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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Smart transfers to Wake Forest
« on: May 02, 2018, 06:33:51 PM »
I don't want to recalculate it but I believe at some point Bull Run shared a fact that Ikenna Smart is now the winningest player in UB history if you include his RS year.  Best of luck to him at WF.

This probably wasn't worth starting a new thread for but I just wanted to share that I saw Lamonte Bearden in Alumni Arena today.  From what I've heard he wanted to come back to UB after announcing that he'd transfer but Oats wouldn't take him back because I believe we already signed Davonta Jordan at that point and had no scholarships.  Bryan Hodgson tweeted earlier today "Grass isn't always greener on the other side, it's greener where you water it."  Not sure if this will amount to anything or if Bearden was just visiting old friends but we still have an open scholarship and since Bearden sat out a year at WKU he'd presumably be eligible to grad transfer.

Fagan is an academic sophomore but a redshirt freshman in terms of eligibility. He started at a different JUCO last year but didn't play so he's presumably graduating this year and then eligible. Hamlet is also academically a sophomore but came here mid year without graduating so he had to sit until next year at which point he will be a redshirt sophomore eligible to play, same with Fagan.

I believe one of the upcoming announcements will be that Tra'von Fagan is committing here, he matches the 6'8" description at the celebration event that someone posted in another thread and goes to a JUCO in Florida which might be where Hodgson was returning from. He's a RS Freshman so he'd have 3 years to play which is nice, he essentially takes Reese' scholarship.

I'd assume there's news coming out in both of the days in the 48 hour period but I'm not sure what the other announcement might be. Hodgson posted a graphic showing 3 coaches heading to Dallas presumably for the JUCO All-American Showcase so maybe they think they're going to get a commitment there. The other thing that I think it could be is the announcement of the Belfast Classic field which feels like it should be coming out sooner rather than later.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: 2018 MBB Non-Con Schedule
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:57:47 PM »
Also I'm not sure how I missed this:

So it looks like this year's Cayman Islands is Belfast, Northern Ireland  ;D.  It'll be interesting to see who else is playing in it when more news comes out about this event.  Bull Run's article makes it seem like it's part of the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off event but it appears that last year they were separate events so I'm not sure if that's changed or if there's some confusion on the details.

Jonah Bronstein is reporting on twitter that we're also playing at Canisius (not a surprise) and we're looking to get another game against a high major (possibly Syracuse).

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: 2018 MBB Non-Con Schedule
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:34:57 PM »

You need a .edu email to register for it, as a level of protection against random people accessing it, so some people may not be able to view it but as a student I have a .edu email.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: 2018 MBB Non-Con Schedule
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:53:55 PM »
The most interesting thing to me out of the Basketball Team Celebration tonight was Nate Oats saying he hopes we have sellouts starting in November this year because we have some good games. So maybe I'm reading into it too much but I'm thinking optimistically, hoping it means we've got some good non-conference games on the docket. Maybe our postseason success has afforded us an opportunity at some home and homes with good teams. There's a forum that coaches post on to schedule games and we made a posting about wanting to start a series and preferably starting at home.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: James Reese V to Transfer from UB
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:21:28 PM »
While I hate to see him leave because I believe he still had a lot of potential, I think this actually helps us, now we have 2 scholarships to play with for next season which I think we'll use with 6 spots opening the year after.  If we get two good transfer/JUCOs it'll ease the transition of next year's graduating seniors as well as improve our team next year because I don't think Reese would have been ready/gotten the minutes to be a contributor next year.  Either way, best of luck to him.

Basketball Recruiting / Re: UB hard after Center Carlos Curry
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:03:10 PM »
Saying Oats is leaving next year is more realistic than negative and certainly not cause for calling anyone pathetic. What incentive does Oats have to stay if he has another good run and graduates half the team and most of the core? Danny white had a family and left, Bobby Hurley had a family and left, Allen Greene had a family and left. His wife's cancer doesn't bind him here and if anything is more reason that he should pursue a 6x-10x raise from what we can offer him.

Let's look at a list of good mid-majors that have retained their coaches: mark few at Gonzaga, Greg Marshall at Wichita and they're no longer in a mid major conference. Shaka Smart left VCU, Archie Miller left Dayton, Chris beard left Little Rock, dambrot left Akron, Brad Underwood left SFA, do I need to go on?

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Playing WVU rumor?
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:23:16 AM »

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / 2018 MBB Non-Con Schedule
« on: March 31, 2018, 03:09:34 PM »
Figured I'd start a thread to share news about the non-con schedule as it comes out.  I stumbled upon this tweet last night:

I think this is the first game we've had announced so far.  I'm excited for this game Marquette would be a potential big name win but they should be beatable, only finished 11 spots ahead of us in KenPom this year, and only graduates one senior, but he was a 20 PPG scorer. 

Basketball Recruiting / Re: 2018 PF
« on: March 24, 2018, 05:09:51 PM »
Nick Marshall would be a dream come true. But that's probably not happening.

Plays for Motlow State (same as Javion Hamlet did) and Hodgson was there for the game last night. Wouldn't be a stretch to imagine he's the reason why (though I can't find stats for him, is he playing?). Rashawn Fredericks is a very intriguing prospect on that team s well.

Upon some searching I read on a Memphis board similar to this one that Nick Marshall was in a car crash and broke his femur sometime in 2017, but I haven't been able to confirm that anywhere.

Basketball Recruiting / Re: Recruiting and Incoming Class
« on: February 27, 2018, 12:33:50 PM »
I'd be shocked if there was anything to worried about.  We're getting good recruits but they're not high enough caliber to have NBA agents throwing money at them, and our athletic department certainly doesn't have money to be giving recruits given the fieldhouse and the cutting of sports  ;D

Basketball Recruiting / Re: 2018 PF
« on: February 27, 2018, 12:27:14 PM »
Let's not lower ourselves to knocking a 17/18 year old kid for making a decision to attend a P5 school, traditionally top 25, headed to the tourney every year. We had a chance, and quite frankly, he may have told our staff that chance was slim. What's more, he made the decision one day after returning from our visit. He didn't game us- he came, saw what we had to offer, and made a decision right away, which gives us a chance to look for the next future Bull.

Let's face it- these kids get five opportunities to take an official visit, and he granted us one of only two he took. That weekend was his time as well. I doubt he came here having already made the decision. I love Buffalo, but most people from out of town aren't clamoring for late February visits.

Agree with all of this, even if we were a long shot he rewarded the staff for going hard after him by at least giving us a shot to wow him.  I'm assuming each of the commits took an official as well as Hardnett so that's 4 of our 7.  Meh, we have 3 visits for 1 spot if we even choose to use it, although I wouldn't be shocked if we just sat on it at this point in case a transfer or a Davonta Jordan type situation pops up at some point.

Wonder who they'll look at now. Definitely need another big man for next year. 

Personally I'd like to see us go after JUCO center Willesley Butler.  He's got offers from some of the top mid-majors (MTSU and ETSU) and he's originally from Troy, NY.  He's a physical true post Center which is something we lack other than Bertram.

We could also go for Joe Jones who's a 6'10" center originally from Buffalo playing prep ball for the #1 team in Canada, his most notable offers are Bona and UMass.  I'm not sure how ready he'll be to make an impact right away but he's got good size and DNA (brother of Greg Oden).

Of the two I hope we go after Butler because I think he'll make a bigger impact right away and I think next year is our shot at an at-large with all the juniors we have this year, so I'd like to see us go all in on that.

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