April 6th, 2008, 11:54 AM
UCLA basketball OFFSEASON thread
So begins the speculation on who's staying and who's going pro...
... and the talk about who's coming in and where they're going to play...
... and speculation on what changes Howland might make as a result.
Personally, I'd love to see a fullcourt press depending on who stays. I can see not doing that when you've really only got 3 guards, 1 of whom was hurt most of the year. But with 3 elite guards coming in, Roll back, and maybe someone from the current backcourt staying, I'd love to see them add that.
April 6th, 2008, 12:07 PM
Some booster needs to pay Collison, Westbrook, and Love some money to stay. It's what USC does
Seriously, none of those 3 are going to be awesome pros. Westbrook has the best chance and he has serious holes in his game.
The press is an intriguing idea, but you need athletic big men who can cover a lot of ground to play a full court press. Don't know if UCLA has the big men for that.
Also the guy at UCLA who decided not to put the full court press on James Harden and settle for Chance Stansback should be slapped around a bit. There's no reason for the best player in SoCal to leave the state. I'm sure we compensated Harden well for coming out to the desert, but still.
Last edited by ASUcruz; April 6th, 2008 at 12:09 PM.
April 6th, 2008, 02:48 PM
Yeah, next year could be ugly for them.
Wait and see....
April 6th, 2008, 03:30 PM
Well, they are bringing in a top recruiting class.
Originally Posted by So Sumi
Plus Stanford is losing the Lopez twins, U of A loses Bayless, and WSU loses Weaver, Low, and Cowgill.
April 6th, 2008, 09:35 PM
I agree, 'SC is a tad fishy.
Originally Posted by ASUcruz
Athletic big men? How about no big men at all? Unless you consider Luc and Keefe at the 4 and 5 to be the answer.
There was reportedly concern that a Harden recruitment would affect commitments in this incoming class. So we'll see if that trade-off was worthwhile. FWIW, I think the Bruins were well aware how good Harden was, and it was never a choice between Stanback and Harden as much as it was a present vs. future needs decision.
The Bruins targeted guards for '08, knowing they'd be getting thin, and they pretty much nailed every target including Larry Drew, Jr. They offered, he (his dad) hedged, and they took Jerime Anderson instead (which looks like a good move in retrospect) leaving no scholies for Drew, who then got an offer from UNC.
Next class, the primary target is big men, and they've been offering top prospect big men across the country (with little success at this point). They're going to have a ridiculous number of scholarships, and with lots of holes they may be forced to use many of them despite the class imbalances it may perpetuate.
April 6th, 2008, 03:47 PM
April 6th, 2008, 04:52 PM
April 6th, 2008, 05:24 PM
I'd love to see a fullcourt press
Shades of John Wooden days...
April 6th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Hope he enjoys being the smaller American version of Arvydas Sabonis.
Originally Posted by Joe Nathan
April 6th, 2008, 06:29 PM
You are seriously trippin', dude.
Originally Posted by ASUcruz