 6'2" Payten Ricks 6'2" Damien Daniels 5'7" (averaged 25 per game as a junior, top pt. guard in KC metro, team got to state finals) Class 3A all-state in Missouri
Shooting Guard B.J. Maxwell 6'4" Tobias Cameron 6'5" (playing this summer on New Zealand all-star team again) Paul Heipler 6'4" Chase Cobb 6'1"
Small Forward Jaren Lewis 6'6" Clay Gayman 6'6" (averaged 24 pts per game as a junior) Class 4A all-state in Missouri Trey Lenox 6'3"
Power Forward Hayden Howell 6'7" Hayden Farquhar 6'7" Joseph Pleasant 6'6" State champion team (interesting that Topeka paper listing the top players in Kansas lists Pleasant at 6'8") All Kansas USA basketball team, 6A all state in Kansas
Center Jalone Friday 6'9" (USA East Coast all-stars this summer) Kolton Kohl 7'
Interesting insights on new players: Tobias Cameron is a shooter with great range. Damien Daniels team Hogan Prep played Joe Pleasant's team Blue Valley Northwest (the best team in Kansas) and Damien scored 26 points. Pleasant scored 16 and led both teams in rebounds. Gayman was publicized as a relentless scorer and defender.
We are losing 19.2 points per game in Tripp, Green and Foster (12.3) but are gaining players who scored roughly 70 points per game in HS not counting Cameron (RS freshman) who is the most accomplished of the lot. I expect Cameron and Gayman to get major minutes next year and Pleasant and Daniels could surprise. The major challenge will be keeping Friday on the floor this year but maybe there will be others who can take the scoring slack when he is not in. I think there will be enough quality at forward to give Jaren Lewis more rest. B.J. Maxwell ought to be the most improved player on the squad and battle for a starting job. Cameron ought to be able to replace the points that Foster scored and if Lewis, Friday, and Franklin can raise their averages a point or two we ought to be solid. Did anyone realize that Howell and Farquhar averaged 3.8 and 3.5 respectively last year? Can they be in the mix and average 5 points per game? On paper we will be much better than in years previous but again---that is on paper. Can we find a 1st and 2nd unit that can work together. Can Kohl improve enough to help? All these are questions that are yet to be answered. I'm pretty pumped with the possibilities.
Post by Cap'n Cattitude on Jul 10, 2018 15:17:48 GMT
Watched about a half hour of practice this morning to get an impression of the 4 new players. 1. We are all wondering about Tobias Cameron. They were working on defense so I did no see him shoot. Looks like he has a long way to go. Not sure that he will be a factor this year. 2. The coaches won’t be able to keep Damion Daniels off the court. He is as good as advertised. Will really contribute on defense. 3. Gayman looks like the most college ready. I think he will take minutes from Howell and Farquhar. 4. In other news, Kohl looks way better than last year. If he gets positioned in the low post, he can finish. Still working on rebounding and defense. 5. By the way, Plesant is definitely bigger than 6’6”. Very Physical. Gonna be a good year, I think.
Enjoyed the interview with Jalone Friday. Glad to see him have the experience of playing overseas with an all-star team and also getting coached up by Larry Brown. When Brown was the KU coach in 1988 and they won the national championship, there was only one "star" on the team--Danny Manning--who was an undersized center/forward for the Jayhawks. Keeping Danny out of foul trouble was imperative for that team, so maybe...just maybe...something can rub off on Jalone.
I watched the video stream. Scored the 1st 5 points for the USA. Played most of the 1st quarter, then put in for a few seconds in the 2nd quarter, just long enough to get another foul and was pulled. Didn't play much if at all in the 2nd half.