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  1. akumanina

    College Bball Thread

    I could see Jeff wanted to help the coach a little since they're both UA alums. They must know each other pretty well and in good relationship.
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    2021 Transfer Portal

    Talk about a bucket of salt on wounds. Forget about Eric Gordon recruitment, UK will be replacing our spot for UI's most hated program.
  3. akumanina

    Xavier Johnson - Commits to IU (PG)

    Glad someone on the team has said this. I'm happy that I see a strong, vocal leader in Xavier and coach Hunter brought him in. But at the same time, I feel a little bit disappointed that the person had to be a transfer student, not one of the returning players. It's not easy for a transfer student to take over the leadership role, which really shows Xavier's character.
  4. akumanina

    New Jerseys/Alternate Jerseys

    These just look ok, and maybe borderline boring. I want to see a little more aggressive and futuristic designs. Other than the dark jersey, all the other jerseys are pretty much the same as we've seen in the past.
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    (2021) SG Tamar Bates to INDIANA

    You gotta make sure to get the outfit too.
  6. akumanina

    College Bball Thread

    So Wisconsin could've become the IU. That'd be dreadful.
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    College Bball Thread

    Definitely Duke and UNC are using the same 'apprenticeship' model. The difference is who each school picked. Hubert Davis was a former NBA player with media experience before coming back to UNC; he seems to be outspoken and have outgoing personality. IMO, he would probably try to establish his own program with minimal intervention by Roy Williams. Scheyer seems to be quite the opposite; he could well be a great coach in the making, but I'm suspecting that K picked someone he can easily control. So Scheyer will be the new coach, but he will not really be the coach if that makes sense. I wonder if 5 stars and high 4 stars would want to come play for 34 year old coach who doesn't have much on his resume.
  8. akumanina

    College Bball Thread

    He's 33 now, and will be 34 when he takes over one of the storied college basketball programs. Is it just me that thinks this is not going to work? Obviously, K would help a lot for as long as it takes, but then It's not really Scheyer's program. He's nothing but a puppet.
  9. akumanina

    College Bball Thread

    Isn't he making too much money for that role? I don't know how much a front office guy usually makes, but probably they earn less than coaches.
  10. akumanina

    College Bball Thread

    Snake bitten for 4 years? That's tough luck.
  11. akumanina

    College Bball Thread

    Brannon's attorney clarified that Brannon paid $135 for his player to see a psychiatrist because the psychiatrist that UC hired wasn't well qualified. I think UC wasn't satisfied with the on-court product and was trying to fire him with cause so they won't have to pay him a lot. After the kind of success UC had with Bob Huggins and Mick Cronin, they probably thought Brannon was subpar.
  12. akumanina

    2023 General Recruiting Thread (BBall)

    Looks like the kid's got serious raw talent.
  13. akumanina

    2021 Transfer Portal

    We can agree to disagree.
  14. akumanina

    2021 Transfer Portal

    I know what you're saying. It could sound hypocritical that we use the word 'family', and on the other hand we kick out players who are willing to stay and work hard. But at this point, creating a winning program is the most important thing; without winning, there won't be a family. Also, being a family is a two way street; from a player's perspective, a student-athlete must want to be a part of it and have strong conviction that playing for IU would be his best interest. From IU's perspective, players should be worthwhile; every basketball scholarship is, for IU, a valuable investment. In other words, going forwards in CMW era, each player has to meet certain level of quality standards in both basketball and non-basketball to become a family.