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Will Yeguete Article

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by noahswatt, May 22, 2020.

  1. noahswatt

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  2. GatorTodd

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    Always enjoyed his game.
     
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    Thanks for posting this. It's not surprising at all to learn that Willie Yegs has done well in France. He was an exceptional Gator and to some extent - one of a kind. I'm trying to think of an analog among former Gator hoopsters: 6'7" defender who was an undersized PF and did the dirty work. Not a scorer - just a smart team player who defended and rebounded well. Could clean up around the glass.

    Can think of plenty of Gator players who played undersized, but can't seem to think of one who fit his size/skill set profile. He wasn't a physical freak like a Donnell Harvey (who I think was also taller). He was just a smart team player; not a shooter. Who else played the four at this height, w/o being a stretch?
     
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    Think about how Yeguete, Prather, Young and Wilbekin developed from the time they entered college to their senior years when they won the 30+ games in a row. That my friends is coaching at the highest possible level.
     
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    Developed into a really solid player over four years. Unsized and not a stretch, I can't think of any
     
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  6. akaGatorhoops

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    That’s an HOF coach, for sure!
    Ironically, he had once been tagged with not being able to develop players, or as a “great recruiter, but so-so coach”, or a guy who “couldn’t get over the hump”.
    In time, he certainly proved those suggestions wrong!
    Incredible coach.... one of the best ever, imo. And the greatest coach in Florida history, regardless of sport. (Sorry, Steve)
     
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    Other players who made huge leaps forward, IMO, include Bonner, all of the 04’s plus Humphrey, Macklin and others who I probably am missing.
     
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    Might add Mary Wise and Buddy Alexander and a few others to that list ;).

    But back to my note: What other Gator player was similar to Will Yeguete?
     
  9. akaGatorhoops

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    for sure.
     
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    Possibly the greatest "glue guy" that UF hoops has ever had. It seemed like there was never a breakdown in team defense when he was on the floor.
     
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    He, Young and Wilbekin were all solid as a rock on defense in their final season.
     
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    Those were legit concerns, the level he recruited at was ridiculous in the early days. Maybe that first final 4 team set unrealistic expectations, but the next 5 years we underachieved and also “churned” a lot of high rated players who didn’t pan out. Those were fun teams to watch in regular seasons, but I think the “plays soft” critique fit us for awhile and really came into play in tournaments.

    Obviously the 2nd half of his run changed all that. He put together the perfect team with the 04’s. A combination of lottery talent, unselfish team first guys with lottery talent, and developing pieces around it. It was like a coaches dream. The last stretch leading to the final four was probably the most impressive run, because it was done mostly without any lottery picks (just Beal that 1 year I believe). It was just a group of blue collar players that really gelled and got better over several years. The perfect SEC season team was his best coaching job, really wish they capped that one off with a title.
     
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    I think that those next 5 years were more bad luck than underachievement. First, it was a surprise that both Miller and Harvey bolted for the NBA. Then, Wright broke his foot, Hamilton blew out his knee, Halton’s career ended because of a degenerative knee condition, Dupay injured his back and eventually was dismissed from the team, Orien Greene left the program, Nelson lost his game (possibly because of his broken orbital bone), Bonner got plantar fasciitis, Kwame Brown went directly to the NBA, and James White left the program. That’s a lot of bad things to happen in such a short period of time. It’s somewhat miraculous that the Gators did as well as they did during that 5-year period.
     
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    Great to see him still excelling. He was our Rodman.
     
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    Now that's a decent comparison, though Yeguete is not as freakishly athletic and probably not as tall. We was, though, a defender, rebounder, and glass cleaner. Which Gator hoopsters were similar?
     
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  17. tampajack1

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    Correct.
     
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    David Lee. He was always very athletic but it took a long time for him to figure out his role and perform at a high level consistently, especially on defense. And then he turned into a great NBA player: 11 years, 2 time NBA all-star, NBA championship ring.
     
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    Yes not as bouncy or athletic, but Will is actually 15 pounds heavier than Rodman and only half an inch shorter. Both defensive disrupters, rebounders....though admittedly Rodman was on a whole other level, but as a college comparable Will was pretty great in his own right.
     
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  20. tampajack1

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    What’s Will’s relationship with Kim Jong Un?
     
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