It has to start in the summer workouts with the returning players and the conditioning staff. The workout staff has proven itself for the past 2 seasons. Need at least 2-3 players to lead the way by example each year. This is one reason why I would welcome BRE back even if he shows only marginal improvement on the court. His first comments when his transfer was announced was that he was going to be the hardest worker on the team. He might not have expected Gabe to be just as committed, but it takes more than one guy. It's important to have at least one returning post player to demand maximum effort in practice.I've wondered a little about that. Getting highly touted freshman to buy in could be a challenge. That being said any one watching this team knows that team and defense come 1st and individual glory way down the list.
I'm assuming the staff and upperclassmen will set the tone and teach the young ones what needs to be done.
I think we still want to proceed carefully in this space. TJ has been absolutely amazing so far, but he still has one major hurdle to clear starting next year and that is proving he can win with young, high level talent. That is a different position than he has been in so far and is going to be key to the program continuing to improve going forward. And it will require additional skills as far as managing egos and more teaching and development.
Consider this my trauma from the McDermott era. The guy had clearly shown he could coach at UNI and later at Creighton, but just couldn't manage the high talent guys he had at ISU. TJ hasn't had the chance to show that yet. For me it is the last big question mark.
It’ll be nice seeing us at the top when they inevitably show the conference standings multiple times during every game for the Big 12/SEC challenge this weekendJust 1 game away from midseason and we're leading.
Best part is we'll keep this lead for at least a week with the SEC challenge on Saturday
TJ definitely recruited Hunter. His first 2 priorities the first week on the job was to keep Hunter and recruit Lipsey. He met with Tyrese and family right away and got him to commit to the new staff.And he didn’t really recruit him either. Just reaffirmed his commitment.
Oh, I'm one of them. It's the most widely used analytic in the business. Its a fantastic tool that helps you parse out things via Tempo and efficiency.But yet there fans that swear by it. Don’t get it.