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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Gabe Grant From Houston to UB
« on: July 24, 2018, 02:16:11 PM »
You think Gabe Grant could be Fletcher?

I explicitly said "I'm not saying I expect him to be Fletcher".  My whole point was that your assumptions about mins alone could be applied to any of a handful of impact transfers from high major schools.  They don't transfer to the MAC because they're superstars at their current school.  I'm just saying his lack of mins really makes him an unknown, and I don't know what you're basing your 9th man Montell Mcrae assumptions on.  They're different sizes, play different positions, have different skillsets and Grant performed (significantly) better and was more highly touted coming out of JUCO.

I don't see him just being a role player for two reasons: we don't really have anyone else at the wing for next year aside from Jeenathan, and I don't believe Nate Oats would lock up a roster spot for this season (potentially the greatest in school history, with a huge payday waiting on the other side for him) for a replacement level 8th or 9th guy on the team.  So either you disagree with the second point or you think you have a better scouting report on Grant from 5 mins on YouTube than Oats or Hodgson does.

I mean if you don't see him as Fletcher, why are you even bringing that up? Are you just picking a transfer to the MAC who worked out?  I mean he isn't Fletcher, so even bringing that up was lazy.

Cool dig on the Youtube, but once again, have you watched him play the sport? What are you basing him being more than a "role player" on? The fact Oats gave him a scholarship as a grad transfer?

I never said McRae and Grant were the same player, I'm saying many said the same things about him last year (we don't have a center, he'll be able to roll the MAC with his size, ect.).

We don't have a wing on the team except our young starting wing? Williams will be your 30mpg wing, leaving Grant with, you guessed it! ~10mpg.
Making him a what? role player. Not sure why that's hard for you to grasp. Why wouldn't Hodgson/Oats be looking for a backup to Williams with their 10th scholarship? If Oats is on his way out, for "a big payday" why wouldn't he just recruit someone who could fill in like Grant?  If you follow the team recruiting, you'd know they lost out on 3-4 decent to high level forwards, and it left them scrambling with two extra scholarships, plus 5 more next year. They figured he'd be a good replacement level player for a year who if he puts it together might be a solid bench player.

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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Gabe Grant From Houston to UB
« on: July 23, 2018, 12:15:59 AM »
The additions of Johnson and Grant are smart moves by Oats and the staff. First off it eases the burden of having to recruit 5 prospects. We are a program very much on the rise but I think we can all agree getting 5 recruits in one off season would be hard. But 3 recruits is more doable. That said I don’t think it’s fair to expect either of these guys to become Fletcher. That man is a beast. I think we would be happy if they come in provide senior leadership and contribute. The future of this team is Segu and Williams. Add Grant and Johnson as solid role players and continue to recruit 3 star and higher prospects (hopefully a few athletic bigs)  then we can maintain elite mid major status.

Well said.

I do see Johnson as an immediate impact though, He'll be able to play with Segu/Williams/Jordan. It will be a fun year next year too.

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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Gabe Grant From Houston to UB
« on: July 20, 2018, 01:36:00 PM »
Being a JUCO all American is a nothing career? Condemning him to being a role player due to the mins he received on the #18 (kenpom) team in the country is a lazy take. Houston was stacked at guard. Tre'shaun Fletcher only played ~40% of mins at colorado, discount his mins for playing on a worse team, with less positional depth and more experience in the system (3 years vs. 1) and I'd imagine their mins would be similar. I'm not saying I expect him to be Fletcher but there's a lot of room between MAC POY and a role player. Let's trust our coaches have been recruiting well rather than jumping to conclusions.

You think Gabe Grant could be Fletcher? I mean we could compare any potential UB player to the MAC POY. Fletcher was WAY more productive in D1 than Grant. He carried the same numbers as a Freshman as Grant did as a Junior.

I watched some film on Grant. He didn't grasp the system in Houston (reached out to a recruiter).

You are allowed to admit when everyone on the team won't be a MAC POY candidate. This guy is a bench minutes player. These aren't the Reggie days, we are looking for the best mid-major players in the country now, not just "potential" guys.  He's a role player. I heard the same things about Montell McRae last year too, and that's what he turned in to.

If anything, It's NOT a lazy take. Comparing him to Fletcher is the lazy take. Did you watch him play at all?

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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: 2018 - 2019 Roster - Looking Forward
« on: July 19, 2018, 12:27:31 AM »
Good post BasketBull...

imo, it's a real shame that because Kevin edited his first comment in this thread, months after initially posting it, a similar comparison can't be done with his thoughts.

My apologies, as I edited the transfers and final roster players, I thought it would be irrelevant to get my thoughts on Hamlet. It’s funny because I predicted a Reese transfer in the original thread. I still do however think we have major issues at F. McRea isn’t a great basketball player (out of place for the talented lineup). My secret minutes grabber? Fagan.

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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: 2018 - 2019 Roster - Looking Forward
« on: July 07, 2018, 12:41:10 AM »
Bump for the final roster moves

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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Gabe Grant From Houston to UB
« on: July 07, 2018, 12:38:21 AM »
Super excited for Johnson. MTSU was upset to lose him for a year.

Underrated factor, but need a scholarship this year to be transfers, meaning the current active roster will only have 11 players.

Not excited for Grant. He's had a nothing career and couldn't even sniff the Houston roster, not quite the expectation we are setting here. I'd see a role player in the mold of a Montell McRae.

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Basketball Recruiting / Re: Anthony Higgs
« on: June 18, 2018, 01:28:48 PM »
Losing Higgs would suck. We lost a couple bigs down the stretch. We have unlimited playing time here offered at one of the big spots. I was hoping we could pull one.

If we punt the scholarship to next year, our cupboard is super bare at the 4 and 5 spots.

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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / UB Preranked #30 by Andy Katz
« on: June 04, 2018, 12:43:56 PM »
30. Buffalo: Nate Oats stayed at Buffalo and that should tell you something about the Bulls' chances next season, following their shocking win in the tournament by beating Arizona. Buffalo can still deliver a knockout of a high-major with Jeremy Harris, CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins. Buffalo will be a team to watch throughout the season with how it handles the expectations of being the team to beat in the MAC.

https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2018-06-04/andy-katzs-power-36-look-ahead-2018-19-season-post-nba-draft

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Basketball Recruiting / Re: Anthony Higgs
« on: May 29, 2018, 12:15:12 PM »
Looks like itll be all quiet then until he decides. He is our last remaining target, so itll be interesting to see how this goes.

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Basketball Recruiting / Re: Anthony Higgs
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:37:49 AM »
Curry or Higgs would be a huge final piece to the puzzle. They'd both get in before Fagan.

Hope we can make one or the other happen.

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Basketball Recruiting / Re: UB hard after Center Carlos Curry
« on: May 14, 2018, 12:59:33 PM »
Seems like he will follow his old recurring coach and go to Ole Miss.

If he doesnt sign with UB, every other UB offer has picked elsewhere.

It will be interesting to know what they do with the last recruit.

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Basketball Recruiting / Re: UB offers JuCo PF - Corey Manigault
« on: May 14, 2018, 12:58:01 PM »
He signed with NMState

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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Bulls in Belfast
« on: May 04, 2018, 11:35:28 AM »
UB will will be playing in Belfast on November 20th and December 1st next season.  It will as part of the Belfast Classic.  The other teams in Belfast are:

Albany
Dartmouth
LIU
Marist
Wisconsin - Milwaukee
San Francisco

An eighth team will probably be added,  It is not know yet who UB will be playing.

Travel packages will be announced.

That's a weak field. Hopefully we come out of that with a total win.

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Smart is transferring to Wake Forest. Would that free up his scholarship for Bearden?

He has one year of eligibility and unless a graduate transfer he has to sit a year, which would his last year of eligibility.

He would be a grad transfer. He already spent 4 years in college and should be done at WKU. He'd be eligible anywhere for his final year.

I wonder if we are considering it, because it'd be super cool.

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