John A.: Geno admits things are different now | The Boneyard

John A.: Geno admits things are different now

Status
Not open for further replies.

pap49cba

The Supreme Linkster
Joined
Aug 31, 2011
Messages
8,082
Reaction Score
10,136
“There is growing sentiment now about playing time, individual goals and priorities. I get questions now I never used to get. Diana Taurasi, Shea Ralph, Sue Bird and Maya Moore never once asked me what position they would be playing, what their role would be on the team. I never would here [sic] that question. Today, it’s almost the first question I get. The great ones know they are good enough that they will be the ones who will determine what their roles will be."

LINK
 

EricLA

Cronus
Joined
Aug 24, 2011
Messages
15,050
Reaction Score
82,143
Great quotes. Just like things changed back when he never started recruiting kids till their junior years, they are changing again as well, all the time actually.

Gives one an appreciation of the sustained excellence we've been privileged to be a part of over the past 20 years. Geno has accomplished more in less time than any coach in the history of WCBB. It's why he's the best at what he does - just like The Wolverine! :p
 

pap49cba

The Supreme Linkster
Joined
Aug 31, 2011
Messages
8,082
Reaction Score
10,136
Years from now after all is said and done I would love to hear Geno's take on the DeShield's recruitment saga.... Probably never will but I bet it would be a pretty interesting story.
 

wes33

Revels in Blue Devils
Joined
Nov 23, 2011
Messages
276
Reaction Score
262
There are some very decent coaches around who look sub par after playing you guys
and have their fan base somewhat dissatisfied. Geno is the best our game has seen
by far, so its unfortunate for a lot of coaches to have him as the standard for their
work. Timing can be a blessing or------------
 

JoePgh

Cranky pants and wise acre
Joined
Aug 30, 2011
Messages
3,708
Reaction Score
21,593
Years from now after all is said and done I would love to hear Geno's take on the DeShield's recruitment saga.... Probably never will but I bet it would be a pretty interesting story.
I think you just heard his take on that in his comments quoted in this article, without the individual attribution. You could speculate that he may have heard similar inquiries from Asia Durr, A'ja Wilson, and or Arike Ogunbuwale. He tends to make generic comments like this after some recent disappointing experience(s).

To me it seems natural that a recruit would ask the coach what he thinks her role on the team might be. I have certainly asked similar questions when I was being interviewed for a job. I don't think that simply asking the question is an indication of self-centeredness. But I also understand why he would not want to give an informative answer.

If a recruit chooses another program because that coach is more definite about what her role will be, that is an understandable decision.

I wonder if Ms. Wilson would have come to UConn if she had known that Natalie Butler would be here to play center, so she wouldn't be forced to play a position that she didn't want to play.
 
Joined
Aug 24, 2011
Messages
3,154
Reaction Score
3,170
... I wonder if Ms. Wilson would have come to UConn if she had known that Natalie Butler would be here to play center, so she wouldn't be forced to play a position that she didn't want to play.

Good point. But as far as I'm concerned, to hell with them if they don't want to play for Geno but would rather create their own 'legacy' at Sweet Potato U. Many other superb players are lining up at the door now in Storrs.
 
Last edited:

Sluconn Husky

#1 Source of Info
Joined
May 22, 2014
Messages
17,836
Reaction Score
78,828
I wonder if Ms. Wilson would have come to UConn if she had known that Natalie Butler would be here to play center, so she wouldn't be forced to play a position that she didn't want to play.

Wilson revealed that UConn was her second choice behind SC. Had it not been for an up-and-coming program five minutes from her home that one of her best friends will be playing for, I think she likely ends up a Husky.
 
Joined
Aug 26, 2011
Messages
3,931
Reaction Score
3,841
It is very nice of Coach Auriemma to spin a revisionist tale enhancing the image of his Wall of Honor assistant coach, but the fact is that Shea Ralph specifically asked what her role would be at UConn and it was Coach Auriemma's response that convinced her to shorten the recruiting process and commit to UConn after her visit to campus which was moved up a month at her request. (Geno - In Pursuit of Perfection, pages 77-78).

Whether the recruits ask the question or not, it is all about playing time.
 

Geno-ista

Embracing the New Look!!!
Joined
Apr 12, 2013
Messages
2,467
Reaction Score
3,537
Years from now after all is said and done I would love to hear Geno's take on the DeShield's recruitment saga.... Probably never will but I bet it would be a pretty interesting story.
It may be as simple as her not wanting to Leave her home, or general area where her family could watch her play. And I think, like Geno said, the chance to play and potentially knock off UC is great motivation for many! Which is great for the game!
 
Joined
Jan 13, 2014
Messages
9,874
Reaction Score
29,425
It is very nice of Coach Auriemma to spin a revisionist tale enhancing the image of his Wall of Honor assistant coach, but the fact is that Shea Ralph specifically asked what her role would be at UConn and it was Coach Auriemma's response that convinced her to shorten the recruiting process and commit to UConn after her visit to campus which was moved up a month at her request. (Geno - In Pursuit of Perfection, pages 77-78).

Whether the recruits ask the question or not, it is all about playing time.
Geno: "Shea, I don't know. If you're really really good then you'll have a chance to play a lot. If you suck, then you won't play at all."
 
Status
Not open for further replies.

Online statistics

Members online
284
Guests online
1,948
Total visitors
2,232

Forum statistics

Threads
158,040
Messages
4,131,724
Members
10,016
Latest member
RipBenEmek


Top Bottom