College basketball 2018-2019 Week One

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  1. Shadowlight

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    The season kicks off toight with a slew of games on the ESPN networks including powerhouse matchups between Michigan State vs. Kansas and Duke vs. Kentucky. Later on white friendly BYU will play Nevada on CBSSN. Kentucky by the way has a sharp shooting white freshman Tyler Herro.

    Usually member Jack Lambert kicks things off here but he has been MIA for a while now so I figured I would jump in. Like the players I will go over below consider me the back up. Ha.

    Just a word about this Duke team which has garnered a ton of publicity with their 5 star freshman class. Coach K has a good enough track record in my eyes so I won't get on him about bringing in such a high profile caste class.

    Overall I suspect his team will be insufferable as the media goes into overdrive. That said the cupboard is not dry.

    There are the backups.

    C-Antonio Vrarankovic 7'0" Jr. Look for him to get some time at the post.

    F- Jack White 6'7" So. Hard to tell how much he will play. Has terrific hops.

    G-Alex O'Connell 6'6" So. Skinny long range threat he has speed and can jump out of the gym. Look for him to improve every year. Should be part of the rotation.

    F-Joey Baker 6'7" Fr. Reclassified from the class of 2019. Many are comparing him to ex Duke star Mike Dunleavy Jr.. Very versatile and can hurt teams from the outside and inside. Initially many thought he would red shirt but after getting a look at him they changed their minds. Good all around athlete. Smooth.

    Now the bottom three players above will all be battling with each other for playing time but the best case scenario has them playing a lot and making noise. Which bodes well for next season and beyond too.

    So Duke really is a mixed bag as freshman Williamson, Reddish, Jones and Barrett will get most of the attention. Still one can hold out hope that the back ups come into their own.
     
  2. Carolina Speed

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    Thanks Shadowlight for the preview. I was always a Duke fan, but it's not quite the same lately. As you said, hopefully one of the backups will come into their own. On a side note Baker came in a year early, re-classified or something? He could have come in next year, I think. Is that correct?
    Also, yes JL was last seen in July. I hope he's OK?
     
  3. Freethinker

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    Thanks for kicking things off. My personal life has been crazy busy so I don’t have time to preview some solid teams to follow. I’ll try to get around to it at some point. I will however mention that the player I’m most looking forward to is Georgetown freshman Mac McClung. He’s the uber athletic guard from rural Virginia that broke Allen Iverson’s HS scoring record. I’ve watched nearly all of his mixtapes online and he’s one of the most exciting and explosive HS athletes I’ve ever seen.
     
  4. Bucky

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    Big Blow for Big Blue nation. Romped by Duke. I missed the game though, did anyone of the above mentioned bench players have an impact?!

    Ethan Happ recorded a triple double in a Badger win against affletic Coppin State. 10pts, 12assists, 11reb, and 4blocks! Only 2nd in Wisconsin history. Other player to record triple double was Josh Gasser in 2011!
     
  5. Shadowlight

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    Carolina asked about Joey Baker. Yes he was originally a 2019 recruit but switched to 2018. He did not play in Duke's opener but both Jack White and Alex O'Connell played well off the bench. White in particular was very active on the boards etc.. The trouble is the hyped freshman will be the main dish all season long so the "reserves" will be lost in the shuffle most of the time. But as they say keep your eye on the ball because the "reserves" are pretty darn good and the hope is by next year they become a much bigger focus.

    Also Free mentioned Mac McClung. He had a solid debut for the Hoyas. Below is his debut rim rattling dunk as ESPN dirt bag B. Jones and a sidekick discuss the dunk. Thankfully they steer clear of saying something too obnoxious. McClung is what you call a crowd pleaser!

     
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    Just flipped on Wisconsin v Xavier. Wisconsin with 4 Whites on the floor, up 16 with 7 minutes to go. Hopefully they’re back to their usual excellence this year!
     
  8. Bucky

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    Happ had 30pts, 7reb and 5assists in Badgers win over Xavier! Davidson was sharp with 19pts! Only 4 players scored for UW, bench will need to contribute more as season progresses.

    For Xavier Zach Hankins and Ryan Welage played great minutes.
     
  9. Shadowlight

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    I got a chance to watch Georgetown's Mac McClung play for the first time on TV. He seemed taller than the internet videos which made him seem shorter.

    Georgetown won a spirited game against Illinois and McClung had a hand in the victory. He is extremely explosive and has a great burst to go with solid dribbling skills. He can get into the lane and made several terrific passes.

    The reason he wasn't ranked in the top 100 must be because of his shooting skills. Three games in he is 0-11 behind the 3 point line. So his shooting, especially from long range, is something he will need to work on.

    Interesting. I think he played for a mainly white team yet he sort of has a "city basketball slang" way of talking. In fact his game is very playground. He excels in a fast open court type of game.

    Georgetown also has a white back up transfer F Greg Malinowski. And next season highly rated NC State transfer Turkish C Omer Yurtseven will join the team. HC Pat Ewing is opening up Georgetown to some white players, a rare thing.

    But back to McClung. His leaping ability is surreal. I know that big thick player from Duke is getting a lot of hype for his leaping ability but I doubt anyone gets up as high as McClung. He just explodes into the air. See below his steal and crazy dunk against Illinois.

    http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game?gameId=401082334

    [Update--I caught the game on Fox Sports One last night. Fox sports networks telecast a lot of Big East games. I also think Georgetown plays some games on the CBS Sports Network (CBSSN). So if interested keep your eyes open for TV games. Watching this high flier is worth it.]
     
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