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Valdir Manuel

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by tampajack1, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. tampajack1

    tampajack1 Premium Member

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    Valdir Manuel decommitted from St. John’s after Chris Mullin quit. This kid is a 6’10” well built junior college player who can really play.
     
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  2. gatorific

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    Sounds like we have options - can’t imagine UF wouldn’t be attractive.
    Happy with the recent additions , but I think we do need the “help us this year” guy as we have a chance to be special
     
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  3. tampajack1

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    I believe that Manuel has 3 years of eligibility remaining. There is a very impressive work out video of him on You Tube. I don’t have a clue as to what schools he might be interested in.
     
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  4. jeffphillips21

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    how many scholarships do we have left?
     
  5. gatorific

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    2 I believe
     
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  6. tampajack1

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    Speaking of St. John’s, if any of you saw them play this year, you would have seen LJ Figueroa play. He is a sophomore who played in junior college the year before and Oldsmar Christian the year before that. The kid is a sensational basketball player. The bottom line to me is that if you get the right junior college player, he can be really good for you right away.
     
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  7. jeffphillips21

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    Thanks. Looks like we're targeting the right guys.
     
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  8. VTGator

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    His physique and game look very similar to Gak's. Not sure we need him *IF* Gak is healthy.
     
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    A Gak return? I'll have to see it to believe it.
     
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  10. jmac83

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    Just wait for January ...
     
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    :ninja3::D
     
  12. tampajack1

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    LJ has now put his name in the transfer portal.
     
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    Great news. This is a kid who strongly considered us way back in 2015.
     
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  14. GratefulGator

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    LJ Figueroa may be a good get for us, but at 6'6" he does not answer our needs at the 4/5.
     
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  15. tampajack1

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    True, but if he has to sit out a year, he could then take over for Lewis without any drop off whatsoever. He averaged about 14+ points per game and 6+’rebounds per game this past season while playing tremendous defense and being a great team player.
     
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  16. GratefulGator

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    I don't think LJ Figueroa would have to sit a year because Chris Mullins left St John's.
     
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  17. gatorific

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    I remember several on this board very high on him coming out of Oldsmar
     
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  18. fijigator

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    I hope the previous transfers of Brandone Francis (former player of LJ's AAU coach - the guy who brought him down to Florida) and Eric Hester (Oldsmar teammate) wouldn't play a factor into his consideration.
     
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  19. tampajack1

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    Interesting point. I don’t think it should be a factor because those guys did not perform well enough to earn substantial playing time. LJ, on the other hand, is a star. He would have been the best player on our team this past season. I do not believe that he is from Florida. So the fact that he went to school down here might not be significant to him. Personally, I hate to see the St John’s program cratering. I hope that they can quickly sign a coach who can get these kids to stay at St John’s.
     
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    Dontay Bassett was also Hester's high school teammate. That might help.
     
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