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According to Jeff Goodman, we are one of the favorites to land him, along with Georgetown and Washington. Kind of shocking IMO. Would he be eligible to play next year?
He'd be eligible in December. I'm surprised as well..I have a hunch he ends up at Gtown though.
UCLA is a trainwreck... Gettting away from that loser atmoshpere might be all he needs to get in shape.
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Perhaps, but Josh Smith was out of shape and indifferent well before he got to UCLA.
Would he just have next year or a full year after that?
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Answering my own question, 1.5. I tweeted wondering whether he loves the game. That seems important in figuring out whether he'll get his act together. Jerry responded that he never saw the passion in Josh.
Let's put it this way - if Self does go after Josh, it says a LOT about what he thinks of his current big men (not including Embiid).
Either that or he thinks we are on the outside with Randle. I think everyone knows we need at least one more big if not two. Perry will be solid at the 4 next year, but Embiid isn't necessesarily going to be an impact from day one. It will take time. Ideally Randle could step in and be that impact big to play along side Perry next fall, but don't discount the need for depth. I don't think Lucas will be a player for a couple years, and Traylor is going too undersized to be on the court with Ellis.
If we have a spot for both Randle and Josh Smith, it would be a grand slam finish. That would be one loaded team, and thats including the lack of experience we will have.
I think we only have one scholarship left for next year -- Peters'. We already have Frankamp, Mason, Selden, Green, and Embiid coming and Peters, Withey, EJ, Releford and Young leaving. 5 in and 5 out means Wesley loses his scholarship if we get one more and someone else has to leave for 2 more -- not necessary an unlikely result.
You counting on Ben staying?
Counting on it? No, but allowing for it prior to, "and someone else has to leave for 2 more -- not necessary an unlikely result."
CBS has Washington out and U of Seattle in as the home option. UCLA must not have cooperated with an in-conference move.
Looks like he chose Georgetown. Doesn't bother me, but Randle is a must now more than ever.
Completely fine with that choice. I didn't really see where he'd help us for a semester.
Georgetown's slow style of play is where he can be most effective (or at least more effective than at KU).
I'll see if I can find out just how much the staff was interested, or if it was Gtown all along.
So, lets say Randle doesn't come to KU, how does next year's frontcourt look? Lucas becomes eligible, Traylor hopefully improves a bit, Ellis continues to improve, a raw Embiid comes on board, and then what? I see a frontcourt that needs Randle pretty bad, thus the reason the staff even looked at Josh Smith no?
We have a team next year that has to play outside in but would be fairly well equipped to do so I would think.
Really if you think about it we play outside in to a good degree on offense this year. Withey has turned into a competent post scorer but by no means is a go to guy we dump the ball down to in the clutch.
I generally agree...on offense. The big question is going to be what we do defensively without a stalwart post defender. Each of the current post players outside of Withey has serious defensive flaws, and while Embiid's biggest contributions in 2012-2013 will likely be on defense, I don't expect him to step up immediately and replace what we've had with Withey and Aldrich and even Kaun before that. We didn't have an elite shotblocker under Self before Aldrich in San Antonio and beyond, but to me that's going to be the most intriguing style change in 2012-2013, and Randle doesn't really change that.
From what I have read and seen on Embiid is that he isn't a true shot blocker. Not that he can't be because of his size. It will be interesting to see how the staff brings him along.
I didn't mean that he would be a shot blocker, but that he is more likely to contribute defensively next year than offensively. We've had five years of excellent shot blockers (though 2010-2011 Withey didn't see extended time) and more like seven years of excellent post defenders. We won't have a veteran post player or natural shot blocker next season, which I think will change our defensive strategy significantly (to more of what the starting rotation by conference play in 2007-2008 did with more switches on screens, even with bigs).
If Randle doesn't matriculate at KU, the frontcourt is Ellis\Traylor with Embiid off the bench.
I will be highly surprised if Lucas ever plays meaningful minutes at KU. Just not convinced he's talented enough or athletic enough.
My guess is that a miss on Randle means Self will scramble to find a transfer, JUCO, or a late bloomer.
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