This is good news! Been a while!
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Now that the 3+ years of the XFoster saga is finally over [and who among you REALLY thought he was coming to Iowa?], this is a great first day for the future. Ogundele clearly has skills, and has size you can't teach, but most exciting to me is his upside. Like GabeO, Josh came to basketball a little later and is still a long way from reaching his ceiling. As Ross noted, we shouldn't need him to contribute immediately, but he'll be there to step in when the Peacock finally ascends for the last time.
Suddenly this recruiting class feels a whole lot better.
Oh good lord. Get off it.
I actually thought we were a lock for Foster, shows what I know. This guy really makes you feel good about this recruiting class? I envy your optimism.
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Glad to get a big man. Hopefully he continues to impress
Can't wait to see how this bloke blocks
Kirk Ferentz: "The biggest thing I have is the length. It’s going to be boring as can be."
Now can everyone calm down?
"Everybody got distracted by last week's game. Last week's game doesn't mean crap. It's what you do today." — Kirk Ferentz
I believe you and I are on the same page, but the obvious answer to your question is "no". This will not calm everyone down.
A player with actual Power 5 offers?!
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Power 5? Just barely. Does Rutger even count? Granted, Cincy is a legit basketball offer, so I guess this is better than some of our other recent commits.
Let's review latest IA/Rutgers MBB results: 71-69 Iowa only because Wieskamp miraculously banks in a heave with :00.2 on the clock. And then we had to swallow a 86-72 home loss because we were outshot 51% to 36%. That home loss was the game that finally pushed me out of the McCaffery corner and Monday night's result did nothing to bring me back. If Rutgers wanted this guy, I can go with it.
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Seems like a good kid. Better size than Olaseni. Welcome to Iowa young man. So is there truth to the rumor that McCaffery pulled his offer of Foster knowing we were getting Ogundele?
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So is there truth to the rumor that McCaffery pulled his offer of Foster knowing we were getting Ogundele?
Oh FFS, can we please not be a fanbase that tries to save face by retreating to the "we didn't really want him any way" when we lose out on a prospect that we've been pursuing for multiple years? Not getting Foster was a bad beat, end of story. But landing Ogundele takes a little bit of the sting off, here's hoping that he develops into a great player for Iowa. But let's not act like the rebuffed kid from high school who gets turned down by the hot girl/guy and then tries to act like we weren't into her/him in the first place. We don't need to act like this was somehow part of our master plan all along.
Just another garbage commenter spreading my *sshole all over the internet.
I didn’t say that. I was pretty much joking. Next time I’ll leave a lol
They wanted both Ogundele and Foster. Fran alluded to this in an interview a while back when he said that they still had a couple spots open in this class.
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Here, have some of these smelling salts.
It’d be great if he turned out as good as Olaseni
"Ogundele may play limited minutes next season behind Garza, Pemsl, and Jack Nunge"
If he plays limited minutes behind Nunge next season or ever, then this was all just wasted ink.
So, this prompts a question:
Why does Fran continue to recruit traditional big men when his stated offensive philosophy from the jump has essentially been position-less transition basketball?
I'm not saying it's not good to get this recruit in the fold; I'm just wondering if recruiting is fitting philosophy, and if that is causing the inconsistency with this program?
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I think he wants one good Center on the fllor at all times. I don't think Cook or Nunge are traditional big men though they're that big. But Garza and Kriener certainly are. I think he believes that as long as they can run the floor, then you can have someone defend the rim and crash the boards
I don't think he necessarily wants traditional power forwards - Cook was just too good to pass up and i think he thinks Nunge is an oversized SF. He'd probably be just fine with Baer or Patrick (if he is good enough) starting at the PF spot but i'm not sure.
Is that his stated offensive philosophy? Not trying to be a contrarian, but I've seen that term used a lot by Fran's supporters but can't remember hearing him say that. Over the years, we've gone into the post a LOT on offense, especially the last couple years.
Is there a quote by Fran that you can point me toward where he actually says that?
Sure, here’s an excerpt and direct quote from a Hawk Central article:
It’s the approach eighth-year Iowa coach Fran McCaffery wants to employ — the so-called “positionless offense” best manifested by the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. And there are signs that he may be building a roster to pull it off.
“We’ve got our big guys handling the ball. We’ve got our big guys shooting 3s. Our smaller guys posting. And that’s kind of how the offense is designed. It’s available for everybody,” said McCaffery.