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.
By olldflame
#539642
jinxy wrote:Modest numbers as a junior. Hopefully we bought low and he continues to get better and improve.


Unless CCS has another really good guard, Josh will be sharing back court duties with JC Tharrington, the PG we have offered for 2019. I would thing JC, who averaged 7 assists a game as a Soph last year, will be the primary ball handler.
By ALAFlamesFan
#539645 If his stroke and basketball IQ are anywhere close to his father's then maybe we get another Seth Curry-like steal.
He's a late bloomer so maybe a candidate for a red shirt? Let him grow into his body?
By olldflame
#539647 I got confused by the fact that both Charlotte Christian and Carmel Christian go by CCS. At his new school, Josh should get to play more at the point. He will still have a teammate with an offer from Liberty in 6'4" 2019 SG Marten Maide.
By olldflame
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ALAFlamesFan wrote:If his stroke and basketball IQ are anywhere close to his father's then maybe we get another Seth Curry-like steal.
He's a late bloomer so maybe a candidate for a red shirt? Let him grow into his body?


Actually, the Curry comparisons are numerous.

6'3" guard with long arms........................................ check

Family lives in Charlotte, NC area.............................. check

Played for Charlotte Christian.................................... check

Dad is former NBA Star and all-time great shooter....... check

Older brother also a D1 basketball player.................... check

I expect one difference will be that for obvious reasons we won't be seeing Mark in the Vines on a regular basis the way Dell was. Mom will have to represent there (and she has a tough act to follow).

Ritchie has historically not been an advocate of the developmental redshirt. He has made an exception with Newton, but that's a pretty special case.
By olldflame
#540275 With this class on board, and including current redshirt Brendan Newton, I absolutely love our roster for next year. This year's squad is already the deepest we have had in recent memory, and we add 4 solid pieces while losing just one (albeit a key one in Kemrite).
By olldflame
#541963 Per tweet by ASOR, Darius McGhee opened his Senior season at Blue Ridge School in style with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Remember, Darius scored 38 ppg as a Soph to lead the nation, although that was clearly against low level competition. Last year he was more of a role player on a team loaded with top level veterans. This year he should be the #1 scoring option again, but against a pretty tough schedule as BRS prepares to defend it's State championship.
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By jcmanson
#542266 Update on our signees:
McGhee is averaging 28 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2 assists per game while shooting 48.3% from the field and 50% from 3.
Preston is averaging 13.5 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.8 blocks, and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 59.6% from the field.
I haven't been able to track down any stats on Josh Price yet.
By jinxy
#542274 Wow. Those are incredible stats for both considering the competion they play. Prestons rebounding numbers are what i look at since he has to share the rock scoring more at charlotte christian.
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By Have_a_Gansett_2011
#543009 Get that dude on the staff! He was such a good pro. He'd be great for a kid like McGhee coming in, let alone his familiarity with recruits.
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By Cider Jim
#543011 Looks like his $500,000 contract is guaranteed for 5 years. :shock:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports ... 35574.html
By olldflame
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Cider Jim wrote:Looks like his $500,000 contract is guaranteed for 5 years. :shock:

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports ... 35574.html


So, he can move to the Burg, watch his son play, and be a volunteer assistant. His older son, Hudson, is a 6'7" JR SG at Charlotte. I have a feeling he may want to play elsewhere now.

Never mind. Hudson is a Senior.
By olldflame
#543015 I suspect Mark has probably already had a call or 2 from NBA teams interested in him being their shooting coach, which is what he was doing before taking the job at UNCC. I like my idea better though. 8)
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By Cider Jim
#543018
olldflame wrote:I like my idea better though. 8)

+1 :clapping
By olldflame
#543022 Hudson Price, not surprisingly, has asked for his release from UNCC. Unclear whether he has eligibility remaining if he transfers, but I would think unlikely. He was leading the team in rebounding and 3 point shooting.
By olldflame
#543031 Probably irrelevant, but if Hudson were to get a waiver to play the rest of this season elsewhere, we have a scholarship available.
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By cruzan_flame13
#544162
mlschubert wrote:http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/high-school/article193562239.html

Preston & Price both listed in NC Hoops top 100 players


Blake Preston is #19 and Josh Price is #63 in top players in NC Hoops. This is getting interesting Play Basketball
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By flameshaw
#544201 I am glad these players are rated so highly. However, as a group, this board tends to waaaaay too excited about recruits, based on their stars, etc. in all sports. It leads to a lot of unfulfilled expectations and disappointments. I am guilty of this myself at times. I have been trying to put down the hype bottle sooner. Helps with the blood pressure some. Until they get on the field, court, etc. we don't really have much of an idea what we are getting. The best barometer I have seen so far, is who else has offered them and how many. Even then, it is somewhat of a crap shoot. Rant over.
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By cruzan_flame13
#545151 Here’s a video of a Darius McGhee interview after the VA Classic game against Maury(Blue Ridge won):

https://youtu.be/y7XL2i1yX7s

I am glad to have a college prospect like this gentleman and I pray that LU will receive more players like him in all sports. What’s crazy is that Darius reminds me of Derrick Rose. It would be nice to have McGhee to have four years at LU with what Derrick had with Memphis (don’t believe he played for four seasons at U of M). What a boost to the McKay Era that will be!
By olldflame
#545154
cruzan_flame13 wrote:Here’s a video of a Darius McGhee interview after the VA Classic game against Maury(Blue Ridge won):

https://youtu.be/y7XL2i1yX7s

I am glad to have a college prospect like this gentleman and I pray that LU will receive more players like him in all sports. What’s crazy is that Darius reminds me of Derrick Rose. It would be nice to have McGhee to have four years at LU with what Derrick had with Memphis (don’t believe he played for four seasons at U of M). What a boost to the McKay Era that will be!


Not sure where you get the Rose comparison. Other than the level of athleticism, I don't see much in common. Darius is only 5'9" compared to 6'3". He is also a good student, and didn't need to have someone else take the SAT for him. Rose was one and done at Memphis, but should never have been admitted.

A realistic comparison for Darius would be Chris Cleamons. We can only hope he will be that good offensively, and I feel confident he will be a better defender.
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By cruzan_flame13
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olldflame wrote:
cruzan_flame13 wrote:Here’s a video of a Darius McGhee interview after the VA Classic game against Maury(Blue Ridge won):

https://youtu.be/y7XL2i1yX7s

I am glad to have a college prospect like this gentleman and I pray that LU will receive more players like him in all sports. What’s crazy is that Darius reminds me of Derrick Rose. It would be nice to have McGhee to have four years at LU with what Derrick had with Memphis (don’t believe he played for four seasons at U of M). What a boost to the McKay Era that will be!


Not sure where you get the Rose comparison. Other than the level of athleticism, I don't see much in common. Darius is only 5'9" compared to 6'3". He is also a good student, and didn't need to have someone else take the SAT for him. Rose was one and done at Memphis, but should never have been admitted.

A realistic comparison for Darius would be Chris Cleamons. We can only hope he will be that good offensively, and I feel confident he will be a better defender.


I was only pointing out the athleticism and similar feature. I wasn't going all into detail like you did which wasn't necessary. I wasn't all into Rose's life; just liked how he played in college.
By olldflame
#545946 Josh Price hit 5 3 pointers on his Senior night. In the picture standing with his family he towers over his dad, who is 6'0" by at least 4 inches. Looks like he is having a late growth spurt like his brother Hunter, who was the same height as Josh (6'1") after his JR year of HS and is now 6'7".

Speaking of his dad Mark, since UNCC fired him with a record of 3-6, the 49ers have gone 2-12, including losing their last 10. Brilliant move with almost 4 years left at a half mil a year on his contract.
By olldflame
#547781 Carmel Christian, with 2018 signee Josh Price and 2019 commit Martin Maide in the lineup, won the Independant schools 2A state championship in NC. They were also ranked #1 overall.

https://twitter.com/CarmelCougars/statu ... 2971010049

https://twitter.com/joshprice25/status/ ... 9882938368
By olldflame
#549072
A Sea of Red wrote:Flames pick up DIII transfer

http://www.aseaofred.com/flames-pick-up-d3-transfer/


No surprise here. If you check out the interview I linked on the "looking ahead to 2018-19" thread, at the end, the interviewer asks "will we see you play basketball next year" and he artfully deflects the question. You could pretty much tell he knew where he was going to be (not there).

Keenan fits the profile for what Ritchie looks for in a grad transfer to a tee. Solid, smart guy who will add maturity to the team and be a role model for the young players. He also hit over 43% from 3, and should give us a threat there to help offset the loss of Kemrite. Longer and more athletic as well. This is a really solid pick-up.
By olldflame
#549075 Looks like we are all in on David Ware for that last scholarship. I don't see any way he would take VCU up on their offer to give him a scholarship for 2019 if he preps a year (especially considering it would not be binding and they could drop him like a hot potato if they don't like what they see or if he gets hurt). Our competition will come from the other schools who have shown interest in the last couple of weeks. The only name I have heard is Campbell. As far as I know none of them have yet made an offer.
By olldflame
#549088 With 3 players transferring including Marcus Burk and Clemons testing the NBA waters, Campbell can probably offer Ware a better shot at PT than we can.
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By Cider Jim
#549093 From the LU men's basketball website: https://www.liberty.edu/flames/index.cf ... 4&teamID=6
By olldflame
#549113 With the addition of Keenan Gumbs, the question is raised as to whether we continue to go after David Ware, who is a very similar player. We are pretty well stocked now in that area, and have a committment from Martin Maide, another 6'4" guard for 2019. I am confident enough in Ritchie to say this: If we end up signing Ware, it will be because we believe he can be a VERY SPECIAL player, who is worth the scholarship, even at a position where some might argue we have a bit of a surplus already. I do believe it is quite possible we just hold onto that schollie, and there is always the possibility of another grad transfer.

In any event, I expect that our focus for the recruiting class of 2019 has totally changed from where we were just a few months ago. In addition to Maide, we had offered 4 other 6'4"-6'6" SGs. My guess is most or all of those offers have been (or will be) rescinded and we will be focusing on versatile bigs to take the places of Scottie and Myo in 2 years.
By flamehunter
#549115 I don't think the addition of Gumbs will have any bearing on our recruitment of Ware. Gumbs is our version of a one-and-done. Ware is for the future. The difference might be that Ware would maybe think again about coming here if he has other opportunities to play right away. Gumbs coming here increases the chance that Ware would be RS next year.
By olldflame
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flamehunter wrote:I don't think the addition of Gumbs will have any bearing on our recruitment of Ware. Gumbs is our version of a one-and-done. Ware is for the future. The difference might be that Ware would maybe think again about coming here if he has other opportunities to play right away. Gumbs coming here increases the chance that Ware would be RS next year.


It's not just Gumbs who Ware would be competing with for minutes. We already have Cuffee, McDowell and Homesley, with Price arriving this summer and a commitment from Maide for 2019. All are 2/3s between 6'4" and 6'6". You want a lot of those type players in our system, but there comes a point where other needs have to be addressed. As always, all bets are off when you have a shot at someone you think can be a difference-maker.
By flamehunter
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olldflame wrote:
flamehunter wrote:I don't think the addition of Gumbs will have any bearing on our recruitment of Ware. Gumbs is our version of a one-and-done. Ware is for the future. The difference might be that Ware would maybe think again about coming here if he has other opportunities to play right away. Gumbs coming here increases the chance that Ware would be RS next year.


It's not just Gumbs who Ware would be competing with for minutes. We already have Cuffee, McDowell and Homesley, with Price arriving this summer and a commitment from Maide for 2019. All are 2/3s between 6'4" and 6'6". You want a lot of those type players in our system, but there comes a point where other needs have to be addressed. As always, all bets are off when you have a shot at someone you think can be a difference-maker.


I agree, but you worded your post as Gumbs' coming here meaning we no longer would pursue Ware. I'm just saying that Gumbs coming here should have little to no bearing on Ware's recruitment. All the other players already here or coming definitely do impact Ware's "usefulness" on the roster. But, if we wanted him before Gumbs committed, I don't see why we wouldn't want him after.
By olldflame
#550129 In this pic his dad tweeted, you can clearly see that Josh Price is no longer 6'1".

https://twitter.com/Mark25Price/status/ ... 3661450240

His dad in the middle is 6'0" and older brother Hudson on the left is 6'7". I'm guessing he is 6'4" plus right now, with a good chance of ending up as tall as Hudson. Both were 6'1" at the end of their JR year of HS.
By olldflame
#550815 Signing period ends tomorrow. Looking more and more like we will not be signing a HS player this Spring. It will probably be either another grad transfer or nothing. Either way, we would have the scholarship for 2019. Lots of grad transfers still available, and no real deadline other than they register in time for the Fall semester.
By oldflame
#553658 We have been discussing our head to battle with Lipscomb for recruits in the 2019 thread, where we landed Kyle Rode and are competing for the services of Caleb Mills and Issac McBride. I just realized that Blake Preston also had an offer from Lipscomb, which means we are already 2 up on them. Would love to make it 3!