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2017-2018 Season

Postby vivid_dude » Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:27 am

With the Tugs soap opera seemingly behind us, I hope it's okay for me to start a thread for people's thoughts on the upcoming season. Even if we get the Louisiana duo, they won't play this upcoming season - so the current roster looks to be it.

As of now, I see Creighton as finishing around 5th or 6th in the Big East. Not much separating those middle-tier teams, so I wouldn't be shocked if we finished 3rd and I wouldn't be shocked if we finished 9th. I would be devastated if we finished 9th.

Best case scenarios:
Kaleb Joseph lives up to his high school hype, shoots adequately, and becomes an excellent floor general. He and Davion Mintz become the strength at PG we need, and not the weakness some fear.
Marcus Foster remains the more well-rounded player we saw after Mo went down. Rebounds more. Distributes more. And he becomes more efficient. Eliminates even more of those "what are you doing?" shots.
Khyri Thomas takes another leap and becomes an all-conference performer. He can do this.
Ronnie Harrell builds off his late-season heroics and becomes one of the more important players on the team.
Jacob Epperson becomes our Kristaps Porzingis. Not in style of play at all, but in performance vs. expectation. IMO, both Epperson and Kristaps were viewed as projects. Kristaps came in right away and was a stud. I hope Jacob can too.
Manny Suarez, Martin Krampelj and Sam Dunkum give CU respectable frontcourt depth, and at least one of them (Manny?) becomes the bruiser this team needs.
Toby Hegner has his best shooting season as a Jay and rebounds enough.
The other freshmen (Ty-shon Alexander, Mitch Ballock) find nice roles on the team to help with outside shooting, depth, etc.

Worst case scenarios (not accounting for injuries)
Our PG play is horrific, Foster is a high-volume, low-percentage scorer, Harrell rides the pine, Toby shoots it at 35%, Tyler Clement plays a lot of minutes (sorry Tyler), Manny shows why he was at Adelphi, no freshman steps up and our poor rebounding can't be saved by our no-longer-dynamic offense.

This will be an interesting season, because the range of where the Jays could end up is HUGE.
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Re: 2017-2018 Season

Postby gtmoBlue » Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:57 pm

Wow, u nailed it. Next thread please. :lol: ;) ;)
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Re: 2017-2018 Season

Postby whiteandblue77 » Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:12 pm

Painful but true reality check.
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Re: 2017-2018 Season

Postby Easypaddy » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:24 pm

We will again scratch our heads at the distribution of minutes.
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Re: 2017-2018 Season

Postby Trifecta » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:31 pm

I don't if it says more about me or our roster when I think that worst-scenario blub sees to be the more likely outcome. Though I do think at least 1 of the 2 freshman guards will make an immediate impact.
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Re: 2017-2018 Season

Postby cu8493 » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:06 pm

With Kaleb running the show, Marcus settling back into what he does best, Khyri being Khyri, Toby dropping bombs while defending effectively inside, Martin showing off has athleticism, Manny Suarez surprisingly tough inside, Davion settling in with the pressure off to swing between PG and off guard, and Ronnie befuddling opponents as the ultimate utility player -- and all of that before adding Mitch and Ty-Shon and Epperson. We will be a deep, dangerous team. I predict one, maybe two noncon losses and a top five BE finish and will not be surprised if we are at least a three seed in the BET.
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Re: 2017-2018 Season

Postby Jet915 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:55 am

Trifecta wrote:I don't if it says more about me or our roster when I think that worst-scenario blub sees to be the more likely outcome. Though I do think at least 1 of the 2 freshman guards will make an immediate impact.


I agree with this, PG is a question mark and we probably have the worst front line in the Big East next to Depaul and SJU. This assumes Mac will start Ronnie at the 4 which would be a travesty if he doesnt. Will need one or two freshmen to make a big impact. Big East will be the best its been since realignment IMO so 6 through 9 is likely....

My Starting lineup:

PG: Joseph, Mintz
SG: Foster, Alexander
SF: Thomas, Ballock
PF: Harrell, Krampelj
C: Hegner, Suarez, Epperson
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Re: 2017-2018 Season

Postby Jaysker12 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:18 am

The guards will be good but our frontcourt could be suspect. If one of the freshmen guards is going to step up, I think its Mitch
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Re: 2017-2018 Season

Postby Helmzy » Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:34 pm

You all are sleeping on Foster. He's been putting in a lot of work this offseason. I think minimum 21PPG but will prolly get 24PPG
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Re: 2017-2018 Season

Postby Jet915 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:12 pm

Helmzy wrote:You all are sleeping on Foster. He's been putting in a lot of work this offseason. I think minimum 21PPG but will prolly get 24PPG


Yeah, but how many shots will that take. Marcus is a great scorer but his shot selection is suspect.
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