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Basketball Recruiting / Anthony Higgs
« on: May 14, 2018, 11:52:59 PM »
Down to a final 3 of UB, Virginia Tech, and USF. 6' 8'' combo forward from.... Perry Hall. Same school as Hardnett. Originally committed to... Ole Miss, but left when Kennedy stepped down. New coach Kermit Davis is in the running for our other target, Carlos Curry, who had originally committed to him at MTSU. Oh what a tangled web we weave.

Looks like a very athletic big who can shoot it really well from deep. Would be a great get. Very quiet on his recruitment- I've been wondering where he would head since he decomitted, but he has kept things under wraps. I suspect he likes his privacy.

You can't teach size, and Curry has a lot of skills for a 7 footer, but I think Higgs would be ready to contribute from day 1. Curry would need a little seasoning. Either way, good to be competing for guys with the likes of ACC schools. Also like that Oats is going for high school recruits- playing the long game, which is not the look for a coach looking to bolt.


Seems as though Dallas is the place to be this weekend for recruiting. Adidas Gauntlet regional site, Nike EYBL, Juco showcase, and NY2LA circuit all there. We offered a whole mess of kids from Detroit for 2019 per verbalcommits, many of which play for REACH Legends.

Good size and athleticism. Seemed to rebound game in and game out. Offense intermittent. Blocked a fair number of shots. Should be a rotation player from the jump.

Oats and Co. in Dallas. JUCO showcase there, plus Nike EYBL circut starting up in Dallas this weekend.

Basketball Recruiting / Re: UB hard after Center Carlos Curry
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:26:20 PM »
For the record I hope Oats stays. He strikes me as a true leader, good man, and a phenomenal basketball coach. That said, he himself has implied that if an impressive offer came along he would have to consider. I don't begrudge him that in the least. I don't know Oats or his family, and I won't theorize about what such an offer might require for him to consider jumping ship.

I hope the administration and Nate are discussing how to continue to grow Buffalo basketball, and what will be required to do so. I am just saying we need a contingency plan in place should a life altering offer come Nate's way next year, which I do expect. Wichita St (Gregg Marshall) and Gonzaga (Mark Few) are among the only mid major that tasted success and enticed a coach to stay long enough to provide the consistency necessary to build a monster program. They devote resources to basketball (and coaching salaries) that we aren't close to matching right now.

If we can't entice Oats to stay, and I would argue that we aren't in a financial position as of yet to do so, we need to continue to hit on hires. Schools below followed this route:

Buter, beginning in 1989: Barry Collier (3 NIT, 3 NCAA tourneys), Thad Matta (NCAA tourney in only year, Rd 32), Todd Lickliter (2 NCAA Sweet 16s, 2 NIT), Brad Stevens (4 straight NCAA tourneys, 2 title games), Chris Holtmann (3 tourneys in 3 years, one sweet 16), and now LaVall Jordan (NCAA tourney, rd 32, in only season). Along the way they jumped from the Horizon to the Big East.

Xavier, beginnin in 1985: Pete Gillen (7 NCAA tourneys in 9 seasons), Skip Prosser (4 tourneys in 6 seasons), Thad Matta (3/3, 1 Elite 8), Sean Miller (4/5, 1 Elite 8, 1 Sweet 16), Chris Mack (7/8, 3 sweet 16s, 1 Elite 8).

Not pathetic or negative. Love Oats. Love this school and team. Realistic, and want to make sure we can continue to build on our recent success.

Basketball Recruiting / Re: UB hard after Center Carlos Curry
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:33:34 PM »
Not saying that Carlos is heading to Ole' Miss. I hope we sign him. Big who looks all of 7 feet, had offers from Clemson, OU, and FSU, can shoot, and defend the rim.

Just saying that players decommitted from MTSU because the head coach (Kermit Davis) left. It is common now for recruits to be released from a scholarship commitment if the head coach for the school to which they have committed leaves or is fired. Players use this as an opportunity to reopen recruitment, whether they follow the head coach to his new destination or not.

rma is suggesting that this will be our fate next season, implying that anyone we sign for the 2019 class (we will have at least five scholarships to give) would likely de-commit upon Oats taking a different job.

Basketball Recruiting / Re: UB hard after Center Carlos Curry
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:17:37 PM »
Head coach Kermit Davis left for Ole' Miss, hence the fear above that should Nate Oats bolt next season a very large recruiting class (5-6 players) could leave with him...

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Odds on keeping FLJ and NO
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:02:18 PM »
Meh. I know he has a team in the Final Four, but this is his third D1 job and this was his first winning season in the Valley. I'm not sure I would be too excited about handing him a P5 program if I'm an AD.

Basketball Recruiting / Re: 2018 PF
« on: March 24, 2018, 07:32:05 PM »
Did a little digging, as I couldn't see why we would be in on Jones to come cross-country while competing against numerous P5 schools. Hodgson coached his brother (Torren Jones) at Midland. Hope we can sign him, but admittedly up against some huge programs. Regardless, think we should come away with a great pick up this signing period.

What's more- need to start working on a contingency plan should Oats leave (hopefully next off-season). Have to think that Oats will want to keep Hodgson as his main recruiter at a P5 school. We need to do everything possible to make him our next coach. May have to ask that he signs some experienced assistant coaches given his youth and lack of head coaching experience.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Odds on keeping FLJ and NO
« on: March 23, 2018, 12:16:32 PM »
Gotta be a difficult decision. Chance to cash in with life-changing money, but knowing that you're signing up for a horrendous situation. That said, if Oats is the coach we think he is, he may turn that program around and continue to move up the ladder.

Alternative: wait one more year, hopefully achieve the same level of success, potentially receive a better offer at a more stable program which would not represent a Herculean task to turn around. Downside- let's say we have a rash of injuries and the wheels come off. What if this opportunity never comes again?

On the administrative side, just hope they have a plan of succession to allow our program to continue to grow.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Congrats to Nate Oats!
« on: March 21, 2018, 02:49:07 PM »
And much deserved!

On a side note, Hodgson re-tweeted this from Hutchinson, KS. NJCAA tournament is there- maybe a JUCO big in our future?

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Hurleys v. Cuse
« on: March 14, 2018, 11:15:45 PM »
Just the opposite for me. Didn't think I'd be saying this, but I really wanted Evans to hit that shot. I was very surprised by how much I felt for Evans on that miss.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: UCLA vs St Bonaventure
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:28:50 PM »
Adams is really struggling for them. Just imagine if he was hitting shots he usually does...

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday/Monday
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:10:30 PM »
Tough to take this seed and matchup given the year we've had. Ultimately we came up just short in our big games (esp Cuse and Bona) and let double digit leads slip away in winnable MAC games, which undoubtedly hurt us. Unfortunately, we are learning that all games beyond Q1 and Q2 are considered of equal worth- Murray St. (OVC) and Marshall (CUSA) each play in conferences with 6 teams worse than our worst, but those wins count the same as to the committee as games against teams with RPIs greater than 100 spots better.

Basketball Recruiting / Re: 2018 PF
« on: February 28, 2018, 01:13:58 PM »

I like Butler. Posts well, gets into his man and catches it deep. Can play back to the basket and go over either shoulder. Athletic, runs the floor well. Who knows (from this video) how well he rebounds and defends. No shots of him taking a jumper or driving to the bucket, so may be limited offensively (ie- no need to defend him more than 10 feet from the bucket). Given his athleticism, length, and strength he should have no excuse not to defend well, if he puts in the effort. Would be a very good addition as someone to spell Perk.

I wish McRae were here for one more year. If he put some time in the weight room (lower body and core especially) and wasn't pushed around so easily in the post he would have much more to offer this team. Gotta hope Bertram continues to progress as well.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Akron Game (2/27 - 7:00pm) *Senior Night*
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:22:48 PM »
Ugly win, but the #1 seed. First time we have won the conference outright. Much better second half offensively and defensively (at least against the 3). Eleventh MAC double-digit win this year. Fun fact- most since Western Michigan had thirteen MAC double digit wins in 2003-2004 (I think). We've beaten everyone in the conference except Central by double digits at least once.

Great to see Oats get our seniors to the line at the end.

In other news- watching Bona-Davidson at the moment. Courtney Stockard has scored Bona's first 17 points to put them up 17-4. Would be great to have three teams from the area make the Tourney. Rising tide and whatnot...

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