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    2020 5* C Walker Kessler

    UCLA has got to be on any list of historical “blue bloods”. With a win percentage just a hair under .700 and with 11 championships, the most all time and as many as Duke and UNC combined, they are arguably the most successful program of all time (though I think I’d give Kentucky that nod). As for Virginia, no they aren’t a blue blood in the historical, traditional sense. But with 3 of the last 5 ACC championships, and the #1 overall tournament seed last year, they are certainly one of college basketball’s current powerhouses. This was the sentiment that I was trying to get at in the original post where I referenced them. If you were making a list of Kessler’s current “top offers”, they’d probably be up there along with Xavier. But neither school appears to be at the top of his actual list. We don’t know for certain what happens if Kansans, Duke, UNC, or UCLA comes calling (I think if UK wants him they’ll get him). But the evidence we have so far seems to indicate, albeit weakly, that they wouldn’t automatically knock us out of the running.
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    2020 5* C Walker Kessler

    It’ll be an uphill battle for sure. I think it’s somewhat encouraging though that UVA doesn’t appear to have jumped up to the top of his list as soon as they offered, so maybe we can compete with at least some of the blue bloods. I know he’s spoken highly of Kentucky and said that they’d be very much in the picture if they offer. It seems for the moment like they’re more enamoured with N’valy Dante, so maybe we’ll get a little help there. Not sure what the Duke and UNC pictures look like, and granted it’s super early. But it sounds like we’ll have at least a puncher’s chance, which is pretty new territory for us.
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    2020 5* C Walker Kessler

    From Keith Niebuhr
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    2020 5* C Walker Kessler

    15 offers including: Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Creighton, Florida, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Xavier, Illinois, Memphis, Ole Miss, Saint Johns, Stanford, Texas A&M, and Virginia. Also being recruiting by Kentucky and Duke. Not sure how to properly do the 247 profile embed. Any help is appreciated.
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    2019 Men's Basketball Recruiting Thread

    Any indication that we (or anyone else) are close to Bama in terms of Kira Lewis’ recruitment?
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    2020 5* PG Sharife Cooper

    For sure. I didn’t mean to imply that that’s necessarilly the way we should pitch him. My hope would be that that’s something he’d kinda realize on his own. I’m sure our pitch would look something like what you described. My greater point was if there is a type of elite prospect we’ve got a chance of going toe-to-toe with the big guys for, Sharife seems to fit it. Hopefully we can land him.
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    2020 5* PG Sharife Cooper

    I agree with the bulk of your sentiment, but in the case of Sharife in particular, I think we might be in a better case to compete with the blue bloods because we have the ability to offer him a more reliable opportunity to start for multiple years at PG. While there is little doubt that he is a stud college prospect, at 6’-0” (or likely a little less than that) he isn’t a stud NBA prospect. He may have the chops to get to the NBA, but he doesn’t strike me as a one-and-done. If he can be convinced of that, then I think it will matter less that we aren’t having 3-4 freshman drafted every year, provided that we start getting some juniors and seniors drafted. The one thing Auburn could offer that a Kentucky wouldn’t is that we wouldn’t be realistically looking to his potential 5* PG replacement in the next signing class.
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    2019 4* PF Jaylin Williams

    They are, but they are also both old (Jan/Feb). The article posted above is from late June and has Auburn and Louisville as the teams to beat. I’d be more inclined to think that’s a better indication of where things currently sit.
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    Heron hasnt hired an agent

    My thoughts as well. At this point it’s far from a sure thing he gets eligible right away if he transfers. I’d also say I’m not even sure if it’s a sure thing that he does transfer. As far as I can tell, he hasn’t done anything that commits him to leaving, nor has he personally released anything that I’m aware of. If he’s really looking to play in the NBA as soon as possible, and he becomes unconvinced that he’ll get a NCAA waiver, then staying put might make the most sense. I’m not saying I’d bet on it, but if you gave me 3 to 1 odds, I might.
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    Purifoy eligibility

    There are only 2 rounds of the NBA draft. If Wiley goes in the second round, it will almost assuredly be a huge financial mistake for him, given his potential to be a lottery pick the next year if he returns and has a great season. He’d make more money in his rookie year as a top-10 pick then in his first two as a 2nd rounder or even late first rounder.
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    AU - Legitimate Final Four Contender?

    This seems overly pessimistic, or maybe I’m misreading what you’re saying. We’ll likely finish somewhere in the 2-4 seed range which would make us a favorite to reach the sweet 16. If that’s the case, we’d have to win two games we aren’t supposed to (assuming a 3 or 4 seed) to reach the Final Four. That’s certainly difficult, but far from impossible. If I had to handicap our odds of making the final four right now, I’d put us at around 5%. We’re a long shot, but also one of the dozen or so “contenders” imo.
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    Wiley and Purifoy

    Really, both of them should look to come back if eligible. As much as I'd like to see him succeed, I don't see DP getting drafted at all. If he goes, he'll end up in the D-league or Europe (which actually might be an okay deal for him). AW will definitely be drafted if he goes, but if he's projected at the bottom of the 1st he'd probably make more money by waiting a year. With the rookie pay scale the way it is, he'd more that make more money in his rookie year as a top-10 pick than he would in his first 2 years as a 25+ pick. And I think he'd be quite capable of jumping into the top-10 with a real season of film.
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    Wiley and Purifoy

    The evidence against him looks worse, at least of the stuff in the indictment that was released.
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    A Quick Look at Stidham's Numbers

    My suspicion is that the reason you see this trend might be that the top teams are more often playing from ahead and running more at the end of the game, where as the weaker teams are playing from behind and have to abandon the run for the sake of time. I'd have to look at more specific breakdowns to confirm that though.
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    A Quick Look at Stidham's Numbers

    It would and is. And it's not like the number of attempts has even been that low for Stidham. He's currently 7th in the SEC in attempts and 5th in yardage. As a team (Stidham 139/ Willis 5) we've still passed the ball a few more time a than Bama (Hurts 111/ Tua 28), and many more times than Georgia (Fromm 95/ Eason 7).