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According to both of TOS's, the probability of Julien Lewis leaving the basketball team remains very high. IT's JS said last week that he was gone, and OB's reports this evening that Lewis is most likely gone as well.
If true, then the basketball program is in total shambles.
Barnes has made some HUGE tactical recruiting errors the past few years, and now those errors will eventually cost him his job...either very soon or next year.
The number of players leaving the program has to raise some eyebrows now with Dodds. If it doesn't, then Dodds is incompetent as well.
"The number of players leaving the program has to raise some eyebrows now with Dodds. If it doesn't, then Dodds is incompetent as well."
well guess what???
HE IS Incompetent. He can raise money, but he can't manage people...
This post was edited by DC Horn 85 15 months ago
We all know that Dodds is incompetent.
Barnes will get a chance to set things right with or without Julien Lewis and he deserves it.
This post was edited by sundancekid 15 months ago
I once read "For the praise of God can give to a mute fish the notes of a nightingale,"* but it's hard to imagine next year's offense singing other than highly off-key without McClellan, Kabongo, and Lewis.
(Yeah, all right. I also kind of fail to see the comparison between Barnes's typical post-game comments and "the praise of God" as described by an 18th century poet who was locked away in an asylum.)
Let Barnes hope for offensive efficiency while frosh guards lose defensive assignments.
For bruxism and rent garments are bierce's likely next March.
*Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno
This post was edited by bierce 15 months ago
Bierce-do you think Lewis goes pro or transfers?
Transfer most likely if he doesn't stay. I'm not saying I like this situation but after last season, some house cleaning is in order. I'm hoping Barnes and Lewis can work it out.
I agree with sundancekid about Lewis being more likely to transfer than go pro at this juncture. I don't think he'd get a good opportunity overseas just yet, but I suppose D-league isn't entirely out of the question.
I also hope he stays. My molars may depend on him.
So the head man gets how much longer to right this ship? Next year might be his worst ever. What then?
I don't see how next year could be worse than this year, but his entire class of 2011 could be down to Holmes. To be sure he's over-recruited McClellan and Lewis now, so maybe it was Barnes sending them a message all along.
The freshmen class was ranked #2 in the country for a reason, so it's not like there isn't talent in that group, they, the players, need to develop that talent individually besides Barnes figuring out a way to use them correctly.
It's quite the conundrum with Barnes, because he's still pulling in Top 100 kids every year. He just needs to find the right mix of 3-4 year guys to build a good base before he gets the 1-2 year kids to bring the right balance.
He really hasn't had a great 3-5 year class since Ivey, Mouton, Boddicker, Thomas, and Klotz. Maybe he can get that from last year's class, but everyone needs to understand those 5 guys were all gym rats.
Is that you?
If next year is like this one, and using the ship metaphor
I am willing to give Barnes next year. Not that I have a choice in the matter but he cannot use the excuse that Texas was one of the youngest teams in the country if he has a bad season.
Julien is gone. I'm not saying who it was on the team that told me, but Lewis is 100% transferring. Barnes has been texting him daily telling him that he's his favorite player and Dodds has been meeting with him regularly to try and convince him not to. Sorry to report the bad news, but his decision isn't changing. Believe me, I hate that this is happening.
Not sure I understand.
Tell me your joking about going pro!! He could only play for tcu and tech in our conference and no way in hell will he ever play pro hoops!!! Ever !!
I've been to the dentist lately so I know what bruxism is.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
I would bet a lot of money that he isn't leaving to go pro, but the rest of your post is wrong. He could play for every team in the conference. Some more than others, but he could definitely play at all.
And he will without a doubt play professionally. Not in the NBA, but somewhere. There are so many different levels of pro leagues over seas, that I would bet that Holland will play somewhere if he chooses. I have coached a few kids that played/play overseas and Lewis is better than all of them.
Not trying to nitpick but Texas' class last year was not #2... it was a borderline top 10 class nonetheless but in basketball it doesn't take much for Texas to achieve that when they take a big class.
We will see but I don't see teams lookin for a 6'2 shooting guard that couldn't start for a sorry ass big 12 team!! JaCovan Brown / AJ Abrams can't play in the league and he can't hold there jockey straps!! Maybe a d -league in turkey is where he will end up!!
You don't see how it could be worse when most of the scorers leave? If they get the big man development they've been getting in recent years.......it'll be a disastrous season.
I agree with this. The ranking had more to do with the # of players more than the talent of the class. When you factor in that the top 2 players are raw big men, the ranking becomes irrelevant.
This post was edited by HoopsCoach 15 months ago
Reading comprehension goes a long way bro.
I clearly said he wouldn't play in the NBA, so not sure what Brown and Abrams have to do with anything. I said he would play professionally, and he will. That has nothing to do with them either.
And I know it's not a big deal, but Lewis is every bit of 6'3. That's not that bad for a SG overseas. The fact that he didn't start every game for us, doesn't prove that he couldn't get minutes with other teams.
Why. His 5 year track record is one of mediocrity and recruiting is not at a level it was previously.
48-37 in conference
Finishes of 4, 6, 2, 5, and 7 in conference the last 5 years
No regular season or conference tournament championships
2 NCAA tournament wins
And a coaching style that clearly wears on these guys and fails to get the most from his players. This is the interesting part to me. There are possibly four transfers/early entrants from a team that should have HEAVY PT available next year and these kids still don't want to stay. That tells me one (or both) of two things: his style/approach isn't working and/or the kids don't feel like they are progressing as players to reach their ultimate goals-
Either way, not positive takes-
This post was edited by Capseyes 15 months ago
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