Freddie Garza

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Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

Doesn't seem like they're debating much at all. All of those players you mentioned were better players than Grimes is right now because they KNEW what was expected of them, what their role was, and they brought it every game. Grimes brings it once every 4 or 5 games.

Maybe they didn't have the ceiling that Grimes has, but you're not gonna tell anyone that those guys didn't do their jobs each and every time out.

As we all know, the NBA drafts on potential more often than not. Grimes has plenty of that. But he's still not even close to the PLAYER that any of the guys you mentioned were.

Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

What I've learned over the years is that there are A LOT of kids who are ranked from say 50 to 150 who simply haven't physically developed yet the way most of the top 20 kids have...but WILL hit growth spurts, add muscle mass, etc after a few years of college.

There are a lot of kids who, from a SKILL standpoint, are every bit as skilled as some of the top rated guys, but just don't have the body to go with it yet. There are some kids who will one day be solid NBA players, that are currently ranked outside the top 50.

It's pretty maddening to miss out on so many of the top players in a class for sure, but there are still some really good players out there i.e. Frank Mason.

Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

Our current lack of a bagman is seriously hindering our ability to draw top notch talent.

Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

I generally am of the opinion that if you're considered to be a lottery pick or a guaranteed first rounder, typically the best thing to do for yourself is to remain in the draft whether you're physically ready or not to be an NBA basketball player. If you're fringe, considered a second round pick or unlikely to be drafted, you'd be much better served returning to school and refining your game until you can play your way into the first round or you run out of eligibility.

I'm not sure either of these guys are 1st rounders right now. Perhaps one day they will be, but there's a LOT to be said for being able to obtain a guaranteed contract versus NOT having one and risking becoming a basketball vagabond.

Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

I think the reality for Devon...a player who I LOVE...is that he's going to be a GREAT 4 year college player. He'll have options after that. Maybe not NBA. But he can play professionally and make a good living doing so. Look at Keith Langford, he's done quite well for himself overseas.

Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

I'd just like to say, I support the complete abolishment of collegiate athletics. Let the pro teams create youth development programs like European soccer clubs do.

Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

Our competition using Adidas against us is only a temporary problem. I'd be willing to bet that some top tier Nike programs are about to be exposed as well, and then they'll have THEIR time in the spotlight with the FBI.

And then ultimately, nothing will change, recruits will still go to the school offering the biggest bag of cash, and we'll be well on our way again.

Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

They'd better be bringing a new and improved bagman game with them. If we're the flagship program for them, then we're gonna need better results on the recruiting trail.

Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

These kids don't give a rats behind about the streak. They care about one thing and one thing only. $$$$$$$$$$$$$

Mr_Garza (Freddie Garza) says...

I don't know why we insist on being so naive. We were the subject of an FBI investigation into players being paid. We know players WERE paid. The people paying them are looking at prison time. We have a very limited bagman game right now.

Oh no, I wasn't supposed to say that, was I?

Burying your head in the sand isn't a good look. If we're not bringing the cash, then we're not going to be bringing home the recruits either. Sad, but that's just the reality right now.

The silver lining is that it's about to hit the fan for several other programs as well, so we're far from alone in this predicament.