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    Diante Article

    Haven't seen this posted: Des Moines Register article talking about Diante and his hope to follow in his Dad's footsteps to play in the NBA.

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    The article notes that when he came to campus he could only bench 115lbs, but now is up to 140lbs. Wow--how does an athletic kid that plays sports make it through high school with such a low bench? I know that bench isn't always really important...but didn't he at least train?

    Either way I am excited about him. Especially when he figures out that that "weak stuff doesn't work anymore" (McDermott's words).


    Last edited by saf; 11-08-2007 at 08:18 AM.

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    Re: Diante Article

    hopefully he can get up to atleast 200 lbs by next year. 210 would be alot better at 6'4



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    Re: Diante Article

    When I was a freshman in college I was able to bench 250lbs and a 2 year old golden retriever at the same time. I know, I'm pretty tough. It's science.



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    Re: Diante Article

    Quote Originally Posted by saf View Post
    Haven't seen this posted: Des Moines Register article talking about Diante and his hope to follow in his Dad's footsteps to play in the NBA.

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    The article notes that when he came to campus he could only bench 115lbs, but now is up to 140lbs. Wow--how does an athletic kid that plays sports make it through high school with such a low bench? I know that bench isn't always really important...but didn't he at least train?

    Either way I am excited about him. Especially when he figures out that that "weak stuff doesn't work anymore" (McDermott's words).
    I know lots of people put an emphasis on what a guy benches. But that is not the most important. I want to know what he squats and hang cleans and does on more explosive lifts. I could care less about a guys bench press, the same goes for football.


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    Re: Diante Article

    Quote Originally Posted by wheels686 View Post
    hopefully he can get up to atleast 200 lbs by next year. 210 would be alot better at 6'4
    That is going to be tough with his slight frame, considering he is probably 170 right now. I would think a legit 185 or 190 would be very impressive.



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    Re: Diante Article

    Do you think they mean his max press? What he can bench 1 rep? Because that is way low for D1 athlete. Maybe the article means 12 or 15 reps but doesn't specify. Really, though, this is a non-issue. If he can be a scoring point guard that doesn't turn the ball over, I don't care if he benches 20 lbs.


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    Re: Diante Article

    The 115lb bench doesnt suprise me... I had a high school teammate go play at Kansas State and I'm not sure he could even bench that, but he could jump out of the gym...



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    Re: Diante Article

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneGizzard View Post
    When I was a freshman in college I was able to bench 250lbs and a 2 year old golden retriever at the same time. I know, I'm pretty tough. It's science.

    You must have been able to sculpt your guns at the office...
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    What I want to know is how to got the dog to stand on top of the 250 lbs...


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    Re: Diante Article

    Long arms can affect your bench press numbers too. But 115 is still low. I think I did 170 in high school, and I was a stick.



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    Re: Diante Article

    I actually totally agree that squat, clean, and the other power lifts are more important, but when you train you should still be developing all-around strength, which should translate to bench. The upside of this is that he obviously has a lot of room to grow and improve.



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    Re: Diante Article

    I read that Kevin Durant couldn't (or can't) bench 185, I think this was during draft workouts. And he's averaging 25 pts in the NBA. It's just not that important to basketball.



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    Re: Diante Article

    Um... that is sad for a D-1 athlete. I know a lot of Junior high kids that could beat him up.


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    Re: Diante Article

    agree. was he not lifting weights in high school? :/



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    Re: Diante Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Um... that is sad for a D-1 athlete. I know a lot of Junior high kids that could beat him up.
    I know with me personally, I was too busy playing four sports to really work out in high school. Plus, there really wasn't that much of an emphasis on it, especially in my two main sports, baseball and basketball... Our basketball team had no weight lifting program at all, all extra time was spent on the shooting machine and perfecting the motion offense. When I graduated high school I could MAYBE bench 150. BUT, working out twice a day in college and tripleing my caloric intake I went from 185 lbs to 225 and my bench increased from around 150 to 305. I also gained about 4 mph on my fastball.



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    Re: Diante Article

    Until the NCAA changes the rules from going into overtime to decide a game to whoever's point guard can bench press the most, I am not going to worry about what Diante can bench.



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