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...wouldn't it be fun to see gabe o catch fire and overwhelm cody zeller? the big guy is about two turns of the knob away from being a really good college player. it isn't a given that he'll ever get fully dialed in--he just hasn't played that much. if the fine tuning ever gets right--oh boy.
well...it could happen.
I agree with you silver - Gabe is not that fat from being a really GOOD player. Very athletic and with time he could explode.
LOL. Gabe is not "fat" by any measure. I think you meant, "Gabe is not that far......" I agree 100%. With Both Woodbury and Olesini growing up before our eyes, it is getting to really be a lot of fun watching Iowa match up against the Big Bruisers of the Big Ten, We still have troubles with the Illini and Wolverine type of offenses, But the MSU/Wisconsin/tOSU styles don't scare us any more.
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Gabriel Olaseni, most commonly misspelled last name in Iowa basketball history? Or is it Mike Gesell?
Seriously, though, I love what Gabe brings to the table. His athleticism and hustle are impressive. It's too bad he couldn't redshirt last year as he's a guy where by his senior year I fully expect him to play ~15 minutes per game.
i think it is possile that gabe o will pass woodbury in the next two years and that it'll be aw chipping in off the bench with 12-15 solid minutes.
I like to think that no matter who starts, the backup won't be a step down. I see Woodbury being productive in his years to come, once he learns to play with his 7 foot body instead of going up like a 6 footer would. Once he gets strong and develops that go to inside move (besides his hook shot, which needs to be more consistent) he will be fine in the Big Ten. Olaseni needs to improve vastly on offense. He's close, but because he hasn't been playing since a kid, he doesn't seem know the court well. He'll get that from just playing the game and that will help tremendously. Also, don't forget about Kyle Meyer. His outside shot is nice and he should provide quality minutes off the bench in the coming years.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Agree that Gabe's athleticism will make him a flashy player by his Sr year if he continues to develop at this pace. To be honest what scares me is the possibility of some of these kids transferring not because they'll be disgruntled with the program or the coaches, but for not getting enough playing time. With Meyer (6'10") and Uthoff (6'8") added to the roster next year, we will have an army of bigs on the team. Let me add that I will take this problem over the alternative of having a depleted team any day, especially given our recent history under Lick.
Here's what we'll have next yr.
as I said I'm loving this problem!!!
It looks like IA will make an earthquake shattering time in the B1G with those rector scales, lol.
i've thought aout the transfer problem--but not with respect to the big guys. mccabe and basabe will be seniors and not likely to move. white will get enuf minutes. uthoff can't sit another minute. stokes never really expected time--or shouldn't have. meyer is coming off a rs year and won't move--unless he goes all uthoff on us. woodbury? hmmm. would be odd, probably too odd. gabe o? not sure he could do better, but maybe.
i wouldn't be all that surprised to lose a guard or two. clemmons has fallen out of favor recently--and hasn't played all that well. even with gessell hurt, clemmons didn't get the nod at pg--that is a dissertation on his standing. ingram never really got going and might well look for a better fit.
Great points on all fronts, Silver. great observations. I do still worry about Gabe specially with Kyle's addition, whom I hear plays well. Can't see Adam going anywhere. I think your assessment of Clemmons is spot on. In my humble opinion they should have never started him and raised his expectations. He would have been a fantastic back up to MG, gettig lots of minutes anyway.
Btw, I heard from a friend in the region that Peter Jok's rehab is going so well he's getting close to his Pre-injury 5 star ranking form. If so, I could definitely see shake up in IA's back court.
ok, so my fantasy about gabe o was a game late in beginning to materialize.
It makes a person scratch their head at what has happened to Clemmons as the season has progressed.
I still don't think it will take much to surpass Woodbury. I've said all along this season that Olesani right now is better, IMO. Last night he played much better than I've seen all season. But, in the second half, he went right back to being hesitant in taking the ball up strong and chose to pass the ball back out. Even the announcers made a comment about it. I still am not sold on Woodbury because I thought, even as a freshmen at his size, he could give Iowa maybe an 8 points per game average. I do see this as Fran developing Woodbury this season. He does start, but only averages 16 minutes per game.
Ingram may be better off transferring. When more talent arrives next season, his seat will move further down the bench next to Stokes towards the end.
Honestly, I'm not scratching my head. Although I totally appreciate what you're saying.
Basketball is just as much a game of confidence as skills and athleticism. The coaches deflated him by starting him, and then replacing him with Basabe (someone they should have inserted into the starting line up way earlier into the season). Clemmons used to show flashes of brilliance at times and amazing athleticism. It seems to be all gone now. Last night he threw a pass to someone in the third row - They completely robbed him of his confidence. I hope we don't lose him. I think he can tremendous value at Iowa.
If there is something that makes me scratch my head sometimes is Fran's decisions on rotations.
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