I have thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
Jordan Geronimo. Our first out-of-stater in a few years. Fast riser. Funny the stress we had over Ethan Morton and even guys like Lester Quinones. This dude gets an offer 6 weeks ago, and now gives us all these great sound-bites and enthusiasm. The prototypical wing frame. 6'6", 7' wingspan, large hands. And athleticism. It feels like this guy is just now becoming self-aware, something that will happen over the years. A good opportunity for Archie to make a star.
Now. Let's not go crazy. He had two great games in AAU, just put them together at the right time.
Take a good look. Everyone talks about scoring over 20 points, but it happened twice over 17 games. He scored 3 pts or less 5 times within that same span. On the same circuit (different division) as Trey and Anthony, he averaged 3 fewer points per game than Anthony, and 7 fewer ppg than Trey. And Trey was shooting over 60%.
My point being everyone needs to temper expectations here. Clifton Moore was supposed to be in the NBA by now. Jordan has shown much more actual good play than Clifton ever did, so it's definitely not the same. Just don't act like he's a failure if he isn't the next Vic. We have access to about 3 little highlight videos. The good news to me is that he is only just getting moved out to the wing, and so he's just now figuring out the position and how good he can be. The Inside The Hall article speaking to his HS coach spelled out what he really is, at this point:
“He looks so much like many of the kids who were selected in this last NBA Draft. He’s long, athletic and he has a great stroke from behind the arc,” Pastore said. “He’s not only athletic up and down, but he’s athletic laterally. He’s an elite defender, he can cover at least four positions on the basketball court.”
With St. Paul’s Gordon has taken note of Geronimo’s help-side defense and impeccable timing, which helped Geronimo become a strong presence around the basket.
“I know our high school team doesn’t play in the Big Ten, but he has averaged 3 blocks a game for the last two years, which over 45 or 50 games, that’s a pretty impressive statistic,” Gordon said.
To that effect, Pastore said most of Geronimo’s on-court time has been spent under the basket due to his size and wingspan. Only recently has the recruit made the long-term switch to the wing.
The transition came in part last season with St. Paul’s. Gordon said Geronimo was slotted at the 3 or 4 spot for the Pelicans, but that position was always housed around the perimeter.
His time playing on the outside increased this summer on the adidas Gauntlet circuit with Mass Rivals. As he started taking over more games with his scoring, the recruiting attention followed.
“He can play the wing and be a ball mover, but he’s learning how to be really aggressive from the wing,” Gordon said. “How to shoot when he’s open, how to attack the hoop.”
Geronimo’s on-court progression seems natural. Pastore views him as a positionless basketball player with the ability to be effective both inside battling for rebounds or outside contesting and shooting perimeter shots.
“When you can cover multiple positions in college basketball, you’re going to find your way on the floor,” Pastore said. “I think that’s going to happen for him.”
Those looking for Geronimo’s calling cards on the court can focus on two things, his defensive versatility and reliable 3-point shooting, according to Pastore.
He's a 3-and-D guy, apparently. With the ability to be more. Some of these breathless scouting reports need to take about 15-20% off. I do think it's true that if he brings tenacity on defense, he'll see the floor.
A couple words about the recruitment. You likely have seen the TDH article. Romeo spent a lot of time with Jordan, and even told him Archie and staff got him to the NBA. I also saw on reddit, young Jordan attended 3 different fraternity parties, lol. Awesome. Let him know what kind of celebrity he can be. Bloomington can get down. It's an fun place to spend college. Edit: Link at EB's request. Just a comment in the post about the commitment:
A word about the team. We have something good here. A collection of likable guys investing in the program. Brunk is raising the workout intensity. Armaan hosted Jordan last weekend, and Romeo spent a lot of time with him. TJD has been very vocal in his support of guys we recruit. It feels like the team is growing, and some of the attitude stuff won't have a place anymore. I love it.
About Matt Cross. I see we're in the stage where we trash the recruit we didn't get. Fine. I would have loved to have had him. I understand that Rabjohns reported that he was being recruited as a 4. I think we all put too much into that. He's a basketball player, and a good one. He is 6'7", which means he has very good size to be a versatile player. Calling him a "4" makes it sound like he was supposed to play Power Forward. He was not that. I've said elsewhere, if you actually watch him, he plays like a big guard. And he put up elite stats in AAU all season, stuff that top 5 guys do. Anyway, with my own opinion that he's a big guard, not a "4," it makes the loss not so bad. We have 3 good 4* wings committed for 2020. I'm not a fan of the oversign. So let's focus on a true big. Best of luck to Matt Cross.
About Dakich. The text of his dumb tweet was
Possibly something interesting happening w #iubb
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1.) I've read a few hundred comments based on that tweet. The only purpose of the tweet was attention for Dan, and it worked tremendously. 2.) I really don't need anyone else to tell me whether or not I should like Dan. I have experiences and opinions, and I can use them to make up my own mind. I think he's trash. He's not a gentleman. We should aspire to be better.
Recruiting, I'm pleased with what we have, but it's not enough to make us a top 10 team. We need more talent. At least one top 50 guy. Obviously Garcia would be ideal here. And frankly banking Loveday would be incredible, also. Hard to have experienced bigs if we don't get them on the roster now.
And an hour ago Inside the Hall has posted a new highlight video of Jordan. Check it out.