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    Two freshmen headed in opposite directions

    After CFH's postgame comments, I wouldn't be surprised to see Godfrey replace Ejim in the starting lineup on Saturday. I think that long term Ejim is going to be a great player for the program, but for most of the last few games he has looked lost and down on himself. Godfrey brings more energy and some physicality to the table. I hope that doesn't do any more damage to Ejim's confidence, but leaving him in and letting him try to play through it is essentially waving a white flag for the season. The last three games have been lousy, but this is still a team that should be playing to win first and develop players for next year second.



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    Re: Two freshmen headed in opposite directions

    There's a fine line between letting a player work through it, and letting a player's confidence slip. I think the first step would be to let Ejim come in off the bench, but keep his minutes the same. Both Ejim and Godfrey's ceiling is as high as some of the great players in the past. It's just too bad they're forced to play so many minutes as freshmen.



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    Re: Two freshmen headed in opposite directions

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUonthemove View Post
    There's a fine line between letting a player work through it, and letting a player's confidence slip. I think the first step would be to let Ejim come in off the bench, but keep his minutes the same. Both Ejim and Godfrey's ceiling is as high as some of the great players in the past. It's just too bad they're forced to play so many minutes as freshmen.
    Agreed. In a perfect world they'd either be redshirting or giving us 10-15 minutes off the bench at most. That's what I keep trying to remind myself. 14 wins at this point, even against some lackluster competition is still better than we had a right to expect going into the season. Having said that, a few conference wins would be nice.



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    Re: Two freshmen headed in opposite directions

    And one is having to play out of position.



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    Re: Two freshmen headed in opposite directions

    Godfrey has ripped the starting spot right from Ejim. Will the coaches do the right thing, I believe a change is needed after the way the team has played. Godfrey does everything and more than expected when he's in there, Start the guy. Ejim is a turnover machine and can't hold on to easy passes that should be 2 points right under the rim.



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    Re: Two freshmen headed in opposite directions

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    Yeah, I saw this thread right after I started mine. Should've known it would be a popular topic after last night's shibacle.



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    Re: Two freshmen headed in opposite directions

    I think there are 2 risks here, first impact on Ejim's psyche, the second, is unless you are confident that Railey is ready to take Godfrey's minutes which often come when he is in for JVB, you may have more of a net loss in the team you put on the floor, particularly on those nights JVB has foul problems.

    Not an easy cut and dried decision, but regardless Godfrey continues to earn more minutes whoever is the starter.

    I remember when Blaylock and Stinson hit the freshman wall (stinson ran right through it actually) and Wayne stuck with Will and he bounced back after weak stretch and I am hoping we see the same with Ejim


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    Re: Two freshmen headed in opposite directions

    I like Railey's ability to make jump shots.



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