10 days to launch. Finally, American Sports fans can deal with 10 days... 2 weeks. That's why they invented bye weeks. We can survive that amount of time. My impressions at this point are very poitive. Recruiting failures to date are all that we can see, but we also can notice that we are shooting high. That's fine, but we also know that this knew coaching staff has to prove it on the bench. They have to find a way to make this team gel and to be special between the lines.
In the meantime, the coaches are visiting the right programs. I hold out hope that we can get the pair from Montrose. Sometimes, it is easier to get two guys and let them be cornerstone recruits. They have the size and talent to do so. They certainly won't come in with stage frieight. We need a decent group in 2012. I may be crazy, but the problem recruiting at GW right now is a measure of the damage done to the program. We were down to being a personality cult and not a solid program. With that in mind, the timing and the nature of the change is totally understandable. While never a great thing to go through, it was totally needed. In comparison, we all know what will happen when we finally abandon Iraq, but it still needs to be done--same with Afghanistan--you have to face the music at some time, so don't blame the result on the folks who have to manage through the problem.
At anyh rate, we are here. I am excited to see how everyone does. Not that excited to find out how "the Show" will go, but I do look forward to the basketball.
The rest of the show? As I have said in the past, I think one of the things that I found tiring was the formulaic noise and spectical around the game day in-arena activity during the game on breaks and halftime. Call me old, but I would rather see more game and new stuff rather than loud hiphop-ish stuff. I never really minded the Green Tumblers.
On the games themselves... I have concern. I think that it will take time to teach a college level approach to Lonergan's system at both ends. We are going to see some serious matchups and it won't be overnight. Am I managing my own expectations? Maybe, to a degree, but it is also reality. No system gets a 100% modification and produces positives right away.
Biggest opportunity right out of the box? I would say it falls to David Pellom, who, todate, has been the most promising and undelivering player on the court. He has the ability to play, but maybe doesn't have his head at the level it needs to be to perform in a full schedule sense. The table is truly set for Pellom to step up and be the player he, in his mind, thinks that he is. One thing for sure, Lonergan will be pushing him hard. Who knows if he can take it. Pellom has to see that, but every young kid takes this transition differently and most get their minds twisted in the process. Can Pellom stay on the floor and play defense with his feet? Can he create little 5 to 7 foot shots and make the on a consistant basis? Can he step up and be that cornerstone in the paint, no matter how undersized, that Lonergan builds his teams around.
There is a maturity there that he may not be ready for. Well, there is no deep bench. There is no swarming defense to kill the shot clock. The request from the coach is just some solid defense. THe basic, everyone does their job and we will win sort of appraoch. Hobbs' approach covered up a lot of bad technique. We have an extremely talented group. They maybe not are not a classic arrangement of sizes and shapes, but guys can play two positions--that's good and will be very helpful in creating mismatches which we can count on will be featured with this coach. If the other team cannot cover Smith, then rest assured that Lonergan will put Smith's defender on an island until a change is made.
Lonergan is the type of coach who is more likely to win the game that we should win on paper and further win some games that we look like the loser on paper. If you get a chance to win a really tough game, you have to win them.If we do, that's the next step in the recruiting wars. As they say ...
it's a process.