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PostPosted: 04/02/18 6:12 pm    ::: UConn 2018-19 Reply Reply with quote

This thread is to discuss all things UConn for the 2018-19 season.

Azura Stevens has declared for the 2018 WNBA draft. This means UConn will lose three of its seven (and only seven) player rotation -- Stevens, Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse. Since UConn is bringing in only two recruits this season, guard Christyn Williams and post Olivia Nelson-Ododa, UConn will even be thinner and less experienced than it was in the just ended season.

To be frank, it doesn't appear at this time that anyone on the team will ever be a rotation player for Geno other than starters Samuelson, Collier and Dangerfield, the little-used seventh player Megan Walker, and the two incoming freshmen. Geno will now be reaping the thin remaining harvest of his recent recruiting -- only two players in 2015 (KLS, NC), one in 2016 (CD), one (who plays) in 2017 (MW), and two in 2018. I assume that Geno will have only six players in his rotation this season, which includes the two inexperienced freshmen.

Geno has no commits yet from the class of 2019. He really needs a monster class, in terms of both quality and quantity (guards and posts), to maintain the elite level the team has been at for the past many years.
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Is this the dawning of the

Age of No FF Trips?

Age of No FF Triiiiiiiiiips??!!

No FF Triiiiiiiippppppssssssss!!!!

No FF trips!

No FF trips!

No FF trips!

Suddenly 3 players leaving!

Who'll be left for the rebounding?

What of D and good court vision?

3 point goals and pass precision?

Mystic Crystal revelation?

Megan Walker liber-a-a-tion?

No FF trips!

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PostPosted: 04/02/18 8:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2767866-notre-dames-relentless-swagger-sparks-biggest-ncaa-championship-comeback-ever?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial


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Mississippi State knew we were coming back. We saw the fear in their eyes in the third quarter, and the third quarter is always ours and will always be ours."


Laughing Laughing Laughing This kid is unbelievable. You gotta love her confidence , i know i do !! Cool Cool



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PostPosted: 04/02/18 10:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

WNBA 09 wrote:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2767866-notre-dames-relentless-swagger-sparks-biggest-ncaa-championship-comeback-ever?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial


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Mississippi State knew we were coming back. We saw the fear in their eyes in the third quarter, and the third quarter is always ours and will always be ours."


Laughing Laughing Laughing This kid is unbelievable. You gotta love her confidence , i know i do !! Cool Cool


Is Mabrey transferring to UConn for 2018-19? Geno didn't recruit her, but he'd probably take her now. Same for Shepard. More likely as a tranfer, that rebounding machine from TAMU. Whatsername?
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PostPosted: 04/02/18 11:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
WNBA 09 wrote:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2767866-notre-dames-relentless-swagger-sparks-biggest-ncaa-championship-comeback-ever?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial


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Mississippi State knew we were coming back. We saw the fear in their eyes in the third quarter, and the third quarter is always ours and will always be ours."


Laughing Laughing Laughing This kid is unbelievable. You gotta love her confidence , i know i do !! Cool Cool


Is Mabrey transferring to UConn for 2018-19? Geno didn't recruit her, but he'd probably take her now. Same for Shepard. More likely as a tranfer, that rebounding machine from TAMU. Whatsername?


Glenn you have made my night Laughing Laughing Laughing He just might and her name is Anriel Howard Laughing Laughing The Dennis Rodman of WCBB!



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PostPosted: 04/03/18 12:49 am    ::: Re: UConn 2018-19 Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
This thread is to discuss all things UConn for the 2018-19 season.

Azura Stevens has declared for the 2018 WNBA draft. This means UConn will lose three of its seven (and only seven) player rotation -- Stevens, Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse. Since UConn is bringing in only two recruits this season, guard Christyn Williams and post Olivia Nelson-Ododa, UConn will even be thinner and less experienced than it was in the just ended season.

To be frank, it doesn't appear at this time that anyone on the team will ever be a rotation player for Geno other than starters Samuelson, Collier and Dangerfield, the little-used seventh player Megan Walker, and the two incoming freshmen. Geno will now be reaping the thin remaining harvest of his recent recruiting -- only two players in 2015 (KLS, NC), one in 2016 (CD), one (who plays) in 2017 (MW), and two in 2018. I assume that Geno will have only six players in his rotation this season, which includes the two inexperienced freshmen.


In 2017 Auriemma got the #13 rated recruit by Hoopgurlz, Mikayla Coombs. The fact that he doesn't play her doesn't change the fact that she is a top recruit. He has developed a habit of a short rotation of only future WNBA players in recent years, so there isn't anything to say he won't play a #13 recruit in the future if he doesn't have 7 other future WNBA players. And with all the purple prose given to Auriemma with regard to player development, she should eventually play at a higher level than 13th best in her class, if the endless compliments are true. Also in 2017, UConn got the #29 recruit, Lexi Gordan. #29 recruits are very highly rated. Just shy of being McDonald's all-American. How many teams in the country, including those that make the Final Four, don't have a #29 or worse in their rotation? I wouldn't leave her out of the analysis either, just because he isn't playing her behind future WNBA players.


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PostPosted: 04/03/18 1:42 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

How much did Collier or G. Williams play their Freshman year?

I wouldn't write of M. Williams or any of this years freshman quite yet.


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PostPosted: 04/03/18 9:56 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yeah, curious who their starters will be? Collier, Samuelson & Dangerfield of course, but who'll be their starting PG? Center?



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PostPosted: 04/03/18 10:20 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Yeah, curious who their starters will be? Collier, Samuelson & Dangerfield of course, but who'll be their starting PG? Center?


Crystal Dangerfield is our PG and was this past year. Anyone who thought Nurse was a PG, was just wrong.


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PostPosted: 04/03/18 10:20 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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How much did Collier or G. Williams play their Freshman year?

I wouldn't write of M. Williams or any of this years freshman quite yet.


Gabby played in 38 of 39 games with 0 starts and averaged 15.6 minutes a game.

Napheesa played in all 38 games and had 3 starts. She averaged 17.2 minutes a game.

Megan Walker played in 32 of 37 games with 0 starts. She averaged 15.5 minutes a game.


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PostPosted: 04/03/18 11:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

They're bringing back two National POY candidates, the player I thought was the most improved I saw all year, this year's number one recruit (granted it was a down year and she wasn't in the KLS type class), add this year's HS POY, and a post that can dunk with ease.

I wouldn't rule them out of the title picture so quickly. Success just not as easy as if Stevens were there.


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PostPosted: 04/03/18 12:27 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

dtsnms wrote:
the player I thought was the most improved I saw all year


Honestly, I'm not sure who you're referring to.


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PostPosted: 04/03/18 2:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ArtBest23 wrote:
dtsnms wrote:
the player I thought was the most improved I saw all year


Honestly, I'm not sure who you're referring to.


I'm curious to know also.

However, I agree that UConn shouldn't be "rule[d] out of the title picture", but they're certainly not nearly as ruled in as the past several years. I merely suggested that UConn will be "thinner and less experienced" than the season just ended, and that Geno will likely have a dinner-time lineup of six players.

As to starters, KLS, Collier and and Dangerfield are locks. The only shooting guard with elite tools seems to be freshman Christyn Williams, whom I expect eventually to be an All-American. The fifth spot will have to go to Megan Walker or ONO. I'd give the nod of experience to Walker, with ONO coming off the bench to relieve Collier, Walker and Samuelson. Unless something dramatic changes with Coombs, Gordon, Bent, Irwin or Camara, I expect to continue to see them only in big leads or garbage time.

The second hammer blow to UConn's lineup and title chances will potentially come in the 2019-20 season, after AA's KLS and Collier graduate. There's now nothing known in the pipeline. Having lost Charli Collier, Ezi Magbegor, Sedona Prince and perhaps others in 2018, Geno needs to get at least three and better yet four of these 2019 players, whom he's believed to be recruiting, to maintain elite steamroller status (prefaced by their ESPNW ranks):

1 -- 6-2 Samantha Brunelle, F
2 -- 6-3 Laeticia Amihere from Canada, F
5 -- 6-1 Haley Jones, W
6 -- 6-1 Jordan Horston, G
11 -- 6-4 Aliyah Boston, P
21 -- 5-10 Leilani Correa, G
22 -- 5-9 Charisma Osbourne, PG
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I think some recruits are seeing what it is like to sit the bench at UConn and no longer want that for themselves...even when they were up 30 - 40 points Gino still had his starters in during the 4th quarter...with no championship games the last two years, recruits might not see UConn as the end all- be all destination...to get a full ride at UConn these benchers cannot be that bad...otherwise I question the coaching staff to judge talent at the high school level...if those players cannot get in when you are up 30-40 points, why did you sign them in the first place...why have they not developed under your coaching to warrent getting in when you have clearly won the game?

UConn got out played and to be honest out coached the last two years in the final four...it's easy to coach when you are up game after game, but it seems the last two years, the same mistakes were being made even before Arika's shot and William's shot the year before...the mental side and how you perform with time and score situations has been lacking from UConn...they also have NO leadership on the court and it does not seem UConn is recruiting those types of players (Diana or Sue Bird types)...ND is a tight group of players who have been in the trenches and played so much smarter then UConn in crunch time...that is the intangible that UConn is missing...MENTAL TOUGHNESS! I also think players are tired of the sarcastic tone Gino uses towards his players etc...it gets old quickly!

As Geno always says, the only thing that matters to us is winning a national championship and that has not been done the past two years...A. Stevens left Duke for many reasons, but I bet her #1 was to win a National Champonship and that did not happen...seems she quits on teams - the WNBA which pays POORLY... so not sured why she is ready for the WNBA when she could not even start for UConn...


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Maybe she knew she could never get to the Geno standard. The fact she couldn’t make the starting rotation at her height could be construed as a red flag. As far as players go, I know for a fact that the only ND player Uconn would ever consider is Young.


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bballjunkie wrote:
Maybe she knew she could never get to the Geno standard. The fact she couldn’t make the starting rotation at her height could be construed as a red flag. As far as players go, I know for a fact that the only ND player Uconn would ever consider is Young.

Then UConn shouldn't have any trouble beating ND. During the Diggins' years when ND was beating UConn regularly, I remember MANY UConn fans arguing that not one ND player would ever have started at UConn. Of course if that was the case, and ND kept beating UConn, wouldn't that imply that coaching was the difference? Of course these fans then mostly blamed the refs.

By the way, do you care to divulge how you know that Geno would never want any of the other Irish players?


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PostPosted: 04/03/18 8:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

lynxmania wrote:
J-Spoon wrote:
How much did Collier or G. Williams play their Freshman year?

I wouldn't write of M. Williams or any of this years freshman quite yet.


Gabby played in 38 of 39 games with 0 starts and averaged 15.6 minutes a game.

Napheesa played in all 38 games and had 3 starts. She averaged 17.2 minutes a game.

Megan Walker played in 32 of 37 games with 0 starts. She averaged 15.5 minutes a game.


Thanks, so by comparison Geno might have had a little less faith in Walker especially in big moments but OTOH Gabby proved that playing 15 minutes as a freshman could still lead to being an all American a couple of years later so I think Walker still could take a big leap forward.


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PostPosted: 04/03/18 9:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Fighting Artichoke wrote:

During the Diggins' years when ND was beating UConn regularly, I remember MANY UConn fans arguing that not one ND player would ever have started at UConn. Of course if that was the case, and ND kept beating UConn, wouldn't that imply that coaching was the difference? Of course these fans then mostly blamed the refs.


Got curious about the record so I looked it up. UConn-ND split 8-7 during the Diggins years.

I would concede that, as good a coach as Geno is in most areas, Muffet is better at developing many players, especially guards. She seems to be able to take an X level player and turn her into an X+2 level player, whereas Geno might let such a player languish on the bench by recruiting over her, or not recruit her in the first place. Since Diggins, Muffet seems to be acquiring more high level recruits to start with.

Since this thread is about 2018-19, there should be no doubt that Notre Dame will begin as the top ranked team -- not only because they are the defending champion, but because of all the returning veterans and injured as well as a strong recruiting class. Baylor and Texas should also be powerful.
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PostPosted: 04/03/18 9:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm not feeling sorry for UConn quite yet Twisted Evil Wink



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PostPosted: 04/03/18 9:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

bballjunkie wrote:
Maybe she knew she could never get to the Geno standard. The fact she couldn’t make the starting rotation at her height could be construed as a red flag. As far as players go, I know for a fact that the only ND player Uconn would ever consider is Young.


Must be why he recruited the hell out of Ogunbowale, Turner and Westbeld.


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PostPosted: 04/03/18 10:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I’m wondering how much the AAC is starting to hurt UConn. Sure, they play the most punishing OOC schedule of any team. They have to. But then they play a whole conference schedule of basically cupcakes, interrupted by one or two decent games. That has to hurt them. You just can’t stay as sharp as you should when every game is a blowout.



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PostPosted: 04/03/18 10:45 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

summertime blues wrote:
I’m wondering how much the AAC is starting to hurt UConn. Sure, they play the most punishing OOC schedule of any team. They have to. But then they play a whole conference schedule of basically cupcakes, interrupted by one or two decent games. That has to hurt them. You just can’t stay as sharp as you should when every game is a blowout.


I think the conference thing is a bit overblown. ( I did think it would affect recruiting more than it has.)

Reality is that Geno wasn't really stellar in end of game situations in tight or OT games when they were in the Big East, either.

I think he is great at teaching and preparing players and a system. I'm not convinced that strategic in-game coaching and adjustments are his strength. He's kind of rigid in his game plan. But, hey, it's worked for him a lot.

His recruiting, and his preparation and team development, have put him in a position where he rarely needs to confront tight endings.


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[quote="Fighting Artichoke"][quote="bballjunkie"]Maybe she knew she could never get to the Geno standard. The fact she couldn’t make the starting rotation at her height could be construed as a red flag. [b]As far as players go, I know for a fact that the only ND player Uconn would ever consider is Young.[/b][/quote]
Then UConn shouldn't have any trouble beating ND. During the Diggins' years when ND was beating UConn regularly, I remember MANY UConn fans arguing that not one ND player would ever have started at UConn. Of course if that was the case, and ND kept beating UConn, wouldn't that imply that coaching was the difference? Of course these fans then mostly blamed the refs.

By the way, do you care to divulge how you know that Geno would never want any of the other Irish players?[/quote]

Really FA, you sound like the biggest ND mouthpiece on here. Recruiting by Uconn has nothing to do with that, I had thought ND was similar but clearly you are saying that’s not the case.

From the horses mouth. And if you are unsure look at 6’6” Stevens that should tell you if you don’t play up to his standards then you don’t play.


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Paige Bueckers (left), Aliyah Boston, Samantha Brunelle and Hailey Van Lith celebrated their national 3×3 title last week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. (Photo by USA Basketball)

Rumors abound that Bueckers, Brunelle and Azzi Fudd are personally tight and will go to Notre Dame. Other rumors favor UConn.

Boston is a must get for UConn in 2019, most especially since UConn, up until ONO in 2018, had not successfully recruited a true and tall low post player from high school since Breanna Stewart (2012) or Kiah Stokes (2011) or Stefanie Dolson (2010), taking your pick as to which was the truest low post player.
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PostPosted: 04/04/18 5:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

LoHud: "@OssiningSchools junior Aubrey Griffin has an offer from Louisville and strong interest from UConn and Mississippi State."

https://twitter.com/Zacchio_LoHud/status/979897895808888832

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PostPosted: 04/04/18 10:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:

Rumors abound that Bueckers, Brunelle and Azzi Fudd are personally tight and will go to Notre Dame. Other rumors favor UConn.


Could happen, but odd that they are being linked as they graduate high school in three different years 2020, 2019 and 2021. But they did all play on the 2017 USA Women's U16 National Team Fudd and Brunelle live 91 miles apart in Virginia, but are two years apart in age.


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Katie Lou Samuelson is one of four nominees for the Honda Award, along with Sabrina Ionescu, Kelsey Mitchell and A'ja Wilson.

UConn has had 11 Honda Sports Award winners: Breanna Stewart (2014, ’15, ’16), Maya Moore (2010, ’11), Renee Montgomery (2009), Diana Taurasi (2003), Sue Bird (2002), Shea Ralph (2000), Jennifer Rizzotti (1996) and Rebecca Lobo (1995).
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PostPosted: 04/05/18 11:11 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Uconn has not recruited Brunelle for some time.


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bballjunkie wrote:
Uconn has not recruited Brunelle for some time.


I don't have any inside info and don't know anyone who does, but here's Adamec last week:

"UConn recruiting targets Samantha Brunelle, Aliyah Boston, Paige Beuckers, and Hailey Val Lith led their Team Quest to the USA Basketball 3x3 title Sunday in Colorado Springs."

http://www.journalinquirer.com/sports/surpassing-legends/article_d9e1822a-31c2-11e8-ae05-471a4eab0926.html
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NT oops wrong thread


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2019 HoopGurlz #1, Samantha Brunelle, plans to reveal her college choice in the gym at William Monroe High School at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

http://www.newsplex.com/content/sports/Brunelle-set-to-announce-college-decision-478997523.html

https://twitter.com/babybruney33/status/982337746084749313

I believe this means she won't even be taking any official visits. In those cases, I predict the school that has had the most unofficial visits from the athlete. Unfortunately, I don't have this info about Brunelle. Does anyone?

Brunelle is also #1 at Blue Star and is #4 at Prospects Nation.
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I really like Brunelle ... she's tall, skilled, athletic enough, versatile and understands the game.

She will be a great get, someone you can build a recruiting class around.



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Hmmm . . . does Brunelle have more of a UConn look or a Notre Dame look? I think its actually more of a Deep South look.
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Laeticia Amihere (@theblackqueen) oopdunking:

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/823592626326831104

UConn needs to get the black queen from 2019 because, upon some research, the most persuasive rumors (to me) have Brunelle going to South Bend, possibly for the reason bballjunkie states.
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A younger TBQ dunk:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWYvSI8B6sp/?hl=fr&taken-by=_theblackqueen_
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South Carolina is one of the five final schools Texas A&M junior forward Anriel Howard is considering for a potential transfer, her mother, Che Howard, told The State on Thursday.


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Che Howard declined to name the four other schools USC is competing against for Anriel's services, but she did say that of the five finalists, two advanced to the most recent Final Four on the NCAA tournament and two others, South Carolina being one, made it to the Sweet 16.

Notre Dame, Connecticut, Louisville and Mississippi State were this year's Final Four participants.


http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-womens-basketball/article208056219.html
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ONO stuffs Jordan

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Interview with ONO


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Paige Bueckers soph highlights

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Primarily one poster, who holds him or herself out as close to the Brunelle family, has convinced the Boneyard that Samantha Brunelle, once a UConn lean, is now Notre Dame bound, mainly because the UConn staff allegedly hasn't communicated with her since offering a scholarship in January while other schools have continued in hot pursuit.

Assuming that's true, one theory is that Geno is pursuing more athletic forwards from 2019 such as The Black Queen (of Ivory Coast + Ghana => Canada) and Haley Jones of powerhouse (but pining) Archbishop Mitty in San Jose. Herewith Jones:

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Based on these always misleading all-makes videos, Ossining's unranked Aubrey Griffin arguably looks more athletic than Jones. At least I'll be able to see Griffin in person soon.
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PostPosted: 04/08/18 12:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Will be interested to hear your thoughts.


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In the Jordan Brand Classic AA Game:

- ONO shot 5-8, 0-1, 2-2 for 12 points, along with five rebounds, one assist and one block.

- Christyn Williams shot 4-10, 0-3, 3-4 for 11 points, along with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal.

ONO was the only player to dunk in practice:

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/982636483810078720

She also stood for the national flag of basketball:

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Thanks Glenn.


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Honestly who cares. Every last thing I predicted came true about the 2018 huskies ending.

EVERY. LAST. THING. I said the second he 86ed Walker they were toast because she was needed SIMPLY to keep the starters out of foul trouble. They are not great defenders to begin with! He did not want to part with any of his starters for ANY reason. PERIOD! Even when the matchups did not favor them!

And now Auriemma is playing the "This is the world we live in" card in his end of years interviews.

I am seriously thinking of sending him and Chris Dailey one of those emails they hate receiving! That's how PISSED I am!


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GlennMacGrady wrote:



Hmmm . . . does Brunelle have more of a UConn look or a Notre Dame look? I think its actually more of a Deep South look.


She should play in the B12. They like blonds with dark roots down there.



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In terms of UCONN 2018-19, I think their success will depend on the growth and development of two players: Megan Walker and Batouly Camara. Walker showed promise as the top player in her class but was hampered by injury. Camara was solid at Kentucky, but hasn't shown much since joining UCONN. Next year, she should play more of a role, mainly out of necessity. Williams and ONO are great, but I don't think Freshmen truly make a substantial difference (Chennedy Carter is a rarity).

On the topic of Howard, she would be quite the get for UCONN. She would instantly make an impact on this team. I believe Howard wants to do broadcast journalism long term, so you have to wonder if ESPN being so close would be tempting to her. I am not holding out too much hope for her. I could easily see her going West to UCLA or something of that nature. But she would be a really nice addition.

In the autopsy if this season's UCONN team, there have been many places to blame but I think honestly the issue with this team is there's not that bonafide superstar in all aspects. Sure, Lou and Collier are great players, but they are a bit timid. We need someone with the attitude of a Dolson or a Taurasi. The good news is I feel like UCONN does best when people count them out, and heading into next season, it appears more people are counting the Huskies out for next season. Let's see how the squad reacts.



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Uconn were keeping a lot under wraps this year. I spoke with Glenn about it earlier in the season. Crystal was rendered ineffective due to the shin splints as they needed her to be a pest full court and she was unable. Gabby dealt with soreness as she never got to rest, which could be blamed on Geno for the lack of help from the bench as there are 2 different arguments to be made that the bench themselves would not push through. KLS could have been lost for the season early on but chose to delay surgery and literally played on one leg, i’d Say she didn’t do too badly considering. Plus they did it it without whining or complaining.


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Uconn is at it's best when it is playing switching man to man. Obviously Dangerfield is a problem with this defense and Stevens clearly couldn't pick up any defense as they kept having to go into a zone when she was in.


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