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Where does this team rank ON PAPER in UF history going into the season?

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by tilly, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. tampajack1

    tampajack1 Premium Member

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    Clearly, White did not anticipate that Hudson and Allen would play as poorly as they did.
     
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  2. grant1

    grant1 GC Hall of Fame

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    Going into the season vs. previous pre-season positions, I'd put this team at #2. No pressure.
     
  3. tampajack1

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    Gotta disagree. In the 1999-2000 season, we had a really good starting 5 returning in Haslem, Wright, Miller, Dupay and Weaks. Then add maybe the best recruiting class in the country in Harvey, Nelson, Bonner and Hamilton. Plus, Parker and Halton as returning reserves. To me that’s the #2 pre-season team behind just the returning national champs.
     
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  4. cincinnatigator

    cincinnatigator GC Hall of Fame

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    Agree there and I'd add a #3 team that, on paper, had the most talent preseason (so we thought). The 2002-03 team had Bonner, Lee, Hamilton, Nelson (4 very legit players) and a freshmen class including Roberson, Walsh (both rated in top 40 of class) and an extremely hyped international player Christian Drejer. Our lineup was supposed to be Hamilton, Nelson, Drejer, Lee, Bonner which would've been very dangerous had Nelson not had a terrible season and Drejer obviously being a huge disappointment.
     
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  5. GatorLurker

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    Didn't Drejer have some sort of foot injury/infection that he never really recovered from?
     
  6. cincinnatigator

    cincinnatigator GC Hall of Fame

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    Yes, a foot injury that ended what would've been a very good career. David Lee was quoted saying that he was definitely a lottery pick had he been healthy.
     
  7. jeffphillips21

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    From an athleticism and depth perspective, this is as good as we've been this century, but not in terms of expectations and/or proven winners like the '07 team. I'm excited as I've been to start a season since that year though. We could be very special, but there are so many variables that it's impossible to truly predict where this team will end up and rank against our all-time great teams. BUT - I can't wait to see how it all unfolds!
     
  8. reaves2alvarez

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    This makes me wonder. How good is our S/C coach for b-ball?Is he Savage-esque? Don’t know much about him.

    “Wes Chandler was Percy Harvin before Percy Harvin was born.”
     
  9. Matherly87

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    Definitely so, what makes the difference was this team had experience on the court and playing together. What we have now is a team of mainly sophomores, freshmen and transfers.
     
  10. number1

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    Playing a good Villanova team in the 2nd round was a hard task as well.
     
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  11. number1

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    Yes, definitely would have been the favorites to win the title that year.
     
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  12. gatorbogey

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    Hasn’t Preston Greene been the S&C Director for men’s hoops since the BD days? (Since 2011?)
     
  13. phideltdj

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    This upcoming team still has a major flaw that everyone is overlooking and that is a quality big men coming off the bench. If Blackshear gets in foul trouble or hurt this team has no big men that can step in. Guys like Richard or Moss are always overlooked but they were important pieces to the success of those teams.
     
  14. cincinnatigator

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    Loads of experience backing him up at least. Bassett and Gak have both proven they can step in and give this team solid playing time in spurts. Gak's health needs to be at 100% though. We shouldn't play Gak if he's hurting at all.
     
  15. tilly

    tilly Superhero Mod. Fast witted. Bulletproof posts. Moderator VIP Member

    Yes in retrospect. But on paper, pre-season no one thought the 2007 team was cutting down the nets.
     
  16. tilly

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    Of course. We all know teams "on paper" often look different than teams on the floor.
     
  17. tampajack1

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    He recovered, played some games a
    you’re either joking or you mean the 2005-2006 team.
     
  18. tilly

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    I meant 2006.
     
  19. GatorLurker

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    I think that it all depends on how bought in and connected next season's team is on defense. From the little I have seen of Scottie Lewis I have a feeling he will get everybody's attention on the defensive side of the court.

    I loved Beal's game as a freshman, but always thought that he was too deferential to the older players until late in the season. I suspect Scottie will not have this problem.