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PostPosted: 12/22/17 3:38 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
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In UConn "where are they now" news Dec 21st was quite a day for former players Ekmark and Butler.

Ekmark hit her first five 3's to spearhead ASU to an early lead and went on to score 23 points (7-10 on 3's) as ASU routed SEC opponent Arkansas 89-43.

Natalie Butler had 35 points (13-16) and 19 rebounds in a loss to AAC's Houston.


Butler has started every game at GMU and is averaging almost a 20/15 double double. Eckmark has started every game at ASU and is fourth in scoring. Sadie Edwards has started every game at USC and is essentially tied for third in scoring.

All these UConn transfers are doing very well on good teams, two of them very near home, and presumably are content with their transfer decisions.

It's always been puzzling to me that UConn doesn't have more transfers, as Geno rarely gives any competitive time to players beyond the top seven or occasionally eight. He also usually seems to make up his mind about the top rotation potential of freshmen very quickly, even before the season begins.

Having interviewed several UConn players while they were in high school or before their first UConn season, I can say that they seem generally unaware of this pattern of bench play at UConn. They all believe that they will get the personal coaching attention at UConn to turn them into great players. I'm never sure whether this statistical unlikelihood is self-confidence or self-delusion, as almost all of these players have been big stars in their high school cocoons.


It was the same way on Pat's old teams at Tennessee. Not a lot of transfers, but those who did leave did well wherever they went. Those who stayed often just wanted tone able to say, "I played for Pat." I suspect it may be the same for some of the more realistic UConn bench-riders.



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PostPosted: 12/22/17 4:25 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Most elite level recruits have highly developed skill sets that involve them having the ball in their hands and very little in the way of playing without the ball or playing defense. At UConn freshmen earn minutes based on their fitting into Geno's offense and defense. All those ball skills take a back seat. Until they show they can operate in UConn's offense they sit. Watch the 3 freshmen who sit play the mop up minutes. They haven't learned yet. But of the 3 I's say 2 will learn and earn playing time. Who? That has more to do with their work habits which are unknown.

Sadie Edwards was a high-ranked recruit who Geno reportedly described as lazy. While she has had a handful of great games at USC they have been scattered among far more mediocre performances. Butler's hands proved to be her problem along with the arrival of Stevens and the lack of a certain grad degree program at Storrs. Ekmark will roam the perimeter at ASU as she gets her law degree.

Beyond school, look at Chong, who defied most by earning a roster spot in the W and who now, playing point in Israel where her high school ball skills have re-emerged she is a leading scorer and star in her league.


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PostPosted: 12/24/17 1:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Beyond school, look at Chong, who defied most by earning a roster spot in the W and who now, playing point in Israel where her high school ball skills have re-emerged she is a leading scorer and star in her league.


Thanks, I didn't know that about Chong in the Israeli league. Subjectively, she was one of the two most exciting high school players I've watched in person--36 ppg, 12 apg, and the top four year scorer and three-point shooter in New York State history. She got beat out at UConn by Jefferson and Nurse, and never mentally recovered her confidence until her senior year.

Looking at her Israeli stats, I'd say she's been able to return to her aggressive driving and drawing a huge number of fouls as she did in high school. However, her three-point shooting is way below par.
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PostPosted: 12/24/17 2:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Most elite level recruits have highly developed skill sets that involve them having the ball in their hands and very little in the way of playing without the ball or playing defense. At UConn freshmen earn minutes based on their fitting into Geno's offense and defense. All those ball skills take a back seat. Until they show they can operate in UConn's offense they sit. Watch the 3 freshmen who sit play the mop up minutes. They haven't learned yet. But of the 3 I's say 2 will learn and earn playing time. Who? That has more to do with their work habits which are unknown.


Most, if not all, coaches have a number of players rotting on the bench. Auriemma does go with a little smaller rotation, but he's got USA National Team members out there as starters, so no need to try and win with a fresher rotation. And he doesn't ever have a situation where the top 7 or 8 aren't getting it done and has to go deeper out of frustration or desperation like many coaches do. I don't think that Auriemma's slightly larger disregard for the bench has to be anything other than he's got more talent at the top who are kicking ass 99% of the time. He (like other coaches) likely cares less whether the players sitting out get time - male practice players make them redundant. Playing them is only a courtesy, and he's not alone in being unconcerned about extending it. I think teams using male practice players should be limited in scholarships to 9 maximum for players. Give the other 6 to the male practice players.

Playing time is even worse in volleyball .The rotation players play the whole match even if it is a blowout, due to the "time-never-runs-out" situation. Although they could let the second team go into a match they know they will win 3-0, and at worse case, win it 3-1, but it doesn't happen. I don't know if volleyball uses male practice players, but I haven't heard of it or seen practice pictures with them, so the unused part of the bench may get some satisfaction for helping the team in practice, unlike their WBB counterparts.

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Sadie Edwards was a high-ranked recruit who Geno reportedly described as lazy. While she has had a handful of great games at USC they have been scattered among far more mediocre performances. Butler's hands proved to be her problem along with the arrival of Stevens and the lack of a certain grad degree program at Storrs. Ekmark will roam the perimeter at ASU as she gets her law degree.

Beyond school, look at Chong, who defied most by earning a roster spot in the W and who now, playing point in Israel where her high school ball skills have re-emerged she is a leading scorer and star in her league.


I am not getting your point. Was Chong lazy at UConn and didn't play defense or fit into the UConn offense and that's why she road the bench for most of hrer career? Or was Chong a very good player: high school superstar who Auriemma chose to sit due to superior players at the same position, who then returned to form after gettng a chance in the pros?




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PostPosted: 12/24/17 2:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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All these UConn transfers are doing very well on good teams, two of them very near home, and presumably are content with their transfer decisions.

It's always been puzzling to me that UConn doesn't have more transfers, as Geno rarely gives any competitive time to players beyond the top seven or occasionally eight. He also usually seems to make up his mind about the top rotation potential of freshmen very quickly, even before the season begins.


It surprises me as well and I think it shows how much these players must value being on a championship/Final Four team with a lot of local and national stature. But with male practice players, Auriemma must not even care whether they transferred or not.

To me, deep bench players should be getting 15 minutes most games since UConn is going to win by 30+ with just the regular rotation. I don't see teams making 20 or 30 point comebacks in the fourth quarter against the UConn reserves, and if they get within 12, put the starters back in.


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PostPosted: 12/24/17 9:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Christmas quiz:

Who are the three UConn players who have recorded more than 1500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists?
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Most elite level recruits have highly developed skill sets that involve them having the ball in their hands and very little in the way of playing without the ball or playing defense. At UConn freshmen earn minutes based on their fitting into Geno's offense and defense. All those ball skills take a back seat. Until they show they can operate in UConn's offense they sit. Watch the 3 freshmen who sit play the mop up minutes. They haven't learned yet. But of the 3 I's say 2 will learn and earn playing time. Who? That has more to do with their work habits which are unknown.


Most, if not all, coaches have a number of players rotting on the bench. Auriemma does go with a little smaller rotation, but he's got USA National Team members out there as starters, so no need to try and win with a fresher rotation. And he doesn't ever have a situation where the top 7 or 8 aren't getting it done and has to go deeper out of frustration or desperation like many coaches do. I don't think that Auriemma's slightly larger disregard for the bench has to be anything other than he's got more talent at the top who are kicking ass 99% of the time. He (like other coaches) likely cares less whether the players sitting out get time - male practice players make them redundant. Playing them is only a courtesy, and he's not alone in being unconcerned about extending it. I think teams using male practice players should be limited in scholarships to 9 maximum for players. Give the other 6 to the male practice players.

Playing time is even worse in volleyball .The rotation players play the whole match even if it is a blowout, due to the "time-never-runs-out" situation. Although they could let the second team go into a match they know they will win 3-0, and at worse case, win it 3-1, but it doesn't happen. I don't know if volleyball uses male practice players, but I haven't heard of it or seen practice pictures with them, so the unused part of the bench may get some satisfaction for helping the team in practice, unlike their WBB counterparts.

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Sadie Edwards was a high-ranked recruit who Geno reportedly described as lazy. While she has had a handful of great games at USC they have been scattered among far more mediocre performances. Butler's hands proved to be her problem along with the arrival of Stevens and the lack of a certain grad degree program at Storrs. Ekmark will roam the perimeter at ASU as she gets her law degree.

Beyond school, look at Chong, who defied most by earning a roster spot in the W and who now, playing point in Israel where her high school ball skills have re-emerged she is a leading scorer and star in her league.


I am not getting your point. Was Chong lazy at UConn and didn't play defense or fit into the UConn offense and that's why she road the bench for most of hrer career? Or was Chong a very good player: high school superstar who Auriemma chose to sit due to superior players at the same position, who then returned to form after gettng a chance in the pros?


I think I was pointing out that Chong, like a lot of high school stars was used to having the ball in her hands. She had to learn to play without the ball and to play defense before she was going to get significant minutes at UConn. Now that she is playing in a professional league she once again can play in a system in which she can have the ball a lot. She seemed to "get it" at UConn in her 3rd year but then had a ligament problem. She did start most of her senior year so I guess she is an exception to the comment that Geno decides on players in their freshman years.

Actually there are very few UConn players who stick it out for 4 years without having much of a role. Like for example Stokes, who never was a regular starter due to a lack of offense but who played a significant role off the bench. I remember that there were more than a few posters who chuckled when it was suggested she would be a first round pick for the W.

Not all talented players would fit in at Golden State and the same holds with UConn.


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PostPosted: 01/13/18 3:02 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

We've been discussing Andra Espinoza-Hunter in the UConn-UCF game thread, but the news of her transfer belongs here.

https://www.lohud.com/story/sports/high-school/lohud-girls-basketball/2018/01/12/girls-basketball-ossining-alumna-andra-espinoza-hunter-transfer-uconn/1030428001/

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“I just realized UConn wasn’t really a good fit for me,” Espinoza-Hunter said, when reached by phone Friday evening.


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Espinoza-Hunter said she plans to take a few classes at Westchester Community College and visit schools while figuring out her next step. Ossining head coach Dan Ricci, who coached Espinoza-Hunter for three seasons with the Pride, said his former pupil has plenty of top schools interested in her.


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Espinoza-Hunter committed to UConn during her sophomore season at Blair Academy, when former Ossining teammate Saniya Chong was still with the Huskies. She was just 14 at the time, and said that the holding off on a commitment likely could have led to finding the right program for her.


She committed as a sophomore but was actually baited and hooked in the 8th grade when Saniya Chong was signing up as a high school senior.

This makes me a little sad, since I've watched AEH at Ossining H.S. and Blair Academy since she was in 7th grade and have interviewed her. Although she was a very good three-point shooter, I was always dubious as to whether she was UConn material because she's not particularly quick nor a good ball handler, until her monster senior year back at Ossining.

I now suspect something was going on that's not being reported. Either she quit or Geno kicked her off the team, or maybe they mutually agreed it wasn't a good fit because she felt like quitting and Geno doesn't want players who want to quit. We can find out after she transfers.

So, this is strike three for Geno with Blair Academy girls. Sadie Edwards and AEH quit/transferred after one semester, Honesty Scott-Grayson spurned a UConn offer in favor of Baylor; and Batouly Camara, maybe strike four, is sitting on the end of Geno's bench, having played 13 minutes and scored zero points in her UConn career.

Here is AEH shooting over Georgia Tech's Zaire O'Neil in high school:



For a good fit, AEH probably should go to a school that emphasizes 3pt shooting. Villanova, DePaul and Florida Gulf Coast come to my mind.
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PostPosted: 01/13/18 9:33 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

More interestingly:

UConn, according to the Wtby. Rep-Am, has now played 174 games without a loss in regulation. They are 172-2 in that span, losing both games (Stanford, MS ST) in OT.

The last loss in regulation 40 mins., was to ND, 61-59, on 3/12/13, in the final (real) BET final.

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PostPosted: 01/20/18 3:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Geno Auriemma: "she's ahead of Diana Taurasi at the same point in time in her career."

Said about 2020's 5-11 point guard Paige Bueckers of Hopkins H.S. in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where Geno has perhaps bought a double wide since he's visited there so often.

I haven't looked up her rankings, but these videos show she has magic: big guard, real jump shot, Richie Gurerin/Lennie Wilkins pop floater shot, aggressive driver, pull-up jumper, off-hand finishes, dime dropper in traffic.

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zEQspPe5SPs" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Too bad Minnesota is too far for the magic bus -- which, however, did drive last week to see Christ the King's 6-4 soph Natalija Marshall (about whom more next month).
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PostPosted: 01/20/18 4:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Minnesota needs to keep their more of their elite players at home. Unfortunately, Stollings seems ill-equipped to do so. Winning the Big Ten tournament and getting into NCAA tournament could be a start.

I hope Paige Bueckers is the next Tayler Hill. That would mean she's staying in the Big Ten. Booyah!



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PostPosted: 01/20/18 4:39 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Minnesota needs to keep their more of their elite players at home.


Does Minnesota produce many elite players? It has a middling population, and kids aren't likely to be outside on basketball courts and driveways 365 days a year as in the warm climes.
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PostPosted: 01/20/18 5:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
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Minnesota needs to keep their more of their elite players at home.


Does Minnesota produce many elite players? It has a middling population, and kids aren't likely to be outside on basketball courts and driveways 365 days a year as in the warm climes.


http://www.startribune.com/volleyball-is-no-1-in-many-ways-for-minnesotans/461165003/

Good question, Glenn. Stollings, like Borton before her, took grief for not keeping the hometown kids home. But Borton got Banham and Wags (or was that Stollings), and eventually Stollings got Kenisha Bell to come back home.

Some of the ones who got away:

Nia Hollie - not exactly setting world on fire at Michigan State.
Nia Coffey didn't take NW to great heights but had a solid rookie season in the W.


I think the magic that surrounded the Lindsey Whalen era in WIlliams Arena happened at a different time, a different place. The fans really glammed onto it. I don't know if they would again.



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PostPosted: 01/20/18 6:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

McCarville was from Wisconsin not Minnesota, right?

Okay, back to Paige Bueckers, whom I somehow missed on the 2017 U16 team while I was focusing on her teammates Sam Brunelle, Aliyah Boston, Azzi Fudd and Francesca Belibi. Here's Bueckers being trailed by Brunelle:



Bueckers ended up tied with Brunelle for second in scoring in the team's five games with 55 points, just four behind the leader Boston. The eye-stabbing difference is that Bueckers shot 61% from the floor (24-39) versus Brunelle's 29% (16-55). Boston shot 54% (25-46).

Bueckers is ranked #3, 5 and 6 in 2020 by Prospects Nation, Blue Star and HoopGurlz, respectively, although there's little agreement as to who's ahead of her. I expect these rankings will all change several times as the 2020 class nears graduation.

If you click around those three ranking sites you will see that for 2019 Brunelle is #4, 1, 1 and Boston is #16, 2, 11. They are both UConn recruits and probably have offers.

Another PB video. I don't know that she'll be Taurasi, but maybe a bigger Ionescu.

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PostPosted: 01/21/18 12:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsrHXkz5cOc
Interesting video of Geno's meeting with fans yesterday. The 11 minute mark or so talks about Espinoza Hunter leaving the team - never heard him make to my faulty recollection talking disparagingly about a player who left the team. Also at the 23 minutes mark some very, very unkind assessment of today's mellinials - not good.[urlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsrHXkz5cOc][/url]



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For what it's worth, I was not dazzled by Bueckers at USA Basketball ...

She did not remind me at all of Diana Taurasi.



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PostPosted: 01/21/18 2:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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For what it's worth, I was not dazzled by Bueckers at USA Basketball ...


Just for context, you're talking about your observations at the trials or the trials and the games?
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ClayK wrote:

She did not remind me at all of Diana Taurasi.


Did you see Taurasi play as a high school freshman?


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For what it's worth, I was not dazzled by Bueckers at USA Basketball ...

She did not remind me at all of Diana Taurasi.


Would you say was better between Bueckers and Van Lith? And do you think they could play together in college? Both are said to be Uconn targets.
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"I've been doing this about 40, 45 years and Hailey is the best ball handler I've ever seen," said Steve Klees, Van Lith's club coach on the Northwest Blazers.

That's high praise coming from Klees, who has coached Jamie Weisner (former Pac-12 Player of the Year at Oregon State) and current Stanford guard Brittany McPhee (she's leading the Cardinal in scoring).

"Hailey works out three hours a day, six days a week," Klees said. "I've never seen anybody like Hailey. I just haven't."

Van Lith is the No. 5 player ranked in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2020 class (and the No. 2-ranked player at her position). The 5-foot-7 point guard for Cashmere High School has her pick of the nation's top Division I programs, including Connecticut. She's long idolized Huskies royalty: Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart.


http://xgames.espn.com/xgames/espnw/sports/article/21690717/sophomore-hailey-van-lith-lighting-washington-cashmere







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Oldfandepot2 wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsrHXkz5cOc
Interesting video of Geno's meeting with fans yesterday. The 11 minute mark or so talks about Espinoza Hunter leaving the team - never heard him make to my faulty recollection talking disparagingly about a player who left the team. Also at the 23 minutes mark some very, very unkind assessment of today's mellinials - not good.[urlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsrHXkz5cOc][/url]


That video has been removed from YouTube. Can you summarize what he said about AEH?
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GlennMacGrady wrote:
Oldfandepot2 wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsrHXkz5cOc
Interesting video of Geno's meeting with fans yesterday. The 11 minute mark or so talks about Espinoza Hunter leaving the team - never heard him make to my faulty recollection talking disparagingly about a player who left the team. Also at the 23 minutes mark some very, very unkind assessment of today's mellinials - not good.[urlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsrHXkz5cOc][/url]


That video has been removed from YouTube. Can you summarize what he said about AEH?


Someone on Twitter posted the quote:

"The kid that's not there anymore: she's not there anymore, because I didn't want her there anymore. It had nothing to do with her not liking it here, not fitting in, or playing time. I just didn't want her here anymore. We have a simple rule at Connecticut. This is what I want you to do. If you don't do it, I'm gonna remind you again. And if you don't do it, I'm gonna remind you again. Until a point I don't remind you, and you're not here anymore."



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As for Taurasi ... I saw her in high school, not as a freshman. I stand by my comment, though. Taurasi dominated the floor at that level; Bueckers was good, but far from dominant.

As for Geno on Espinoza-Hunter: From a coaching standpoint, I couldn't agree more. If you don't want to listen to me, I'm not going to talk to you, and unless you're a basketball goddess, I'm not going to play you. (And Geno, unlike mortal coaches, has many basketball goddesses to choose from.)

And if I'm not going to play you in games or coach you in practice, then you need to be somewhere else.



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Why take it down it was actually funny and it wasn't just about that freshman, he didn't just single her out.

Heres what I got as we were all texting back and forth about it.

AEH, asked her to leave as she didn't follow rules. Other freshman not keeping up, asked Walker what was different from HS, she said wasn't having as much fun, he answered thats because you played agains D3 players in HS.

Sophs, Molly so smart 4.0, works so hard, but in basketball, He said he asked her to dribble from point A to B and Molly asks but which way should I dribble, god bless her she works so hard, Irwin, he says I tell her not to go in and get swatted like you do in practice, after another 2 times in the game getting swatted she says, I know, I know.

Crystal Dangerfield much improved she and Lou are the best in practice and thrilled with Lou but she has this ongoing problem with ankle. Z can't play defense only zone as she did at Duke standing in one spot, but if she can only do that she would be out in the first round of the tournament (this was hilarious), she and Collier could score 25 a piece but they would give up 40 between them defensively.

Thats as far as I got but the dude could be a stand up comedian.


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Ezi Magbegor

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-uQ8Z_zhyJc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

She says whether she stays in Australia or goes to the U.S. "depends on whether I get offered a scholarship to the school in America I want to go to."

?????????? Rumors, please.

<iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f7yn4o4XhKM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


Some updates:

Dec. 11: WNBL: Sandy Brondello dubs Canberra Capitals' Eziyoda Magbegor 'future of the Opals'

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Australian coach Sandy Brondello has christened Ezi Magbegor "the future of the Opals", forecasting a "very long and successful career" for the Canberra Capitals' brightest young star.


Dec. 20: Canberra Capitals young gun Ezi Magbegor works out with Opals coach Sandy Brondello

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Teenage Magbegor met new Opals coach Sandy Brondello for the first time this week and had a one-on-one work out with the four-time Olympian at the AIS.


Jan. 11: Ezi Magbegor recognised for stunning first WNBL season, wins Rookie of the Year award

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Magbegor consistently impressed on-lookers, averaging 6.6 points — she hit double figures 16 six times — with a field goal percentage of 52 per cent. She was also a presence away from the scoreboard, pulling down 3.8 rebounds per game while also averaging a team-high 1.2 blocks.

Magbegor’s dazzling performances off the bench caught the eye of Opals coach Sandy Brondello, who placed Magbegor in the Australian Opals’ initial Commonwealth Games squad.


"Stunning" and "dazzling" isn't what I'd call those stats. Must be some sort of Aussie journalistic slang.
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Bueckers?

I don't even know hers. Embarassed



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Ossining H.S. coach Dan Ricci on comparing Saniya Chong, Andra Espinoza-Hunter and current 6-0 junior superstar Aubrey Griffin:

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“Saniya was the best basketball player, Andra had the best work ethic, and Aubrey has the best athletic ability,” he said. “By far.”


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https://twitter.com/DraHunter2/status/961041018274623488

Espinoza-Hunter heading to Mississippi State


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BD22 wrote:
https://twitter.com/DraHunter2/status/961041018274623488

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Ezi has an official visit to Uconn set for Senior night. She may also visit UCLA and Oregon at some point.

https://www.sny.tv/uconn/news/young-australian-star-ezi-magbegor-to-visit-uconn/266118928
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#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
Ezi has an official visit to Uconn set for Senior night. She may also visit UCLA and Oregon at some point.

https://www.sny.tv/uconn/news/young-australian-star-ezi-magbegor-to-visit-uconn/266118928


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UConn grad Natalie Butler continues to lead the country in rebounds in her 5th year while raising perennial bilge dweller G. Mason into 4th place in the 14 team A-10. Today Butler scored 23 points and hauled in 24 rebounds in a win over the Bonnies.


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here's a highlight tape from Paige Bueckers' Tartan North game vs undefeated Wyzata. Bueckers had 17 points, going 3-3 from three & 6 steals in the first half as the game was essentially over at the half.

https://ve.hudl.com/p-highlights/Team/140350/5a8843598cd43b10d8f1a350/cebce8c0_720.mp4?v=B0E4D5C82276D508


In particular, watch the play she makes about :15 in. She gets a steal, swings it behind her back and bounces a no-look pass across the paint to a teammate. You just can't teach instincts like that.


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UConn grad Natalie Butler continues to lead the country in rebounds in her 5th year while raising perennial bilge dweller G. Mason into 4th place in the 14 team A-10. Today Butler scored 23 points and hauled in 24 rebounds in a win over the Bonnies.


I have watched a couple of their games. She just makes everyone around her better. What she brought to GM was an uncanny ability to see the court and to direct traffic, almost like a point guard. I'm sure her time at UConn, even sitting on the bench, benefited her in that. She must have soaked up Geno's teaching like a sponge. If she ever wants to coach she probably can. When she leaves, GM will probably return to the basement.



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linkster wrote:
here's a highlight tape from Paige Bueckers' Tartan North game vs undefeated Wyzata. Bueckers had 17 points, going 3-3 from three & 6 steals in the first half as the game was essentially over at the half.

https://ve.hudl.com/p-highlights/Team/140350/5a8843598cd43b10d8f1a350/cebce8c0_720.mp4?v=B0E4D5C82276D508


In particular, watch the play she makes about :15 in. She gets a steal, swings it behind her back and bounces a no-look pass across the paint to a teammate. You just can't teach instincts like that.


This was against a team that beat Beuchers and company earlier. Paige missed a few games with an injury (foot, leg) in January. Happy for her that she is back and looking good.



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PostPosted: 02/19/18 6:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Bueckers plays for Hopkins, a longtime Minnesota power that has a couple bad losses this year. North Tartan is her club team.

Hopkins will likely meet unbeaten and No. 24 in the nation Eastview in the Minnesota postseason. In the first meeting, Eastview won by eight.



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linkster wrote:
UConn grad Natalie Butler continues to lead the country in rebounds in her 5th year while raising perennial bilge dweller G. Mason into 4th place in the 14 team A-10. Today Butler scored 23 points and hauled in 24 rebounds in a win over the Bonnies.


I have watched a couple of their games. She just makes everyone around her better. What she brought to GM was an uncanny ability to see the court and to direct traffic, almost like a point guard. I'm sure her time at UConn, even sitting on the bench, benefited her in that. She must have soaked up Geno's teaching like a sponge. If she ever wants to coach she probably can. When she leaves, GM will probably return to the basement.


Her problems at UConn were two-fold. She didn't have strong enough hands and had a lot of balls knocked out and she couldn't handle the speed at which they played. But she ran the court well, was a decent passer and teams had to respect her midrange shot. I'm sure the pace of play at GM seems like slow motion and while she was big at the top of D1 she must seem Brobdingnagian against A10 teams.


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Three UConn players are in the respective top fives for the NBHOF positional awards.

- Kia Nurse for the Nancy Lieberman PG Award, along with Lexie Brown, Katelynn Flaherty, Kelsey Mitchell and Sabrina Ionescu.

- Gabby Williams for the Cheryl Miller SF award, along with Shakayla Thomas, Sophie Cunningham, Jamie Nared and Teana Muldrow.

- Katie Lou Samuelson for the Ann Meyers Drysdale SG Award, along with Asia Durr, Arika Ogunbowale, Victoria Vivians and Kitija Laksa.

While I am very resistant to using positional names or numbers, if I have to I'd say that none of these UConn nominees plays the positions for which they are nominated. Primarily on UConn, Nurse is the SG, Williams is the PF and Samuelson is the SF.

I don't think the voters will agree on all, but as of now I'd select Ionescu, Cunningham and Samuelson in their artificial categories.

All three UConn players are still nominees for the NBHOF's overall Wooden POY Award, along with Napheesa Collier.
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Glenn, one minor gripe. YOU, of all people, with your knowledge, out to be able to spell JAIME Nared's name correctly.

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Three UConn players are in the respective top fives for the NBHOF positional awards.

- Kia Nurse for the Nancy Lieberman PG Award, along with Lexie Brown, Katelynn Flaherty, Kelsey Mitchell and Sabrina Ionescu.


Is Lexie Brown the only true PG here?



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myrtle wrote:
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Three UConn players are in the respective top fives for the NBHOF positional awards.

- Kia Nurse for the Nancy Lieberman PG Award, along with Lexie Brown, Katelynn Flaherty, Kelsey Mitchell and Sabrina Ionescu.


Is Lexie Brown the only true PG here?


I'd say they're all combo guards.



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I haven't noticed Ezi Magbegor making a college announcement, but there's this line in the Sydney Morning Herald last week:

"The Capitals are still coming to grips with the departures of teenage superstar Eziyoda Magbegor (University of Connecticut) . . . . "

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/wnbl-canberra-capitals-forward-kate-gaze-signs-with-adelaide-lightning-20180313-h0xeo7.html?utm_medium=rss
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GlennMacGrady wrote:
I haven't noticed Ezi Magbegor making a college announcement, but there's this line in the Sydney Morning Herald last week:

"The Capitals are still coming to grips with the departures of teenage superstar Eziyoda Magbegor (University of Connecticut) . . . . "

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/wnbl-canberra-capitals-forward-kate-gaze-signs-with-adelaide-lightning-20180313-h0xeo7.html?utm_medium=rss


The same article appears in the Canberra Times, where the reporter, Caden Helmers, presumably covers the Canberra Capitals, Magbegor's team.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/act-sport/wnbl-canberra-capitals-forward-kate-gaze-signs-with-adelaide-lightning-20180313-h0xeo7.html

Helmers reported two weeks ago in the Canberra Times that Magbegor was leaving Australia for the U.S., but didn't in that article identify whether the college would be UCLA or UConn.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/sport/act-sport/canberra-capitals-rookie-ezi-magbegor-commonwealth-gamesbound-but-leaving-wnbl-20180306-h0x4ie.html

If Helmers has sources within the Capitals, one might reasonably conclude that his parenthetical identification of UConn was informed and intentional. But so many things are so wrong in so much media these days that it may just have been a so-so solecism.
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A little late realizing this, but Christyn Williams has been awarded both the Gatorade National POY and the McDonald's Morgan Wooten POY.

Williams, who averaged 26.8 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior, is the second straight UConn recruit to win the Gatorade award, following Husky freshman Megan Walker. Other current and former Huskies to win the award include Katie Lou Samuelson (2015), Breanna Stewart (2012), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (2011), Maya Moore (2007) and Tina Charles (2006).

Last year's winner of the Wooten was Evina Westbrook, a freshman at Tennessee. Previous UConn recruits to win the award include Crystal Dangerfield (2016), Katie Lou Samuelson, (2015) Breanna Stewart (2012) and Maya Moore (2007).
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More catching up.

Of the 13 Region 3 players selected as WBCA All-American nominees, five are from UConn: KLS, Collier, Williams, Nurse and Stevens. The 10-player WBCA All-American team will be selected from the regional nominees.

KLS and Williams are two of the four finalists for the Naismith POY, along with A'ja Wilson and Asia Durr.

KLS is also one of the four finalists for the Wade Trophy, along with A'ja Wilson, Kelsey Mitchell and Sabrina Ionescu.
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Oliva Nelson-Ododa was the only girl in the McDonald's Powerade dunk contest and she came in third. Her first dunk was the cleanest by a girl I recall in the contest and it got a perfect score.

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WNBL: Ezi Magbegor signs for Melbourne Boomers

http://www.news.com.au/sport/basketball/wnbl-ezi-magbegor-signs-for-melbourne-boomers/news-story/68b52cb821e0a4fdec225a0cda1a088e

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Teenager Ezi Magbegor – who has been described by Australian Opals coach Sandy Brondello as “future of the Opals” – has signed with WNBL club Melbourne Boomers for three years.



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ONO's dunk apparently scared Ezi off.
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Report on and impressions of Christyn Williams and Olivia Nelson-Ododa in the McD AA game.

Williams, a 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock, Ark., scored 22 points with 12 rebounds – both game highs – for the victorious West team. Her scoring total, on 9-for-16 shooting (4-for-5 from 3-point range), tied for the third highest total in the 17-year history of the girls All-American game. She also had four assists. She likely won the MVP award, but ESPN cut away before the awards.

I thought Williams exhibited confidence, maturity, great touch, smooth execution, and aggressive rebounding from the guard position. I expect her to step into Nurse's starting spot from her first UConn game, and be able to play the 2 or 1. She'll be a star and college AA.

ONO, from Winder-Barrow High in Georgia, scored eight points with eight rebounds (the latter, the East team's high) in 22 minutes. Her execution level is further away from her potential than Williams'. She made some nice layups, but often made impetuous choices by turning into, dribbling into, or shooting into obvious defensive pressure -- thereby turning the ball over excessively. She also appeared a bit physically weak with (maybe?) some suspect hands. These things are all improvable.

In this game, the post player who impressed me the most was Queen Egbo, a Baylor commit. For the nth time I've watched her, Charli Collier didn't impress me (n>5).

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