Almost in universal agreement with you @JoePgh. Keep in mind that Dorka played against UCONN in both her freshman and sophomore seasons while at Ohio State. Dorka knew what UCONN was about and could have transferred to UCONN after her freshman season when she would have almost certainly been a starter at PF. UCONN starter at PF during those seasons were Megan Walker and Anna Makurat- both of who are better suited to play the S/F position. My point is that as much as it seems like the sky is falling, with UCONN returning two bigs (Liv and Aaliyah) this season provides the least opportunity for Dorka to get minutes than at any time since she started playing college basketball.That is, with qualifications, a valid point. However, I think it's more subtle than the dichotomy that you have described.
Suppose that Liv were talented and productive at an AA level, but still foul-prone? That would limit her minutes despite her productivity, and would provide minutes for Dorka or someone like her.
Or what if Liv were not foul-prone and was performing at an AA level on both offense and defense, but was limited in her (reliable) shooting range? In other words, what if she could score reliably within 5 feet of the basket, but still could not sink longer shots at any reasonable percentage? That, too, would open up minutes for a player such as Dorka.
Or, what if Liv were AA in every dimension and not foul prone, but Aaliyah remained (or remains) foul prone. That scenario would open up minutes for Dorka and Liv to play together. If it turns out (which I doubt) that Dorka is as strong a rebounder as Aaliyah and is as quick running the floor, that may happen anyway.
If I were Dorka, I think I would be confident enough of my own abilities to believe that I could get my minutes irrespective of the level of competition on the team. So I would still come to UConn if the opportunity beckoned.
I attribute that to him being a visionary coach. He sees what is happening in the game and that depth matters over a long season and competing with teams who can just keep throwing bodies at his players. He is adapting and that is what winners do.If you were talking about 10 years ago, I would agree with you. But the game is changing and so is Geno. SC & Stanford both have loaded and deep rosters.
Geno made a conscious effort to sign more players bringing in transfers like Nat, Z, Touly, Evelyn & Dorka. He also started recruiting foreign players, something he had done only rarely before, with Kia, Anna, Evelyn, Nika, Aaliyah & Dorka.
Geno used to bring in maybe 3 recruits per year. Last year he brought in 6. This year he brought in another 4 plus a transfer. He has 15 scholarships available. If Anna had not decided to turn pro, he would have filled every single one this year, the same as Tara & Dawn.
Is that really visionary though?I attribute that to him being a visionary coach. He sees what is happening in the game and that depth matters over a long season and competing with teams who can just keep throwing bodies at his players. He is adapting and that is what winners do.
I think he would also say he learned from a couple rough recruiting classes where plan A didn't work out and he had no plan B....
Sorry but you conflated two different issues. My comment was about recruiting bigger numbers than usual.Is that really visionary though?
Seems rather obvious-if you can score go ahead and score. When or if you are not scoring there other things you can do to help your team out like not repeatedly making silly fouls.
Nah.. @Stymie I didn't have time to be on the High School chess club. I was too busy playing all four sports. In HS basketball I was lucky enough to be coached by Geno. My competitive experiences were far from limited. Yours?This comment is reflective of someone whose competitive experiences are limited to the High School Chess Club.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that...