- Aug 24, 2011
Mark my words. Paige averaged 38-39 minutes this year, she will be at 28-30 next year. She will have to accept that her best friend Azzi and her best European friend Nika need minutes. Geno's antics at the end of the season about PT laid that ground work.As long as Geno can fit an 8 or 9 player rotation into 4 spots. Paige isn’t coming off the floor and if Azzi is as good as advertised she won’t be coming off the floor either. So maybe 3 spot for playing time.
Doesn't even have to be an injury. Maybe someone is having a bad game and their head isn't in it. You can then substitute. They are still teenagers and just beyond, not machines.I like the fact that Geno has so many options available. If the players live up to their potential, he could literally have two different teams to put on the floor. And, should their be injuries and I really dislike saying that, he will have other options to round out his roster including that new transfer, Dorka.
agreed.........being able to go all out and having another five fouls to give is going to be a wonderful thing for ONO and AE.....I think Liv was most productive when she played aggressive for like 19-22 minutes. When she had to bang around in big games for 30+ minutes, the production went down. I think Dorka will allow the post players to be more aggressive in less minutes. Forwards and guards aren't the same. You never want your C to have to play 30+ minutes because that forces them to conserve energy/fouls and not play aggressively. The energy needed to fight for position is just greater than the running around guards do.
I don't necessarily perceive it that way. I think Geno knows Aaliyah is a big part of the future success of the program, and when he has the ability, he prefers to play two bigs. So she is now a starter in my book.
Our backcourt of Bueckers & Williams is a virtual lock. And Evina at the 3 seems like a lock.
I'd expect Aaliyah to be a at the 4, and Geno will likely go with Olivia at the 5. She knows the Uconn system far better than any of the alternatives.
But she will be on a very short leash. He has a talented transfer and a top 5 recruit ready to compete in the post. Also, has the ability to go small with some talented guards (Muhl & Fudd). In the past, he lacked the personnel to sub for players who were under performing. On paper, that shouldn't be an issue next year.
Hadn't seen it before. Good overview and of course he just complicated the picture more by accepting a transfer forward for next year!
And I really like the paragraph about deciding who to play and putting it back on the players - they make those choices, not the coaches.
I remember Gabby's reaction after being glued to the bench in the Stanford loss - she said in paraphrase 'I realized I hadn't given coach a reason to play me, and I never wanted that to be the case again.' She accepted the responsibility for the situation, and vowed to make changes in herself.
You are an army of one....And how did that work out for Gabby? 2-time AA, NDPOY, high draft pick, 2 championships. Gabby was really a unique player, but I think Liv has it in her to improve. She could add strength, develop a hook shot, improve her moves, improver her jumper. She's obviously a good player, but we need a little more from the front court.
People who are genetically predisposed to be tall and slender annoy you?Olivia is a good player... she has one thing working against her... she is a string bean and I do not know if she can do anything about that. People like that kind of annoy me because they will always be string beans.... She needs to bulk.... but not sure she can....
I'm optimistic about Liv. Geno told her what she needs. Let's see if she can do that.You are an army of one....
Where does Evina fit in your predictions? Does she retain her starting role?I'm optimistic about Liv. Geno told her what she needs. Let's see if she can do that.
One thing I think that will help is that the depth allows rotation. If Liv or Aaliyah gets in foul trouble, we can go to 6'4" Dorka. If Liv gets worn down by stronger players, Geno can try Dorka. That way, we'll always have 2 true post players on the floor, not an undersized Aubrey.
I see the guards in a similar vein. I think Nika retains her starting position. Even if Azzi is the best player in the nation, I think she starts the season on the bench. But Geno has a rotation of Nika, Paige, and Azzi. That way, he always has at least one elite passer AND at least one elite shooter on the floor. It also creates less wear and tear on Paige.
This is going astray a little, but I think we put too much importance on who starts. It's more important to ask, who get the major minutes? This can be measured by total playing time or who plays when the game is on the line. I recall that Brit Hunter started, but could give us only 5-8 minuted per half. The same was true with Caroline Doty after her second injury. Morgan Valley also started each half, but probably played fewer than 15 mpg. I expect to see Liya, Azzi, and possibly Dorka to get starters' minutes (25 or so). I also expect to see Paige and Christyn with reduced minutes, to rest them.
Where does Evina fit in your predictions? Does she retain her starting role?
She also needs to improve, but really in only one dimension: the reliability of her 3-point shot. She has got everything else nailed down. If she does that (and I think she can), I don't see how she can fail to get starter's minutes, whether or not she is part of the starting five. And I personally think she will start.
But Liv made AA, isnt she already great?Geno on roster
(Apologies if this has already been posted/discussed.)
Notice has been served:
“I think Aaliyah made incredible progress from day one,” Auriemma said. “She’s really physical, she plays hard every possession, she competes for everything, she did a great job finishing around the basket, she offensive rebounded, which was crucial for us, and she defended. I could see her next year getting the bulk of the touches among all of the post players. I have incredibly high expectations for Aaliyah, and for where she's going in the future.
"And Liv is going to be a senior. If Liv stays the same, then it’s obviously going to be a difficult senior year for Liv. If Liv adds some things to her game and makes the adjustments she needs to make, she's going to be a big factor and we're going to be fine.”