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Men's Basketball » Dayton Is Good & Getting Better » 1/19/2022 6:33 am

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Dayton beat a Duq team ....young, inexperianced with all new starters...by 20 and a veteran, battle tested, well coached team by 18.  Dayton seems to be a pretty good team. 

I lived in the Dayton area for a few years.  They love the Flyers and really support the team. It always amazed me how they got so much support from so many not affiliated with the school in any way.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - New Hampshire Wildcats » 12/13/2021 9:54 pm

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Rayrich wrote:

Dsnyder15 wrote:

Econ69 wrote:

KD was very close to  his father who recently passed.
KD would drive from Pgh to Akron to visit his father every day
until his father died.
He may  still be grieving.
Despite the transfer portal, the pandemic and his impatience and drive to win, I have read
nothing about player abuse or drinking. He is not perfect but he appears to be okay in coaching the team.
We will see what happens as the season unfolds.

 
Take criticism here with a grain of salt. Remember...if you are a hammer...everything looks like a nail.

One correction. In all the years KD was at Akron, only 1 kid left the program for another (Bubba Walter). Many walk-ons left to go to D2&3 programs but I doubt that is a negative. The league MVP and another 1st team all MAC player (both are playing professionally) could have left the program as grad students but stayed because of loyalty to KD. He typically had 3-4 seniors every year. But....times have changed and so is KD.

True, but where were they going to go? It's not like bigger schools were after them. The transfer portal has obviously created a way for players to get out of uncomfortable situations which I can't blame them. Dambrot did pretty well at Akron, but we are talking a mid range mid major conference. Ohio U and Kent stand out from their NCAA performances, as well as Eastern Michigan back in the day, Miami Ohio with Wally, Toledo a bit, but not Akron really. They never did much after conference play did they? I know they won an NIT game or two.
 

 
Bigger schools were after them.  The 2 guards who left when KD left went to UNLV and New Mexico.

Lots of analysis and assumptions here without many facts. Disappointing that people do not do a little research.

Men's Basketball » Game Thread - New Hampshire Wildcats » 12/12/2021 3:54 pm

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Econ69 wrote:

KD was very close to  his father who recently passed.
KD would drive from Pgh to Akron to visit his father every day
until his father died.
He may  still be grieving.
Despite the transfer portal, the pandemic and his impatience and drive to win, I have read
nothing about player abuse or drinking. He is not perfect but he appears to be okay in coaching the team.
We will see what happens as the season unfolds.

 
Take criticism here with a grain of salt. Remember...if you are a hammer...everything looks like a nail.

One correction.  In all the years KD was at Akron, only 1 kid left the program for another (Bubba Walter).  Many walk-ons left to go to D2&3 programs but I doubt that is a negative. The league MVP and another 1st team all MAC player (both are playing professionally) could have left the program as grad students but stayed because of loyalty to KD.  He typically had 3-4 seniors every year. But....times have changed and so is KD.

Men's Basketball » Time To Get On The Record Contest » 10/31/2021 7:55 am

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townsonkid wrote:

8-5 OOC
9-9 A10
1 win in A10T
18-15 overall.
137 pts in A10T.

 
I like this as the downside.  Upside would be 27 wins including tourneys.  Put me down for down for 23 and finishing strong.

Men's Basketball » DU Hires Personal Brand Coach » 6/24/2021 6:35 am

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I see many college sports disappearing. Be careful what you wish for.  Lots of underprivileged kids will lose out on a free education. Those who can afford it will still get it. 

Will a kid stay at Kent football after a good year??  Go make money at Kansas with free player movement.  Get paid?? Kent folds.  85 scholarships gone.

Men's Basketball » Jett Roesing Transfers » 6/05/2021 6:27 am

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Tejas_Duke wrote:

Crosseye wrote:

Some people make the goofiest comments ever on this board about this coach. Wildwood, why don't you go back and enjoy reminiscing about the good old days when Duquesne was playing some great basketball with powerhouse rosters under guys like Scott Edgar, Darrelle Porter and Danny Nee, That was some fun years, man. Let's not forget that defensive whiz, Jim Ferry. I didn't care if they made the A10 tournament. I was just happy when they reached double figures in wins.

And ad hominem and straw man attacks don't improve the level of discourse here.  No one denies the good things Dambrot (also Harper and Gormley) have done and the strides this program has made, so spare us that.  Some people are asking some good questions and seeking answers.  I made the point about going back to square one because of team chemistry, and once again we have a group of strangers who haven't played together and hoping they gell fast.  Year five and a lot of the players this coach has recruited have left, and there should be questions about that. Saying we want to call UBMC and buy out Jim Ferry? Puh-leez!
 

 
Here is the problem....

People make comments here and are offended by pushback.  Why??  Wild man writes a War and Peace type post making many claims and does not want ANY push back.  People make statements like they don't like the coach and he is a putz...and never come back to those statements.  Marcus needs work just to be a good A10 backup...Ellis and Kelly are stars...MB sucks...and on and on and never write or say "oops....got that wrong", or "he really improved beyond my expectations".  You can criticize Hughes, TDM and MB but guys who leave are off limits. Graduating from DU or staying does not get you more respect than taking your ball and going home??  You state that they are back at square one. Most would disagree.  If they prove better than KD's first team will you be back and say you were wrong??  We shall see.  Seeki

Men's Basketball » Roster 2021-2022 » 5/30/2021 7:36 pm

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El Presidente wrote:

Find it a bit odd that RG Gunn is listed as a center on the website. KD had referred to him as a 4 I believe. Didn't he play guard for his college team? Wonder where he will play. Thinking multiple positions? Would be surprised to see him at guard for the Dukes.

 
The most successful PF at Akron was a SG in HS and thought of himself as one the first few years in college.  Marcus Weathers was a SG in HS.  KD likes PFs who are athletic and can stretch the floor.....also intelligent and can move the ball.  Gunn seems to fit that mold.

Men's Basketball » Barba Recovering From Injury » 5/30/2021 7:28 pm

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El Presidente wrote:

townsonkid wrote:

Better to get it fixed now than in 2-3 years.    KD is gonna have his hands full keeping these guys happy.   Lots of players who can play on this roster, and only 40 minutes/game.

Thirteen players, 40 minutes, and 1 basketball. It will be very interesting to see how it all plays out. Obviously there will be some players who will be unhappy with their playing time. That's expected and who can blame a kid who has been a great player in HS and isn't getting much opportunity at the next level. It's all part of the process. Those who spend most of their time on the bench will look to go elsewhere where they think there may be more PT for them. I guess the trick is keeping enough players happy enough. Not easy these days as stated. You would almost think with the apparent depth on this team we might see a 10 or 11 man rotation. I almost can't imagine too many of these players not getting playing time. There will most likely be injuries, hopefully nothing serious, and a player or two who may not fulfill expectations as well. Guess you can never have enough good players.

 
As long as I have followed KD he has had a deep rotation. 10 to 11....not all getting big minutes.

Men's Basketball » Harris » 5/17/2021 12:29 pm

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Why

townsonkid wrote:

Styles1229 wrote:

PistolPete wrote:

He is a talent, with good hands and a very good passer out of the high post - with some low post moves as well.  I would not be surprised of anything anymore, but I would like to see Dre stay and develop, but I hear what everyone is saying.

Agree.  He has a huge upside.  Still young and looked good at times last year.  He's the type of player who could develop into a star.  He's a good example of what I've said before.  KD needs to learn how to work with these types of players.  

If he was a cancer in the locker room - I get it.  Good riddance.  But I didn't get that.  He was behind Marcus Weathers on the depth chart and did a nice when Marcus needed a rest.  Things seemed to be progressing normally.  I was (am) really looking forward to seeing him move up to starter and become an inside presence for this team.  

You better duck, cause attacks are incoming.   You cant say anything about Dambrot here except 100% praise.

Why is it well thought out criticism but rebuttals and different perspectives attacks?? 

Just wondering....

Men's Basketball » Harris » 5/17/2021 12:26 pm

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El Presidente wrote:

I have a question concerning the transfer rule. How many times can a player transfer without sitting out a year? Is this a one time thing or can the player transfer every year without ever sitting out? Totally confused.

Like soccer and other sports....one time.

Men's Basketball » Last Post » 5/15/2021 7:23 pm

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I feel like the indian chief in "The Outlaw Josie Wales".   Just when I get to liking someone....they are gone.  Fair winds....

Men's Basketball » Next year? » 5/12/2021 8:44 am

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Tejas_Duke wrote:

I am not bomb throwing here, and want some serious replies, but I want someone to explain to me how next year is anything but a few steps back in the progress of this team, if not back at square one!

Most of us knew going in, this was going to be a wash of a year, but we expected progress and were looking forward to a senior-loaded team next year with the likes of Carry, Norman, Weathers and Hughes, and now all of them are gone, along with one of our top freshman, so four years into Keith Dambrot's tenure and here we are with a bunch of freshman, sophomores, and lottery ticket transfers. Oh well, at least we will now be an 8-10 win also ran in the A-10 never getting into the Big Dance, instead of our historical average 3-7 win team never getting there. I am one disgusted fan.

Square one??  You are frustrated I guess...because I doubt any rational person would argue that this team is not better than KD's first team. Things change and not always for the better.  You can adapt or let the new way of doing business drive you crazy.

Men's Basketball » TDM In Transfer Portal » 5/06/2021 8:26 am

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I believe TDM's goals are to coach...not to play overseas.  I also believe this was a decision that KD and TDM came jointly to best benefit TDM in the long run.  I can see TDM joining KD's staff somewhere down the road. 

Good luck TDM.  Just remember not to read the forums once you start coaching. ;)

Men's Basketball » Jett Roesing Transfers » 5/05/2021 8:37 am

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Wildwood13 wrote:

It’s not the fact that Jett and some other players were not able to play at this level. I find the major problem is the coaching staffs ability to judge high school talent. There have been too many swings and misses. Players they bring in can not even contribute at lower level schools when they transfer out. As of today this staff has brought in 22 high school recruits. Only seven remain. Of which five are from last year’s incoming class. So that number is still in question. Of the 15 players to leave, only Williams moved up and contributed to his team. The remaining 14 players are struggling. So, it’s really not the fact that these players are transferring, it’s the judgement that the coaching staff has had trouble identifying what it takes to play in the A10 that concerns me.

Sin and the transfers this year are struggling??  Please send me the link.

Men's Basketball » Jett Roesing Transfers » 5/05/2021 8:34 am

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PhoenixRising2 wrote:

I don’t understand the angst from some posters regarding the loss of a player who couldn’t get on the court. There is a reason for this - they were not good enough to play meaningful minutes. For whatever reason. The coaching staff and teammates watch these players for hundreds of practice hours; if they were good enough to contribute and make the team better, they would have played. Two years ago it was James Ellis; now it is Jett Roesing. I wish I could scrub from my mind watching Jett play his 5 minutes against Fordham; it was painful to watch. He certainly didn’t look like the player on the First Love highlight videos. You can never predict how a young man will respond when they have to step up to another level; confidence is a fragile thing for any athlete.

He played??  Hmmmmmm.....

Men's Basketball » Transfer Portal » 4/26/2021 8:00 pm

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Dsnyder15 wrote:

Ironduke81 wrote:

Pistol if as you believe the training facility is top self I so agree. Pistol small group of posters are very critical of Dambrot. Looking back at this season Covid yes the majority of Div I teams got hit. BUT Duquesne had no home gym. Half assed training facility. No opportunity to work on the players shots on their home floor. But yet the Dukes beat Richmond in the A10 tournament. Yes the Bonnie’s soundly beat them but they won the tournament. I really don’t see the criticism of Dambrot who has been winning. Remember he inherited a (profanity) show. Give me something to criticize this guy. How did Bilicheck, Calipari & Coach K do this year? Let the next two years play out. Go Dukes

 
For comparison....how did the Bonnies fair with COVID??.

 
Here is what I found:

1. After start of games on 12/15 the Bonnies had no additional covid issues.  They had 5 games cancelled but none were due to the Bonnies covid issues ... allowing them to continue practice.   From what I could find, they only had 2 players with issues prior to the 12/15 start.

2.  Duq had 2 covid issues after the start of the season.  Although we do not know who had the virus...we do know the at only 6 were able to practice after the second covid shutdown.  So....almost all of the Duq players had the virus and were shut down during the season.  Covid is not like the cold or the flu, we do not know the how it affects each person.  Myles Garret of the Browns took months to fully recover. Not being able to practice and practicing with the affects of covid had to have a negative affect.
https://www.si.com/nfl/browns/news/myles-garrett-struggling-with-virus-effects

3. The Bonnies were a veteran team having only 2 freshman and one sophomore.   The Duqs are very young with 6 freshman and 4 sophomores.  The freshman did not train in summer and had 2 covid interruptions.  That had to affect freshman, who have yet to experience or understand D1 basketball, compa

Men's Basketball » Transfer Portal » 4/25/2021 4:26 pm

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Ironduke81 wrote:

Pistol if as you believe the training facility is top self I so agree. Pistol small group of posters are very critical of Dambrot. Looking back at this season Covid yes the majority of Div I teams got hit. BUT Duquesne had no home gym. Half assed training facility. No opportunity to work on the players shots on their home floor. But yet the Dukes beat Richmond in the A10 tournament. Yes the Bonnie’s soundly beat them but they won the tournament. I really don’t see the criticism of Dambrot who has been winning. Remember he inherited a (profanity) show. Give me something to criticize this guy. How did Bilicheck, Calipari & Coach K do this year? Let the next two years play out. Go Dukes

 
For comparison....how did the Bonnies fair with COVID??.

Men's Basketball » Chad Baker leaving... » 4/22/2021 10:37 am

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I am feeling better about this forum.  Well written and thought out Mulder.

Men's Basketball » Transfer Portal » 4/09/2021 8:11 pm

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phil95 wrote:

I don't get this. SMU has pretty close to no chance to get to the final 8 next year let alone win a national championship.

These guys should be headed overseas to start making money. They have already used up 1 or 2 of their basketball money making years by transferring the first time(s). Why waste another year in your body's prime years to join SMU?

I guess the chance to play with your brother again & go dancing means a great deal to them.

 
So nobody should join DU the next few years because they have no chance at getting to the final 8??  Gotchya

These kids get it...I am proud that there are still kids like Marcus and Michael.  It is about more than money.

Men's Basketball » Leon Ayers Commits To DU » 4/08/2021 6:06 pm

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If your son was an aspiring bball player coming out of HS ... until recently, would you and he considered Duq over Dayton or VCU??  Given the history/culture and facilities....no way my son goes to Duq.  It took years to get where you were....it will take years to get where you want to be.  This year was a set back for sure.  Learn from it and move on.  As ElDuque rightfully pointed out....I am an outsider and do not live and die with the program.  My only disappointment is Duq81 will not get to enjoy the coming success...I did not know him but he seemed like a class act and a credit to DU and human kind.

Just a hunch...Marcus wants to play his final year with his brother. They are very close.  KD must not think highly of Michael or think he has better long term options.

Men's Basketball » Transfer Portal » 4/08/2021 5:37 pm

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PhoenixRising2 wrote:

HookShot wrote:

Soriano is a very big body. Hard to move. Needs to be more motivated on defense. Decent around the hoop. Might be worth a chance.

I wonder if the in-conference rule for transfers is still in effect?  If I recall, that is sitting out an additional year and losing a year of eligibility.  With the modifications in transfer rules due to COVID, who knows?
 

 
Things are changing...


https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/mac-eliminates-intraconference-transfer-restrictions/2021/04/08/674322de-98a1-11eb-8f0a-3384cf4fb399_story.html

Men's Basketball » Scholarship Question » 4/01/2021 6:01 am

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Total D1??   Wow.  Just curious....how did you solve the one over limit of the Akron Zips this year?? 

Nice project.

Men's Basketball » Look For Changes On DU's Roster » 3/26/2021 9:22 am

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CLK wrote:


 
CJ McCullom wanted to play for KD at Akron and KD told him he did not have any scholarships available to offer.  CJ went on to be great and KD vowed never to let that happen again.  He always took the high road and sold a little of his soul then to join the game of over recruiting....done by all big time programs.  How things have changed.  So...here is my question...

Given the current landscape of college basketball, would you sign a guy like Collins to replace a "red flag" guy like Norman??  Norman can leave on a whim and Collins has used his "get out of jail card free" and no longer has that option.  Will it be better for DU??  Better for the student athlete??  Better for the coach??  Better for the fan (I could care less about this group)?? Better for society??  One thing for certain...change is here.  I am betting KD adapts and wins.  But just how much of his soul will be lost....even if it is the new acceptable landscape of NCAA sports.

Me??  I pine away for yesterday. I think college sports is becoming a distraction and should go away....or at least the big money sports.  Let's start to put value back into an education.

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