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Does anyone know if Texas is looking to sign one more player before signing time?
Asked the same thing the other day. I think we are getting a full write-up with quotes from Kendall Yancy-Harris from one of the mods today! Or atleast i hope.
Maybe some rumors on whats going on with Myck? Hows the locker room with the two departures?
I don't know of anyone, but I'm not really in the loop for that stuff. I would think unless a really good PF or SF with size and talent becomes available somehow (transfer, release from LOI, JUCO) that the scholarship will be saved for the 2014 class. It's not like the current scholarship players include many likely to go early entry in 2014, so there may not be too many openings, although some players may feel the crunch of numbers and want to seek PT elsewhere.
...PG is the unknown next year...I see the SF-PF-C group as set between Papi, Lammert, Holmes, Ridley, & Ibeh
Does Barnes go with a combo PG? Is the job Felix's to lose? Does Croaker move into the role full-time? One of the FR? & does Barnes go with faster, more athletic groups with the FR he's signed? Assuming that MK is gone..
This post was edited by mcb0703 12 months ago
Croaker needs to play the 2 at all times.
You have to hope that either Felix loses about 15 pounds and becomes a competent PG or they hit a home run with Taylor. No way Lewis or Holland have the IQ or handles to play PG for any kind of minutes.
They could use a JUCO PG or a 6'6"-6'8" wing player.
I would think Yancy-Harris would play more point than Croaker. Holland too. I imagine Barnes is aware of his clubs short comings and if theres a chance to jump on some sort of transfer, decommit I think they'd make an effort if the talent is there.
Both posts above is why I come back to the PG issue...Barnes now has Croaker, Holland, Lewis, Taylor, Yancy-Harris as CG/SG...& Felix as the only true PG...unless Taylor is more of a PG, but I thought he was signed as a combo G
One of Croaker, Holland, or Taylor would need to become the back-up PG, assuming its Felix's job
Taylor is a PG all the way.
This was my understanding as well. I hear he doesn't have much of an outside shot but has a good handle and can dish the rock. I hope he hits his free throws.
Or you could look at it that Barnes now has two true point guards in Felix and Taylor......two true combo guards in Yancy-Harris and Holland......and two true scoring guards or wings in Croaker and Lewis.
Multiple sides to any discussion.
This post was edited by tetris 12 months ago
My main concern is that they don't just waste it because they feel they need someone for a year or two like Bond. If there is nobody out there just keep it for next year and go with what you have.
I'm not a subscriber, but here is the beginning of ESPN Insider scouting report on Taylor.
Taylor is a true pass first point guard. He makes plays off the dribble at high speeds. He has tight under control handle and an excellent feel for the game. He does a great job of creating help with his ability to get in the lane at will."
All of that sounds like stuff Texas could use at the PG.
Taylor is a true pass first point guard. He makes plays off the dribble at high speeds. He has tight under control handle and an excellent feel for the game. He does a great job of creating help with his ability to get in the lane at will. Taylor score in transition by getting to the rim he has a nice floater game and decent mid range pull up. He can make shots off the catch when his feet are set and with needed time and space. Taylor is a very good athlete and that can finish above the rim as well.
Taylor must improve his shooting especially off the dribble, extend his range and make his shot a more consistent weapon. He has a nice frame to add needed strength that he will needed to get the ball where he needs against taller and stronger perimeter players.
Taylor is an attacking point guard that makes teammates better, he makes plays off the dribble and is simply tough for defenders to stay in front of. He can penetrate, push and run the offense. As his shot improves so will his offensive production and he will be even more difficult to handle. Taylor has excellent upside.
Ranked as the #34 PG prospect nationally.
I have read descriptions like this. It seems that he has a lot of quicks, sees the court and distributes well. Some of the comments that I have read attribute not so developed shooting skills to Taylor, yet I have seen some video that has shown him shooting well with a good stroke. It has been said that he has not really played the AAU summer circuit like some other players have, so he has not really caught the attention of those who pass pronouncements on such players. It could be that he has natural inclinations to be a floor general and distribute the ball, It could also be that he could be a shooter if that were expected of him. It could also be that he might be one of those diamond in the rough type players. There are no ifs, coulds, and wouldas about the fact that he is one of the cards that we are dealt. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Postscript - after I posted this I saw the compilations of descriptions posted above by gordosan. Seems to me that Taylor has some skills worth developing.
This post was edited by BudreauReye 12 months ago
That was the ESPN article. We have three point guards to 2013-2014. I view Harris as a combo guard who can play point, along with Taylor. When I look at next year's roster, I think we need a wing with length who can also score. But most teams in the country need on.
This post was edited by gordosan 12 months ago
gordosan said ...
"That was the ESPN article. We have three point guards to 2013-2014. I view Harris as a combo guard who can play point, along with Taylor. When I look at next year's roster, I think we need a wing with length who can also score. But most teams in the country need on."
Yes, I have been saying that for a while. Let's see ... what's out there ... we have a Greek combo forward with point forward tendencies, and over the years we have had a Turkish point guard, a Zairian/Canadian point guard, a Panamanian center, a bunch of other Canadians, a Camaroonian power forward, and a Filipino/Puerto Rican power forward with a gimpy knee. amongst others ... anybody seen a quick 6'-8" Bulgarian, or some such other, small forward with a sweet shot hanging around out there ... maybe longing to get a good US of A education?
Couldn't agree more. We need to have someone that can play the wing and i dont know if 6'3" is gonna cut it. I believe thats the height of the three guards coming in. Although i was told Yancy-Harris is definitely 6' 4". Idk... but i sure do hope Papi evolves even more over the summer because thats gonna be one of the many positions he plays next season.
a wing with athleticism would be a HUGE get. How many have we truly had? One? Hamilton is the only true three that I can think of.
Well, athleticism and size. There was that Durant guy, too.
Forgettable player. Didn't do much.
Several recruiting services have listed Croaker a legit 6 ft 4 in
No, no! Nadie olvida Senor Durant. Beast afuera, si. Senor Durant, no.
New maid kicks Brian out of the house!
The name of the game is to "put the ball in the basket."
Who's going to do that next year on a consistent basis? Right now, the ONLY guy with any semi-consistency is Julien Lewis. After him there's, Papi and maybe Felix. After that...NOTHING!!!
Lack of proven go-to scorers is a HUGE future issue with next year's Texas team. I don't trust any incoming freshman to come in to be a big scorer without having adjustments from HS to college. From what I've seen with our posts, I don't see any big time consistent go-to post scorers either. I see a bunch of role players that sometimes show flashes.
Unless Lewis and Papi take a BIG STEP with being scorers, and someone steps up in the post position, then Texas will flat out struggle again next year.
Barnes has made some critical errors with recruiting and player retention that could cost him his job. IMO, he should've looked a little harder in the JUCO ranks over the past 2-3 years for some offensive firepower.
Just speaking for myself ... but, I think some more exclamation points will help us overcome all of those critical errors.
There are no games until next November so we have time. Give those freshman bigs the time to work on their games and strength as well as the guards including Lewis, Papi and Felix. With the exception of Sheldon and Bond we have heard nothing about anyone else no putting in time to get better and stronger so lets just hope they do that. As with freshman you never know until they step on the floor but, I assume they will be down there this summer working out. Just wait to see when they are all on the court and even then what you have in November shouldn't be what you have in March.
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