It's not anyone's fault. There just was't enough time to re-install him into the rotation and expect results, especially when he wasn't 100 percent recovered or back in game shape.
Tilmon averaged 19.4 minutes this year, so I doubt you'll see less of him next year. Tilmon wants to learn how to play more effectively without fouling. He's completely aware of the problem. That's critical. It would be a bigger challenge if he came out of every game ripping the officials and insisting it wasn't his fault. He wants to get better. He's got a great work ethic. Martin and the staff love him and his attitude. I would feel confident about his upside. But it's going to take a lot of work. That's OK. They're supposed to work hard to improve.
Are we talking men's hoops? If so, Mitchell Smith should be ready for the start of the season. VanLeer won't be ready until midway through the season most likely. No one else had a major injury.
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I don't disagree with the assesment of his game, but if a team wants to draft him late in the first round, develop him as a reserve or stash him in the G-League for a year, Jontay can develop all of those skills while (1) making money and (2) not having to take class. It's easy to make decisions for somebody else, but if he gets first-round draft feedback, that can be hard to pass up, no matter what could happen if he stays in school another year.
She moved to the wing this year and had some good moments but might have been more effective last year as an undersized stretch four. Pingeton mentioned the other day she might move her again this offseason.
I don't disagree, but it's not breaking news that he has only coached one team to the second weekend of the tournament.
First of all, he's not obligated to decide as quickly as the other one-and-doners decided. Also, Michael has always enjoyed the spotlight. In terms of getting the most attention, it would make some sense to wait for the other guys to make their announcements before he makes his. And, probably most important, since when did the Porters ever make a decision by conventional standards? Did you miss the last four months of daily Instagram/Snapchat drama, the will-he-or-won't-he pregame shootarounds? The suspense is always part of the process.
I'm not sure if that's feasible. VanLeer does everything asked of him on and off the court, but do you use up a scholarship for 2019-20 on a player who averages 2 points per game? His scholarship comes off the books after next season but if you give him a medical hardship, that's one less scholarship you can use on a player who can make a greater impact. Is that in the best interest of the program?
All five starters are back. Unlike last year, I don't think you'll see underclassmen challenge any of the returning starters for a job this year. I've tried to pay more attention to the intriguing position battles this spring, and that probably isn't happening along the O-line.
They're using a lot of multiple tight end sets. Part of that is the depth and skill level of the tight ends. Part of that is the shortage of receivers. Hall will play a lot on the outside. Johnson is a safe bet as the slot receiver. Floyd and Brown and Ballard could all push each other for another outside job. I'm not sure you'll see many 4-WR looks unless it's a tight end split wide as one of the four receivers. No telling on which of the freshmen WRs will push for time, but they'll need at least two to work into the rotation.
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You're overreacting. He said he played those two games on one leg because he hadn't fully recovered from the surgery. He couldn't even dunk. We're talking about one of the most explosive offensive players at the rim we've seen at the high school level in several years - and he didn't have enough lift to dunk on several chances. His jumper was consistently short. That's legs. He was the most dominant offensive player on the AAU circuit against the best of his peers around the country and was the McD AA Game MVP when he played against Sexton, Bamba, Ayton, etc. He's a special talent. But he wasn't close to being himself in those two games.
The market is going to be flooded with guys who averaged 11 points and 2 assists and some fans are going to make the mistake of assuming they'll turn into the next Kassius Robertson and save the Mizzou backcourt. Martin can find a productive player in the grad transfer market, but Robertson set that bar high, probably unfairly high. Ryan Taylor from Evansville looks like the best option out there so far. High scoring, 6-6 3-point specialist who gets to the foul line. He'll be in high demand.
I'll go with Odom over Smith, but I don't see much separation between Martin and Underwood. Illinois was terrible in hoops this year, but Underwood has proven he can win at a high level - not necessarily with his recruits at a high-major program, but I think he'll have that program playing meaningful March games at some point. I don't see either football program winning a title, and I think Illinois has more established programs in their way in hoops (the Michigan schools, Ohio State, Purdue, even Indiana). So, by default, I'll go with Mizzou hoops. Kentucky is the only year-in, year-out force in the SEC. Florida is close. Arkansas and A&M are always solid if not better. But I think the Big Ten is more top-heavy and harder to infiltrate.
They believed in a program that was at rock bottom. They had all the right intentions. They wanted to deliver Mizzou back to a standard that had been blurred by bad basketball. Martin deserves the bulk of the credit for keeping the team afloat during a turbulent year, but the Porters helped ignite things last spring. Could they have handled Mike's injury better? I think Martin might have appreciated more transparency early on, but I genuinely think Mike thought he could play through the pain during the season and address it this spring.
The good thing about Martin is he'll never assume he'll win anything. That's how you get lazy and complacent when you think you're entitled to good things without working for them. And there's not an ounce of entitlement in that man. But, yes, landing Ramey would be a big statement on a local and national level. But Martin won't go into cruise control if he seals the deal.
There's a major difference between winning at a mid-major DI school/winning games in the NCAA Tournament and wining at the Division II level. Huge difference. Winning at SFA is much closer to winning at a high major than winning at Central Missouri is to winning at SFA.
Ok, folks, that's all the time I'll have for today. We'll review the Mizzou season in Sunday's paper but I'll be off the grid for a bit the next several days into next week. We'll do this again next week, probably Thursday.