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  1. 43 minutes ago, Danish43 said:

    I did not know that Jason Brammer left the team. If I remember he was the converted TE to tackle and here on GMG a lot of promised was shown in him. Did he graduate, transfer, or just give up on the game?

    Jacob Farrell and Erik Williams left the team. Brammer is still the starting Right Tackle and was 2nd team all conference last year.

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  2. 50 minutes ago, Danish43 said:

    So Billy what’s your gut opinion on this new commit. He is a big guy but only had two offers according to 24/7 in HS. I did see in a earlier post that there were other CUSA schools who showed interest but no link attached to see what other offers he has received as a JUCO.

    I haven’t watched the film but I know our tackle depth is not great right now. Jacob Farrell was supposed to be our starting left tackle this season and Erik Williams was looking like a potential heir apparent to Jacob Brammer at right tackle. Both left the team in January.

    We brought in one high school tackle in Rayvon Crum who looks very promising but it makes sense to bring in someone a little older to provide the immediate depth this season.

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  3. 2 hours ago, MeanGreen13 said:

    I was hoping for another bigger player to form a rotation down low... Thomas Bell is going to have to do a lot this year. 

    80 minutes at the 4 and the 5 between Bell, Wright, and Ousmane will be plenty. Similar to Bell, Geu, and Simmons splitting the 80 minutes at the 4 and the 5 in 2019-2020. Wright and Bell will be capable of close to 30 minutes each then Ousmane can handle the other 20 or so.

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  4. 1 hour ago, greenminer said:

    Always interesting to talk under this umbrella, IMO.  What makes a title run: Depth? Having that one star who can pull the team over the hump?

    Up front, it looks like we traded the star (Javion) for some solid depth.  But the optimist in me says someone is gonna step up this coming season, I just don't know who it would be.  If that happens, we have best of both worlds.

    Lastly, Grant has established trust.  I think he'll figure out how to make this work.

    It’s always the right amount of each but last year our bench scored only 24 points in 6 postseason games. Entire bench giving us 4 points a game.

    They gave almost no margin for error for Hamlet and the starters, offensively. Luckily Hamlet didn’t have any off nights and McBride and Bell gave us more offensively than they did during the season when Reese and Simmons were struggling in tournament play.

    Whoever takes the lead role this year is going to need more support and higher margin for error (bad games) than Hamlet did this past season. Being able to get some points off the bench from guys like Tylor Perry, Rasheed Browne, Bryce Zephir (assuming only 1 of the 3 is starting), Abou Ousmane, Matthew Stone, etc is going to help make what we ask from the starters a little more realistic to achieve. Instead of asking them to replace Hamlet, Reese, and Simmons’ production 1 to 1.

  5. 10 minutes ago, NorthTexasSportsNetwork said:

    Totally agree on all of that. Mike was the best example of a smaller SF type player.

    I just love that we have so much talent, and that we are having conversations of who starts over who. I have all my faith in what Mac will implement this off-season going into the regular season. He has so many weapons now, I don’t see why we can’t be a top dog again in the conference.

    Definitely. Mccasland’s going to allow players to do what they do best on the court and that has worked great. May not have established stars like Hamlet, Gibson, or Woolridge but I’m confident this will be the deepest Mccasland team and think Rubin will step into that go-to role well. 

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  6. 36 minutes ago, NorthTexasSportsNetwork said:

    You think Browne starts?? Over who? I think Rubin, Thomas and Drez have spots basically locked down, maybe even Abou and Hameir. Would he be in a role that JJ played, even though JJ is back? I would think Mac works JJ in some considering he wanted to return.

    I think either Browne or Perry start. If I had to guess I’d say Perry. McBride, Jones, Bell, and Wright can be penciled in. That 5th guy isn’t going to be Abou. Abou is good but he’s not good enough to change Mccasland’s scheme and move Bell out of position just to fit Abou in the lineup.

    Bell is gonna play the 4 where he has been the best fit for what Mccasland wants in a 4 and we didn’t bring in a 3-year starter at Washington to come off the bench so that puts Abou on the bench. 

    36 minutes ago, NorthTexasSportsNetwork said:

    Rubin’s situation is so weird because he’s 6’5, but recruited as a more shooting guard type player. With Drez having a huge role next season, you think he starts at forward?

    I think you’re looking through things in the old lens. I noticed this last time you thought it was crazy to consider Rubin Jones a small forward. Those old position classifications are fairly outdated by now, especially with regards to how Mccasland runs things.

    Mike Miller was 6’3” and started for us at the 4 during the CBI run and the entire next season. Nothing about his game says “Power Forward” but that was technically the position he played, by the old classifications. Which is why it doesn’t really make sense to view things through that lens.

    Similarly, Mardrez McBride and Rubin Jones are guards. McBride is more of an off-ball guard and Jones is more of a combo guard who can handle the ball and initiate offense or play off the ball effectively. If Browne or Perry start, and McBride and Jones are starting too, none of them are “small forwards.” It’s just a three-guard lineup like Mccasland has always run. 

    36 minutes ago, NorthTexasSportsNetwork said:

    Because Hameir is 6’9 and I would think Abou kind of won that spot after last year. Of course that could all change, and really everything could change hahq

    Abou was solid but we need to take a step back and look at things without a North Texas perspective. Abou averaged 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds while Wright is a 3-year High Major starter and former top 100 national recruit who was in the transfer portal looking for a bigger role.

    I said this when we got Deng Geu and people were thinking he’d come off the bench. You land these type of senior/grad transfers because you can offer them a starting spot. These guys want to make the most of their last season of eligibility, not come off the bench.

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  7. 4 hours ago, NorthTexasSportsNetwork said:

    In my eyes:

    PG: Jones, Perry, Browne

    SG: McBride, Murray, Browne/Zephir

    SF: Bell, Miah, Stone

    PF: Wright, Scott/Stone

    Center: Ousmane, Morgan

    Any thoughts? I think guard position is the best we’ve had in years. So much talent

    Bell has been a 4 in Mccasland’s system the past two seasons and Miah has been a 4 since 2016-2017 under Mccasland at Arkansas State. Can’t imagine them both being moved to the 3 in his system suddenly. It’s a 3 to 4 guard system, and those guys aren’t guards.

    Otherwise I think that’s pretty close. I think Perry or Browne will start at point guard with Rubin as kind of the secondary point guard taking the ball up the court and initiating offense as well. He was used in a similar secondary ball handler role last year when he was on the court with Hamlet.

    I think you have Browne a little underrated. I’m expecting him to either start or be 6th man, but also wouldn’t be shocked to see the coaches put Murray ahead of him like you have. They definitely have a lot of trust in Murray that they might not put in newcomers right off the bat.

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  8. 4 hours ago, NorthTexasSportsNetwork said:

    Well Coach Dowling, guy who recruited him, has landed the likes of Hamlet, Reese, McBride, among others. I’m not doing backflips that we landed him, but I’m not mad. Reem has proved that he can recruit his ass off.

    Recruiting and evaluating are two different things though. This is conflating the two.

    Hamlet, Reese, and McBride were all fairly highly recruited coming out of JUCO. It didn’t take tremendous evaluation to recognize they were solid CUSA talent. It took strong recruiting ability to land those other guys. Zephir’s the opposite. It didn’t take much recruiting ability to get him but it did take some keen evaluation to identify him as a worthy guy when other schools weren’t.

    If Zephir works out it’s because they did a good job evaluating and picking out an under-the-radar guy. Hopefully that’s the case and I think the staff has a solid track record there.

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  9. 6 hours ago, GrandGreen said:

    Overall, I don't know how any NT fan could be thrilled with this signing.

    I frankly expected a much bigger splash from McC last signee.

    This is apparently a player with a great upside fueled by a growth spurt and who demonstrated progress in a juco tournament for unsigned players.  

    Out of the players available in the transfer pool plus the normal sources, this just seems very underwhelming. 

    After arguably the best season ever for NT's men's basketball; it seems that NT could have signed a much more proven player.  

    This player did not even start at his juco, I don't care how good that juco was that is not a good sign.   

    Yeah it seems like Mccasland has not really raised his standards in recruiting, both with regards to players he is pursuing and landing. Hoping that changes with the 2022 class but so far the caliber of players we are recruiting is pretty much the same as what it has been in previous classes.

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  10. 1 hour ago, GrandGreen said:

    I don't believe many coaches recruit for the bench.  Obviously, most of the players are going to be sitting more than playing; but coaches are primarily looking for that great starter.  

    Also, few coaches are going to play more than 7 or 8 on a regular basis.  

    NT is going into next season with only two proven starters: Bell and McBride.  Osmane and Wright will battle it out for the 5 position.  

    The pg, will come down between Perry and Browne.   That leaves one guard position to be fought over between Zephir, Jones and either Perry or Browne.  

    I just don't think any of the true freshmen are going to be factors in the starting five competition.  


    Yes, but the problem with our depth has been that we have only had 7 or 8 guys Mccasland could even play in tournament play. This year we have a chance to legitimately go more than 8 deep. And if Mccasland only wants to play 8, the guys beyond that at least should be capable, which hasn’t been the case.

    Jahmiah Simmons and Chris Morgan are the only players I expect to be non-playable come tournament time. Maybe Zephir, Scott, and Stone won’t all crack the rotation but I expect at least one of them to be playable come tournament time. They all can shoot and have good size, just a matter of how quickly they can get caught up to D1 speed.

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  11. 5 hours ago, NorthTexasSportsNetwork said:

    Not sure how to feel about this, but welcome Bryce 

    Let me put it this way. Mccasland’s benches have been notoriously short in his tenure. Maybe his biggest weakness has been the lack of depth on our roster. We were playing a 7-man rotation in tournament play, we were 8 deep the year before, and basically 7 deep the two seasons before that. 

    To play for Mccasland you have to be able to play defense and you have to be able to hit open shots, unless you’re the 5. We have had so many roster spots taken up by guys like Jalen Jackson, Larry Wise, Jahmiah Simmons, Terence Lewis, Shakeem Alcindor, Abdul Mohamed, etc who Mccasland could not play because they couldn’t shoot/were complete liabilities offensively. This has been my biggest gripe with Mccasland. He signs these guys who can’t shoot, then is unable to play them because they can’t shoot.

    Zephir’s quantity on his stats aren’t impressive but he hit 50% of his threes and took a decent amount, plus made 16-17 from the free throw line. He has good size and he’s a lights out shooter. Obviously there is more to basketball than shooting, but he has the track record that indicates come March he shouldn’t be burning a hole on the bench because the coaches can’t trust him to hit open shots. 

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  12. 12 minutes ago, GrandGreen said:

    I hope he is a walk on, doesn't seem to have the career to earn a ship at this level.

    6.1 ppg and 18 minutes a game last year AT JUCO.  

    Keep in mind the team he played for made the national JUCO semifinals so that’s one of the top JUCOs in the country as a freshman. Also, he was 5th on the team in scoring so he was a pretty integral bench piece.

    The guards who finished ahead of him in scoring were sophomores and one freshman who we offered (Jaeden Zackery), and ended up signing with Boston College. Could be a case of Mccasland locking up a guy who may be on the verge of a big breakout with the players ahead of him moving on.

    Shooting numbers are really good so it appears to have more to do with him playing for a really good JUCO and having to take a seat behind sophomores than him not being capable of more volume. Sophomores are going to get first crack at JUCOs since it’s their last year to earn a scholarship, and the ones ahead of him didn’t do anything to blow that chance.

    7 minutes ago, GrandGreen said:

    There is no limit on the number of walk-ons that can be on a team.  There is a 15 player limit on the total number of players who can suit up and be available for the game.  

    That’s what I was thinking but either way it’s one roster spot left and I don’t see Mccasland using that last spot on another walkon.

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  13. 55 minutes ago, outoftown said:

    I doubt SL was pushing him out the door. Now he is at an FCS.

    Can we use this as a cautionary tale that it is risky for student athletes to go into the portal for decent players who haven't really broken through yet. Many of them will not find greener grass.

    Doesn’t that make more sense of the idea he may have “pushed” out the door though? He was going to backup Simpson and Shorter if he stayed and him leaving opened up a spot to bring in Tommy Bush. Seemed like it made sense for both parties at the time, still probably does now. 

    He’s getting his school paid for and will very likely get the ball much more down there than he would here. I think we’d rather have Tommy Bush and he’d rather get the ball thrown to him more while still getting his school paid for. Again, seems like a win-win rather than a cautionary tale of a bad decision.

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