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Stromboli

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  1. Stromboli

    College Conference/Football Expansion

    From u/ImminentReddits on the College Basketball subreddit: FullSizeRender.mov
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    (2022) - PF Kaleb Banks to INDIANA

    Whoa shots fired!! Really excited to see this new team play. Awesome pick up!!
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    (2021) SG Tamar Bates to INDIANA

    Beautiful family! Glad to have them as Hoosiers. Can’t wait to see Tamar play.
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    2021 Minutes Per Game

    Really good point, Stuhoo. The antiquated PG/SG/SF/PF/C set is still parroted by some people that really should know better. Sometimes the designation may help to describe a specific player, for example calling Leal a SG. But to say Woodson is finding pieces to fit those roles is off. At this point you’re filling the floor with good basketball players. The tall guys can step out and shoot. The shorter guys are still long enough to switch on defense. And dammit everyone can pass. I swear sometimes people act like you put a “PG” in the lineup and your team will click. Like a 5’11” player that can’t score but gets 4 assists per game is acceptable because he’s a PG. Here’s an article I came across years ago that changed my thinking. https://www.wired.com/2012/04/analytics-basketball/
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    IUMS-Tournament Talk

    I’m going to miss following these soccer games when this season is over! This team is a ton of fun to follow. My family IU text thread, usually just fired up for basketball, is already fired up for this game. GO HOOSIERS
  6. I think you’re spot on here. To me it shows Woodson cares a little more about beating Purdue than the last guy. The team he’s building may be optimized for his 4-1 motion offense, but can also respond to two very specific games on the schedule every year. A playable 7-footer is the most difficult position to fill. Woodson and staff are really doing well in just 2 months on the job.
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    2021 Minutes Per Game

    Yesssss. This is my favorite iteration of this team. Having Phin/Race/Lander at 7/8/9 feels off, but only because I’m invested in them as veteran players. I love the dynamics of those top 6.
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    2021 Transfer Portal

    Well, we can’t say this is surprising. He was the name most identified as the most likely to transfer. Best of luck to the kid. He’s been here a long time and endured a lot. I still think he’s got some good college basketball in him. It appears the staff wants another 5 to fill in, right? Makes the Brunk transfer interesting, as others have noted. He was a freebie on the roster. Do your thing, Coach Woodson! I’m ready for a Top 15 team.
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    2021 AAU Season

    OF, if not too much trouble, who are we watching that’s playing the UAA circuit?
  10. Exactly. A dunk is the most difficult shot to get in position to get. A 2 pt jumper attempt is relatively easy. Of course the expected payoff is vastly different. Anyone who thinks a dunk is only about the fun little slam at the end—and didn’t also enjoy whatever action happened to create that opportunity—is really missing so much of the game. And yes the crowd and momentum and demoralizing of your opponents and hearing the lamentation of their women matters too. Scott, thank you for informing the board that 2 = 2. Big brain stuff there. A dunk attempt does not equal a jumper attempt. And anyone still wanting us to take more midrange jumpers has missed a ton of the evolution of basketball over the last 15 years. And ermahgerd I hope you all watched the Adragna vid on the 41 motion offense. You know Trayce is excited to chill in the “dunker’s spot.” Instead of whatever it was Archie was up to. Good luck to young Braden. Painter gambled, and it was Braden that called. Maybe hedging his bets that he underperforms this summer? Taking what he’s got available in case things don’t pan out? Or maybe Painter trusts what he sees and wants the kid. Braden can ball, and while he didn’t have the offers yet, he was getting interest.
  11. I’m really stealing this from Demo, but Braden is exactly the kind of kid you want to see play in the big AAU circuits. That’s what Archie had communicated to him, and I’m fairly certain that’s what Woodson has communicated as well. The dude can ball! No doubt. But let’s see him play against the other D-1 kids. AAU is not a dunk contest. It is a valuable chance to see these kids go up against one another. The best kids are very easy to spot, they are simply better. They control the action on the floor. If Braden is 4* level, then he needs to show he can do it in that environment. Frankly guards have it way easier in AAU because they get the ball so often. And what’s wrong with a dunk? They’re awesome. Getting one is a big deal, as the other team is trying very hard to prevent it. It generally means you exposed or created a weakness to get right to the basket. That matters. TJD would love to dunk every possession. Turns out getting there is pretty difficult. Then everyone gets rewarded with an athletic emphatic slam. In the words of LeBron, 2 points is not 2 points. If there’s some dude able to consistently get dunks over the best of the best? Yeah I want him. Anyway, Painter took a gamble and offered without the benefit of AAU tape. Maybe it pays off? I’m cheering for Braden either way, he’s a local kid and I like his play.
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    (2018) SF - Jerome Hunter to IU

    I really like him too. He seems to have so many of the tools to really succeed. And I just like the kid. I’ll say, he’s going to have to push the effort up a notch. Explode out of his cuts and get to his spots for this system to work. Of course that goes for everyone, and our roster looks to be much deeper and improved. A little more effort and activity on defense. He looks the part of an NBA player with his loping style, but his skills haven’t caught up to that. When you compare to a Geronimo, who isn’t always in the right spot but easily makes up for it with high activity and go-go gadget arms, Hunter will have to step it up. Something I think has been underutilized is his post-up game. In HS he had a nice little bag of tricks, and I’d love to see some match-up hunting to use that. Even in the 3 guard line-ups, we won’t be undersized, and I could see him being guarded by opposing 3s that can’t match up.
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    (2021) SG Tamar Bates to INDIANA

    It was Al. He gone.
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    Next Season’s Expectations

    Having Matta and Fife here means a lot. We seem to be maintaining and reloading more than the rest of the B1G. Having guys that want to play for their coach will matter. Having guard depth will matter. Having a junior TJD matters. This team was snakebit last year. Archie wasn’t working out. These kids never got to benefit from an energized Assembly Hall. And frankly the other teams in the conference were better. A lot of our talent is new, but not young. Stewart and XJ have already shown they are plus players. Our success really isn’t counting on unrealized potential. The players have already played well. Now let’s see what they do with a better coach. And it’s not just Woody, it’s an entire team of coaches that feel better suited to succeed. I’d put 20 wins as a floor next year. I hold back on tournament expectations, but again I think a 4 or 5 seed needs to be the floor. Ideally Woody will condition these guys to be professionals about it and not be surprised when they play winning basketball.
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    2021 Transfer Portal

    Give us your tired, your poor. Your huddled masses yearning for playing time, the wretched refuse of your teeming bench.
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