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    Next year's starters

    I know we haven't even started conference play this year but I always like to look ahead. My picks:

    1 Maurice Jones - his experience wins out at least to start the season
    2 Matt Thomas - will be our best 3 pt threat
    3 Ejm - I think the 3 is his natural position and he'll thrive
    4 Niang
    5 Gibson

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    Re: Next year's starters

    Don't disagree......except on the point. It will be either Naz or Monte to start the season there....Jones is not available until January.


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    Re: Next year's starters

    I agree with your starters. I think Monte will be backing up the 1 and the 2, while Ejim backs up 4 and 5 at times. I see us playing maybe 8 guys a game. I don't think we go to deep next year. Those 8 guys being Morris, Jones, Thomas, Ejim, Niang, Gibson, Amardi, and SDW. 9 if Bubu is found innocent. 10-11 if Hogue and/or Edozie are better than I think they are.



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    Re: Next year's starters

    three guard line-up:
    jones
    morris
    thomas
    ejim
    niang/gibson

    ejim continues to be the best player in school history who's started almost his entire career....to continually be expected to come off the bench in future starting line-up threads.



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    Re: Next year's starters

    Quote Originally Posted by OPButtrey View Post
    3 Ejm - I think the 3 is his natural position and he'll thrive
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    Re: Next year's starters

    Quote Originally Posted by brokenloginagain View Post
    three guard line-up:
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    niang/gibson

    ejim continues to be the best player in school history who's started almost his entire career....to continually be expected to come off the bench in future starting line-up threads.
    I like this more. 3 guards is the way to go. Ejim needs to start, he rebounds better then anyone on the team. Gibson and Niang will be hard for teams to stop offensively, but we need Ejim in otherwise we will get outrebounded all year.


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    Re: Next year's starters

    I think it would be better to start off with Ejim, Niang, and Gibson. Ejim will start for sure and the Niang/Gibson combo has been working well this season. They all seem to be plenty capable of putting points up. Wait for one of them to need a break then slide Ejim to the 4 and bring in a third guard rather than start freshmen that we haven't seen play outside of highlights.



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    Re: Next year's starters

    Niang and Ejim are going to have to start IMO, and unless Niang grows another couple of inches that means Gibson is going to have to start too.

    I think you're looking at Morris/Long, Thomas, Ejim, Niang, and Gibson to start the year. A lot of the playmaking is going to fall on Niang and the young guards with Ejim at the 3. Jones may be a godsend midseason.



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    Re: Next year's starters

    I wouldn't be surprised to see us bring in a wing type player that's a 5th year transfer. That's what we're missing for next years team. I guess Ejim could play the 3 but he's not someone who's going to beat his defender off the dribble or drive to the basket. To start the season, I see it as something like this:

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    Re: Next year's starters

    Yeah, I agree with OP on starters in Jan.
    PG: Jones/Long/Morris
    SG: Thomas/Walker/Morris
    SF: Ejim/Hogue/ Okoro if he doesn't transfer due to playing time
    PF: Niang/Hogue•Ejim
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    Re: Next year's starters

    Is it correct that Jones would be eligible as soon as the first semester ends - mid to late Dec.



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    Re: Next year's starters

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised to see us bring in a wing type player that's a 5th year transfer. That's what we're missing for next years team. I guess Ejim could play the 3 but he's not someone who's going to beat his defender off the dribble or drive to the basket. To start the season, I see it as something like this:

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    I'd rather have a 5th year big with Jones, Monte, Thomas, Ejim, Niang, SDW, Okoro, Hogue. Hard to tell how good a few of them will be since we haven't seen them yet but the same can be said for Amardi. Gibson is our only lock down low of any height, Niang and Ejim are solid but 6'7" and 6'6" isn't the most pleasing.



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    Re: Next year's starters

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised to see us bring in a wing type player that's a 5th year transfer. That's what we're missing for next years team. I guess Ejim could play the 3 but he's not someone who's going to beat his defender off the dribble or drive to the basket. To start the season, I see it as something like this:

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    Niang/Gibson/Amardi
    That is exactly the type of player Hogue is thogh.



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    Re: Next year's starters

    Quote Originally Posted by CyCy View Post
    Is it correct that Jones would be eligible as soon as the first semester ends - mid to late Dec.
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    Picking up a center from the transfer market that could play immediately would be a dream come true.



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