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We have talent on this team..and I try not to knock JJ with this first season..but a good coach would have made this team much more competitive this year. Not saying would have won more games but a coach with a philosophy that works would have not been embarrassed in 2/3rds of the games this year. You can harp on bad hands and what not all you want but he still didnt improve this team over the course of the season one bit.
I want to see JJ succeed but I want to see this program improve..and I don't see it happenning under him
This post was edited by JBCili4VT161095 13 months ago
We peaked in Mid-December. That is a problem.
He needs to adjust his staff to get some people on that can game plan better and manage the game better. See Mike London... Seriously its a great comparison.
I am so glad the basketball season is over. Complete and utter disaster.
I hope JJ can turn it around. Congrats to EG on an incredible senior season and player of the year honors.
I want our hoops program to be relevant again. It is truly a dumpster fire right now.
I can't be mad or sad, right now. I'm just numb to the subject of VT roundball. Just sorta meh if you know what I mean. For a while, we were competitive since joining the ACC. Now? No. Oh well. Buck up. We'll see what happens over the next two years.
With Cuse, Pitt, ND, and UL coming basketball in the ACC is going to be very tough. I'm afraid the Hokies will have a difficult time climbing out of the cellar. I think JJ must immediately create an identity of some type, like UVA's Pack Line or VCU's Havoc. With an unproven head coach and less talent, the Hokies will have to win with scheme and effort. With a full compliment of scholarship players I'd like to see something like Shaka Smart's Havoc or the "40 minutes of hell" that Nolan Richardson employed at Arkansas, diving for loose balls, getting a high percentage of 50-50 balls, frenetic full court press. next year's team won't have a star, but could have enough interchangable parts to play hard for 40 minutes. Our 1-8 guys might be far from the best, but guys 9-13 could end up making the difference over the course of the season, maybe even to the point of an 8-10 man rotation with something like the old UNC Blue Team, the VT Maroon Team, come in midway through each have to rest starters, draw fouls on opponents, and fatigue the opposing players.
Reserving judgment on JJ... jury is still out. Clearly this team is lacking in fundamentals and very often in effort, which aren't good signs, but it's way too early to be calling this a disastrous hire.
While it's true that JJ played a significant role in recruiting many of the players currently on the roster, all of these guys (exception being Wood) were recruited and ultimately chose to play for Seth Greenberg, not JJ. They were recruited to play in Seth's system, not JJ's. Most of them have been immersed in Seth's coaching and locker room mangement for 2-3 years. And to claim JJ is responsible for the lack of talent on the team is to completely disregard all the attrition of talented players (Atkins, DFS, Garland, Harrell, etc. just off the top of my head) who aren't on the roster this year. Think having those guys might have helped? I do; at least 3 of them would have likely started this year over the guys we fielded.
Again, I don't want to sound like JJ's lackey, but I think he needs a chance to bring his own guys into the program and play with a full (or as close as it gets at VT) roster before we throw in the towel. It was clear from listening to his pre-season descriptions of what style he wanted to play that this team ended up bearing little resemblance to his vision. Perhaps that's a bad sign, but he was explicit about the fact that he wants to play an aggressive full-court defense and that's difficult with such a small roster.
This post was edited by HokiesKillCanes 13 months ago
I agree completely, and based on what JJ said before the season, I think his vision is something approximating the "40 minutes of Hell"/Havoc style. Still would have liked to have seen some sign of that this year, but I'm sure it was challenging with a depleted roster full of guys trained in another system.
"40 minutes of hell"/Havoc style wasn't possible with what we had on the floor this season. Didn't have the talent. Maybe at some point down the road. This season was a royal bitch.
Got to improve
I"m as big a hardwood fan as I am a football fan, college that is. Got no use for the NBA or the NFL. Hokie basketball has been painful to watch this season. It's damn near killed me. :p
This post was edited by Atlee 13 months ago
My favorite VT basketball time was Dale Solomon, Wayne Robinson, Les Henson, Tic Price, Marshall Ashford, Jeff Schneider. And the crowd favorite, Page Moir.
JJ was dealt a really bad hand when DFS left and Harrell chose not to come, and then Wood's injury. The staff and team get a pass for this season I think. There just weren't enough players with talent to be effective over the course of the season. We had some early tough losses in the ACC and never recovered. Erick Green had a great year obviously, but he came a long way from a terrible freshman season averaging only 2 PPG and shooting badly. Eddie, Brown, Raines, Barksdale, and Rankin have shown well at times, but none were consistent. Smith transfers in as a scorer, and a truster TSL poster calls signee Ben Emelogu a steal, a baller. Next year's team will have a full roster of scholarship guys, including 6 guys 6-8 or better, two 7 footers or so. We'll have a European PG built like a linebacker in 6-2 228 Mueller. At times this year the first guy off the bench was a walkon, a recipe for disaster in the ACC. It's easy to understand why the effort lacked at times this year, with the losing streak and lack of depth. During the off season JJ will have to study film and decide what defense he wants to implement and what offense to run, and when practice starts make it clear that all positions are open to be taken.
JJ's got his work cute out for him.
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