If roundball is your blood, this is the place to discuss the Flames as they move into the Ritchie McKay era for the 2nd time.
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By cruzan_flame13
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Cider Jim wrote:I saw in the today paper that a Kentucky big man is transferring who played his high school ball in town at VES.


Glad that you've mentioned that. I'm sure they may be doing this already, but we need to start looking at prospect at VES as well. It would be nice to have some talented players close to home.
By olldflame
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cruzan_flame13 wrote:
Cider Jim wrote:I saw in the today paper that a Kentucky big man is transferring who played his high school ball in town at VES.


Glad that you've mentioned that. I'm sure they may be doing this already, but we need to start looking at prospect at VES as well. It would be nice to have some talented players close to home.


Like most of the good players who have come through VES in recent years, he was a boarding student and is not from Lynchburg. He actually hails from Chapel Hill, NC.

For those who are concerned about our roster not being "local" enough, consider this. Next year's roster will have at least 5 athletes who either are VA natives, played their HS basketball in VA, or their family now lives locally:

Elijah Cuffee - Played senior year at LCA (and both parents are Liberty grads) Raised in Poca, WV.
Scottie James - Mother is a professor at Liberty. Brother played for Amherst HS and is on LU scout team.
Darius McGhee - Played last 2 years of HS ball in VA and comes from Roxboro, NC (less than a half hr South of VA border)
Brendan Newton - Born and raised in Roanoke
Georgia Pacheco-Ortiz - Played 2 years at Deep Run HS in Norfolk

If we sign David Ware, who is from the Fredericksburg area, that would be 6. Almost half the scholarship roster, plus Blake Preston, Josh Price and Caleb Homesley are all from North Carolina.
By olldflame
#549009 BTW, Spring signing period begins tomorrow, but it continues til May 16, so with no verbals, I'm really not expecting to hear anything for a while.
By olldflame
#549052 Signing period is here. This doesn't affect transfers, and I am almost certain at least one of our 2 scholarships will be used for a grad transfer. To my knowledge, the only HS player we have offered is David Ware. I don't really expect him to sign for a while. After flying under the radar in spite of his gaudy stats, he is getting late interest, and is wisely looking at all his options.
By olldflame
#549076 With the addition of Keenan Gumbs, both of our Seniors next year will be Texans. :star :brownbag

I am optimistic nonetheless. Play Basketball :koolaid
By olldflame
#549082 To the surprise of noone, Teague is gone from UNCA.

https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/ ... 4679875591

With Thomas and Vanetta graduating, new coach Mike Morrell (former Texas assistant) is going to have an uphill climb.
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By cruzan_flame13
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olldflame wrote:To the surprise of noone, Teague is gone from UNCA.

https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/ ... 4679875591

With Thomas and Vanetta graduating, their yet-unnamed new coach is going to have an uphill climb.


UNCA hires Texas’ Assistant Mike Morrell as the new head coach via fanrag.com

https://www.fanragsports.com/news/roths ... ssion=true
By olldflame
#549086 Hah! I didn't change it fast enough. Makes sense that Macio would wait til the new coach was hired before making his decision final, but he was gone anyway.
By olldflame
#549087 Georgie's former HS teammate Damontez Oliver is transferring from Campbell. Solid rotation player who averaged 5 points and 2 boards last year as a Soph.

Whoah! Marcus Burk is also gone! If Clemons comes back, he won't have much help. He might be jacking up 40 shots a game.
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By prototype
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olldflame wrote:Any word on the assistant coach job?


I have heard that BJ Williams is top on McKay's list... But, they are trying to nail down contract terms. Might just be a rumor, but heard he is asking for a HC salary and a 10 year contract.
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By BJWilliams
#549164 Still hard at work as always I see Proto...Im having a double knee MRI on Monday so that isn't exactly high on my priority list
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By prototype
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BJWilliams wrote:Still hard at work as always I see Proto...Im having a double knee MRI on Monday so that isn't exactly high on my priority list


You don't need to play - just sit on the bench and teach.
By olldflame
#549290 Marcus Conrad is now the second member of our staff Ron Sanchez has poached to join him at UNCC. He will be doing Player Development, as he did at LU. Don't be surprised if Ritchie gives Alex McLain a call for that opening. Alex did a great job as a Grad Assistant for 2 years.

Still no word on the Assistant Coach position. If it is who we are hoping, the timing makes sense. Waiting til someone has finished school before moving.
By jinxy
#549368 Excited to see the last couple lines in damiens article where mckay said they were going to institute changes to out of bounds last possession and other special situations. That alone is worth 2 to 3 wins this past year if properly executed.

Also good to hear that hes looking for athleticism and individual defensive strength for the last spot among fit. Also said hes ok taking it forward which is fine too.
By olldflame
#549372 Ritchie referred to the interest in the open positions as "humbling and expansive". Looks like he doesn't think we need to get someone familiar with the pack line. Between the returning players and coaches, it's pretty well ingrained.
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By flameshaw
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olldflame wrote:Ritchie referred to the interest in the open positions as "humbling and expansive". Looks like he doesn't think we need to get someone familiar with the pack line. Between the returning players and coaches, it's pretty well ingrained.


For almost all of our coaching positions, the interest is "humbling and expansive". Not sure we have taken advantage of that, like we should have. Hopefully IM will do a better job, and/or maybe consider an alternate approach.
By olldflame
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flameshaw wrote:
olldflame wrote:Ritchie referred to the interest in the open positions as "humbling and expansive". Looks like he doesn't think we need to get someone familiar with the pack line. Between the returning players and coaches, it's pretty well ingrained.


For almost all of our coaching positions, the interest is "humbling and expansive". Not sure we have taken advantage of that, like we should have. Hopefully IM will do a better job, and/or maybe consider an alternate approach.


Ritchie will be doing the hiring on this one. By "humbling", I'm sure he meant there were some men who are well known, with a lot of experience, including former head coaches, who applied for or inquired about the job. That doesn't mean, however, that he should or will hire one of them as an assistant (although I am hoping he will).
By olldflame
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A Sea of Red wrote:Coach McKay has filled one of two staff vacancies. We cover that and more in our men's basketball notebook

http://www.aseaofred.com/mens-basketball-notebook-2/



A lot to like about the hire of Joe Pierre III for the player development position. Coach's son who grew up around the game, and worked for a really good coach in a successful program the past 2 years. Love the fact that he has been trying to get a job at Liberty for a couple of years. That's a good sign he will be 100% on board with the mission. Interesting factoid that manson pointed out is that since we have not filled the 3rd assistant coaching spot yet, Pierre will be allowed to recruit on the road this Spring. That may not make much difference for the 2018 class, but he can help get a lot of leg work done for future classes, and it's a great opportunity for a young guy to dip his foot in the recruiting waters.
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By Sly Fox
#549508 I like having guys on staff who want to be here and simply aren't taking the position because it is the best available option.
By olldflame
#549587 The fact that Ritchie seems to have made a point of saying Joe Pierre will be eligible to recruit off campus may well indicate we will be waiting a while to fill the assistant coach position. I'm thinking/hoping it will be well worth the wait.
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By Sly Fox
#549682 There are large AAU tourneys in Texas for basically the next three months. The big ones are obviously in the DFW Metroplex and Greater Houston. Glad to see our staff still working Texas talent.
By olldflame
#550027 Mawdo Sallah, a 6'8" 225 PF from K State, who was a 3 star recruit out of HS, is transferring to Radford, and will be eligible immediately.

http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/mawdo-sallah

RS JR with 2 years remaining. Played about 8 minutes a game and averaged 2 points and 2 rebounds last year for the Wildcats. Doesn't exactly make me quiver in my boots, but he should make an already tough Radford team better/deeper.

Sallah actually started his career at Mt. St. Marys before transferring to K-State. I think there is someone on the board who may have seen him play there.

Looks like other than Liberty's pickup of Keenon Gumbs, the only other transfer coming to the BSC so far is Travis Ingram, a 6'3" guard who is moving from Towson to Hampton, and will sit a year.
By olldflame
#550028 UNCA's new coach has his work cut out for him. In addition to losing Thomas, Vanetta, Miller and Wnuk to graduation and Macio Teague and G Drew Rackley to transfer, 6'9" PF Jonathon Bahre, one of the top shot blockers in the BSC last year in addition to his 7 points and 5 boards, is now headed to Clemson. That is their top 7 scorers from last year. :shock:

Top returner is 6'7" Donovan Gilmore, who averaged 3 pts and 3 rbds.

From the "glass half full" perspective, they can most definitely offer a solid opportunity for PT to recruits and potential transfers, and everyone will be on a level playing field with a new coach and system.

This just in....... Macio Teague has committed to Baylor. Sit 1, play 2.
By olldflame
#550079 Just announced that 6'7" SG Jax Levitch, who was a starter as a SO for Fort Wayne last year (scored 14 points on 4-6 3 point shooting against Liberty) is transferring to UNCA. Nice pickup after losing Teague, but of course he will have to sit a year before playing 2.
By olldflame
#550799 Johnson wasn't the splashy hire some of us were hoping for, but it is consistent with Ritchie's recent pattern. There is a ton of experience and familiarity with the trio of McKay, Soucie and Getter. With the hires of Pierre and Johnson, we get 2 young, energetic guys who have been with successful programs. I'm good with it. Still hoping though that Mark Price will decide to relocate to the burg to follow his son's career, and perhaps help out on a volunteer basis.
By olldflame
#551092 Well, after all these years of familiarity with the BSC, it's time to research and find out what we are facing in the A-Sun next year. FGCU has certainly been the top dog there the last several years, but they have some real challenges coming up. After being upset by Lipscomb in the tourney final this year, their coach has moved on to St. Louis of the A-10. To replace him they hired from within, promoting the former top assistant. In addition, they are losing 4 of their top 5 scorers to either graduation or transfer (a total of 54ppg) Looks like they will be big, with some size coming back as well as 3 star 7 foot JUCO Raekwon Long coming in. Guard play will be an issue, and they will need 3 star FR PG Zach Scott to contribute right away. More to come.
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By olldflame
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flamehunter wrote:Anyone else in the conference use the pack-line?


I don't know the answer to that, but I hope it's NO. 8)

If the A-Sun teams have not faced it, we will have an edge in that area for a year or so. It was pretty much a wash in the BSC, because we were learning the system at the same time as opponents were learning to play against it. Now, we would have a head start.
By Chris Lang
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olldflame wrote:Well, after all these years of familiarity with the BSC, it's time to research and find out what we are facing in the A-Sun next year. FGCU has certainly been the top dog there the last several years, but they have some real challenges coming up. After being upset by Lipscomb in the tourney final this year, their coach has moved on to St. Louis of the A-10. To replace him they hired from within, promoting the former top assistant. In addition, they are losing 4 of their top 5 scorers to either graduation or transfer (a total of 54ppg) Looks like they will be big, with some size coming back as well as 3 star 7 foot JUCO Raekwon Long coming in. Guard play will be an issue, and they will need 3 star FR PG Zach Scott to contribute right away. More to come.


The FGCU coach went to East Carolina, not Saint Louis. Not calling you out, per se, but I had to look it up because I was shocked Travis Ford would have left Saint Louis after just two years. Anyway, carry on.
By olldflame
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Chris Lang wrote:
olldflame wrote:Well, after all these years of familiarity with the BSC, it's time to research and find out what we are facing in the A-Sun next year. FGCU has certainly been the top dog there the last several years, but they have some real challenges coming up. After being upset by Lipscomb in the tourney final this year, their coach has moved on to St. Louis of the A-10. To replace him they hired from within, promoting the former top assistant. In addition, they are losing 4 of their top 5 scorers to either graduation or transfer (a total of 54ppg) Looks like they will be big, with some size coming back as well as 3 star 7 foot JUCO Raekwon Long coming in. Guard play will be an issue, and they will need 3 star FR PG Zach Scott to contribute right away. More to come.


The FGCU coach went to East Carolina, not Saint Louis. Not calling you out, per se, but I had to look it up because I was shocked Travis Ford would have left Saint Louis after just two years. Anyway, carry on.


Thanks for setting that straight. I honestly don't know how I came up with that.
By JK37
#551471 VERY well-done. Thank you!

Something similar coming soon for other sports, such as WBB, Baseball, Softball?
By olldflame
#551478 I know there are some who are hyping this as a big step up for MBB. I see it as far as exposure is concerned, but not in the overall strength of the conference. Lipscomb will be tough and FGCU has established a solid base, but has a significant rebuilding job ahead of them. The rest of the conference is pretty bad (as in worse than the BSC) Anything less than 3rd place will be a major disappointment IMHO, and I believe we can do better than that. WBB is an entirely different matter. They will need to step up their game. Softball has a high RPI, but KSU won the championship, and based on the last 2 post seasons,we are better than them. Baseball is going to be tough, but the move should significantly help recruiting, as it will in softball and most other sports.
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By cruzan_flame13
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olldflame wrote:I know there are some who are hyping this as a big step up for MBB. I see it as far as exposure is concerned, but not in the overall strength of the conference. Lipscomb will be tough and FGCU has established a solid base, but has a significant rebuilding job ahead of them. The rest of the conference is pretty bad (as in worse than the BSC) Anything less than 3rd place will be a major disappointment IMHO, and I believe we can do better than that. WBB is an entirely different matter. They will need to step up their game. Softball has a high RPI, but KSU won the championship, and based on the last 2 post seasons,we are better than them. Baseball is going to be tough, but the move should significantly help recruiting, as it will in softball and most other sports.


I'm guessing the rumors about other schools joining the ASUN is dead now? Also I thought North Alabama had a good men's b-ball team?
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By Purple Haize
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olldflame wrote:I know there are some who are hyping this as a big step up for MBB. I see it as far as exposure is concerned, but not in the overall strength of the conference. Lipscomb will be tough and FGCU has established a solid base, but has a significant rebuilding job ahead of them. The rest of the conference is pretty bad (as in worse than the BSC) Anything less than 3rd place will be a major disappointment IMHO, and I believe we can do better than that. WBB is an entirely different matter. They will need to step up their game. Softball has a high RPI, but KSU won the championship, and based on the last 2 post seasons,we are better than them. Baseball is going to be tough, but the move should significantly help recruiting, as it will in softball and most other sports.


Well I’m right and you’re wrong. So na na nana boo boo :lol:
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By Jonathan Carone
#551487 It's definitely a top heavy league.

The best thing I saw in the post from ASOR is the seeding for the ASun champion the past few years. While the RPI has been down for the league, those teams have been able to get themselves off the 16 line.
By olldflame
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cruzan_flame13 wrote:
olldflame wrote:I know there are some who are hyping this as a big step up for MBB. I see it as far as exposure is concerned, but not in the overall strength of the conference. Lipscomb will be tough and FGCU has established a solid base, but has a significant rebuilding job ahead of them. The rest of the conference is pretty bad (as in worse than the BSC) Anything less than 3rd place will be a major disappointment IMHO, and I believe we can do better than that. WBB is an entirely different matter. They will need to step up their game. Softball has a high RPI, but KSU won the championship, and based on the last 2 post seasons,we are better than them. Baseball is going to be tough, but the move should significantly help recruiting, as it will in softball and most other sports.


I'm guessing the rumors about other schools joining the ASUN is dead now? Also I thought North Alabama had a good men's b-ball team?


I don't think so. Not sure what the deadline would be on that, but I think there is still time to get it done for the 2018-19 season, and of course not happening this year wouldn't mean it won't happen.
By ballah09
#551500 Big South is going to be really bad outside of Radford. With the addition of us and them losing their version of Longwood the RPI should dramatically change.

Also FGCU has some transfers that are eligible this year that will have a major impact so I wouldn’t say that they’re in a major rebuilding mode. UNF returns all 5 starters as well.
By olldflame
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ballah09 wrote:Big South is going to be really bad outside of Radford. With the addition of us and them losing their version of Longwood the RPI should dramatically change.

Also FGCU has some transfers that are eligible this year that will have a major impact so I wouldn’t say that they’re in a major rebuilding mode. UNF returns all 5 starters as well.



Everyone always says transfers will have a major impact. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. When you lose 5 of your top 6 scorers AND your coach, you are rebuilding. They could still be good, but they have their work cut out for them.

As far as N Florida is concerned, they were 14-19. If those 5 guys are still starters, I'm not too worried about them. If not, maybe they upgraded.
By oldflame
#551822 Isaiah Williams is transferring to Pensacola State College a JUCO in the same conference as Tallahassee Community College, where Xzavier Barmore played last year.
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By Sly Fox
#551830 Honestly I believe it is probably too late for any more schools to be competing in a new conference in less than three months. The fact that we had been dropped down to an associate member status is why we were able to do it so cleanly & efficiently. I would suspect that any further moves would be for the 2019-2020 school year.