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Username Post: Topic Split: Tops in the league on Pomeroy!        (Topic#20880)
mrjames 
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12-28-17 03:36 PM - Post#241473    
    In response to bradley

There's definitely something to Chambers' leadership and that's why he was on the floor. Though that was a double-edged sword last season.

From a pure playing perspective, though, if Harvard could have, it probably would have played Chambers and Aiken together for very limited minutes and given Aiken even more minutes than he played.

 
HARVARDDADGRAD 
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12-28-17 03:49 PM - Post#241474    
    In response to mrjames

Mike, what do you think about the contributions Egi and McCarthy could make? Of course, they've each now missed the entire practice period + OOC schedule. Egi has played 20 minutes, McCarthy not at all. I expected them to back up Lewis and Bryce, maybe even playing alongside at times.

As we saw against BU, Egi is a strong defender, shot blocker and rebounder. He may not score much, but when Chris Lewis is off the court Egi could contribute, likely grabbing all of Henry Welsh's minutes and then some.

McCarthy isn't really a PG, but he did play there the entire 2015-16 season. Throwing out his first three games that year (1 for 16), Tommy shot over 40% of 3's since then. Again, he's not 'the answer' at PG, but I'd like to see him take the load off Bryce, likely getting Farley's minutes and possibly some of the minutes from Juzang/Haskett. I wouldn't worry about 2015-16 TO's as there really was no other guard help.

Finally, what are you hearing about their availability?

 
mrjames 
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12-28-17 06:24 PM - Post#241484    
    In response to HARVARDDADGRAD

Tommy would be huge for Harvard this year - he's the best backup point guard option they have and could gobble up usage with the second unit. Juzang is like Tommy but less able to pretend to be a PG, especially for any meaningful stretches. I don't have any reason to believe Tommy will be back any time soon. I think Bryce will be back soon, but don't know any specifics as to when (I'm hoping for at Minnesota, or else I think Harvard will get embarrassed).

Harvard two best backup PG options could both be playing college ball today but instead are playing at NMH and Mater Dei. Not much you can do about that, but the position should be a strength again next year.

I don't like Egi WITH Lewis, but I don't mind him out there backing up Lewis. Just have to be careful with usage rates... Egi + Bassey + Corey + a Baker or Rio, could lead to an offense with a lot of deferring into shot clock violations. Egi + Seth + Danilo + Bryce is totally fine.

My rotation would look like this:
30-35 mins:
Bryce
Corey
Justin

25-30 mins:
Chris
Seth (could be more, but foul trouble gets him at times)

15-20 mins:
Danilo

10ish mins:
two of (Perez, Egi, Baker)
Juzang (only as an SG, unless absolutely necessary)

5-10 mins:
Haskett (backup to Aiken, never with Aiken)

 
HARVARDDADGRAD 
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12-28-17 08:59 PM - Post#241487    
    In response to mrjames

That’s a shame that Tommy isn’t expected - he’s our backup PG

I only thought of Egi as the defensive rim protector backing up Chris Lewis

No backups for PG and C/PF is a problem

 
mrjames 
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12-28-17 09:34 PM - Post#241491    
    In response to HARVARDDADGRAD

Shows you how strong the belief was that one of Bamba or Carter would end up there was. I’d have rather had Jemison than Forbes in the 2018 class, but Harvard definitely put a priority on both spots with Forbes as the PF/C and Kirkwood/Freedman as PGs. Think Harvard might have even gone harder at PF/C if 2019 wasn’t shaping up to be particularly strong in that area.

 
HARVARDDADGRAD 
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12-28-17 10:12 PM - Post#241494    
    In response to mrjames

Hope so! Come so close for so long at that position.

 
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