Development of incoming freshman

Joined
Oct 14, 2015
Messages
2,505
Likes
2,992
You bring up an interesting point that I think we here at BY are quietly whispering past the cemetery so to say.

Last year, Muffet did not play a full complement of players and had two highly ranked players in Boley and Patberg transfer out. Likewise we see what Chennedy Carter, Evina Westbrook, Anastasia Hayes are doing as less heralded freshman than MW.

I get that Geno has high standards and it has worked. I only hope his communication is resonating with the full compliment of players who see how Gabby, KLS, Pheesa, CD3, Molly and Kyla have done under similar scenarios. In particular are KLS and CD3, who as highly regarded prospects have blossomed in years 2/3.

Father time is undefeated as they say in two regards-1. physically, sports take their toll on the body and 2. Mentally to compete requires ongoing adjustments and evolution as the game evolves. This affect Geno and CD directly in the effort to recruit to travel and watch the number games they need to and in them understanding generations needs/attitudes change as well, so his style will need to evolve to stay on top. I am not saying that is an issue...yet...
Walker would put up similar numbers to all these players if she also played for a mediocre team and took 20 shots a game like they do.
 
Joined
Dec 21, 2017
Messages
120
Likes
366
"At no point did I ever try to discredit his success or tactics. He is the best motivator and teacher." —Pmac

"I am a HUGE Geno fan" —Pmac


"Don't worry all is well in Husky Land. He'll win his 35+ games every year and win many more championships." —Pmac


"But let them (freshmen) play basketball and show their natural skillsets over National TV. " —Pmac

DEpup wrote: "The bench players looked like chickens running around with their heads chopped off. It was embarrassing."
Pmac replied: "A product of the coaching."


These quotes, except for DEpup's astute observation, might easily be taken as ad hominem attacks by and against Pmac.

:rolleyes:
 
Joined
Jan 16, 2018
Messages
338
Likes
617
A product of the coaching. If the bench players aren't ready by mid February what makes you think they'll be ready by November.
Please don't mischaracterize my words. After 32 years and all the success, it's not the coaching in my opinion. It's these coddled children who get trophies for nothing and everyone telling them they are amazing....
 
Joined
Jan 16, 2018
Messages
338
Likes
617
It appears to me that now the coaching staff has to now teach these kids how to work hard and then start teaching them basketball. It's unfortunate because it stunts their growth.
 
Joined
Jan 16, 2018
Messages
338
Likes
617
Totally agree about Megan and I know a lot of folks including me on this board are hard on her but its because she is so good. She's being asked to work within a complex motion system and all these other flashy freshmen around the country are free wheelin' it for the most part.
 
Joined
Jun 4, 2014
Messages
582
Likes
811
Please don't mischaracterize my words. After 32 years and all the success, it's not the coaching in my opinion. It's these coddled children who get trophies for nothing and everyone telling them they are amazing....
Well... I think a generation that had affordable education, cheap housing, plentiful jobs is maybe the coddled one... (and I am a part of that generation).
 
Joined
Aug 30, 2011
Messages
1,829
Likes
3,285
She would put up similar numbers if she played on a very good team other than UCONN.
Um, let’s test that hypothesis. The other “very good teams” (at least if you judge by current rankings) are Mississippi State, Louisville, Notre Dame, and probably Baylor. What freshman on any of their rosters is putting up similar numbers to the players mentioned previously in this thread, all of whom play for lesser teams? For that matter, what freshman on any of those teams is putting up numbers that are better than Megan Walker’s? Or playing more minutes than she is?

Orangutan mentioned that Danielle Patterson on Notre Dame’s roster is having about the same kind of season as Megan, despite her talent and despite Notre Dame’s famously shortened bench. But maybe you can provide another example.

Go a little further down the rankings to South Carolina and Texas. What freshmen on their rosters is putting up big numbers? That is an important question, because Texas has some freshmen who were very highly ranked as high school players. How are they doing this year?

In some years, all of these schools had freshmen who made an impact. So has UConn: Kia Nurse, Maya Moore, Renee Montgomery, Breanna Stewart (but only late in the season). Most people think Gabby Williams was and is more talented than Kia, but Kia had a much bigger role as a freshman because of her work ethic and personal maturity.

Do you think that Megan is as mature, or works as hard, as Kia or Maya were and did in their freshman years? No? Then why should she play as much as they did?
 
Joined
Jan 26, 2016
Messages
7,204
Likes
8,638
not sure which other players you're referring to but the one freshman among the schools you mentioned that's getting playing time is Alexis Morris at Baylor...she's now at almost 24 minutes per game is second on the team in assists and first in free throw/three point percentages and averages 8.5 ppg......as many predicted she's going to be really good really soon..
 
Joined
Oct 5, 2015
Messages
1,797
Likes
2,188
Um, let’s test that hypothesis. The other “very good teams” (at least if you judge by current rankings) are Mississippi State, Louisville, Notre Dame, and probably Baylor. What freshman on any of their rosters is putting up similar numbers to the players mentioned previously in this thread, all of whom play for lesser teams? For that matter, what freshman on any of those teams is putting up numbers that are better than Megan Walker’s? Or playing more minutes than she is?

Orangutan mentioned that Danielle Patterson on Notre Dame’s roster is having about the same kind of season as Megan, despite her talent and despite Notre Dame’s famously shortened bench. But maybe you can provide another example.

Go a little further down the rankings to South Carolina and Texas. What freshmen on their rosters is putting up big numbers? That is an important question, because Texas has some freshmen who were very highly ranked as high school players. How are they doing this year?

In some years, all of these schools had freshmen who made an impact. So has UConn: Kia Nurse, Maya Moore, Renee Montgomery, Breanna Stewart (but only late in the season). Most people think Gabby Williams was and is more talented than Kia, but Kia had a much bigger role as a freshman because of her work ethic and personal maturity.

Do you think that Megan is as mature, or works as hard, as Kia or Maya were and did in their freshman years? No? Then why should she play as much as they did?
I don't know what the heck you are thinking! My post had NOTHING to do with Walker playing as much as the people you mentioned. I was responding to a post by Title Town. I understand why Walker is not playing more minutes this season. If you had read his post and saw that I was responding to it you would not have made that stupid response. You seem to be looking for something to complain about. Also, the teams you named are not the only other very good teams out there. If any very good team allowed her to play and shoot as much as some other freshmen are playing and shooting, she would be just as productive as they have been. That does not mean she should be playing more at UCONN. See the whole picture before you respond. Further, you don't know how mature Walker is or how hard she works. Have you watched her in practice?
 

MilfordHusky

Voice of Reason
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
26,513
Likes
28,043
nope. both had one outstanding game, where they were arguably the difference maker. both were sick and had a hard time recovering form. both spent a lot of time on the bench. But it's hard to imagine anyone deeper in Geno's doghouse than a point guard who didn't play the final minutes or the OT of the semis last year and therefore Saniya had to carry that entire load.

main difference: in two years, Crystal may be the best point guard in America. In three years, Meg will be the best player in America.
I tend to agree. Maybe Crystal was a little better than Meg, but I think they are fairly similar. As I’m sitting in Clint Eastwood’s restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea, I want to paraphrase another tough guy, Jack Palance: “Season ain’t over yet.”
 
Joined
Mar 6, 2017
Messages
1,615
Likes
1,813
It appears to me that now the coaching staff has to now teach these kids how to work hard and then start teaching them basketball. It's unfortunate because it stunts their growth.
and @DEpup posted: "It's these coddled children who get trophies for nothing and everyone telling them they are amazing...."
This may be off topic but I hope not. I do remember reading here on the BY that one recruit, highly ranked at that, cited a reason for not selecting UConn was because Geno/CD would not allow her to wear "short-short" trunks. Now, I don't know if this statement is indeed a fact but if it is, the next years of recruiting will be fun for every coach, having to "bend" to the desires of potential recruits if they want them to be on their team.
 
Joined
Jan 16, 2018
Messages
338
Likes
617
not sure which other players you're referring to but the one freshman among the schools you mentioned that's getting playing time is Alexis Morris at Baylor...she's now at almost 24 minutes per game is second on the team in assists and first in free throw/three point percentages and averages 8.5 ppg.as many predicted she's going to be really good really soon..
On any given night, Baylor has only 8-9 players available and that includes bigs that need rest so they kind of have to play her....
 
Joined
Jan 26, 2016
Messages
7,204
Likes
8,638
On any given night, Baylor has only 8-9 players available and that includes bigs that need rest so they kind of have to play her....
true but sometimes, especially with really good players that sink or swim approach works.....Baylor has 10 players on their roster including three freshman guards....not sure if anybody is injured.....Morris is already good and she's going to get better....Richards gets some playing time too...I understand Geno's methods regarding freshmen but it comes at a cost to his starters......only time will tell how costly this policy will be
 

CocoHusky

1,000,001 BY points
Joined
Jan 24, 2015
Messages
9,362
Likes
15,961
true but sometimes, especially with really good players that sink or swim approach works.....Baylor has 10 players on their roster including three freshman guards....not sure if anybody is injured.....Morris is already good and she's going to get better....Richards gets some playing time too...I understand Geno's methods regarding freshmen but it comes at a cost to his starters.only time will tell how costly this policy will be
It not Geno's method towards "Freshmen" only , yet another area where the OP of this thread misses the point. Geno method applies equally towards all players in all classes. If you can't impact the game in a positive way you are not going to play-end of story!
 
Joined
Feb 19, 2017
Messages
349
Likes
639
Here's a scenario:
National Title game, game tied, 5 minutes to go in the 4th: Gabby is out because of her hip, Phesse has fouled out.
Geno's Choices:
A) Play 4 players
B) Molly Bent
C) Kyla Irwin
D) Megan Walker

Bet he wished he did a better job to prepare for this, what would you do?
 

BroadwayVa

A man is not convinced just by being silenced
Joined
Apr 10, 2015
Messages
8,740
Likes
8,407
Um, let’s test that hypothesis. The other “very good teams” (at least if you judge by current rankings) are Mississippi State, Louisville, Notre Dame, and probably Baylor. What freshman on any of their rosters is putting up similar numbers to the players mentioned previously in this thread, all of whom play for lesser teams? For that matter, what freshman on any of those teams is putting up numbers that are better than Megan Walker’s? Or playing more minutes than she is?

Orangutan mentioned that Danielle Patterson on Notre Dame’s roster is having about the same kind of season as Megan, despite her talent and despite Notre Dame’s famously shortened bench. But maybe you can provide another example.

Go a little further down the rankings to South Carolina and Texas. What freshmen on their rosters is putting up big numbers? That is an important question, because Texas has some freshmen who were very highly ranked as high school players. How are they doing this year?

In some years, all of these schools had freshmen who made an impact. So has UConn: Kia Nurse, Maya Moore, Renee Montgomery, Breanna Stewart (but only late in the season). Most people think Gabby Williams was and is more talented than Kia, but Kia had a much bigger role as a freshman because of her work ethic and personal maturity.

Do you think that Megan is as mature, or works as hard, as Kia or Maya were and did in their freshman years? No? Then why should she play as much as they did?
I won't take this opportunity to agree or disagree. \
Kia vs Gabby in "talent" I'll discuss. Gabby is a talent and athletic from which most of her talent grows. Kia is a TALENT from many many years on the international and olympic stage. I don't think the poor kid has had a week off from high level basketball in 10 years. In those years she has become a Professional, a hard working, hard playing TALENT. Don't ask me to choose between KIA or Gabby that a tough choice. Make no mistake Kia IS a Talent.
Maturity is difficult definition; many have a poorly defined assumption of maturity. Certainly it is not being old. But I will ask you to define Maturity of Ms Walker. In my definition she IS mature. What she is learning is the difference between being the "go to" scoring, everything HS player to the support and play within the very very very tough Geno system. She is tip-toe-ing and thinking pass first (Geno's way) score fourth. In HS she was free to score first. Between now and next November her "maturity" may not change but her immersion within this system will show a more perfect player that she truly is. However, her numbers and time played don't reflect Maya (who did) but she is a more perfect WBB player than "those others" identified. If Megan Walker had
played for the Canadian or American National teams, as Kia did, Megan too would be starting for Geno.
 
Joined
Jul 19, 2013
Messages
11,826
Likes
9,024
Here's a scenario:
National Title game, game tied, 5 minutes to go in the 4th: Gabby is out because of her hip, Phesse has fouled out.
Geno's Choices:
A) Play 4 players
B) Molly Bent
C) Kyla Irwin
D) Megan Walker

Bet he wished he did a better job to prepare for this, what would you do?
A very real and scary possibility. Geno would put in Z, and if he needed someone else then Megan.
 

BroadwayVa

A man is not convinced just by being silenced
Joined
Apr 10, 2015
Messages
8,740
Likes
8,407
It appears to me that now the coaching staff has to now teach these kids how to work hard and then start teaching them basketball. It's unfortunate because it stunts their growth.
Bye Bye Birdie paraphrasing Socrates (who said it 1000 years previous) "Why can't they be like we were perfect in every way, what's the matter with kids to day?"
 
Joined
Jan 26, 2016
Messages
7,204
Likes
8,638
A very real and scary possibility. Geno would put in Z, and if he needed someone else then Megan.
I wouldn't know how to answer such an open ended question....wouldn't it depend on match ups? Is the opposing player a slow 6'3" forward or a quick 5'11" wing? I have no doubts that all of the players are drilled on playing specific positional roles so success would really come down to subs making the right choices on the floor and to some degree skill level...
 
Joined
Jul 19, 2013
Messages
11,826
Likes
9,024
I wouldn't know how to answer such an open ended question....wouldn't it depend on match ups? Is the opposing player a slow 6'3" forward or a quick 5'11" wing? I have no doubts that all of the players are drilled on playing specific positional roles so success would really come down to subs making the right choices on the floor and to some degree skill level...
Yeah that's true, but my main point was the rotation is a solid 7. Megan and Z are works in progress, but it's not like they are terrible and can't be used. I would hate to lose Gabby or Collier, but we could survive.
 

CocoHusky

1,000,001 BY points
Joined
Jan 24, 2015
Messages
9,362
Likes
15,961
Here's a scenario:
National Title game, game tied, 5 minutes to go in the 4th: Gabby is out because of her hip, Phesse has fouled out.
Geno's Choices:
A) Play 4 players
B) Molly Bent
C) Kyla Irwin
D) Megan Walker
Bet he wished he did a better job to prepare for this, what would you do?
:DKnowing how stubborn Geno is and the fact that he's never prepared his player properly A) becomes the only logical choice.
upload_2018-2-9_10-49-16.png
 


.

Top