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(2019) SG Lester Quinones to Memphis

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9 minutes ago, WayneFleekHoosier said:

From Bozich

“My main goal is just to get to the NBA right now,” Quinones told Inside the Hall. “Whatever school school gives me the best opportunity to reach my goals and aspirations of becoming a pro and has the most tools.

“I need a head coach that, even when I’m not hitting shots, he’s not just going to go to the next guy on the bench. Someone that is going to have faith in me. The relationship with the coach is important and someone that is going to help me get to the next level.”

Quinones also added that he each of the schools on his list are places where he feels he could play major minutes right away.

“The five schools all have great opportunities for me to come in and play right away,” he said. “Now it’s just, ‘which school is going to develop my game to get to the next level?’ And ‘who is going to help me as far being there for me as a support system?’

“I just want to be on a winning team. That’s the main part.”

My take:

Well he wants to win. But man this, I just want to get to the NBA mindset for guys rated like Quinones is crazy. If you are a top 10 guy, I get it. When you are 60. Get to work. Worry about winning, performing and getting better. Then maybe the NBA can be a reality. There is a reason you are 60 instead of 6.

Approx 60 players get taken per year and that includes the entire world.

The mindset worries me.


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Just got done reading that on Inside the Hall and immediately came back here to discuss. His comments are worrisome for me as well. I know the NBA is the goal for every player but we’ve seen that go badly here too often. Players that use IU as a stepping stone without investing much in the program. He’s a great player though. I’ll be curious to see what happens 

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30 minutes ago, WayneFleekHoosier said:

From Bozich

“My main goal is just to get to the NBA right now,” Quinones told Inside the Hall. “Whatever school school gives me the best opportunity to reach my goals and aspirations of becoming a pro and has the most tools.

“I need a head coach that, even when I’m not hitting shots, he’s not just going to go to the next guy on the bench. Someone that is going to have faith in me. The relationship with the coach is important and someone that is going to help me get to the next level.”

Quinones also added that he each of the schools on his list are places where he feels he could play major minutes right away.

“The five schools all have great opportunities for me to come in and play right away,” he said. “Now it’s just, ‘which school is going to develop my game to get to the next level?’ And ‘who is going to help me as far being there for me as a support system?’

“I just want to be on a winning team. That’s the main part.”

My take:

Well he wants to win. But man this, I just want to get to the NBA mindset for guys rated like Quinones is crazy. If you are a top 10 guy, I get it. When you are 60. Get to work. Worry about winning, performing and getting better. Then maybe the NBA can be a reality. There is a reason you are 60 instead of 6.

Approx 60 players get taken per year and that includes the entire world.

The mindset worries me.


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I have to agree with you. On average 10-20 of the 60 are freshman. You may have a player come out of nowhere (Zhaire Smith) but most of the time it is your McDonald's All American players. I have no problem with LQ having NBA dreams..but right now is a bit of a stretch. I will be happy if Indiana gets him. Rob runs the point with upperclassmen Al and Devonte in the backcourt. I'm sure LQ is the first guard off the bench and will see 20 minutes a game. 

I also think that RJ Hampton reclassifying and possibly going to Memphis helps us, regardless of what the insiders are saying. Wasn't LSU the favorite and now Memphis is? LQ even said right now he is leaning towards Memphis and IU. RJ, Wiseman, Jeffries, and Precious (possibly) are all ahead of him at Memphis. They have a few returning players from the NIT team. I think he sees more time playing time at IU. 

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1 hour ago, WayneFleekHoosier said:

From Bozich

“My main goal is just to get to the NBA right now,” Quinones told Inside the Hall. “Whatever school school gives me the best opportunity to reach my goals and aspirations of becoming a pro and has the most tools.

“I need a head coach that, even when I’m not hitting shots, he’s not just going to go to the next guy on the bench. Someone that is going to have faith in me. The relationship with the coach is important and someone that is going to help me get to the next level.”

Quinones also added that he each of the schools on his list are places where he feels he could play major minutes right away.

“The five schools all have great opportunities for me to come in and play right away,” he said. “Now it’s just, ‘which school is going to develop my game to get to the next level?’ And ‘who is going to help me as far being there for me as a support system?’

“I just want to be on a winning team. That’s the main part.”

My take:

Well he wants to win. But man this, I just want to get to the NBA mindset for guys rated like Quinones is crazy. If you are a top 10 guy, I get it. When you are 60. Get to work. Worry about winning, performing and getting better. Then maybe the NBA can be a reality. There is a reason you are 60 instead of 6.

Approx 60 players get taken per year and that includes the entire world.

The mindset worries me.


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this kid has had way, way, way too much smoke blown up his keister. he may be good, but he aint that good.

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2 hours ago, Hoosierfan2017 said:

I think almost every top 100 kid has the NBA as their ultimate goal. Some don't come out and say it, but it doesn't bother me that he did. If that's his goal then he's probably going to be a kid who is willing to put in their work to get there. I still hope we get him. It sounds like things might be looking good for us. He said he wants a coach who doesn't give up on his players, and I think that describes Archie. He stuck with Justin despite his struggles, and Devonte was able to bounce back after his suspension and get lots of playing time.

I agree.  If he wants to put in the work and is driven to play in the NBA, then I'm all for it.  Victor Oladipo had NBA aspirations and he was outside the nation's "top 6" recruits.  He put in the work and look where it got him.

2 hours ago, Brass Cannon said:

For me it would depend on what sort of timeframe he has in mind

That was my thinking.  It doesn't seem unreasonable to have these types of goals and hope to arrive sooner rather than later.  He never said he plans to play one year of college and jump ship.  He merely said his dream is to play in the NBA.  If he plays himself into consideration to leave after one year, then I bet he does (most do).  If not, then I bet he keeps working his tail off to get there.

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What am I missing here?
He left his teammates and high school behind to attend a prep school, and now wants to use his former team’s gym for his announcement?
If I’m the coach of his former team, that would kinda rub me wrong. 
Am I the cranky old guy who doesn’t get it in this convo?
 
I'm another cranky old guy

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