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Summer of 2018

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Reminds me of the praise of Morgan last year. 
A consistent Devonte will make us a very scary team. 

Couldn’t agree more. Consistent PG play is our biggest current concern along with shooting. Nobody can overstate what this would mean if he can carry it in to the season.


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Archie: DeVonte is much more mature; his great summer has evolved into a great fall.
 
 

DeVonte will take a huge leap when he consistently goes for the easy play instead of the highlight play. Defenses focusing more on Romeo and Morgan will help too.


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On 8/30/2018 at 11:19 AM, Stuhoo said:

 

I think that Edwards is really, really good, but he was their leading scorer last year; not sure how much he will increase his total in that category.

He can become a much better facilitator, but the catch with that is that last year he was sharing the ball with Mathias, VEdwards, and PJ Thompson, all knockdown 3pt shooters, and Haas at the rim. His options are so much less skilled this year. 

If some true unknows don't develop into legitimate scoring threats, Carsen Edwards could end up with a season like Talor Battle, DJ Newbill, or Tim Frazier when they were the only gunslingers on mediocre Penn State teams.

Purdue will defend with Painter as coach (I think), but if either Edwards or Haarms misses significant time they are really screwed vis a vis depth.

Let's put it this way - if Romeo or Juwan missed time we would likely insert a guy likeJerome Hunter, Al Durham, or Fitzner into the starting lineup. If Edwards or Haarms isn't in the game, Purdue is very low on options. They only have three guards on their roster that can even contemplate playing with the ball in their hands and only one non walk-on big who has ever seen the court in a D1 game.

 

Is anyone else excited over Evan Fitzner? I wouldn't be surprised if he started. What if we had Juwan, McRoberts and Fitzner on the court with Devonte and Langford? That'd be a huge starting lineup, like Kentucky big. According to ESPN, Fitzner has played 1898 minutes of NCAA basketball, while Davis has only played 753. That's 2.52 times more time. Plus Fitzner has a 3 point shot at +40% beyond the arc the past 3 seasons at Saint Mary's, and the other 4 that I mentioned above also have +25% 3 pointers (except for Langford). IDK, from the stats and experience standpoint I'd expect Fitzner to play more than Davis.

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41 minutes ago, NRT137 said:

Is anyone else excited over Evan Fitzner? I wouldn't be surprised if he started. What if we had Juwan, McRoberts and Fitzner on the court with Devonte and Langford? That'd be a huge starting lineup, like Kentucky big. According to ESPN, Fitzner has played 1898 minutes of NCAA basketball, while Davis has only played 753. That's 2.52 times more time. Plus Fitzner has a 3 point shot at +40% beyond the arc the past 3 seasons at Saint Mary's, and the other 4 that I mentioned above also have +25% 3 pointers (except for Langford). IDK, from the stats and experience standpoint I'd expect Fitzner to play more than Davis.

I actually expect a starting line-up with: Fitzner, Morgan, Smith, Romeo and Green. How long he plays will likely depend more on his D then his offense, IMO. 

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48 minutes ago, Hardwood83 said:
I actually expect a starting line-up with: Fitzner, Morgan, Smith, Romeo and Green. How long he plays will likely depend more on his D then his offense, IMO. 


No, because McRoberts played 150 more minutes than Smith last season, and McRoberts has 3 more years of experience. Plus you'd probably want 3 guards rather than 2 F's and a center since Miller passes it around the arc a lot before scoring and is into transition offense (better with guards). Devonte, Langford, McRoberts, Morgan, and Fitzner is 3 seniors, 1 junior and a freshman. That's an old roster, probably would be the oldest in the big ten. Just depends on what defense you're going for I guess.


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I love McBob. More than most here actually. But I would be shocked if he is starting over Smith. McBob brings steadiness. He is a perfect off the bench player. His experience off of the bench would be a fantastic tool to have. Smith is our third best player. He has had a great summer. Finished the year strong. He just gives us more than what McBob can. IMO


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McBob did have 17 starts last year


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